MISSION – Norma Irene de la Fuente Davis, former Mayor Pro-Tem and Councilwoman of the City of Mission, passed away peacefully at the age of 70 on April 19, 2017 after a short illness. She was in the ICU of Mission Regional Medical Center, in the presence of some of the many family members, friends, and colleagues that loved her.
Norma was a lifelong resident of Mission. She was born on October 8, 1946 to Jose (Pepe) de la Fuente, who survives her, and Irene Alejos de la Fuente, who preceded her in death. She is also survived by her husband, George W Davis, Jr., whom she married 48 years ago on December 27, 1968 and was her elementary school sweetheart at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School, and their 3 children, who survive her as well , Natalie Denise Davis Bazan (Elias, III), George Gerard Davis,, and Joseph Frank Davis (Veronica Lopez ) , plus 4 grandchildren, Elias Bazan IV, Arrik George Bazan, Sarah Irene de la Fuente, and Joseph Matthan Davis.
She was a graduate of Mission High School, and what is now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, with both a Bachelors and Masters in the area of Education. For 37 years, she had a passion, commitment, and dedication to education, with 29 of those years to the children and the community of Mission CISD, primarily in the area of State and Federal Programs. She retired as a Parental Involvement Program Facilitator, and together with an assistant, were responsible for starting not only the Parental Involvement Program, but the Migrant Program, for the district.
Her service to others was not limited to education, but to public service as well. She broke the glass ceiling, becoming the first Hispanic female to win a seat on the Mission City Council. The breaking of the glass ceiling continued, with her later becoming the first Hispanic female to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem. At the time of her death, she was a Board Member for Security Federal Credit Union, where she had also served as Board Chair. She was a member of the Damas Catolicas, where she served in various capacities, including as President. She was an active member of St Paul’s Catholic Church, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. But her most important service role was to her family, as family was always first. She will be dearly missed.
Visitation will be held April 25, 2017 from 1-4 PM at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission, and 5-9 PM, with 7 PM Rosary, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Funeral services will be held April 26, 2017 at 10 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission.
Pallbearers will be George Gerard Davis, Joseph Frank Davis, Elias Bazan, III, Elias Bazan, IV, Arrik George Davis, Mike de la Fuente, Jose (Joey) de la Fuente, and Rafael Ochoa, with Honorary Pallbearers being Peter Haring and Lupe Gonzalez.
Donations in lieu of flowers to St Paul Catholic Church, ATT: Damas Catolicas, 1119 Francisco, Mission, TX 78572.
Proverbs 31: 27-31 “She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness; Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her , saying “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”