Francisca V. Alvarado
Francisca V. Alvarado, 103, of San Antonio died on June 6, 2018, at her residence.
A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, followed by interment at Knippa Cemetery.
She was born on Dec. 2, 1914, in Knippa to Juanita (Gonzales) and Abelino Vela.
She married Julio S. Alvarado in 1933 in Knippa. He preceded her in death in 1981.
Alvarado lived in Knippa until the age of 93, when she moved to Lytle and then to San Antonio due to her health.
She is survived by four daughters, Emma Benavides of San Antonio, Ofelia Ivarra of Lytle, Irma Balzen of Campbell, California, and Rose M. Llanes of Bradenton, Florida; five sons, Henry Alvarado of Knippa, Salvador Alvarado and Robert Alvarado, both of Uvalde, Julio Alvarado Jr. of Grand Prairie, and Edward Alvarado of Westmorland, California; 27 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 29 great-great-grandchildren.
Alvarado was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Jesus Vela and Guillermo Vela; three sisters, Sara Fuentes, Tomasa Gomez and Herminia Vela; two sons, Raul Alvarado Sr. and Telesforo Alvarado; and three daughters, Beatriz Lopez, Carolina Lopez, and Amalia Perez.
Pallbearers will be Julio Alvarado III, Salvador Alvarado Jr., Robert Alvarado Jr., Daniel Alvarado, Henry Alvarado Jr., Hector Benavides Jr., Kevin Balzen, Jason Balzen and Michael Alvarado.
Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, www.rekfunerals.com