Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX


Gilbert Amaro

April 11, 1935February 12, 2020

Gilberto Reyes Amaro was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on the 11th of April 1935 and went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, the 12th of February 2020, at the venerable age of 84.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sabino Amaro and Maria Reyes Amaro of Corpus Christi, Texas. Gilbert leaves behind a son, Conrado Amaro, of his first marriage. He is also survived by his wife of 51 years, Anita Becerra Amaro; sons, Manuel De La Rosa and Roger De La Rosa; daughter, Anna Maria Jurek; and two God-daughters, Stacy Padon and Stephanie Dekker. Gilbert was blessed with daughters-in-law, sons-in-law; a plethora of grandchildren and an even more exuberant generation of great-grandchildren who loved him and will miss him dearly.

Gilbert leaves this earth with a great legacy; he paved a pathway for his children by instilling a hard work ethic, offering his past experiences for their future benefit and was always working to better their lives.

He was searching for the "Golden Years’ and although he may not have found exactly what he thought he was searching for, his daughter came across a poem that captured what she hopes and prays her dad is experiencing now:

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things in order, she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, which scriptures she would like read, and which outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.

"What's that?" came the pastor's reply.

"This is very important," the young woman continued. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."

The pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

"That surprises you, doesn't it?" the young woman asked.

"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the pastor.

The young woman explained. "My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on, I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming...like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!"

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder

"What's with the fork?" Then I want you to tell them: "Keep your fork...the best is yet to come."

The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman goodbye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She knew that something better was coming.

At the funeral, people were walking by the young woman's casket, and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the pastor heard the question, "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it, either.”

He was right. So, the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from half-past nine until eleven o’clock in the morning on Monday, the 17th of February, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where the funeral service will commence at eleven o’clock.

Interment will follow, via escorted cortège, at Woodlawn Garden of Memories in Houston.


  • Visitation with the Family Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 17, 2020


Gilbert Amaro

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