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Concepcion “Concha” Valadez Rodriguez

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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:56 pm

Concepcion “Concha” Valadez Rodriguez, daughter of the late Tomas Valadez and Juanita Gallegos Valadez was born Dec. 8, 1932 in Alpine, Texas. She was united in holy matrimony to Thomas Hartnett Rodriguez in April 1951. This union was blessed with five children. Tommy H. Rodriguez preceded her in death in April 2011.

Concha was an active member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church choir in Fort Stockton, Texas, and a member of the Guadalupanas. She was known for her ease in frequent conversation with total strangers who would become friends for a lifetime, and she possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten.

She faithfully cared for family and friends through delicious cooking and baking – no one could compare to Grandma’s cooking. A woman of faith and the heart of the Rodriguez family, Concha shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example. With a real zest for life, she loved to dance, sing, pray, play cards, chat with friends and family, and travel, just to name a few. She quietly departed life on Jan. 24, 2019 in her home. She was preceded in death by her daughter Laura Molina, daughter Annaliza Sullivan, and brothers and sisters.

She will forever be cherished in the lives of her children, six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren: daughter Letricia Slater (daughter), Charles Slater and Ethan Sullivan of Fort Stockton; Jennifer Rodriguez Gonzales (daughter) and Stephanie Nicole Elmore of Fort Stockton; Michael Rodriguez (son) of San Angelo, Texas; Theresa (daughter) and Julian Gonzales of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Rick Molina (son-in-law) of San Antonio, Texas; Freddy Valadez (brother) of Virginia, and Thomas Valadez (brother) of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Unfortunately, she had too many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and God-children to list or even count.

There was a Rosary led by Deacon Ruben Reyes at Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Stockton on Jan. 25, 2019. The funeral Mass was officiated by Deacon Ruben Reyes at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Fort Stockton on Jan. 26, 2019, with burial at Holy Angels Cemetery in Alpine. 

Pallbearers were Glen McCorkle, Junior Granado, Felipe Rodriguez, Ronnie Chavez, Oscar Gallegos, and Bill Davis.

This is the obituary written by Letricia, Jennifer, and Stephanie in honor our dearest Mother and Grandmother. It is our tribute to her memory, which will be carried on in the legacy of love which is now in each of us – the lives she formed and touched by her love.

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