MCALLEN – March 14, 1930 – June 11, 2017
On the morning of June 11, Mrs. Anita Acosta Soto aka “Grandma” and Elatsoe “Hummingbird” in Lipan, the matriarch of her family and an elder of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, passed away peacefully after an extended illness. She was born to Julian and Agapita DeLeon Acosta on March 14, 1930 in Ojo de Agua, Texas. Later her family moved to McAllen, where she lived most of her life.
She will be mourned by her children and their spouses—by her sons and their wives: Robert and Iris Soto, Reynaldo (Ray) and Katie Soto, Ruben and Mary Soto and Rod (Rudy) Soto; by her daughters and their husbands: Hermelinda Walking Woman and Patrick Ryan, Veronica (Betty) and Michael Russell, Alice and Neal Witty, and Diana and Tom Wendling; and her daughter-in-law, Imelda Delgado Soto.
She will be remembered fondly by her surviving 23 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren as “Grandma.”
She is preceded in death by her husband, Alfonso Soto, her son, Rick Soto and her grandchildren, Robby Soto and Vincent Soto.
As well as being a loving and caring mother to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she became a second mother and grandmother to many, welcoming them into her home, where they enjoyed tacos, grand Easter egg hunts and plenty of conversation. Her home was always full of laughter and family. She was also fond of caring for “her animals” which included chickens, rabbits, turkeys, cows, hummingbirds, green jays, chachalacas and her adopted wood ducks.
She was a faithful member of McAllen Grace Brethren Church, pastored by her son Robert Soto. She was also an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, and an active member of the South Texas Indian Dancers Association. Services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission.