Brookside Funeral Home & Brookside Memorial Park

13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, TX


Leonila Cantu

January 17, 1944July 27, 2020

Leonila Cantu, 76, passed into eternal rest on July 27, 2020. She was born January 17, 1944 in General Teran, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. When she was ten years old she helped her dad on the farm with the crops. She helped him grow vegetables. She loved to dance and sing with her sisters and brothers while her dad played the accordion.

Leonila met her husband when he was riding by on his bicycle. They married on February 22, 1960. She moved to Texas with her husband and family. She worked and raised her children in Houston and Pasadena. She returned to Mexico and lived in her home there for a time while she helped care for her mom and dad. She returned to Texas where she lived out the rest of her years.

She loved to spend time with her family. She'd sit outside and watch her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren play and BBQ on Sundays.

Leonila is preceded in death by her parents Jose Garcia and Lydia Silva; granddaughter Erica Francine Cantu; sister Narsedalia Garcia Silva, and great-grandson Jordan Christopher Aragon.

Left to cherish her memories are husband Ruben Cantu, Sr.; daughters: Olga Cantu, Leonila Hernandez, Mary Cantu-Villareal; sons: Martin Cantu, Catarino Cantu, Ruben Cantu, Guadalupe Cantu; grandchildren: Elizabeth Molina, David Cantu, Samantha Cantu, Jennifer Cantu, Jane Martinez, Michael Cantu, Catarino Cantu, Jr., Michelle Cantu, Patricia Cantu, Stephanie Rendon, Laura Almodovar, Lexi Hernandez, Ruben Cantu, Cain Cantu, RJ Cantu, Joey Castillo, Francisco Collingsworth, Jessica Castillo, Josephine Cantu, Guadalupe Cantu, Jr., Leslie Cantu, Santivanni Mendez, Priscilla Estrada, Angelica Yensi; 44 great-grandchildren; sister Teresa Garcia Silva; brothers: Idelfanso Garcia Silva, Juvel Garcia Silva, Lugardo Garcia Silva, and Javier Garcia Silva.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.brooksidefuneralhomelauder.com for the Cantu family.


  • Martin Cantu
  • Ruben Cantu
  • Catarino Cantu
  • Guadalupe Cantu
  • Santivanni Mendez
  • Francisco Collingsworth
  • Joey Castillo


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


  • Committal Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020



Leonila Cantu

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Sarah Davis

August 2, 2020

(Palms 121 KJV)
I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

Hello this is Sarah Davis, next door neighbor and I have been very blessed to have such great neighbors "The Cantu Family ".
It was always a delight to look over and see Mrs. Cantu's smiling face and hearing her greetings with her lovely voice.
Also seeing her enjoying her family during Family Gatherings warmed my heart through the years. She will truly be missed and I hope the Family continues the tradition.
I want Mr. Cantu, Mary, Santiovanni, Priscilla, Angelica and the rest of the family to know you all are in my prayers.
Much Love and God Bless.

Zoraya Vaquera

August 1, 2020

Primos los sentimos en el alma, tengo muy bonitos recuerdos de mi tia, siempre fue tan linda con nosotros. Dios les de paz y mucha fortaleza por esta perdida. Estamos con ustedes y los acompáñanos en su dolor . RIP Tia Leonila

Katherine Aleman

July 30, 2020

Mi más sentido pésame a la familia cantun por la perdida de mi querida señora Leonela Dios la llamo a su Reino 🙏y la dejé gozar de esa gran Paz que solo Dios nos puede brindar donde no hay mas tristezas ni olvidos . En mi poco tiempo con usted . Hice lo posible porque pasará un tiempo de calidad y brindarle mucho amor . Vuele Alto señora Leonela con Dios donde ya no hay más dolor. Dónde solo hay paz ⭐🙏


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