American Heritage Funeral Home

10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX


Wilhelmina Diaz Mendoza

February 27, 1932June 26, 2020

Wilhelmina (Willie) Diaz Mendoza, 88, of Houston, Texas passed away on June 26, 2020. She was born in Houston on February 27, 1932.

She was married to Alex Mendoza for 61 years. Wilhelmina made a career as an educator with the Aldine School District at Hidden Valley Elementary/Goodman Elementary.

She was a Parishner at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, where she enjoyed volunteering and teaching CCE classes. She also had a passion for animals.

She is survived by her daughters Kathryn Childs, Wendy Reynolds, and Rebecca Mendoza, her Grandson Garret Smith, and Great Grandchildren Jaxon, Amelia, Alex, Charis, & Trey.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the service will be private. In lieu of flowers, please leave online condolences.


  • Garrett Smith , Active Pallbearer
  • Joe Childs, Active Pallbearer
  • Blaine Reynolds, Active Pallbearer
  • Jose Nolasco, Active Pallbearer


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Nancy Sandoz

July 3, 2020

We were "neighbors" of Willie in that we lived a few block apart in Hidden Valley. We went together many times to volunteer at church and to teach in CCE. Willie gave shelter one night to my husband when HV had one of its frequent intersections flooding and he couldn't get home. We never stepped into her home that we weren't suplied with food. We had the pleasure of helping host her and Alex 60th anniversary. Willie was a strong, caring, funny, determined woman. She will be missed. Our comfort is in the knowledge that she rest in the presence of Christ with her Alex . Thank you Willie for sharing your life with us.

Eva Gates

July 2, 2020

Aunt Willie touched the lives of many in positive and meaningful ways throughout her life through her devotion and love of God, family, teaching, community, and Country. She had a passion for teaching and spoke often with enthusiasm about her lessons for the children in elementary school and for the children at church. As a teacher myself, we shared a common bond of understanding. During our conversations over the years, Aunt Willie was witty, intelligent,cheerful, positive, funny and a great listener.
I can recall the many times Aunt Willie and Uncle Alex would take me, my two brothers, and sister to Hot Wells on Friday evenings to picnic and swim- outings we kids all looked forward to during the week! We always enjoyed these special times together because Aunt Willie and Uncle Alex made it fun! These are memories that I will cherish and hold dear in my heart.
May the many fond memories over the years sustain family and friends during these difficult times. May all find comfort and peace in knowing that Aunt Willie has joined Uncle Alex and family who have preceded her in death. She will be missed!

constance shackelford

July 2, 2020

To the daughters of Wilhelmina Mendoza and their families:

We are so very sorry for your loss. We send our deepest condolences.
Willie was a wonderful aunt and a beautiful person to know and be with.
She was loved very much and will be greatly missed.
May God bless you and bring you comfort. You are in our prayers.

With sympathy,
Connie and David Shackelford

Craig Cox

June 30, 2020

Mrs. Mendoza was my 3rd Grade teacher at Hidden Valley Elementary from 1984-1985. Out of every teacher I had from pre-school through college, no one had the impact on me that Mrs. Mendoza did. She challenged me, made me actually enjoy reading, and taught me valuable life and cultural lessons that I still carry with me to this day. When my son was about to start third grade a couple of years ago, I shared with him how excited I was for him because of how pivotal 3rd grade was for me and told him all about my favorite teacher, Mrs. Mendoza.

Monica Macias

June 30, 2020

Mina was our cousin on my dad's side. My father, Henry Macias, loved Mina with all his heart. I know he was there to welcome her home. We will miss Mina deeply. We loved her so very much and will remember all the good times we had when we would go to visit her. I always loved going to her house when I was in town. She always had food prepared for us and we would also be welcomed by her fur babies. RIP Mina. Until we meet again. Please give my dad a big hug from us. Love you prima.

Melissa Hoffmann

June 30, 2020

Mrs. Mendoza was my 3rd grade teacher at Hidden Valley Elementary back in 1985-86, she was tough but she cared and I will always remember her for that. My deepest condolences to the family on such a big loss, y’all are in my prayers.

John Dvorak

June 30, 2020

What a wonderful person , she was so didicated and loving to her family. I know she was special to ours and I know my mom Nancy Smelker loved her . RIP and special blessings and prayers to you all