Mary Camarata

February 22, 1919December 10, 2010

MARY SANTARCANGELO CAMARATA, 91, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, entered into eternal life with our Lord on Friday, December 10, 2010. Mary Camarata was born on February 22, 1919 to Nunzio and Vittoria Santarcangelo in Worcester, Massachusetts. As a young child, she was raised in Houston with her siblings, Camille, Rocco (preceded in death) and her surviving brother, Nick. After graduating from Sam Houston High School, she married Joseph Paul Camarata on September 13, 1936 at Sacred Heart Church in Houston. She was a homemaker, seamstress, cook, and much more to her ten children and her legacy consisting of thirty-two grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and ten great-great grandchildren.

Both Mary and Joe were devoted Catholics and volunteered to serve the community through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Mary never turned down a stranger’s request for food – she believed that any face could be our Lord and Savior in disguise (Mathew: 35:40). Everyone knew her as a very kind, humble and selfless person who always had a smile on her face.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Joseph Paul Camarata. Survivors include ten children and their spouses, Bessie (Richard) Benefiel, AJ Camarata, Mary Jo (John) Boultinghouse, Vicki (Steve) Nicol, Emmanuel (Marian) Camarata, Cecilia (Bobby) Vann, Janice Camarata, Joseph (Cristina) Camarata, Regina (Elias) Macal, and Julie (Robert) Galloway, thirty-two grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, ten great-great grandchildren; Nick Santarcangelo, brother, numerous nieces and nephews.

Special heartfelt thanks to Bessie, AJ and Mary Jo who cared for our mother so intently over the last 6 years. We are grateful beyond any words we can express.

Visitation: Sunday Dec 12, 2-4 pm and Monday, Dec 13 6-8 pm with a Rosary at 7:00 pm, Earthman Bellaire Chapel. Funeral Mass 10:00 am, Tuesday Dec 14; Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Downtown. Interment: Forest Park Lawndale Garden of Gethsemani. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 12, 2010
  • Visitation Monday, December 13, 2010
  • Rosary Monday, December 13, 2010
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mary Camarata

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Brenda Hill

December 29, 2010

AJ, you are in our prayers and our thoughts. Have comfort knowing that your mother is spending eternity peacefully in God's loving arms. - Houston Chronicle First Edition

December 15, 2010

Dear Janice, Bessie, and Regina,
We are very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
The Montonchaikul Family

Theresa Benefiel

December 15, 2010

My sympathy goes out to Bessie and her siblings and the rest of the family . May Grandma Camarata rest in peace.

December 14, 2010

When I read of your mother's death , it brought a flood of fond memories. I wish I could have seen all of you and given each of you a hug.
My love and sympathy,
Jennie Sedita Leman

Clarissa and Gregg Stephens

December 14, 2010

Dear Joe - We are sad to hear of your mom's passing....our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.


December 14, 2010

We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your loved one.
Your friends at *Totally Texas Limousines

December 13, 2010

I was saddened to hear about your mother, I know what it is to lose one. You are in my thoughts and prayers
Harriet Borne

Tanja Pyron

December 13, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you all.

Nick Mata

December 13, 2010

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

December 13, 2010

Nick and Lucy Mata.