Carolina Reyes

August 20, 1947September 12, 2021
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Carolina Reyes August 20, 1947 -September 12, 2021 The world lost a bright light on Sunday, September 12, 2021, our loving wife, mother and sister, passed away after battling liver disease for 28 years. She was surrounded by her three children and loving husband of 52 years. Carolina Reyes was born on August 20th, 1947 in El Paso, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor Gaytan, Sr. and Lydia Munoz Gaytan. She is survived by her husband, Silvestre Reyes, her three children, Dr. Monica Reyes, Becky Reyes-Lopez and Silvestre Reyes, Jr., her 6 grandchildren, Jaqueline Garcia-Reyes, Francisco Garcia- Reyes, Amelia Reyes, Mateo Reyes, Julian Garcia, Orlando Garcia and her 2 great-grandchildren Zanaya Reyes and Shiloh Mullen-Reyes. Carolina is the oldest of 8 children and is also survived by her siblings, Victor Gaytan, Jr., Alicia Flores, Gloria Widas, Arturo Gaytan, Patricia De Luna, Daniel Gaytan and Linda Sarabia, along with so many nieces and nephews. Carolina’s greatest legacy is her family and was called “mom” and “grandma” by so many of us because the only way she knew how to love was unconditionally. If you ever met her, you loved her instantly. She made friends in countless meetings, on elevators and flights, and never hesitated to give strangers compliments. She only said nice things because that was all that was in her heart. She loved music and often danced around her living room with her husband, children and grandchildren. She was effortlessly funny and her laughter could light up a room. Carolina Reyes was also strong and a fighter, she battled liver disease for 28 years and never let it stop her from being there for our community and family. She fought until the end for her husband, her children and grandchildren. She was blessed with amazing doctors and nurses, especially Dr. Vinay Patel, Dr. Michael DeLuca, Dr. Andres Enriquez, Dr. Alan and Norma Carpenter, Dr. Louis Alpern and Dr. Anchondo and all their staffs. Our family gives a special thanks to everyone that cared for her over the years. Carolina Reyes was also a leader, an ambassador of love and compassion around the world visiting with our military personnel and their families in remote and faraway locations, war zones and foreign countries. This amazing woman spread grace and love to everyone in her path. She was the First and only Latina elected President of the Congressional Club in Washington, D.C. and hosted First Ladies, Supreme Court Justices and both nationally and internationally renowned poets, artists and entertainers. Carolina never saw titles, just people. She would meet people and always invited them to her home in El Paso, Texas. Carolina was proud of her community and bragged about it to all that would listen. Caro, as she was called by those who knew her best, was the type of friend that would listen and never show up to your house empty handed. She was famous for her homemade “Red Velvet Cake” and potato salad. She never hesitated to try new recipes and often passed these recipes to her daughters and sisters. She was an excellent cook and made the best “Cream of Wheat” for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a wonderful hostess and loved throwing parties for 4 or for 400 people and loved to plan every detail. Her house always hosted her family and friends for big and small events, whether it was a wedding, a bunco Halloween Costume Party or a Star Wars baby shower. Whatever the occasion, Caro enlisted her husband and kids to help her make centerpieces, fold complicated origami napkins, build thrones or any other crazy idea she found in a book or on the internet just to make the party more special. Carolina was one of a kind and had a blessed life with the love of her life, Silvestre Reyes. In their over 54 years together, they built a strong family with traditions that will live on. That is her legacy and her gift to the world. “God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so He put his arms around you, and whispered Come with Me.” – Rhonda Braswell

Visitation will be Monday, September 20, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at St. Patrick Cathedral. Rite of Committal will follow at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. As a reminder Fort Bliss National Cemetery is observing a policy of face covering for all in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, the Reyes Family requests that donations be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at or to St. Patrick Cathedral of El Paso.

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  • Silvestre Reyes, Husband
  • Monica Reyes, Daughter
  • Rebecca Reyes-Lopez, Daughter
  • Silvestre Reyes Jr, Son
  • Amelia Reyes, Grandchild
  • Mateo Reyes, Grandchild
  • Julian Garcia, Grandchild
  • Orlando Garcia, Grandchild
  • Jaqueline Reyes, Grandchild
  • Francisco Reyes, Grandchild
  • Zanaya Reyes, Great Grandchild
  • Shiloh Mullen-Reyes, Great Grandchild
  • Victor Gaytan Jr., Brother
  • Arturo Gaytan, Brother
  • Daniel Gaytan, Brother
  • Alicia Flores, Sister
  • Gloria Widas, Sister
  • Patricia De Luna, Sister
  • Linda Sarabia, Sister


  • Visitation

    Monday, September 20, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021

  • Rite of Committal

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021


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Mario Meza

September 21, 2021

A decision that we all do not like to accept, but God has decided to call up Mrs. Carolina Reyes. There is something he needs from her which only she can do up there. She has left a wonderful family and built them a strong foundation so they can continue until they meet again I am grateful for having the opportunity to meet her, her family, and to be welcomed with open arms. I will always remember her smile and compassion for those around her.
May the Lord look over her family, especially Mr. Silvestre Reyes. Amen.

