Aurora Escobar, 74, of Sunnyside passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Aurora was born Feb. 23, 1939 in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Aurora married Jose Luis Escobar on Dec. 2, 1958. They were married for 54 years. Aurora worked as a farm laborer for most of her life. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends, baking, tending to her garden, crocheting and quilting. She loved spending time and making special memories with her grandchildren, camping, fishing, baking cookies with them at Christmas time, and had a special spot in her garden for the children to play in mud puddles. She often took the grandchildren on treasure hunts around the neighborhood followed by picnics with them. She always said "Let children be children." She was a woman of great faith, a life-long parishioner of St Joseph Church in Sunnyside. She prayed the Holy Rosary and read the Bible daily. She also served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. Anyone who came to her house was made to feel welcome and immediately felt like they were at home. Affectionately, she became known to many as "Grandma or Mom." Aurora is survived by her husband, Jose Luis Escobar; six children, Juanita (Juan) Aguilar, Joe (Paulette) Escobar, Mike (Karen) Escobar, Angela (Mario) Flores, Nick Escobar and Lisa (Jorge) Castillo; 12 grandchildren, Gracie (Tony) Martinez, John Michael, Alex, Michael Sean, Kristopher, Sonia (Jorge) Magana, Joshua, Sammy, Daniel, Tristin, Andrew and Sofia; her siblings, Angela Melendrez, Rosa (Charra) Garza, Abelia Ramirez, Julia Melendrez, Mary Moser, PeeWee Cortez, Richard Melendrez, Cruz Amaro, Carmen Reyes and Santa Myers. Aurora was preceded in death by her mother and father, Alfonso and Petra Melendrez; brothers, Alberto Melendrez, Ramiro Melendrez and Nicolas Melendrez; and one granddaughter, Stephanie Nicole DeLeon. Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, July 29, 2013, from 1 to 8 p.m., with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, 531 S. 16th St. in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. The Escobar family wishes to thank all friends and family for their prayers and support during this most difficult time. Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in care of all arrangements.


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