Juanita Ramos Briseño, age 88, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. She was born May 6, 1932 in Sabinal, Texas to Petra Ramos. She married her devoted husband, Carlos De La Cruz Briseño on June 3, 1956 and had 5 children. They shared a life together for 57 years, until the time of his death on August 2, 2013. Carlos always referred to his wife as “Mi linda esposa” and even serenaded her with this song at her 70th birthday celebration.
The Bible states that those whom the Lord blesses to be mothers should take the responsibility seriously. Mothers have a unique and crucial role in the lives of their children. Juanita was a living example of this. She will be remembered by her family as a loving and devoted mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother; always putting others before herself.
Along with raising her own children, she helped raise her 8 sisters and 2 brothers. Being the oldest of 11 children, she had to start working at the very young age of 14 to help her widowed mother. Even after starting a family of her own, she continued helping her mother with her sibling’s graduations, weddings, cost of home repairs, groceries, etc.
Juanita will be remembered for her love of gambling. She loved going to casinos and playing the slots. She looked forward to saving her birthday money or Christmas gift money to take special trips to WinStar World Casino or Kickapoo, often accompanied by either friends, her sisters or her children.
She also enjoyed cooking for her family, especially on Sundays. Her kitchen was always open to not only her children and their families, but whoever her children or grandchildren brought home. We would often have conversations around the kitchen table, remembering how many people had partaken of her cooking, from friends, to neighbors, to anyone that just needed a helping hand.
Juanita is survived by 4 sons and 1 daughter. Carlos Briseño Jr., Richard Briseño, (wife Melba), Tony Briseño, (wife Annette), all of Uvalde, and Roland Briseño, (wife Kelly) of Austin, Texas. Dora Briseño Fuentes of Pflugerville, TX. Also surviving are 11 of her 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
Surviving sisters are Belia Vasquez and Guadalupe Gonzales of Uvalde; Gloria Limones, Wisconsin, Margie Elemen (Nelson), San Antonio and Luisa Godina (Tacho), Weslaco, TX. Brothers, Raul Ramos (Cindy), Dallas and Mario Ramos (Bertha), Uvalde. Sister-in-laws, Oralia Briseño Gutierrez, Lamont California and Ernestina Briseño Garcia (Richard), Uvalde.
She is preceded in death by husband, Carlos De La Cruz Briseño, mother Petra Ramos, grandson, Antonio Briseño Jr., (A.J.), sisters, Herlinda Ramos Hernandez, Susana Ramos Moya, and Beatrice Ramos Cisneros.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Pallbearers, grandsons will be Carlos Briseño, III, Joel L. Fuentes, Jr., Joseph B. Fuentes, Richard Briseño Jr., Santos Briseño, and Jeremy Briseño. Honorary pallbearer will be Adam Vasquez.
CHAIN IS BROKEN AND
Nothing seems the same,
God calls us
ONE BY ONE, THE
Chain will link again.
Not Goodbye, but until we meet again!
Fly high sweet Mommie, Ama, Wela, Juana!
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