July 1, 1928 – March 11, 2018
Born in the small town of Elgin Texas, Secundina was one of 11 children to father Isabel and mother Maria Ubias. Not being fond of her given name, she preferred to be called “Nina.” The family worked vigorously as migrant workers, traveling all across the United States. Not only was she a skilled field laborer, harvesting anything from vegetables to picking cotton, she was also a talented and creative seamstress, often drawing out designs on spare pieces of paper before bringing them to fruition. A skill that would prove highly useful later in life as she became a mother. She met Francisco Gonzalez and the couple wed on June 22, 1947 in Alamo, TX. Soon thereafter, the newlyweds traveled north from their Texas valley home, and settled in the neighborhood that would later be registered as The Historic Old Sixth Ward, near downtown Houston. Together, Nina & her husband, Frank would raise 5 children in their home on Decatur St., Maria Elena, Lucia, Francisco Jr. (deceased), Delia, and Anthony. She spent many hours designing and making clothes for not only her children, but for neighborhood friends as well. She had a kind heart, often times setting a good example of charity to vagrants that would pass by and request a helping hand, making them a sandwich with whatever they had available in their refrigerator. She also volunteered as much of her time as she could to her local church, often helping cook food for festivals or fundraisers. Just another example of her fine talents, was cooking a good meal. Ask any of her children, grandchildren or great grandchildren, what a favorite food memory is and you can bet tortillas, tamales, menudo and bean tacos are at the top of the list. An example of making a lot out of a little to feed her large family she loved so much.
The family tree is as follows: Mr & Mrs. Francisco & Secundina Gonzalez Daughter: Maria Elena, husband (deceased) Antonio P. Garza Jr., husband (deceased) Harold E. Williams Antonio P. Garza III & wife, Debbie L. Eric A. Garza Erin A. Graza Marcus P. Garza Paul H. Williams Daughter: Lucia, husband (deceased) Leonard R. Rodriguez Leonard R. Rodriguez Jr. & wife, Janie F. Samuel A. Saldana Samantha A. & husband, Dennis O. Amaya Micheal A. Nieto Mason A. Nieto Sophia D. Amaya April R. & husband, Jesus Martinez Jr. Victoria L. Rodriguez David L. Rodriguez & wife, Maria Kevin Rodriguez Arilin Rodriguez Madalin Rodriguez Dillin Rodriguez Son: Francisco Gonzalez Jr. (deceased) Daughter: Delia, husband Candelario S. Gonzales Jr. Michael A. Gonzales & wife, Patricia A. Christian M. Gonzales Michael A. Gonzales, Jr. Isreal J. Gonzales Vincente F. Gonzales & wife, Erica H. Vincente F. Gonzales Jr. Noah A. Gonzales Ariana N. Gonzales Monica B. & husband, Roberto Villarreal Jr. Robert A. Villarreal Gabriel R. Villarreal Jaslene Ortiz Alexander R. Gonzales Candice A. Gonzales Son: Anthony Gonzalez Anthony Gonzalez Jr. Michelle L. Gonzalez
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.heightsfuneralhome.com for the Gonzalez family.
- Maria Elena, Daughter
- Delia Gonzales and her husband Candelario, Daughter
- Lucia Rodriguez, Daughter
- Anthony Gonzalez, Son
- Bacilia Hernandez, Sister
- Natalia Ureste, Sister
- Francisco Gonzalez, Husband
- Francisco Gonzalez Jr., Son
Several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren
and Great-Great Grandchildren
- Visitation Sunday, March 18, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, March 19, 2018
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March 19, 2018
I would like to thank everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for sending your prayers, love and sincere condolences to my grandmother. Some of my fondest memories are of her telling us her family stories. She had a lot of love and pride for her family. I miss her so much but I am comforted in knowing that she is so very happy where she is now because I know she is with my grandpa, my Tio Frank and all her other loved ones that have passed before her. Please hug your loved ones and say "I love you" often.
Joe M. Ubias sr.
March 18, 2018
My condolences to the family she was deeply loved and will be greatly missed 🙏💓
Simon U . Porras , Jr.
March 15, 2018
We will miss you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and our condolences to the family. Simon U. Porras jr and family