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Obituary – Virginia Ellen Bravo Lopez

November 10, 2017

MCALLEN – Virgnia Ellen Bravo Lopez, 99, previously of Mission and McAllen, died Sunday, November 5, 2017. Born August 4, 1918 at El Rancho Sauz south of McAllen, TX, she was the daughter of Emma Box and David Bravo. She was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters and her husband, Ray Lopez.
A 1936 graduate of McAllen High School, she attended Texas A&I Kingsville. She was a teller at McAllen State Bank and worked as a school secretary for McAllen ISD and Edinburg CISD.
Survivors include three children, Virginia L. Ingram , Robert “Bobby” Lopez and Mary Ellen McPherson. Virginia was a member of the First Methodist Church in McAllen and Mission, TX. Viewing will be from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, Friday, November 10 at Ric Brown Funeral Home in Mission.
Graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM at Valley Memorial Gardens, Taylor Road, Section F. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Cross for hurricane disaster relief.


November 10, 2017
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  1. Jo Emma Bravo Quezada and J. Gilberto Quezada

    To The Family of Virginia Ellen Bravo López,
    Please accept our deepest and most sincere condolences. We are truly sorry that your beloved mother and our Tía Virginia has passed away. Do find solace in knowing that she will be remembered in our daily prayers. We will always remember her as the historian of the family. In 1994, she edited and compiled the Box-Bravo Family History and Genealogy, a monumental work dedicated to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She wanted them to “know your ancestors. It will make you better citizens today.” Her legacy that she left behind will be treasured by family members for generations to come. We have many fond memories of her tremendous and invaluable assistance that she gave us in collecting family information on her older brother, Zapata County Judge Manuel Box Bravo, for the publication of an award-winning book. Tía Virginia’s personality and her indomitable spirit will always be remembered. We were, indeed, privileged to have crossed her path. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Stay strong and thankful that she lived a full life and that your mother is now resting in Heaven. May God give you peace and fill you with joyous remembrances of her.

    Jo Emma Bravo Quezada and J. Gilberto Quezada
    San Antonio, Texas

  2. Manuel (Memo) Bravo III

    Tia Virginia always wore a big friendly smile and I never heard a cross word from her in all the years I would see her at Judge Bravo’s house in Zapata. I loved her southern cadence. I remember her as a very fine person and just like Uncle Bob was full of laughter.


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