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Merced “Mechie” “Tia” Sandate Uranga

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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 2:31 pm

Merced “Mechie” or “Tia” Sandate Uranga, a very passionate, beloved advocate for children, and a caretaker to all animals, entered eternal life on Nov., 2018, at her residence in Alpine, Texas, she was 74.

Merced was born in Alpine on Dec. 13, 1943, to Rex and Felicita Uranga. She was a graduate of Alpine High School, where she excelled in various sports.  

Praying of the Most Holy Rosary was held on Nov. 10, 2018, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Alpine, with Mass of Christina Burial following. Merced was buried at Holy Angels Cemetery. Fr. Beto Lopez served as officiate.

Serving as pallbearers where James Uranga, Mark Uranga, John Paul Uranga, David Uranga, Tony Hernandez, and Joey Hernandez. Those being honored as honorary pallbearers where Gabriel Alcocer, J.P. Uranga, Jr., and Julius Uranga.

Merced had been employed by the Coca Cola plant, Hass Motor Company, and Alpine Veterinary Clinic, as well as in the security department for Northrop Grumman in California where she lived for 15 years.

She was an amateur cook. She enjoyed watching the Food Channel, and cooking many wonderful, exotic dishes for her family. Merced was a Dallas Cowboys Fan. She enjoyed cruising Alpine with her beloved fur friends. Merced would pray the Holy Rosary daily, and was a member of the Association of the Miraculous Medal.

Merced was also devoted to children who competed in the Alpine Special Olympics. She had a very special place in heart for these children, teaching them that if they put their mind to anything, no matter what circumstances they faced, they could accomplish anything in life.

Merced is preceded in death by her parents Rex Uranga, and Felicita (Sandate) Uranga, her brother Armando Uranga, and sister Berta Hernandez.

Those left to cherish and honor the memory of Merced are her sisters Lorina Uranga of Alpine, and Elena Juarez and her husband Jesse of Chino, California; her brother Rex Uranga, Jr., and wife Carol of Odessa, Texas; her brother-in-law Luis Hernandez and his wife Beverly; her nieces Divonne Uranga, Amanda Alcocer and husband Victor, and Stefanie Solis and husband Greg; her nephews James Uranga, Mark Uranga, John Paul Urnaga and his wife Rebecca, David Uranga, and Tony Hernandez; seven great nieces, and three great nephews.

Merced is further survived by her beloved Aunt Berta Sandate, Uncle Alex Sandate, and her furry friend Umi, as well as all her wonderful friends.

The Uranga family entrusted Alpine Memorial Funeral Home with arrangements.

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