Modesta Ramirez Hernandez

November 22, 1941April 7, 2018
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Modesta (Ramirez) Hernandez, 76, of Gonzales, Texas passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas, and will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Forest Hamilton of Faith & Family church officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Gonzales, Texas. Visitation will be on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Buffington Funeral Home.

Modesta was born on November 22, 1941 in Gonzales, Texas. She was the daughter of Louis and Pilar (Gonzales) Ramirez. She worked various jobs to help the family, and later in life, she owned and operated Los Palmitas Bar. She was a volunteer at GCAM for 15 years. She collected antiques. Her hobby was volunteering at GCAM. Modesta loved her family and enjoyed being with them for any occasion.

Modesta is survived by one son; Michael Salazar and his wife, Joanna Bara of Gonzales, Texas, two daughters; Beatrice Navejar and her husband, Michael of Gonzales, Texas, Patricia Mitchell and her husband, Alfred Brown of Gonzales, Texas, one brother; Adan Ramirez and his wife, Martina of Nixon, Texas, four sisters; Juanita Gonzales and her husband, Gerano of Bryan, Texas, Eva Lopez and her husband, Manuel of Gonzales, Texas, Maria Ramirez of Gonzales, Texas, Martina Ramirez of Gonzales, Texas, nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; Louis and Pilar Ramirez, one daughter; Melinda Gomez, five brothers; Alvin0o Ramirez, Sr., Louis Ramirez Jr., Martin Ramirez, Jose Ramirez, Antonio Ramirez, and one sister; Rico Cerda.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Hernandez will be; Alfred Brown, Michael Navejar, Jr., Louis Lopez, Johnny Hodges, Nathan Nichols, and Mychal Arron Salazar.

To join the family in celebrating Madesta’s life, and to offer words of comfort, please go to:


  • Louis Ramirez, Father
  • Pilar Ramirez, Mother
  • Michael Salazar, Son
  • Joanna Bara, Daughter-in-law
  • Beatrice Navejar, Daughter
  • Michael Navejar, Son-in-law
  • Patricia Mitchell, Daughter
  • Alfred Brown, Son-in-law
  • Melinda Gomez, Daughter
  • Adan Ramirez, Brother
  • Martina Ramirez, Sister-in-law
  • Juanita Gonzales, Sister
  • Gerano Gonzales, Brother-in-law
  • Eva Lopez, Sister
  • Manuel Lopez, Brother-in-law
  • Maria Ramirez, Sister
  • Martina Ramirez, Sister
  • Alvino Ramirez Sr, Brother
  • Louis Ramirez Jr, Brother
  • Martin Ramirez, Brother
  • Jose Ramirez, Brother
  • Antonio Ramirez, Brother
  • Rico Cerda, Sister
  • Ms. Hernandez also leaves 9 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren, to cherish her memory.

  • Alfred Brown
  • Michael Navejar, Jr
  • Louis Lopez
  • Johnny Hodges
  • Nathan Nichols
  • Mychal Arron Salazar



  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 14, 2018


  • Interment

Modesta Ramirez Hernandez

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    Modesta Ramirez Hernandez was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Modesta always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Modesta was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

    Modesta was born on November 22, 1941 at At home with a mid-wife in Gonzales, Texas. Her parents were Luis and Pilar Ramirez. Modesta was raised in Gonzales, Texas. Always able to express herself well, Modesta possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Modesta was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      A good listener with an engaging personality, Modesta was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

    Very much like a kid herself, Modesta identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Modesta was blessed with three children, Beatrice, Patricia, and Michael. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Michael Jr., Maneul, Brandy, Reggie, Brandy M., and JJ.

    Modesta was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Modesta’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Modesta was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Modesta could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Modesta had many jobs. She was a jack of all trades.

    Modesta enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were fishing. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

    Modesta was a generous woman who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that she was so active and giving in her community. Modesta was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for GCAM for 15 years, a non-profit organization.

    Modesta held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to her. She sang with the Methodist Choir. During that time, she attended the Methodist Church.

    Travel and vacations were experiences that Modesta truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included fishing.

    When Modesta’s retirement finally came in She retired from J&B Foods, she was well prepared. She used logical analysis of her retirement options in order to ensure her retirement would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. Her new life involved remaining in Gonzales.

    Modesta passed away on April 7, 2018 at In her home in Gonzales, Texas. Modesta fought a brave battle against cancer. Services were held at Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas. Modesta was laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery in Gonzales, Texas.

    Modesta was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Modesta had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Modesta Ramirez Hernandez.