August 11, 1949 - May 14, 2019
Mary Ellen Oliva, born August 11, 1949 in Marshal, Michigan to Juan E. Martinez and Aurora Sandoval Martinez. She was called by the Lord on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 surrounded by her loving husband and beloved family at the age of 69. Mrs. Oliva was preceded in death by her father, Juan E. Martinez, mother Aurora S. Martinez, and sister Beatrice Garcia. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Abelardo “Lalo” Oliva, children Martina Martinez (husband Roland) , Sandy Vasquez (husband Roderick), Robert Oliva (wife Laura), Erika O. Perez, Elizabeth “Liz” Garza (husband Albert), 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, siblings Jesse Carrasco (wife Margie), Elizabeth Hernandez (husband Mando), Juan Martinez Jr. (wife Carmen), Diana Martinez (husband Andrew). She also cared for many children who were like her own grandchildren. Mrs. Oliva was passionate about serving God and spending time with her family. She loved serving on A.C.T.S. retreats and sharing her love for God which impacted the lives of many. Her favorite past times included having family gatherings, scrapbooking and attending her grandchildren’s events. Mrs. Oliva was an active member of her community at St. Philip Benizi. She served as a Eucharistic Minister, A.C.T.S. Director, Lector and Spiritual Director. She journeyed A.C.T.S. in many other parishes including St. Andrews, San Martin, Holy Rosary, St. Leonard and St. Lawrence just to name a few. Mrs. Oliva and her husband took part in prison ministry for 20 years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. The family of Mrs. Oliva would like to thank the community for all of their support and prayers. They would also like to thank everyone who came to visit her and for the outpouring of love that was shown. Visitation will begin on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Poteet. A Rosary Service will be held on Sunday Evening at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Philip Benizi and burial will follow at First Memorial Park Cemetery in Von Ormy, Texas. Pallbearers will be Ike Rodriguez Jr., Devin Vasquez, Robert Oliva Jr., Eric Perez, Ethan Perez, Daryn Garza and Diego Garza. Honorary pallbearers will be Eli Perez, Dylan Garza, Tristin Ruiz and Ryan Oliva.
Mary Ellen Oliva, born August 11, 1949 in Marshal, Michigan to Juan E. Martinez and Aurora Sandoval Martinez. She was called by the Lord on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 surrounded by her loving husband and beloved family at the age of 69. Mrs. Oliva... View Obituary & Service Information
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