Emma Navarro Cardenas, 70, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Mereta, Texas.
Public viewing will be from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM and the rosary will be prayed at 6:00 PM Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Robert Massie Riverside Chapel. Mass will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Father Joey Faylona, officiating. Burial will follow at Delta Cemetery under the direction of Robert Massie Funeral Home.
Mrs. Cardenas was born on January 12, 1951 in San Angelo where she has been a lifelong resident. Emma was a supervisor at San Angelo State School for 20 years retiring in 2015. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic church. Emma loved gambling, shopping, and going to garage sales. She loved spending time with family and friends. The family would like to express their thanks to Hospice of San Angelo and their staff including Debby, Brandy, Diana, Amy, Yvonne, Rita and Becca for their loving care, and a special thank you to Manuel and Rosa Martinez for being there for the family during this difficult time.
Survivors include six daughters, Elizabeth Cardenas and husband Derrick Hill of Smithville, Blossom Zapata and husband Hector of Bastrop, Veronica Gonzalez, Norma Jean Sanchez both of San Angelo, Jessica Torres and husband David of Austin, and Maricela Martinez and husband Anthony of Mereta; two sons, Ricky Cardenas and wife Laura of San Angelo, and Adam Cardenas and wife Liza of Ft. Worth; 32 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. Emma was preceded in death by her parents, Felipe and Mary Cardenas; a son, Guadalupe Cardenas; two brothers, Felipe Cardenas, and Freddy Cardenas; two sisters, Gloria Gonzales, and Julia Sercos; two granddaughters, Brianna Garza, and Serena Garza; a grandson, Anthony Ethan Martinez; and a great grandson, Adrian Munoz.
Don't Grieve for Me for Now I'm Free
Don't grieve for me for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I've found that peace at the close of day
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life's been full, I've savored much,
Good friends, good times, my loved one's touch
If my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart, rejoice with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
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