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Manuela Salgado

June 12, 1939November 11, 2020
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Manuela Salgado, 81, passed away at Medical Center Hospital on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Manuela was born June 12, 1939 to Cirilo and Virginia Salgado in Big Spring, Texas.

Surviving Manuela are her daughters, Velma Nunez and Veronica Esquivel (Patricio) of Odessa; her sons, Armando Nunez (Sandy) of San Angelo, Texas, Natividad (Nat) Nunez, Jr., of Elko, Nevada, and Ariel Pantoja (Shana) of Talladega, Alabama. Manuela is also survived by siblings, Cirlio Salgado, Jr., Antonio "Tony" Salgado and Virginia "Vickie" Beltran; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter; 2 brothers; and 1 sister.

Preceding Manuela in death is her husband; parents; siblings, Oscar Salgado, Marion Andres Salgado, Carlos (Mike) Salgado, Maria Elena (Mary) Cooper Salgado, Herminia (Minnie) Vasquez, and Federico (Fred, Lico) Salgado and former spouse but lifelong friend, Natividad "Syndo" Nunez, Sr.

Rosary will be recited on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home. A memorial mass is set for Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

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Andrew Torres (2)

November 25, 2020

I am Manuela’s youngest grandson, and she is one of the most important persons in my life. I wish I could have known her at every stage of her life because she is one of the most incredible persons I have ever known or learned about. She was many things to many people, and I unfortunately cannot speak to all of the wonderful things my grandma was throughout her life. But I will be speaking about her from my personal perspective and experiences.

My grandma will always be remembered for her resilience and strength: she didn’t take crap anyone, never backed down to anyone and would definitely never hold her tongue for anyone. She will also be remembered for her joyful living, selfless love and giving heart. Her warm smile and laugh were infectious and just made you feel happier. She was hands down the best cook ever. Luckily for all of us, one of the main ways she showed her love was through feeding her family. But that was only the beginning and baseline; she truly showed her love through devotion and service to her family. Observing her love and loyalty was one of the most important lessons of my lifetime, and I am forever thankful she was my teacher.

My grandma was the woman version of a handyman and was a Jill of all trades. She cooked, cleaned, knitted, sewed and did all of these things extremely well. She could even fix her own flat tires; she could do everything. When you visited her, no matter the time of day or what ingredients she had lying around, she would somehow make magic and prepare the most delicious meal you’ve had recently.

Andrew Torres (2)

November 25, 2020

My best moments growing up were spending time with my grandma and trying to copy her style, and I loved helping her with daily chores and errands. I’ll never forget zooming around town sitting on a crate in her indestructible blue car or picking roses at the end of the day from her rosebush. To this day I’m convinced she had super powers and I still don’t know how she effortlessly rolled out the tortillas so fast and perfectly each time! The warmth of the kitchen, the smell of fresh tortillas through the hazy stove air, and seeing my grandma in her element with her strong yet delicate hands at work are some of my most cherished memories.

My grandma was the closest thing to a living angel I’ll ever know. Observing her as a young child during the quiet times while she prayed, cooked or knitted I remember always being struck by her spirituality and wisdom; somehow I knew she had an unspoken knowledge about life that I could only learn from her. Throughout my life she was my ultimate protector, and someone I could always run to for help or advice. I will always remember being very young and deciding I was going to run away from home because I was upset with my parents about something. I packed a few strategic toys in my backpack and journeyed directly to my grandma’s house because I knew no matter what she was always there for me, and would make things better.

Now when I feel like running away, she is still the first person I will turn to. Except now I know she is already with me at all times and looking over us all as our own guardian angel. When I pack up my toys and decide it’s time to run away from this world, I know she will be waiting for me and will most likely have a delicious meal prepared.

I love you, grandma. Thank you for everything.

Love,
Andrew

Vickie Gomez

November 23, 2020

So very saddened that I will be unable to join you, her beloved family, to say say goodbye to my dear, dear friend. Our friendship goes back over 60 yrs. Her brother, Mariano "Mucuro," was married to my cousin Socorro; and, her parents and mine were friends. I will always remember her laugh, her friendliness, but most of all her friendship. We may not have seen each other very often, but when we did, we picked up where we left off. Please know that I will keep her in prayer. You, her family will also be kept in prayer. You have lost a priceless jewel on earth, but you have gained an Angel in Heaven. Rest in peace, dear friend.

Rene Salgado

November 22, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you my cousins. One of the most beautiful smiles and infectious laughs will be missed. Every time I saw her she infected me with her joy of life and colorful spirit.

Patsy Tercero

November 22, 2020

I knew Manuela for a long time she always had a smile she also knew my husband Chito Tercero RIP we knew her in Big Spring Texas will alway be remembered . My condolences n prayers to the family .

Ralph Torres

November 21, 2020

Now at 44 years old my mother bought me a gift, skinny jeans that wouldn't even come up past my thighs, but my grandmother Manuela always gave the best gifts from her heart. Often handmade her gifts always seemed to fit perfectly and provide years of usage for which I was always truly grateful. She is the epitome of a Grandmother. If you were to look up the definition of Grandmother in the dictionary you should find her picture. I had no fear when with her. I will always remember her strength and her resolve, and I know when we meet again she will be there to shower me with gifts and show me there is nothing to fear. I love you grandma, your number one, Ralphy.

Velma Nunez

November 21, 2020

Antonio (Tony) Salgado, Mom”s baby brother was her treasured brother. I failed to include Uncle Tony by mistake . I grew up with my uncle as if he were my cousin. Mi culpa, Uncle Tony. Mom would not have accidentally done this, like your dingy niece! Hopefully, we can correct this soon. We love you and, Mom most definitely “loved” you! Xoxo

Velma Nunez

November 21, 2020

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