MISSION – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Aurora Longoria, 92, on January 2, 2017. Surrounded by her family, she passed, from this earth as we know it, to be with Our Heavenly Father. The angels rejoiced!
Born in Mission, on August 12, 1924, to Amador Sr. and Aurora Hinojosa, “Gora”, as she was affectionately known, attended Mission schools and graduated from Mission High School in 1942. Her generation would become known as The Greatest Generation, that was founded in values, beliefs and family, and based on a strong foundation of Christian values. In 1945, she married Joe Longoria, Sr. Together, they raised four children in Elsa, Texas. While living in Elsa, she was a Head Start Director, Cub Scout Leader, and housewife. They moved their family to Mission in 1968.
She was famously known, not only for her fabulous cooking, especially her rice, delicious margaritas, but above all, for her loving way of making everyone feel like family, whether it be in her living room, dining room, or around her kitchen table. Everyone was always made to feel welcome in her home. Gora, also, was the biggest Dallas Cowboy Fan! She loved her Cowboys!
Gora was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Her love of God and His blessings were evident in her daily prayers and in her everyday life. She lived her life, truly, as a servant of God, by following His Greatest Commandment. Whenever you left her presence or ended a phone call, she would always add, “God bless you.” She was a dear friend to all who knew her and she will be deeply missed by those who loved her.
Gora was preceded in death by her husband, +Joe Longoria, Sr. (affectionately known as Papa Joe), her parents, +Amador Sr. and +Aurora Hinojosa, and her sister, +Viola Theis.
She is survived by her older brother, Amador (+Estella) Hinojosa, Jr., and her younger brother, Aaron Hinojosa. She is also survived by her four children: Joe (Carmen) Longoria, Jr., David (Jean Marie) Longoria, Sr., Raymond (Edna) Longoria and Lillian ( Ciro, Jr.) Ochoa. She is also survived by her ten grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Grandma”: Melissa (Scott) Roth, Michael (Meredith) Longoria, Eric (Rachel) Longoria, Bobby Longoria, David ( Jude Malta) Longoria, Jr., Daniel ( Rebecca ) Longoria, Jacob ( Kasie) Longoria, Stephanie ( Jason Santana) Longoria, Stacie ( Jordan) Carrier, and Christina ( Pete Olivarez) Ochoa. Also, by her five great-grandchildren who called her Mo-Mo and loved the goodie bags she always had waiting for them when they came to see her : Ansel and Lunita Longoria, Zachary and Savannah Longoria, and Julia Roth.
Grandma Gora or Miss Daisy, as she was affectionately called, is also survived by her dearest and oldest friends and/or neighbors, Mrs. Tila Zamora, Queta Vela, Echo, and Lupita Bland. The ladies would call Grandma every day just to talk and to tell her they were praying for her.
A special thank you to Dr. Ernesto Trevino, for his kindness, friendship, and the special attention and care he gave our Mother.
A special thank you to the staff at Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Nursing Home in McAllen.
A special thank you, also, to the doctors and staff at DHR.
Also, a special thank you to her care takers: Patty, Alma, Lupita, and Adela. Their kindness towards our Mother will always be remembered.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons : Michael Longoria, Eric Longoria, Bobby Longoria, David Aaron Longoria, Daniel Longoria, Jacob Longoria.
Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters: Melissa Roth, Stephanie Longoria, Stacie Carrier, and Christina Ochoa.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grandma’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 5, 2017, from 4-9pm, with a Rosary at 7:00pm, at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Friday, January 6, 2017 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in McAllen.
Mom will serve Dad his postre and café and be in the midst of our Savior. What an amazing joy that must be!
Blessed are those whose hearts are pure, for they shall see God. —Matthew 5:8
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.
God Bless You.