Olivia Sanchez Molina 65, earned her wings, Thursday, April 2, 2020, after a short battle with cancer. Olivia was born to Jose Maria Sanchez and Olivia Garcia Sanchez in Bay City, Texas on August 13, 1954. Olivia is preceded in death by her parents, Olivia and Jose Sanchez; husband, Casimiro Molina Jr.; 2 brothers, Vicente Sanchez, Jose Maria Sanchez, Jr.; 1 sister, Juanita Sanchez; paternal grandparents, Vicente and Angelita C. Sanchez and maternal grandparents, Victoriano and Herlinda S. Garcia. Olivia is survived by her only son, David Sanchez and daughter-in-law, Kristy Fontenot Sanchez; her adored grandchildren, Madysen and Matthew Sanchez; her two dogs, Lucky and Roxy; her sisters, Angelita S. Garcia (Guadalupe Garcia Jr.), Eloisa Sanchez; 1 brother, Jesus Sanchez (Rita Sanchez) and nieces and nephews Melissa Garcia-Martinez (Martin Martinez), Guadalupe Garcia III, Joe Garcia (Darlene C. Garcia), Joel R. Garcia, Jesus Sanchez Jr., Krystle D. Trevino (Alex Trevino), Ashley Sanchez and Jo Marie Sanchez (Pepe Torres) and many, many great-nephews and nieces. Olivia graduated from Weslaco ISD in 1972 and immediately began her long career in education as a paraprofessional. While working for Weslaco ISD she attended Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1981. With her degree, she began working as a teacher/coach for the Weslaco Independent School District for many years. Being a life-long learner, Olivia then went back to earn a Master’s degree in Administration at UTPA to begin her career as an assistant principal for Santa Maria ISD, San Isidro ISD, Monte Alto ISD, and Donna ISD. As she encouraged her students over the years to never stop learning, she went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Counseling to become a school counselor and Migrant Strategist for Donna ISD. Olivia retired after 30 years in education but relentless as she was, she continued to substitute, teach, and tutor for Donna ISD and 121 Tutoring Center in Weslaco. Olivia will be remembered for her generosity, friendship and larger-than-life character who will be greatly missed by her friends, family, co-workers and past students. A private visitation will be held Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Guerra Funeral Home of Weslaco - Chapel of the Heavens. Cremation will take place at Val Verde Memorial Gardens. A gathering and celebration of Olivia's life will be held once COVID-19 restrictions have ended. Arrangements are under the direction of Guerra Funeral Home of Weslaco, 2602 N. Texas Blvd. Weslaco, Texas 78599.
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