Edcouch, TX – Bertha Lilia Reyes, 75, a daughter of our Lord Jesus Christ, was accompanied by heavenly angels into the presence of God on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 5:23 p.m. She entered into Eternal Rest in the loving arms of her husband, three sons, grandchildren, and her extended family at McAllen Medical Center. Bertha was a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and a true life-long friend to many people of the Edcouch-Elsa & La Villa communities.
She was born January 6, 1946, in Elsa, TX to Santiago & Antonia C. Rodriguez. She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Ruben C. Rodriguez, Ricardo Rodriguez & one sister, Yolanda Guerra. She is survived by her husband, Conrado “Lalo” Reyes, Sr. of Edcouch, TX; three sons: Conrado “Lalo” Reyes, Jr. (Gloria), Arnold Reyes, Sr., Michael Reyes (Belinda), all of Edcouch, TX; one brother, Joe Rodriguez (Bea) of Edinburg, TX; three sisters: Hortencia Gonzalez of Edinburg, TX, Blanca Gonzalez of McAllen, TX & Maricela Lozano (Raul) of Elsa, TX; one brother in law, George Guerra of Weslaco, TX; two sisters in law: Florestela Rodriguez of Elsa, TX, Delia Rodriguez of Colorado Springs, CO & one half-sister, Socorro Polanco of Kermin, CA. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Adria Kaye Reyes, Arnold Reyes, Jr., Leeta Nikole Reyes Elizondo, Anna Lilia Reyes, Catrina Anis Reyes, Janelle Aria Reyes, Isabela Rose Reyes & two great-grandchildren: Jason Roger Perez & Elise Isabelle Elizondo.
Bertha, known as “Mrs. Reyes”, was a kindergarten schoolteacher for approximately 39 years with the La Villa I.S.D. In her professional role, she achieved both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, easily making this achievement the desire of her heart. Her goal became to serve the Hispanic children, empowering them to become achievers. She took much pride in witnessing her students become professionals, businesspeople, and good citizens. We cherished her story-telling details with so much heartfelt joy. Bertha assumed the role of an overseer for little children, and in such, dressed herself with the desires of a noblewoman as described in 1 Timothy 3:16. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
She was a respectable, hospitable, protective, and gentle teacher who managed her classroom and home well. With all dignity, she managed her own household exceptionally well, as evidence of her strength to assume both maternal and paternal roles when her husband was involved in a disabling car accident. She completed both professional degrees, despite many adversities and carried multiple roles with great humility and success. She dedicated her entire life to her family and career, whom she loved both dearly. Bertha, as a sister, was the peacemaker, a gatekeeper, and a mother hen to all her siblings. At the early age of 12, she assisted our single mother with all housekeeping and childcare tasks. Her siblings often called her “Mom.” She became our God-given second mother because of our poor circumstances. We also remember her as a faithful servant unto the Lord, frequently serving in the church choir, fundraising activities, and assisting the parish priest who faced a disabling illness. Bertha never lost sight of who was her Creator, her Lord and Savior, and held onto his promises until the end of her life. She can easily be described as a servant of Christ, promoting friendship, love, and joy to those that had the privilege of calling her sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was a vessel of good cheer and love, and now in the arms of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here.”
Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Guerra Funeral Home of Weslaco – Chapel of The Heavens with a rosary at 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021, at St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church. Officiating will be Rev. Jerry Frank. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Ruben Vidal Rodriguez, Jorge Lozano, Rolando Lozano, Arnold Reyes, Jr., Paul Camacho & Aaron Rodriguez. Honorary pallbearers will be Jordan Casares & Mark Lozano. Arrangements are under the direction of Guerra Funeral Home of Weslaco, Inc.
"A noblewoman of God"
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