On Saturday, March 14, 2020 Alicia C. Carrillo passed from this life at the age of 90 years.
Alicia was born on August 7, 1929 in San Diego, Texas the daughter of Albino and Alicia
S. Canales. After moving to Benavides with her family she graduated high school in 1947. She married her high school sweetheart Octavio Carrillo in 1950. They lived in San Antonio, Kingsville, and Benavides throughout their marriage. They raised a son, Abelardo and 2 daughters, Rosa and Carrie.
After retirement, Alicia along with her husband moved back to Benavides and volunteered at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church where she became a Catholic Daughter. After the death of her husband she resided in Calallen and volunteered at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church assisting her daughter providing Holy Communion to shut-in parishioners and residents of River Ridge Nursing Home.
Alicia was a gifted seamstress sewing most of her young children’s clothing as well as dance costumes for her niece Azalia.
Alicia was also known for her excellent cooking, preparing home-cooked meals for her family daily as well as family favorites like thanksgiving dressing, menudo, and tamales.
Fortunately, Alicia and her husband Octavio recorded these recipes and shared them with their family. These recipes are a cherished part of the family memories.
Alicia was loved by ALL who knew her, family, co-workers, neighbors, and her children’s friends. All have fond memories of her kindness, generosity, and her easy laugh. Her love was felt by all who had the fortune of knowing her. C.S. Lewis wrote that “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” After her long illness, Alicia is now in Christ’s joyful presence.
Alicia’s family would like to express heartfelt gratitude for the loving care she received from the staff and care givers at River Ridge Nursing Home.
Alicia is survived by her beloved children Abelardo Carrillo (Hilda), Rosa Carrillo (David O. Gonzalez), and Carrie Heckman (Dr. Michael Heckman), grandchildren Mark Gonzalez (Carly Surratt), Katie Phillips (Ryan), Elizabeth Reyes (Michael), Liana Gonzalez (Ansel Schulenberg), Andrew Heckman, and Christopher Heckman, 3 great grandchildren, a niece and nephew raised as her siblings Dr. Angel Saenz, Jr. and Azalia Perez, along with numerous other nephews and nieces.
Alicia is preceded in death by her beloved husband Octavio Carrillo, her parents Alicia
S. and Albino Canales, brothers Liborio Canales, F.H. Canales, Binny Canales, a sister Lilia C. Saenz.
*Due to the COVID-19 threat all services for Alicia C. Carrillo are canceled by the family. Family will hold a private service.*
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