Eva Reyna Ayala, age 86 passed away May 4th, 2023 after a long illness. She passed away at home with the care of hospice and surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 7, 1936 in Mission, Texas and grew up on South Taylor Road and attended Sharyland Schools. \nAt the age of 18 she had her first job at McAllen Grocery on South 23rd and Chicago where she met Manuel F. Ayala (the owner), who had been widowed for 2 years. They eloped shortly after in 1954. Ten years after their marriage she gave birth to her lovely daughter, Eva America on November 2, 1964. They were happily married for 27 years before he passed away in 1981. \nEva loved people and cooking and also spent a lot of time caring for her garden. It was evident that her heart and hands were always about her faith, grandchildren and serving the Lord. \nHer life was living example of her favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 4:32 " And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another just as God also forgave you in Christ."\nEva is survived by her younger sister, Teresa Reyna, in Seattle, Washington. Her daughter Eva America and son-in-law, Armando Arechiga, and three granddaughters, Evalyn Michele De Leon, Jacquelyn Hope Ayala, Madalyn Eve Arechiga, and great granddaughter Araih Rae John and her many nieces and nephews. All of these she loved deeply. \n\nPlease join us in celebrating her life. Viewing is on Monday, May 15, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. with a Prayer service at 6 p.m. at Abundant Grace Community Church. Services will continue Tuesday, May 16 from 9-10:30 am at Brown Family Funeral Home 701 E Interstate Highway in Mission, Texas. Burial to follow at Valley Memorial Gardens at 11 am. \nIn lieu of flowers donations of plants may be made to the prayer garden located at Casa Lidia Maternity House.