He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. For they shall walk with me in white for they are worthy”. Revelation 3: 4-5
He will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Surely goodness, and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
Minerva Tijerina, 84 was called by our King Jesus and welcomed to His heavenly kingdom on the 2nd of February, 2022 surrounded by her loving family at her daughter’s home in Midlothian, Texas. Minerva was born in Encinal, Texas on the 2nd of May 1937, to Maria and Manuel Torres. At age 12, she moved with her mom to Laredo. Minerva was a graduate of the Martin High School Class of ‘57. She was a devoted, loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, co-worker, and friend. Minerva retired from U.I.S.D. at United Middle School as a para-professional. She lovingly dedicated her time to her grandchildren and was always busy attending their school events. She enjoyed spending time at her daughter’s home. She found joy shopping at antique shops, craft fairs, and farmers markets. Her delight was also traveling with her family to Branson, Missouri, New York, Canada, and Florida.
Minerva was preceded in death by her husband Ramon Tijerina, her father Manuel Torres, her mother Maria C. Torres, her half-brother Benito Torres, brothers-in-law Julian and Victor Tijerina, and her beloved pet Cachito.
Left to cherish her memory are her beloved children Melissa (Noe) Lopez, Hector (Leticia) Tijerina, Gerardo Tijerina (Lupita) Gutierrez and her precious grandchildren Noe (Raluca) Lopez, Abby Christine Lopez, Hector Tijerina Jr., Brianna Tijerina, Geraldine Miracle Tijerina, and other relatives.
She loved her family, children and grandchildren unconditionally. Her legacy is leaving us with the best gift, and that is of knowing and loving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She instilled in us her unwavering faith in our living Savior which was the love of her soul. She was a woman of great faith who faced every problem with confidence and complete reliance upon her ever present Lord. Because of her faith in God, individuals and families came to know the Lord. She encouraged her children to spend time with our Lord in prayer, to study His Word, and to serve Him faithfully. This foundation helped her children grow spiritually and because of her guidance as adults they have been able to experience God’s grace and love in their lives. Thank you, Mom!
The family wishes to thank the staff at Hospice Specialty nurses Billy Renick, and David Olvera for their dedication to the medical care of our mother. We extend our thanks to Hospice Plus in Waxahachie, Texas and their staff for helping us transition our mother to our home in Midlothian, Texas. A special thanks to nurses Jessica Bates and Jackie Davis for their excellent dedication of continued medical care of our mother. A very special thanks to her family physician, Dr. Oscar Gutierrez, for all the years he provided health care.
Our family would like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude to her close long-life friend Esther Vazquez for her continual calls, video-chats, encouraging words and cards, and above all for your prayers that uplifted our mother. Also, to her beloved friend Rosario Soto and her witty humor that brought joy and laughter to our mom even when mom was not having a good day you were a ray of sunshine in our home. Susan Garza thank you for your prayers and for bringing together the ladies from church to visit her. And to the “The Golden Girls”, Esther, Carmen, and. Norma thank you for your prayers and for being good friends to our mom. Our mother and her Encinal childhood friend Rosa Paz found themselves as friends again after many years and kept in touch until her final days, thank you Rosa for your calls and prayers.
Also, to our very dear caregivers Tina, Lupita, Adriana, Susie, Alma, Clara, Lulu, and Maria who compassionately gave of themselves for the care for our mom. Your warmth, joy, kind words, listening ears, prayers, tasty meals, and songs all uplifted our mom while she was being cared for at home.
We dearly appreciate our loving Pastors Sam and Noemi Lopez of Christ Worship Center for their dedicated visits, calls, and prayers.
Due to the recent surge in COVID cases, the family wishes to protect friends and their families and will hold a small, private ceremony with family to honor her memory. Facebook Live will be offered to those wishing to pay their respects.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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.