Adriana Benavides, 62, of San Antonio, formerly of Uvalde, died on Jan. 9, 2020, in San Antonio.
She was born on Sept. 8, 1957, in Jourdanton, to Beatrice (Morales) and Oscar Benavides.
The family said Benavides was a beautiful mother, who was full of kindness and compassion for people and animals. They said she had warm words for everyone except those who cut her off in traffic. She had an infectious smile and laugh, especially when she really got going; she would cover her mouth, rock backward, and stomp one of her feet.
They described her as creative, inspiring, and an avid reader with 16 pairs of readers found in varying conditions.
She loved her dog, Luna. She loved her plants and was proud of her aloe vera.
Her children fondly remember her sewing and puff painting matching shirts for them during their childhood.
She pushed people to want more, be more, and remember where they came from.
According to the family, being “Grandma Bean” was one of her greatest joys of her life.
She was a woman of faith and often reminded her loved ones to pray and to be grateful.
She is survived by her father, of Uvalde; five daughters, Amy Obregon and husband, Enrique, and Amanda Castillo, all of San Antonio, Annie Klingenberg and husband, Matthew, and Andie Masiel and husband, Chris, all of Dickinson, and Angela Hall and husband, Jared, of Austin; sister, Abby Vela and husband, Guadalupe, of Uvalde; three brothers, Oscar Benavides Jr. and wife, Lorrie, of Castroville, George Benavides and wife, Diane, and Eddie Benavides and wife, Sandra, all of Uvalde; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
Visitation began Sunday at 4 p.m. and a rosary was recited Monday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Cremation is under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
Pallbearers were Guadalupe Vela, George Benavides, Enrique Obregon, Matthew Klingenberg, Chris Masiel and Jared Hall.
Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, www.rekfunerals.com