OBITUARY

Irma Alba Lopez

May 29, 1945February 19, 2019
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Irma Angelica Alba Lopez (Mima) passed away on February 19, 2019, in the manner in which she lived: surrounded by and playing host to her family.

Born in Reynosa on May 29, 1945, Mima will be remembered as the caretaker across generations. It was a family rite of passage to sit in her high chair—a fixture in the kitchen for many years. Her home was a haven to all who sought one. Her words, a comfort to all who needed them.

Giving was a way of life for Mima. She freely gave her recipes and cooking tips, her advice and praise, her perspective on the latest novela stories. She enjoyed gardening and raising chickens. It is hard to think of anything Mima did that did not reflect her instinct for caring and nurturing. The lone exception might be the time she spent playing lotería, during which she was stealthily competitive.

Mima is survived by her son, Roberto Alba Lopez, his wife Karla Martinez, and grandchildren, Arely, Axel, and Aaron; sister Diamantina Alba and her sons, Juan Miguel Santos and Luis Angel Santos; sister Clementina Alba Santos, her husband Santiago Santos Santos, and their children, Santiago Alba Santos, Cindy Alba Thomas, Elizabeth Alba Santos, and Crystal Alba Santos; adoptive daughter, Clementina Trevino and her children, Isabel Toscano, Juan Toscano, David Lee Alba, and Michelle Trevino; and many other extended family members. She is preceded in death by her late husband, Rafael Lopez.

A viewing will be held Sunday, February 24, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m, with a memorial service starting at 6:30 PM-8:00 PM at Funeraria Del Angel Crespo.

Funeral service is on Monday, February 25, 10:30 a.m., at Funeraria Del Angel Crespo. Burial service will follow at 12:00 p.m., at Brookside Memorial Park.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 24, 2019
  • Prayer Service Sunday, February 24, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, February 25, 2019
REMEMBERING

Irma Alba Lopez

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Clementine Alba

February 23, 2019

I’m truly going to miss you MIMA....love you with all my ❤️

Cindy Thomas

February 23, 2019

I Luh You, Forever.

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Biography

Born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on May 29, 1945, to her parents Guadalupe Guel Alba and Herlinda Silva de Alba. She was the oldest child in the family. Her siblings, whom she dearly loved, were Ernestina, Ernesto, Miguel, Diamantina, and Clementina. Growing up may have been a simple life by most standards, but there was enough love and family memories to last a lifetime. It was from these traditions that she developed a true caring nature and her selfless devotion for others that followed her throughout her life.
In 1990, Robert became the light of her life and made her dream come true of becoming a mother. Mima and Robert were two peas in a pod, until the love of her life walked into her life in 1996. Her late husband, Rafael Lopez was her best friend and faithful companion and brought her happiness and fulfillment.
Mima will be remembered as the caretaker across generations. It was a family rite of passage to sit in her high chair—a fixture in the kitchen for many years. Her home was a haven to all who sought one. Her words, a comfort to all who needed them. Her motherly concern came through, even if she was playing matchmaker for those who were taking too long! She definitely knew how things should be done in a family, and there was her way…or HER way!
Giving was a way of life for Mima. She freely gave of her recipes and cooking tips (especially if she felt that her recipes would be used towards family goals, “Ya estas lista para casarte!”). Her advice and praise, even her perspective on the latest novela were cherished, as her wisdom would be wrapped up in the synopsis. Mima epitomized the meaning of gratitude. Whether it was $.25 concha from la panaderia or a quick visit or chat around her kitchen table, she was always so grateful for your company and thoughtfulness.
She was always a family oriented woman - enjoying her gardening and raising chickens. Everything Mima did reflected her God given instinct of caring and nurturing. Yet, admittedly, the one exception would be the family time spent playing lotería; during which she was extremely competitive.
After a beautiful life well lived, Mima passed away on February 19, 2019, in the manner in which she was happiest: surrounded by and still playing host to her family.