Carmen V. Chapa

September 14, 1934May 10, 2018

Carmen Verastigue Chapa of Pasadena, Texas, returned to her heavenly father Thursday, May 10 while at her home. Carmen was born on September 14, 1934 on a farm in Rosanky, Texas. She married Pete Montoya Jr. in 1953 and together they had 8 children. In December of 1972, a widowed Carmen married Abraham Chapa, blending their own current families and together having one son. As a devout Christian woman, Carmen worked tirelessly to support her children. She was employed at an embroidery shop, and then a laundry service, all while caring for her family.

Carmen dedicated her life to her children, her family, and serving the Lord. She is survived by her sister Julia Dolores Alarcon, sons: Pete Montoya III & wife Rachel, Hector Montoya Sr. & wife Rosie, Armando Montoya, Andrew Montoya Sr. & wife Laurie, Frederick Montoya Sr. & wife Luisa, Roger Montoya, and Mark Anthony Chapa & wife Christine. Also, surviving to honor Carmen's memory are her daughters Tina Urbina with husband Joshua, and Rita Montoya. Carmen's time on earth begat 24 grandchildren and numerous great children who will continue her legacy of love and family.

For those wishing to attend, a memorial service and celebration of Carmen's life will be conducted as follows: Tuesday, May 15: visitation 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, service 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Iglesia Cristiana, 2401 E Thomas Ave., Pasadena 77506 Wednesday, May 16: service 10:00 am at Iglesia Cristiana with Interment following at Grandview Cemetery, 8501 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505.

*Important: Parking at the church is limited; the family asks that you carpool with others if at all possible. Also note: Road closures could affect your travel to the church - Thomas Ave is closed between Preston and Burke*


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Carmen V. Chapa

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Carmen Tristan

May 15, 2018

Saddened to hear of Aunt Carmen's death, also celebrating at the same time. She's graduated to heaven and stands with our Lord. I chose not to tell mom about Aunt Carmen, she would be so heart broken. She loved her so much. Mom tells me of how Aunt Carmen always helped her out in many ways. She also talked about how they would go to the movies, also with my grandma. Mom says they would have a lot of fun. I was blessed to speak with her on the phone, truly a godly woman. So much wisdom...To all the family, my condolences and prayers. I wish we could be there for you all.
2 Corinthians 5:8

Donna Brown

May 14, 2018

Your mom was an awesome lady! I remember when I first meet her I was 6 years old. She always called me mija. She taught me how to cook fried potatoes. The first time I spent the night with Tina, was awesome........Carmen read us a bedtime story. A book called “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble”. It is still my favorite book to this day!
You all are in my thoughts and prayers......I love you all.
Always, Donna Maddux Brown