Diego Cintron

September 21, 2021

My wonderful aunt Carolina would always show great interest in what I did. It didn’t matter if it was my music, my education or anything else I had going on in my life. She celebrated our lives as we lived them. I will always cherish the smiles she gave, the hugs we shared and her bright laughter. I am blessed to have had such a strong, beautiful, and wise role model in my life.

Aunt Caro you will always be my blueprint when it comes to loving others. You will live on in me through the love that I give. I love you always.

Toney Moreno

September 21, 2021

Lots of wonderful memories from Way back in the days -my parents, my sisters and brothers reminiscing about families and good friends. Canutillo’s tight knit community. To The entire Reyes Family from Salvador and Anita Moreno and children Martha, Mario, Carlos, Olga and Toney Our Deepest condolences . May peace and love give you strength and courage.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let Your perpetual light shine upon her.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed
rest in peace.


Angel Olivas

September 20, 2021

Mrs. Reyes, Caro, my suegra. I still remember the first words as well as the last words you said to me. Your first words to me when I first met you were, “Are you Republican or Democrat?” I had to think quick on my feet and make a good first impression. So my reply was, “Democrat of course.” We both shared our first laugh in what turned out to be many, many wonderful laughs and smiles throughout the past 6 years. You welcomed me and my children, Sean, Caroline and Abby, to your beautiful family with open arms and unconditional love. I’ll miss sharing a cup of coffee and cookies with you. I’ll miss our conversations about how life was for you growing up. But most of all, I’ll miss your kindness, your laugh, your smile, you laughing at my silly jokes, your sense of humor, above all, your love for your children and grandchildren. I hope to do you proud by taking care of your grandchildren Julian and Orlando and your beloved daughter Monica. I know one day we will meet again and continue our conversations and laughs over a cup of coffee and cookies. You left us too soon, but know that you’ll never be forgotten. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers constantly. I will miss you my suegra. I’ll end this with the same last words you said to me before you left us, “I love you too.”

Martha & Steve Carrasco

September 20, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Carolina was an example of grace, beauty, kindness and love. She ignited in me love for my country when she invited me to attend Michelle Obama’s First Lady’s Luncheon. On a separate occasion she graciously invited Steve and I to Washington DC to attend “A Taste of El Paso” and gave us a personal tour of The White House. We mourn her loss with you.
Steve and Martha Carrasco

Brenda & Caesar Lucero

September 19, 2021

To my aunt Linda, Former Congressman Reyes, and the Reyes & Gaytan families….my family and I send our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May God bless you all.

Brenda, Caesar, Olivia and Avery Lucero

Christian & Rocio Rodriguez

September 19, 2021

Our condolences to the entire Reyes family. May God fill you with his love and strenght.

Renee Payan

September 19, 2021

My deepest sympathies to my padrino, Silvestre, and family. Carolina was a kind-hearted person that always made me and my family feel welcome. We’ll always remember when she accompanied us to tour The White House in Washington, D.C. God bless her, may she rest in peace.

Norma Chavez

September 18, 2021

My prayers and condolences to the beloved family of Carolina Reyes. You were a kind, beautiful soul who always honorably represented us as an El Paso ambassador and Congressional First Lady of El Paso by the side of our Congressman Silvestre Reyes. It was an exciting year when we all ran together and won our elections. It was all a new beginning for us I'll never forget. Thank you Reyes family for sharing your beautiful mother with us as she served El Paso by the Congressman's side with such grace, respect, and dignity. May the Lord, his Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit grant you peace as you lay Carolina to rest. Rest in peace.

Cory Ostos-Arcarese

September 18, 2021

Our heart goes out to Chicky and his children on the loss of Caro. We loved her so very much. She was the perfect picture of beauty, grace and kindness. You will be in our hearts forever.

Cory Ostos-Arcarese and Family