You see that picture of me that accompanies this column? I’m only about two-and-a-half years old (the photo doesn’t record the date it was taken), by my estimate, but already I don’t look very happy. Little did I know what was coming up around the bend. In fact, just this Tuesday, I was bowled over by the news that a good friend of mine, Rick, had passed away this past Saturday; and I was already depressed. I’m not going to list his full name, because I don’t yet have the death notice, and I have failed to get in touch with his family; but what a kind and decent guy he was, so full of life. Such a decent human being.
PHARR - Yolanda C. Lopez, 85, died Friday, February 14, 2020, at Briarcliff Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in McAllen.
PHARR - Virginia R. Salinas, 81, went home to the Lord Saturday, February 1, 2020, at her residence in Pharr.
PHARR - Rafael Palacios Sr., 83, went home to our Lord Friday, January 31, 2020, at his residence in Pharr surrounded by his family. Mr. Palacios was born and
EDINBURG - Fernando Arce, 82, went home to be with our Lord Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at Edinburg Regional Medical Center. He is preceded in death by his parents, Francisco Sr. and Olivia Arce; two sisters, Leonarda Arce Badillo and Consuelo (Chelo) Arce Cantu. Fernando is survived by his four daughters, Maria Luisa Arce, Melissa (Raul) Duran, Marivette (Robert) Lucero, Minerva (Joe Angel) Hiracheta; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three siblings, Francisco Arce, Jr., Beatriz Palomo, and Lupita Gonzalez; numerous nieces and nephews; his caregiver and nephew, Rolando Badillo. Visitation were held from 5 to 9 p.m., with a 7 p.m. rosary Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Memorial Funeral Home, 208 East Canton in Edinburg. Funeral Mass took place at 10 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2020, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Edinburg. Interment followed at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens in Pharr.