Elvia Ayala Salazar of Sweeny, TX passed peacefully the morning of Monday September 25, 2023 surrounded by her family in the comfort of her home. Elvia enjoyed taking care of her family, serving her church Our Lady of Perpetual Help with her husband, cheering on the Houston Oilers, Astros, and Texans, and taking the occasional trip to Coushatta Casino Resort.
Elvia is preceded in death by her beloved husband Gilbert Garcia Salazar, Sr., parents Marcos Sr. and Maria Martinez Ayala, Brothers Rigoberto Ayala, Javier Ayala, Roel Ayala, and Marcos Ayala II, sister Elisa Calderon, and daughter-in-law Carmen Salazar.
Elvia is survived by her loving son Gilbert Garcia Salazar, Jr. and daughters Kimberly (David) Lewis, and Melissa Salazar. Grandchildren Kory (Hannah) Lewis, Elia (Derick) Hiers, Fabian Pena, Joshua (Amanda) Gutierrez, Brandon Lewis, Jairon Ordonez, and Kristen Lewis. Great-grandchildren Ava and John Hiers. Brothers Jesse (Debbie) Ayala, Jorge Ayala, and Jose (Sandy) Ayala. Sisters Dora Mosqueda, Marcella Lanehart, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services in celebration of Elvia's full life: Visitation Sunday October 1, 2023 starting 5:00 PM at Lakewood Funeral Home in Lake Jackson, TX with a rosary to follow starting at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass Monday October 2, 2023 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sweeny beginning at 10:00 AM led by Father Lee Flores with burial afterwards at Angleton Cemetery.
Alex & Paula Garza
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear mother. We remember most her contagious laugh and her happy and loving demeanor. When we lived in California in early 2000's we enjoyed seeing how excited her and Gilbert were to drive to LA from one of their Vegas trips to see Oscar de la Hoya fight at Staples Center. She also made the cake for our wedding in Houston. We always enjoyed running into her at mass in Sweeny and getting to hear what she was busy with. She also brought Paula a large statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Mexico, that we love and still have in our house today. Paula always commented on how amazed she was that Elvia was able to bring it all the way back from Mexico on their trip. May God provide consolation and provision for the whole family. You will all be in our prayers. Love, Alex & Paula Garza
Friday, September 29, 2023
I have so many good memories, Elvia took such good care of us growing up and feel so blessed that she was such a major part of our lives, for me especially during my highschool years....she was a 2nd mom and loved so dearly....RIP Elvia
Cynthia and Rick Turner
Jones Creek, TX
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Elvia was an important part of our family. She cared for our children and home. Nanny Gray (my grandmother) adored her and had many fond memories of their times spent together. I especially am grateful for her care after I had surgery. She was a blessing for us and will be forever in our hearts.
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Kim, Missy, and Bobs,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your precious mom. Elvia meant so much to Krys and me. We were so fortunate that Elvia was like a mom to us. It's impossible to think of our childhood without memories of Elvia & Gilbert and our time spent at their home. They always treated us as one of their own and we felt so loved.
I remember our trips to the county fair, going to Sonic for the brown bag special, and even Pizza Inn for the buffet as a special treat. Most times on those outings people thought Elvia was my mom and I remember her face just beamed with the biggest smile.
There would be days when we came home to a pile of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and breakfast tacos. I still don't think I've had tacos of any kind as good as Elvia's.
Going to her house, I remember sitting by the fireplace eating the best soft tacos while watching Wheel of Fortune and many many times, Sixteen Candles. And if I recall correctly, she wasn't the biggest fan of Vanna White, but we watched anyway.
There are so many more memories of the times she took care of us for all those years. We want you to know how much she meant to us and we are forever grateful.
Larry & Krys