Alice, Texas - Aracelia H. "Chela" Benavides, 84 years, went home to our Lord on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, surrounded by her family. Chela was born October 24, 1938, in Guajillo, Duval County, Texas. She was a graduate of San Diego High School, class of 1957. She attended Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas, then transferred to Texas A&I (A&M) University in Kingsville, Texas. She began teaching at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic School in Benavides, Texas. When she married, she then transferred to St. Joseph Catholic School in Alice, Texas, where she taught until her three children graduated from there. She then went on and continued her teaching career at Alice I.S.D. She was a devoted Catholic, Eucharistic Minister, and Cursillista. Chela was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Felipe N. and Guadalupe C. Hinojosa, two brothers, Tomas (Consuelo) Hinojosa and Marcos Hinojosa, and one sister, Angelina Hinojosa.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ruben M. Benavides, Sr.; two sons, Ruben (Priscilla) Benavides, Jr., and Ricardo (Marisa) Benavides; one daughter, Nancy (Jerry) Treviño; five grandchildren, Daniel (Kristina), Marcos, Ryan, Natalie, Aaron; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Sofia; one brother, Sergio (Gloria) Hinojosa; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in Alice, Texas, 600 South Wright St. Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in San Diego, Texas. Burial will follow at San Diego Cemetery. All services will be officiated by Father Pete Elizardo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either Corpus Christi Cathedral or St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with the arrangements.
Active pallbearers: Daniel Benavides, Marcos Benavides, Ryan Treviño, Aaron Benavides, Noel Benavides and Mando Tunchez.
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