Gloria Martinez Caballero
May 17, 1942 – September 3, 2020
Gloria Martinez Caballero was born on May 17, 1942 and passed away on September 3, 2020 and is under the care of Zoeller Funeral Home.
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Gloria Martinez Caballero
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September 13, 2020
I will miss my sister Gloria so much. She was so loving and giving to me, my husband and my daughters, and to the children of my daughters. Gloria would always pay keen attention to the needs of others, and sought to somehow fill that need. I remember when she moved to Seguin, one of her neighbors had many small children, that would run around seemingly uncared for. She started making cupcakes for them, and buying pasta and spaghetti, and buying other food items that she thought could be easily prepared. I think the children and their parents looked on Gloria as a grandmotherly angel. She also put out cat food for all the stray cats in the neighborhood. Gloria was also an avid listener, and learned from the conversations of her elders. Like our mother, she was a source of knowledge of all familial history, and local New Braunfels lore. Also like our mother, Gloria would also easily make life long friends wherever she lived. From an early age, say 6 or 7 years of age, Gloria, by closely watching our mother sew, learned to sew like a champ by the time she was 11 or 12, winning blue ribbons at 4H county fairground displays. She used that talent throughout her life. For me she sewed my wedding dress, all my bridesmaids dresses, upholstered my first couch as a young married woman, kept my two daughters clothed in beautiful homemade outfits up until they were in 3rd or 4th grades, sewed elaborate Halloween costumes for my daughters and anyone else that asked, and many many other sewing projects. She gave so much and asked for so little in return, I don't think I ever told her how much I appreciated and loved her. That is something that I will regret all my life.
September 13, 2020
Gloria came of age during a free-spirited, non-conformist time-- the 1960's. I have never met anyone who fit in so well to this period than she did. To borrow from Bob Dylan, she was an artist and she did not look back. She was non-judgmental and flexible. She befriended everybody she met. She struck up friendships with teens struggling to fit in and with the old geezers who went to the donut shops breakfast fast food places. She loved to create things out of nothing. She could repurpose an old dress from the Goodwill, restore a discarded piece of furniture from the thrift shop, refurbish car seat covers, or create Halloween costumes for the kids out of surplus bolts of fabric. Perhaps her most favorite pastime was finding hidden treasures at garage sales and the thrift shops.
Andrea Velasquez Kessler
September 10, 2020
For my Aunt Gloria
I have so many memories of Gloria from a very young age. I loved going to her apartment. She and Ida lived upstairs in an old Victorian style house in San Jose. They had many interesting things to look at and touch. She taught me how to play cards in that apartment. Go Fish, and War.
Gloria was an adventurer at heart. She moved from Texas and lived in Alaska, Hawaii, and California for a long time before moving back to Texas.
Gloria was crafty and artistic, a master seamstress. She and my grandma made my wedding dress and all the bridesmaid dresses.
Gloria was a collector of stuff, but sometimes she would part with her treasures and in fact I still have many of the gifts she gave me.
Gloria found and made friends easily everywhere she went. People were drawn to her. She was kind and always wanted to help.
Things I remember: Her cat Erica. Did she stuff her in a bag and carry her on the plane? I think yes.
I remember when Grandma Lupe told me about the time when Gloria (as a child) cut out a dress pattern on the bed. The pattern was great, the cuts were good. But the quilt on the bed was cut to shreds.
The story my mom would tell us of she and her siblings filling buckets of water and having water fights in the house! Grandma would come home and say how nice they were to clean the house.
The time Gloria visited me in my first owned townhouse. She sat on my new blue foam chair and flipped right over! No one was laughing harder than Gloria.
When her kids were young and joined the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, she gave all her skills, attention, and opened her home in supporting them and the entire organization.
The time she ran a marathon in New Orleans. She trained for it, ran/walked it, and finished it.
The decisions she made took her down many different roads which she handled with a fierce determination to be independent and live life her way.
I will miss her spirit. I hope she has found peace. Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
September 8, 2020
I'm so sad to hear of my Prima Gloria's passing. I have wonderful memories of her. She was my madrina of confirmation...she even made us matching outfits for the event. She visited Mom often, bringing her food and taking tortillas in return. She would take us to resale shops. The last time I saw her was shortly after Mom had gotten out of the hospital about 3 years ago. She was there to visit. I was lamenting that I didn't have a ride to San Antonio to catch the dollar bus to Houston. Right away she said she would take me...I was so worried that she would have problems driving there and back. Well, I shouldn't have worried, she knew San Antonio better than anyone else I knew!! She was greatly loved by my family and will be missed. My condolences to her children and all her family and friends. Love you all.
September 6, 2020
The memories keep coming. I remember being held by her as a child.
I remember her shuffle as she got older.
The story of giving people directions while she was sweeping dIstracted working for BART, and swept up money without knowing it. The time when we were walking through the mall and she pushed me aside, walked right up in front of a ton of people, and picked up $10. She was kind of a money magnet in that way. She would find money in pockets of clothes from the goodwill.
How she would take every single bit of chicken off the carcass to use in chicken salad sandwiches.
The time, when I was sick and very little and my mom had to go to work. My mom took me to her house. I was probably 3 or 4. She asked if I wanted tomato soup. And I did. But she put a hard boiled egg in it. I was upset. But she convinced me to try it. And it was delicious. I loved it that way from then on.
The time she kissed her husband and ended up with his gum and was so delighted with herself.
She had her faults, we all do of course, but her love for me made it so those were easily overlooked — forgotten. All that remains...that will ever remain for me, was her devotional love.
It’s what I will strive for in life. To be remembered for how I treated people. For how I loved them.
Thank you Gloria, for giving me such life lessons and making me the person I am.
September 6, 2020
My mother left Texas when she was very young. Marrying just to get out. Her older sister Gloria did the same and my mom and her ended up in California. I never knew a life without my aunt. Her and my mom were young, divorced single moms trying to make it on their own in the Bay Area. They were their support systems. They helped each other out all the time. I did not know a holiday without her up until my teens. My aunt Gloria was a huge hippie before there were even hippies. She was a supreme seamstress. And because of her my sister and I had almost all our clothes handmade when we were super young. All our Halloween costumes were amazing and nothing like the plastic ones our friends had. My aunt Gloria was my second mom. She did so much for me. She gave me a perspective so different from my own mom. They were close sisters who had many differences but a strong love for each other and their families.
I am so sad for the loss of this beautiful woman who made my childhood so wonderful. I am heartbroken for the pain my mother is feeling and the sadness that overwhelms her.
I cannot stop thinking of all the times with her. Although I couldn’t really remember, it seems I do from hearing so many times how I hid in her coat while my mom frantically looked for me when I was supposed to be napping. How my mom and I almost gave her a heart attack when we played an April fools joke on her which totally backfired.
I remember her laugh.
Her haphazard housekeeping skills. How she sewed anything for me. I remember her apartment with her cousin Ida, all those little turtles of idas and elephants of Gloria’s. I remember her bedroom on 6th Ave in Concord. Going through her jewelry box and all the things in her bathroom. How she unabashedly walked around naked. Her love of donuts and coffee.
I loved you Gloria. I know you knew that, but I wish I could have told you and hugged you one last time.
September 6, 2020
I will always remember miss Gloria. She was very fun and i loved working for her. She was a beautiful lady and she will be missed. To the family of miss Gloria i am so so sorry for your loss and pray you find comfort in the arms of Jesus at this difficult time.