Aurora Mata, age 90, of Galveston went home to be with her Lord and Savior, surrounded by family, at her nephew’s home in Dickinson, Texas Tuesday, February 10, 2009. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, February 13, 2009 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of Galveston with Deacon Robert Standridge officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont, Galveston, Texas. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 12, 2009, with a rosary to be recited at 6:30 pm.
Aurora was born April 7, 1918 in Bellville, Texas to Cruz Mata and Francisca Borcedet Mata and moved to Galveston with her family in 1926. Aurora was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and later St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica.
Preceded in death by her parents, brother, Manuel Mata, sister-in-law, Josephine Mata and brother-in-law, Guadalupe Flores, Aurora will be missed by her devoted sister, Rebecca Flores and the rest of her family, niece, Gloria Pennington, great niece, Lisa Pennington, great nephew, Clark Pennington; niece, Rosalie Mata, great nephew, Dr. Raul Cruz, great nephew, Ronald Cruz and wife Caroline Cruz, great nephew, Wayne Maxwell and wife Lisa Maxwell, nephew, Manuel Mata, Jr. and wife Judy, great niece, Michele Ayala, great nephew, Chris Mata. Also surviving Aurora are the grandchildren of her nieces and nephews, Christine Pennington, Diane Pennington, Karina Cruz, Rosalie Cruz, Alexandra Cruz, Kelly Rose Cruz, Aaron Maxwell, and Theron Ayala. Her close friends, Goddaughter, Pillar Marquez, Lupe Fuentes, and Goddaughter, Teresa Vargas.
Pallbearers are Ronald Cruz, Dr. Raul Cruz, Wayne Maxwell, Manuel Mata, Jr., Clark Raymond Pennington, Aaron Maxwell, and Lisa Pennington.
Aurora was a kind and loving sister, aunt, and friend. She lived her life in accordance with God’s will.