Jovita Escamilla

February 15, 1939November 19, 2018
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Jovita G. Escamilla was born February 15, 1939 in Bertram to Pablo Escamilla and Miceala Gonzales. She was called home on November 19, 2018. She was preceded in death by both her parents, one son Larry James Mata, brothers Felix Escamilla, Johnny Escamilla, Andrew Escamilla and Esperanza Escamilla; sisters Dominga Maldonado, Emelia Escamilla and Katy Valdez. Our mom met no strangers. Everyone was always welcome in her home. She loved to feed you, drink coffee with you and show off her latest project she was working on. She had an abundant love for music, dancing and being silly with her friends and family. Jovita was very devout in her faith. She was a devoted mother, aunt, friend and confidant. She instilled us with a strong moral compass and manners. She was an excellent cook. If you came over to visit, often times you wouldn’t leave empty handed. She would always give. She loved to laugh and make jokes. Her greatest happiness was her grandchildren, who called her Grandma, GMA, Momo and Gigi. She leaves behind 2 siblings Paul Escamilla and Nancy Pina, 7 children Susie (Joe) Guzman, Judy Baladez, Johnny (Bernadette) Mata, Kathy (Roy) Salazar, Donna (Rodney) Smith, Jason (Consuelo) Mata, and Stacy (Stephanie) Mata, 7 grandchildren Kara (Aaron) Dennis, Laura (Michael) Jordan, Leticia (Steven) Hernandez, Matthew Guzman, Rian Salazar, Abigail Salazar, and Isabella Mata and 1 great grandchild Lilian Hernandez. She helped raise 2 young men, who she loved as her own Paul Gonzales and Paul Raymond and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the New Century Hospice team Shannon, Patti, Clydie, Chaplain Lopez, Deborah, David and Julie. Thank you for guiding us through and caring for our mother. Visitation will be Monday November 26, 2018 6:00 – 8:00 pm, with Rosary being recited at 7:00 pm at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Mass will be held Tuesday at 10:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bertram. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Care entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Condolences may be offered at


  • Paul Escamilla, Brother
  • Nancy Pina, Sister
  • Susie Guzman, Daughter
  • Judy Baladez, Daughter
  • Johnny Mata, Son
  • Kathy Salazar, Daughter
  • Donna Smith, Daughter
  • Jason Mata, Son
  • Stacy Mata, Daughter
  • Kara Dennis, Grandchild
  • Laura Jordan, Grandchild
  • Leticia Hernandez, Grandchild
  • Matthew Guzman, Grandchild
  • Rian Salazar, Grandchild
  • Abigail Salazar, Grandchild
  • Isabella Mata, Grandchild
  • Lilian Hernandez, Great Grandchild


  • Visitation Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Rosary Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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Paul Raymond

November 27, 2018

I can't put into words the effect Jovita had, and still has on my life. She came to me in a time when I needed guidance, love and direction...and actually succeeded in putting on the right path in life. I want to thank not only Jovita, but the entire Mata family for taking me in and making me one of their own. I don't know where I would be today without all of you, I love you guys very much. Jovita will always live on in my heart and my memories of her...I will never forget what she has done for me.

Mary Smith

November 24, 2018

I am so sorry for your lost, My memory of your Mother was the kind and sweet welcome to her home, she was a kind and caring person, I shall always remember the love and understanding she gave my son, Rodney Smith. She will be missed but never forgotten Rip until we meet again. Mary Smith of Mansfield, La.

Thomas Schumann

November 24, 2018

Dear Family, It was with deep, deep sorrow that I learned about your dear mother. I want to add my heart-felt condolence to every member of Jovita's family, and the many others who also appreciated and valued her. All Thanksgiving week my mind goes back to 1970 and the early years we were all together. Even now, I always feel proud that she wanted me to call her "Aunt Jovita." Being kind was ever so much more important to her than being "right" That too was part or her essence. My friend and adopted aunt was also a humanitarian who worked hard, tried to do the best she could, raised a GOOD bunch of kids, tried to help others along the way, and didn't forget to laugh. A death is to be mourned, but , I also think it can be celebrated. There is a clear full moon tonight. My words directly to her --" I will remember and celebrate your compassion, and the twinkle in your eyes -- with lasting affection, love and respect -- thank you for having been you, dear Tia Jova. Thomas Schumann

Jason Mata

November 20, 2018

Kathy Gonzales

November 20, 2018

What beautiful memories I will hold. She always had a smile and a big hug when we would see her at the Escamilla reunion. Her bubbly personality made me feel so welcomed and loved. Will miss seeing her at the reunions. May you rest in peace. ❤️ ❤️

Addie Zinser

November 20, 2018

Always the center of our attention. She took my brothers and sister under her wings when our own parents passed away and I will always love her for that. She was just that way, because she had a heart of gold with so much love in it. She will be in my heart forever. I loved her so much.



She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Jovita will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, Jovita was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Jovita leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories.