Alma Yadira Mendiola, 41, joined our Lord in His heavenly kingdom on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
Alma was a loving wife, mother, friend, and educator. Her life began on August 29, 1980 in Laredo, Texas. She grew up in a home with her 3 siblings under the care of her mother and father, Santa & Agustin Hernandez. At 14 years old, she met the person she’d spend the rest of her life with, David Mendiola. After graduating from J.W. Nixon High School, she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas in Brownsville. She devoted 15 years of her life to being an educator with her most recent role being a Special Education Resource Teacher at K. Tarver Elementary School. All this while caring for her three beautiful children, Karyme, Brandon, and Giancarlo.
In her spare time, Alma could be found spending time with her family, talking to friends, cultivating her love of learning, or rescuing stray cats. She had a way of connecting with people that always included lots of laughter. She made everyone feel comfortable enough to express themselves authentically. Never did she hesitate to lend a helping hand, be a pillar of support, or go the extra mile for those who she loved. Alma was a special soul, one that is truly irreplaceable and will forever be missed.
She was preceded in passing by her mother, Santos Hernandez.
Left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband, David Mendiola; children, Karyme Mendiola, Brandon Mendiola, and Giancarlo Mendiola; father, Juan Agustin Hernandez; siblings; Francis De La O (Jesus), Juan Hernandez, Jr. (Melissa), and Pedro Hernandez; parents-in-law, David and Juanita Mendiola; sisters and brother-in-law, Melissa (Lee) Gignac, Ana (Juan) Zepeda, and Esteban Mendiola; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The family will be receiving condolences on Monday evening, July 18, 2022 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd.; where a Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will commence at 7 p.m.
Funeral Services will be conducted on Tuesday morning, July 19, 2022 departing at 8 a.m. from Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels to Christ the King Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 8:30 a.m.
Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the family plot of the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: David Mendiola, Brandon Mendiola, Juan Hernandez, Jr., Pedro Hernandez, Jesus De La O, Esteban Mendiola, Juan Zepeda, and Lee Gignac.
The family would like to extend their most heartfelt gratitude to: The Neurological ICU unit and staff for their care as well as numerous relatives and friends for their outpouring support.
You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at: www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850.