Dulce M. Alcocer
December 12, 1928 – June 17, 2020
Dulce Maria Mendoza Alcocer was born December 12,1928 in Havana, Cuba. Dulce Maria Mendoza Alcocer passed away on June 17, 2020, in her home at the age of 91. She is preceded in death by her father, Angel Mendoza, of Havana, Cuba; her mother, Sabina Mesa, of Pinar del Rio, Cuba; siblings Margot Vigil, Lydia Huerta, Blanca Mendoza, Mario Mendoza, and Esther Mendoza; her nephew Reynaldo Huerta, and niece Ana Petty. She is survived by her daughters, Sabrina Jackson and Vivian Coleman (husband Howard); her grandchildren, Mark Meza, Heather Koenig and Ariel Gammons; her great-grandchildren, Asher Koenig and Everly Gammons; her nephews, Mario Vigil and Mario Mendoza; three grand-nieces, and several great-great-grand-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her lifetime friend and pen pal since 1949, Shirley Spalvieri. Born at home in Havana, Cuba, on December 12, 1928, Dulce was the youngest of six children - five girls and one boy. She grew up in Havana and lived there until she married at the age of twenty-five. Dulce attended the Havana Business Academy from June of 1950 to July of 1953. In Havana, Dulce worked as a telephone operator for the Cuba Transatlantic Radio Corporation until she married in June of 1954. She then moved to the United States in the same year. She settled in Houston, Texas, and soon had their first daughter, Sabrina. Three years later, their second daughter, Vivian, was born. When she first arrived in the United States, Dulce stayed at home and took loving care of her daughters. After a while, she entered the workforce as a cashier at a toy store. Dulce had a tenacious work ethic and a determination to make a place for herself. She eventually attained a position working for a petroleum company and worked there until 1983, then worked for a wealthy family from Mexico City as their property and investment manager until she retired. Alongside her primary career, Dulce was active in her Lutheran church and wrote public relations pieces for her church bulletin, as well as sang in the church choir. Additionally, she was an editor for T he Oil Drop, a monthly publication for the Desk & Derrick Club. Creative writing was a particular passion for Dulce. She took creative writing classes all throughout her life and thought of writing as a “silent message you give to others.” Along with writing, Dulce was an avid reader and gardener, and was also fond of traveling and learning about other countries and cities. Dulce loved to cook for her family and always offered a meal to her daughters and grandchildren when they visited. No one could leave her house without a gift or some food in hand. Alongside her generosity to her family, Dulce always did whatever she could to aid someone in need that came across her path. She also enjoyed watching movies - her favorite actor was Sean Connery, and she owned all of his films. In addition to her love of cinema, Dulce relished challenging her mind and studied a variety of topics, including philosophy and religion. She read voraciously about anything and everything whenever she had the opportunity, and her mind was still quick and inquisitive at the fair age of ninety-one. Dulce proudly embraced the title of “Texan,” from the time she first arrived in Houston and throughout the rest of her life. She will be missed by all who love her. Due to COVID-19, the family will be holding two small services in Memoriam of Dulce Alcocer to allow for proper social distancing. Details on the services will be shared by the family members organizing the services once they are finalized. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to one of the following organizations in Dulce’s honor - The Arbor Day Foundation or the Houston Food Bank. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.AdvantageHoustonFunerals.com for the Alcocer family.
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Dulce M. Alcocer
June 27, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences to Dulce’s family. Bonnie and Greg Koenig.
I(Bonnie) had the opportunity to visit with Sabrina, Heather and David, in Dulce’s home in Houston. She was so warm and welcoming, offering food and refreshments. I remember upon leaving she gave me a gift to take home, among the items were pack of seeds for a tropical plant and a bar of fragrant soap. The seeds we planted at our home in Virginia and the soap has been used up, but these are the sweet memories that stay with you. That was a lovely obituary letter. Let the memories of Dulce’s life inspire and comfort you at this time. Sending love and prayers to your family.
June 27, 2020
Hi, I am Dulce's granddaughter, and I want to share an opportunity to virtually attend one of the services being held for my grandma today at 4 pm Standard Central Time. We will be streaming the service via Facebook Live, and the video will be available to watch here:
June 22, 2020
Dulce was my grandma’s lifelong friend. They were pen pals from a young age and kept in touch all their lives. I got to travel to visit Dulce and her family with my grandma about 15 years ago and we all had so much fun! Dulce was such a wonderful person with a big, beaming smile, and she made you feel comfortable and happy instantly. She had such a joyful personality. It was such a pleasure being able to meet her. ♥️