Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX


Irene Cortes King

October 4, 1949September 6, 2020

Irene Cortes King was called home on her parent’s wedding anniversary, Sep. 6, 2020, after losing her courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was surrounded by her loving family at her home in San Antonio, Texas. Ma’Rene, as she was affectionately known as by her Grandchildren was a kind and compassionate Mother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and Friend.

Irene (Nena), the youngest of 8 children, was born on Oct. 4, 1949 in Nixon, Texas to Rafael and Antonia (Macharro) Cortes. Irene graduated from Nixon High School and immediately following her graduation moved to San Antonio where she started her career at USAA, as a file clerk at the original location on Broadway. She spent 31 years in various departments at USAA. Her most memorable job was as USAA’s Fleet Administrator, where she had the privilege of accepting a national award in New York City on behalf of the company. While at USAA she volunteered as a United Way Corporate Procurement Representative and in the Volunteer Corp where she worked on various projects. During her time at USAA while raising her two daughters, she attended college and graduated from Southwest Texas (now Texas State University) with a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences. After retirement, in 2000, she devoted her life to the Catholic Church first as a Religious Coordinator for Prince of Peace and then continued to do God's work at the Archdiocese of San Antonio where she worked in the Tribunal office from 2006 - Sep. 2018.

Irene married Deacon Cyriaco V Barron Jr (C.V.), a friend she had known most of her life, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Nixon, on June 28, 1997. They were only married 11 months when they received the news of C.V.’s cancer diagnosis. Irene assisted in the care of her husband for the next 7 months before he was called home.

Irene enjoyed serving her Church community and was a founding parishioner of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She and her daughters attended Prince of Peace when Masses were first held at Carlos Coone Elementary school’s cafeteria. Irene was an active member of her Church where she participated in the El Salvador Mission Ministries, the Guadalupano Society, Prince of Peace Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and Prince of Peace Retreat Ministry (ACTS). Irene also participated in the Catholic Women’s Conference yearly (since she couldn’t attend this year due to her health, she made over 100 bracelets that will be given to participants), Our Lady of Schoenstatt prayer group, Fabulous Holiday Brunch Leadership Committee for the SAC Women's Center GED Scholarship Fund, Deceased Diaconate Wives, and two bunco groups with some of her dear friends.

On August 10th, 2015, Irene Cortes King was honored by Governor Greg Abbott and the State of Texas as a Yellow Rose of Texas.

Irene loved to travel when she could. She went on various cruises, visited many states including Hawaii, participated in pilgrimages to Rome, Vatican City, & Jerusalem to name just a few. She also volunteered as a missionary to El Salvador as often as she could.

Irene is survived by her daughters, Stephanie King-Cerda and husband Mark Cerda: Patricia Lobo, Carolyn Barron and her grandchildren; Matthew Cerda, Katherine Cerda, Camille Cerda, Patrick Lobo, Jesus Lobo III, and Carmen Lobo. Sisters: Emilia Trigo, Terry Torres, and Antonia Medina, Brothers: Ramon Cortes and wife Rosa, Gilbert Cortes and wife Dora; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband: C.V. Barron Jr, Father: Rafael Cortes, Mother: Antonia (Macharro) Cortes, Brothers: Rafael Cortes Jr. and E.M. Cortes and wife Ninfa, Brother-in-laws: David Trigo and Deacon Dimas Medina, and Son-in-law: Jesus Lobo Jr.

Visitation will be at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 7893 Grissom Road San Antonio, TX, 78251 on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. with a rosary at 9:30 A.M and a funeral mass at 10:00 A.M. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Nixon, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church in memory of Irene King. All funds received will be used to set up a scholarship fund for the El Salvador Mission Ministry in loving memory of Irene. It was a ministry that was dear to her heart.


  • Patricia Lobo, Daughter
  • Stephanie King Cerda and husband Mark, Daughter
  • Matthew Cerda and Katherine Cerda, Grandchildren
  • Camille Cerda and Patrick Lobo, Grandchildren
  • Jesus Lobo III and Carmen Lobo, Grandchildren
  • Emilia Trigo, Sister
  • Terry Torres, Sister
  • Ramon Cortez and wife Rosa, Brother
  • Antonia Medina, Sister
  • Gilbert Cortes and wife Dora, Brother
  • Numerous Nieces and Nephews, Other

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24 September

Funeral Service

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Prince of Peace Catholic Church

7893 Grissom Road
San Antonio, TX 78251


Irene Cortes King

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Michelle Ferro

September 16, 2020

Stephanie and family:

The memory of our loved ones stays in our hearts forever. Your mother had an extraordinary life and will continue her legacy in heaven.

Michelle Ferro

Yolanda Luna

September 16, 2020

My most sincere condolences to the family. May perpetual light shine upon her.

Yolanda Santos

September 16, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family of my dear friend, Irene. I have lovely memories of us having lunch together and talking about family and faith. We served together as members of the GED Brunch Committee for many years, working together late into the night doing seating charts for the brunch.
She will be missed but never forgotten.

Esperanza Rivera

September 15, 2020

Irene, I will never forget the wonderful, fun days we spent together while we were in the Nixon High School Bobcat Band! I have nothing but good memories of you and although you were 2 years younger than me, we became dear friends for ever. You are now in a good place with our Almighty God and all the beautiful Angels surrounding you. You will be missed!
My deepest condolences to all the family!

Your Nixon friend,

Manuel Rodriguez Jr

September 15, 2020

Irene I very vividly remember when my wife Lucy went to your hometown of Nixon Texas Then on another day My Lucy and I went to Nixon texas and we eat at your favorite Steakhouse there and spent the day with your company May GOD bless your soul

Martha Tijerina

September 15, 2020

Irene King.... while on Earth, she was an angel among us. Because we believe in Christ, we believe in Eternal Life. There will be more Masses for her Eternal Life. Sincere condolences for her family and friends.

Marissa Amador

September 15, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. Irene was a loving, caring, woman of God. I am thankful she came into my life. I was able to work with her at the Archdiocese Tribunal. From there she became a good friend and I will cherish all the memories. She will be truly missed.. May she rest in peace.

Rachel Martinez

September 10, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time . RIP Irene

Glenn Darilek

September 8, 2020

I got to know Irene through the Prince of Peace El Salvador Mission Ministry. She was one of our original members more than 20 years ago. She traveled with us on mission trips to El Salvador more than once. She had a kind and caring heart. Unfortunately her health did not allow her to continue with us.
“Well done good and faithful servant!”
May she Rest In Peace.
Glenn Darilek

Teresa Gonzales

September 8, 2020

Irene will forever remain a treasured friend. Her friendship and kindness saw me through a very difficult time in my life when my faith was tested beyond what I could manage alone. Her guidance and prayers kept me faithful and strong. Thank you for sharing your darling mother with me.


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