Magdalena E. Elizondo

September 1, 1946May 15, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

Magdalena E. Elizondo entered eternal salvation on May 15, 2019. She left this life in the arms of her husband, Juan R. Elizondo, and surrounded by her children, Juanita “Janie” Paradoski, Debra “Debbie” Elizondo, Juan Elizondo, and Monica Elizondo. She was blessed to have several of her beloved grandchildren with her. She also spent time with all her grandchildren and her first great-grandchild the day before her final rest.

“Maggie” was born in Berg’s Mill, Texas, on September 1, 1946, to Juanita Buentello. Orphaned at age 7, she was raised with her sister Yolanda by their maternal Aunt Olivia (and Uncle Guillermo) Maldonado and Aunt Adela (and Uncle Jose) Morales in Corpus Christi, Texas. From that young age, Maggie and “Yoli” developed life-long sibling relationships with many cousins, including Rey Campos, Maria M. Morin, Jo-Z Cisneros, and Lupe Murillo.

Maggie graduated from Ray High School in spring 1964 and married “Johnny” Elizondo on October 4. The couple soon moved to Houston and started their family. During their 55 years of marriage, Maggie developed strong bonds with Johnny’s extensive family, including sisters-in-law the-late Josefina E. Aranda, Isabella E. Gongora, Ernestina E. Suarez and Gloria E. Chavez. Among many shared life experiences over the years, one of the more memorable activities was their shared passion for the Dallas Cowboys. She remained devoted to her extended family and their children’s children throughout her life.

Maggie worked for ExxonMobil Corp. for more than 30 years. She demonstrated her kind and giving spirit helping employees and their families understand and access their retirement and death benefits. She was part of a tight-knit team and was especially happy to work with others on the most difficult cases that required extensive research to resolve. Maggie was honored and excited to be with her work family again when she was asked to pause her retirement for a special, six-month project that turned into an additional nine years supporting retirees and their families. She maintained an enduring relationship with her colleagues and was notably one of a handful of people who understood the myriad rules and options available to thousands of employees whose companies were acquired or sold during her decades of service.

Maggie was a tireless volunteer during her children’s time in primary and secondary school. She and Johnny were band parents, drill team parents, volleyball parents, youth group cooks and more. She helped make their home a magnet for her children and their friends, sacrificing her peace and basic needs to buy and maintain a game room, a TV room and an unending supply of snacks. She lavished her children with love and doses of toughness, when needed.

Maggie was inflexible when it came to family vacations. She allowed each child to “decide” one day’s agenda on annual trips. She robbed Peter to pay Paul and sacrificed her own needs to provide childhood memories that life had not fully provided for her.

She, along with her husband Johnny, were faith-filled and instilled that strong faith in her children. As her children grew up and after they left her home, Maggie continued to give to the community around her. She remained a supporter of her children’s high school decades after they graduated. She and Johnny served as pre-marriage counselors for couples set to marry in the Catholic Church. They also counted and deposited church collections, served as Eucharistic ministers and were Lectors who led their congregations in weekly liturgical readings. Maggie would occasionally trade reading assignments with other Lectors but almost never gave one up. She was pained when her physical strength would no longer allow her to serve communion, but still jumped at other opportunities to help at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, her final church home.

Maggie is survived by her husband, children, son-in-law Dennis Paradoski, daughter-in-law Susan Elizondo, grandchildren Daniel Elizondo and his wife Megan Elizondo, Mary Paradoski, Elizabeth Elizondo and Juan JB Elizondo, Jacob Elizondo and great-grandson Ari Elizondo. She’s also survived by her sister, sisters-in-law, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Among her final acts of selflessness, Maggie asked that her friends and family consider making donations to the American Diabetes Foundation, the American Heart Association or St. Jude’s.

And in her extensively detailed funeral planning notebook, she noted this Emily Dickenson passage and unattributed quotation:

“And if I go while you’re still here, know that I live on, vibrating to a different measure behind a thin veil you cannot see through. You will not see me, so you must have faith. I wait for the time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other. Until then, live your life to its fullest. And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart, I will be there.”

“If you glimpse a fleeting shadow moving cross your window pane or sense a soft and loving touch in each refreshing rain; if you feel a constant presence in the gentle winds that blow; please know it is my spirit. I’ll be with you evermore.


  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, May 18, 2019


Magdalena E. Elizondo

have a memory or condolence to add?

Alice Skinner

May 18, 2019

What a special lady, Maggie was! Always a smile on her face, and she was such a joy to work with in the Band Booster at Mac! Just know that the Elizondo family will be in Larry and my thoughts and prayers. We know she will be missed!

Apolla Beasley

May 17, 2019

I knew Maggie more than 30 years and had the opportunity to share many working and personal adventures with her.
She was beautiful through and through--always sharing her Godly qualities with anyone in need. She loved her families dearly those at home, at work and church. She was a dear friend that will be missed but her memory will always warm our hearts. Blessings to her family.

Debbie McGuire

May 17, 2019

I worked with Maggie at ExxonMobil for some 20 years or so. She was a delight to work with. One of the kindest people I have ever met. My thoughts and prayers are with her wonderful family.

Liza Webb

May 17, 2019

Aunt Maggie-
I will always hold you close to my heart and the wonderful memories as a child and as an adult. You always showed so much love to us. Your passion for unity for family , and kind hearted ways will always be imprinted in my heart. You always made us feel right at home♥️. Full of life, adventures and fun, love and faith🙏🏻

You Always gave good advise and spoke about the importantance of family.
You were a blessing to many of us.

I will miss you - and I will always keep every single memory alive in my heart ❤️
Love you always your niece Liza and Family
Troy, Kevin, Sarina Webb

Sandra Mireles

May 17, 2019

O Loving Father and Savior, send your angels to carry the soul of your servant from this earth to the heavenly place of eternal and everlasting life. Let family and friends who have passed before in faith be reunited in joy with the departed. Forgive any wrongs that have been committed and welcome this beloved spirit into the warm embrace of your unending peace. Amen.

Our sincere condolences to the Elizondo family. Maggie was one of a kind and always treated me like family. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Maggie for more than 30 years here at ExxonMobil. Maggie and a few of us would get together weekly to recite the rosary and pray for all our family and friends. She was so proud of her family and always lit up with a smile when she shared stories of what was going on in their lives.

May God bless you all and may you rest in peace Maggie. You will be forever missed.

Love always...Albert, Sandra & Matthew Mireles

Louise Simpson

May 17, 2019

I worked with Maggie throughout my career at Exxon. We had more than a work relationship. Maggie became the sister I never had. I truly loved her and I will miss my dear sister and friend. Now it’s time to rest Maggie; but I’ll see you again on the other side...

Samantha Harris

May 16, 2019

I will always remember seeing Maggie in the pew at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral. She was quick to give her beautiful smile to me. Being a truly good, kind lady, Maggie was such a joy to be around. May she rest in eternal peace. My deepest sympathy and prayers for her family.

Steve Protz

May 16, 2019

My condolences to the family. May Maggie rest in eternal peace.

Rena Sumrall

May 16, 2019

Dear Debbie and Monica, we were so saddended to learn of dear Maggie's passing. What a special person she was! I know you all are heart-broken to lose her from this life, but know that she is in a better place with no suffering. Our prayers are with you and your family. I have many fond memories and her and our Exxon days and of our days with both of you working with us! Maggie gave it her all every day and loved all of you so very much. Much love, Doyle and Rena Sumrall

Barbara Barnett

May 16, 2019

Maggie and I got to know each other when we both worked at Exxon as retirees. She was full of knowledge and so helpful to me during that time. She will be missed.