Amalia Gonzales

March 30, 1947November 26, 2020

Amalia "Yaya" Gonzales lived her life to the fullest. She loved her family, friends and her dogs. Her passion in life was to mold and shape young minds. She would often take money out of her own pocket to buy school supplies and gifts for her students. Just before she passed she bought stockings for her students.

She was born on March 30, 1947 in Alpine, Texas to Jose and Felipa Arispe. The family had deep roots in Alpine, Marathon. Big Bend and Terlingua where her mother where born.

She was raised with her two sisters, Marie Torres and Anna Vejil. While born in Alpine she grew up in Odessa and attended Ector High School.

After high school she dedicated herself to raising her two daughters Grace Gonzales and Rebecca Lopez. She met the love of her life, Santos Gonzales. He says the moment he saw her he knew she was the one. They married two months after they met. She passed on the day of their 50th wedding anniversary.

While working and taking care of a family she attended Odessa College where she did her basics. She then received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Spanish at UTPB. A few years later she got her Masters in Counseling. She said school was in her veins so she went back and got a mid-management certificate from Sul Ross.

She taught for many years in ECISD and retired as an assistant principal. Despite retirement she couldn't stay out of the classroom and went back to teaching. She loved working with all the teachers and staff at Milam Elementary.

She loved to travel with her husband and only grandchild, Jacob Lopez. They traveled the world together from Italy, Canada and all over the United States. She often told people her most expensive hobby was her grandson.

Her life revolved around her family and her dogs. And anyone who knows her knows she loved to dance to her favorite music by Tom Jones and well anything with a fun beat.

There was no slowing down for Amalia, she and her sisters opened a business together The Purple Leaf. The business brought her family even closer together.

She is survived by her husband, daughters, sisters, grandson, niece Karissa Torres and brother in laws, Ponciano Torres and Adam Vejil.

Public viewing will be Tuesday, December 29, 2020 from 1-9 PM with the Rosary at 7 PM at Frank Wilson Funeral Home, 4635 Oakwood Dr, Odessa, TX 79761. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 30th at 2pm at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 7601 N Grandview Ave, Odessa, TX 79765. Burial will follow at the Los Angeles section of Ector County Cemetery.


  • Public Visitation

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020

  • Rosary

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020

  • Interment

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020


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Alecia Self

January 16, 2021

I did not know Amalia personally although I met her several times but her sister Anna and I worked together for several years. I remember Anna always talking about her sister Amalia and what an amazing person she was. She was totally devoted to her family, parents, siblings, etc. and I think everyone who has crossed the path of the Arispe, Gonzalez and Torres families has been blessed to know them. My prayers are with you and may God's peace and grace be with you.

Kathy Evaro-Rubio

December 29, 2020

To Santos, Becky, Grace, Anna Bella and Marie and Gonzales and Arispe family

My deepest condolences on the loss of your wife/mom Amalia. I have known the family for a long time. Amalia was one of a kind. She will be missed. May the memories you hold in your heart bring healing and peace to your soul. My prayers are with her and the family. God bless you Amalia.

Kathy Evaro-Rubio
Marta Evaro

Mary Salazar

December 29, 2020

I met Amalia when we taught at Rusk Elementary School. Knowing that my husband, Tom and I had just moved to Odessa, she invited us to her home to watch Cowboys football. Her entire family became our family. She adopted us and we were there every Sunday watching football. She had the biggest heart. I will miss my sister-friend. God Bless you, for you are now home with our Lord.

Brenda Hubbard

December 22, 2020

In 2004 Amalia hired me to be one of her Magnet Aides at Ireland Elementary School. From that time on we formed a very special friendship. We had so much fun working together. From there I joined the “famous Bunco group “. Then the fun and closeness really began. She was the life of the party and so much laughter she brought. Not only was she fun but a very loving and caring friend. She was always so caring about what I was going through physically and emotionally when I unexpectedly lost my husband. I affectionately called her Mrs G and I loved her and will miss her so very much.
My prayers are with her family and just know and trust God will carry you through everyday .
Blessings and hugs to all you.

george brown

December 11, 2020

I am a person who worked with this beautiful soul many years ago at one of the schools in Odessa Texas named Rusk Elementary. I must say we was like family and I still feel great when I hear from so many who I worked with there. Mrs. Gonzales was always laughing and just being a friendly person. Me being the custodian there I had the great honor of taking care of her class room, and she would do thing to make me have to go a little farther to clean her room, like having the kids put all their books on the floor under their desks lol , I had to put them up at 4 am in the morning to clean her room, and later that day when she come to work she would get a big laugh out of it. To her two daughters and her husband I know you will miss her and you are filled with sadness right now as we all who knew her, are feeling now. But I encourage you to look up to the light which is Christ , and hold on to your faith as we all will do and God will give us all the strength to love her memory and find the peace that pass all understanding. Thank you for sharing her with us.
George Brown

Ruben and Lillian Pena Alfaro Garza

December 11, 2020

Our condolences to the family. Sorry for your loss. May God be with you! 🙏

Denise Weber orona

December 8, 2020

My heart is crushed your mom was a fine lady Karen and I were remembering all the things y’all did in collage your mom was always there at the right times Santos my friend I’m so sorry God bless y’all

Beverly Green

December 7, 2020

I am shocked, sad, broken hearted to lose our very Special Kappa friend. Amalia was always happy, the life of any party. She was truly a sweetheart and could always make me laugh. She will be so very missed. There will certainly be a hole in our Kappa family. I'm so very sorry for you, dear Santos. We love you so much. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Beverly Green