Mary Carmen Fuentes

October 2, 1923May 11, 2018

Mary Carmen Fuentes was called home on Friday, May 11, 2018, reunited with her beloved husband of 51 years, Federico "Freddie" Fuentes. She was born in Houston, Texas to Jose & Louisa Sanchez on October 2, 1923.

Carmen was very active in her community and devoted to her church. She and Freddie were one of the founding families of St. Jerome Catholic Church. Her joy was serving as a member of the Catholic Daughters and St. Jerome Seniors. Anyone that knew her well, remembers her and her Avon...she sold Avon for 20 plus years! She was also a member of the YMCA's Senior’s, for many years.

Carmen will be greatly missed by family and friends but she is now HOME in the arms of the Lord, forever free of worry and pain and now eternally dancing away with her love, Freddie.

Until we see you again.....forever Love Tina & Sylvia

Carmen was preceded in death by her infant son, James Ronald Mouser; husband, Federico "Freddie" Fuentes; infant granddaughter, Mariah Cory Kerr; her father, Jose Sanchez and mother, Louisa Hernandez. Her siblings, Amelia Zarate, Lucy Tellez, Anna Marie Perez and Aurora Salinas, also preceded her death.

Carmen is survived by siblings Roy Sanchez, Delores Garza and Alice Zapata, as well as her children, Ernestina Rios & husband Alejandro Rios, Sylvia A. Willis & husband Wallace A. Willis; grandchildren, Aaron J. Kerr & wife Amy Kerr, Angela Pepkins and husband Ray Pepkins, Carl F. Garrett and wife Stephanie Garrett and Dustin C. Kerr & wife Devin Kerr; great grandchildren: Lily Beth Kerr, Rainer J. Kerr, Piper Cory Kerr, as well as countless other loving family members and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate this wonderful woman’s life during a visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Mrs. Chayo Galvez. The Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, in the sanctuary of St. Jerome Catholic Church, 8825 Kempwood Drive, with Reverend Monsignor Dan Scheel celebrant. Following a brief reception, everyone will gather at Woodlawn Garden of Memories, 1101 Antoine, where Deacon Pedro Salas will lead the Rite of Committal.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Alex Rios, Wallace A. Willis, Aaron J. Kerr, Dustin C. Kerr, Carl F.Garrett and Ray Pepkins Honorary Pallbearers will be Angela Pepkins, Lily Beth Kerr and Rainer J. Kerr.


  • Alex Rios
  • Wallace A. Willis
  • Aaron J. Kerr
  • Dustin C. Kerr
  • Carl F. Garrett
  • Ray Pepkins
  • Angela Pepkins, Honorary
  • Lily Beth Kerr, Honorary
  • Rainer J. Kerr, Honorary


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Funeral Liturgy Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Rite of Committal Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mary Carmen Fuentes

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Anita Anguiano

May 14, 2018

I will always remember her friendly smile and welcoming hugs. She was such a lovely lady and I was blessed to have known her. God bless her family during their time of grief and loss.

Paulo Espinoza

May 14, 2018

One thing I will always remember about Aunt Carmen was that she was already hungry when she arrived to gatherings and she was for sure to sport the BEST Holiday sweaters, t-shirts depending on the Holiday!!!!! It was a pleasure meeting you and having you in my life after I married your niece Claudia. May you rest in peace!!!!!!