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Maria Ofelia "Mae" Gallegos

June 28, 1941 — January 4, 2021


June 28, 1941 – January 04, 2021

As the Lord promised, He reached out for Mae’s hand and led her to heaven to be by His side.  A glorious day that Mae had prepared for in accordance to her Christian beliefs and living life in His likeness.

Mae graduated from Martin High School in 1959 and, subsequently, pursued her studies in nursing.  Upon graduation she started her career at Mercy Hospital and later at Doctor’s Hospital.  In 1985 she retired to care for her first born grandchild, Gerardo Jr., changing her title from “Nurse Mae” to “Nana”.  In this new role she would go on to be the most loving and cherished grandmother of 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She is rejoicing in heaven with her former spouse, who later became her best friend, Pete Gallegos, Sr. and her oldest son, Pete Gallegos Jr. She is also joining her sister Elsa Ballesteros, and parents Beatriz and Desiderio Garcia at the right hand of the Lord.

Mae was an exceptional woman of God, she was always prepared to help anyone in need never expecting anything in return. She lived a fulfilling life centered around God and family, passing away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones.

She is survived by her children, Pete † (Liliana) Gallegos Jr., Melissa (Alfonso III) Moreno, Gerardo (Rosie) Gallegos, Clarissa (Javier) Sandoval, and Sheldon (Andrea) Gallegos, whom she loved as her own.  She is also survived by her brother, Desiderio (Luisa) Garcia; sister, Reyna (Evaristo) Cordova; and her Pastor, Esther Gallegos; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Pete III, Alfonso IV, Armando, Alejandro, Abelardo, Gerardo Jr., Gilbert, Andres and Juancarlos.

Honorary Pallbearers will be her granddaughters: Deborah, Kristelle, Giana, Giuliana, Vanessa, Viannae, Karla and Karina.

The family will be receiving condolences on Saturday morning, January 09, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Christ Miracle Center, 4400 Sanders Ave., Laredo, Texas 78041; where a Religious Service will commence at 10:30 a.m.

Interment will follow at the family plot of the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at: .

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.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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Vigil Service

Saturday, January 9, 2021

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Calvary Catholic Cemetery

3200 N Meadow Ave, Laredo, TX 78040

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