Areopagita Arellano, a beloved mother, grandmother, and cherished friend, peacefully passed away on July 30, 2023, in her residence of McAllen, Texas. Born in Mexico on October 9, 1928, Areopagita lived a fulfilling life that was as vibrant and warm as her homeland's sun-kissed landscapes. In the words of Gabriel García Márquez, "What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it." Areopagita's memory will forever be cherished, colored by the love, warmth, and kindness she radiated to all who knew her.\n\nAreopagita’s life was characterized by devotion - to her family, her community, and her home. As a housewife, she transformed her residence into a sanctuary of love, comfort, and happiness for her loved ones. Her home was not just a house, but a testament to her nurturing nature and loving heart. She exemplified the words of Helen Keller, who said, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." Areopagita was predeceased by her parents, Melquiades Rodriguez and Leocadia Torres, and her husband, Jose M. Arellano, her brother, Manuel Gomez, and great grandson, Robert C. Saenz. \n\nShe is survived by her six children, Yolanda Arellano of McAllen, Rosario Chapa of McAllen, Delia Longoria of Wimberley, Joe Arellano Jr. (Celia) of Houston, Javier Arellano of Corpus Christi, and Areopagita Rodriguez (Albert) of Austin. She was the proud and affectionate grandmother and great-grandmother of ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.\n\nThe family invites you to join them in celebrating Areopagita's life. A private viewing will be held at the Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission, Texas, on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at 3:00 pm. This will be followed by a public visitation at 4:00 pm at the same location. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will take place at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, McAllen, Texas, on Friday, August 4, 2023, at 10:00 am, followed by the burial at Roselawn Cemetery and Mausoleum at 11:00 am. \n\nIn the spirit of celebrating the vibrant tapestry of Areopagita's life, we encourage friends and family to share their memories and upload photos to the memorial page. By doing so, we can keep the light of her memory burning brightly for generations to come, for, as Maya Angelou beautifully put it, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Areopagita's legacy of love and warmth will forever be remembered and cherished.