OBITUARY

Carmen F. Mata

14 April, 19299 February, 2021
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Carmen Franco Mata entered her heavenly home to be with her Lord on February 9, 2021 at the age of 91.

Carmen was born in San Antonio, Texas to Jose and Augustina Franco on April 14, 1929. She was the 13th of 14 children.

Carmen worked at a young age in the family owned bakery, La Pobalnita. She attended Navarro Grade School and then San Fernando junior high school. She then attended Lanier High School where she played the bugle in the school band. After graduation, she attended Durham Business College. Later, she worked at Toudouze furniture store in downtown San Antonio. Carmen married the love of her life, Robert Mata on April 8, 1951. They had 5 beautiful children together. Carmen was a loving and devoted mother. She was a stay at home mom caring, educating and nurturing her children, trying to give them the best life possible. One of the greatest joys in her life was later becoming a grandmother, where she was able to show the same love and devotion to her 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

One of Carmen’s favorite hobbies was bowling. She bowled in the Women’s Kelly League for many years. She was very proud of her trophies, but she enjoyed the friendship most of all. She also played in Bunco leagues and enjoyed jazzercise classes.

Carmen lived a life filled with love and will be remembered by her legacy she left behind. Although she will be truly missed, we feel comfort and peace knowing that she is reunited with her husband and daughter, whom she missed very dearly.

Carmen was preceded in death by her parents: Jose and Augustina Franco; her loving husband of 66 years: Robert Mata; her daughter: Rose Marie Cox, and 12 brothers and sisters.

Carmen is survived by her children: Robert Mata, Roy Franco Mata (Elsa), Rachel Morales (Jesse) and Richard Mata; grandchildren: Richard Cox (Robyn), Krystle Poynor (Casey), Corey Morales (Cynthia), Zachary Mata, Nicholas Mata and Jarred Morales; Great-Grandchildren: Ryen and Allie Poynor and sister Esther Madonado and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Funeraria del Angel Roy Akers on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with the Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. On Friday, February 26, 2021 the Funeral Mass will be held at St. John Berchman Church at 10:00 a.m., with interment at a later date at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, 25 February , 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, 25 February , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, 26 February , 2021

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Robyn Cox

10 March 2021

Thank you, Carmen, for helping Rose and Richard raise a loving, caring man. I am honored to share your wedding date and have wonderful memories of the day we shared with you and Robert. I remember well my last visit with you, and the memories of your family that you shared with us that day. Rick misses you deeply, and cherishes the special conversations you two always shared.

Rita De Luna Martinez

25 February 2021

Our deepest condolences to your family, may she Rest In Peace.

Terri Alejos

25 February 2021

God bless you Aunt Carmen and your legacy. ❤ Rest now in the Lord. ✝️

Virginia Marquez

25 February 2021

I remember when I was small I loved watching Aunt Carmen dance swing with Aunt Esther. I loved that that she let me comb her hair and I always thought she was so beautiful. That's why I asked mom to name my sister Carmen after her. Rest in Peace Aunt Carmen.
You are still beautiful.
Love, Virgie Marquez

Carmen Castillo

24 February 2021

It is privilege and honor to be named after my Aunt Carmen. My condolences on the loss of a beautiful soul, but at the same time, she is at Peace in Heaven, with Rosie and Uncle Robert. I'm glad she lived a long and fruitful life, filled with much love and cherished memories. May her memory live on in the lives of all who knew and loved her, especially her children and grandchildren.
With much love to my cousins,
Carmen Castillo

BERTHA MANN

24 February 2021

Prayers lifted up to the family. Her pride and joy was always her family. When I was little her and I were outside on my grandma's porch watching the younger group of cousins playing. She told me with tears in her eyes how she knew this group were the last of the family generations. She said a small prayer of peace love and joy for all of them. I will never forget this. May She rest in the hands of the Lord.

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