|Edwin Lee Smith, 90, passed peacefully in his sleep Thursday, March 6, 2014 with his wife Peggy holding his hand. Edwin
was born in Alabama to Flossie Lee Johnson Smith and Ernest D. Smith. Flossie died shortly after childbirth and Ernest
married Minnie Marie Lowery who became mother to Edwin.
Edwin was married to Ila Bert “Peggy” Shaw Smith for 68 years. Edwin was a proud graduate of Auburn University class of
1952. He then was brought to south Texas by Don Bentsen to work at Tide Products of Edinburg. In the 35 years he worked
there, he was National Salesman of the Year 10 times.
Edwin and Peggy were long time members of Pharr United Methodist Church. He was an avid hunter and loved traveling in his
RV. Ed was very involved with the Masons, Scottish and York Rites. He received his 33rd degree in 2007. Edwin was a
veteran of WWII.
He is survived his loving wife, Peggy and two daughters, Deborah Lee (Frank) Schuster and Patricia Diane (Daniel) Drefke. His
grandchildren are: Kaylee D. (Chris) King, Kurt L. Schuster, Matthew L. (Ashley) Drefke, Emily A. (Samuel) Hutchinson and Max
M. (Meagan) Schuster. He also had 3 great-grandchildren: Everett King, Hayden Drefke and Madeleine Schuster. He was
preceded in death by his parents and sister, Edith Swords. He leaves a sister Kathryn Chastain, brother, James (Martharene)
Smith and sister Nell (Jimmy) Mathis,
The family would like to thank Estela Allie and Teresa Martinez for the loving care they provided Edwin during his final months.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Kreidler Funeral Home in McAllen. Funeral services will be Monday, March 10
at 2 p.m. at the Pharr United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery, McAllen.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Memorial Fund, Pharr United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 626, Pharr, TX
Mrs. Concha O. Gonzalez, better known by loved ones as “Conchita”, went to heaven to join her beloved spouse Carlos and
many other members of her family on March 5, 2014. She was born to Encarnacion Olivares Villarreal and Petra Cantu de
Olivares on August 16, 1917 in Reynosa, Tamaulipas Mexico. She resided all her life in McAllen, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carlos V. Gonzalez, her sisters, Felicitas “Fela” Cuellar (Houston,
Texas), Lilia Leal (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon), Elvira Renteria (Reynosa, Tamaulipas), and her brother Eduardo Olivares (Houston,
Texas). She is survived by her brother Eliberto “Beto” Olivares (Cerritos, California), her three sons: Carlos V. Gonzalez, Jr.
(San Antonio, Texas), Edward A. “Eddie” (Velma) Gonzalez (McAllen, Texas) and Robert J. “Bob” (Laura) Gonzalez (McAllen,
Texas) and two daughters: Dalinda (Arnaldo “Nano”) Ramirez (McAllen, Texas) and Diana “Dianita” Alicia Gonzalez (McAllen,
Texas); her eight grandchildren: Dalinda I. “Lindabel” Ramirez (New Jersey) Melissa A.“Missy” Rowland (Oklahoma), Arnaldo “J.
R.” Ramirez, III (McAllen, Texas), Clarissa Y. Ramirez (New Jersey), Veronica V. Gonzalez ( McAllen, Texas), Eduardo A. “Eddie”
Gonzalez, Jr.( McAllen, Texas) , Dr. Armando J. Gonzalez (McAllen, Texas) , Chelsea V. Gonzalez (South Padre Island, Texas)
along with three great-grandchildren: Jarrett E. Rowland (Oklahoma), Jalissa E. Rowland (Oklahoma) and Ava M. Mastriani-
Ramirez (New Jersey) and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Conchita attended school and graduated from McAllen High School in 1937. After meeting Carlos V. Gonzalez, the love of her
life, they married in 1941 prior to him serving in World War II. She owned and operated her own beauty salon for over
35years. She decided to continue her education at the University of Houston to study Administration in Education, and
continued her career as Region 1 Head start Administrator at the former Sacred Heart School Campus in McAllen. She spent
her retirement enjoying being an Avon Representative alongside her daughter Diana for 26 years, “Yes, Avon calling”!
While raising her children she was an active member in several organizations which included The March of Dimes, Easter Seals,
Lions Club, Boy Scout Den Mother, and Better Homes and Garden Club. Her conservative values led her to becoming an active
political supporter. Her belief was always to give to others rather than giving to herself often supporting organizations such
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Easter Seals, and various Veteran groups.
She was a very talented, self taught pianist and enjoyed playing duets with her sister Lilia and cousin Licha. When it came to
enjoyment, she loved spending time with family supporting the arts, music, dance recitals, concerts, local, Collegiate, and
Professional athletic teams. Many wonderful memories were made also while traveling to California and Las Vegas several times
a year with family members. What a “Lucky Lady”! Family members will always remember her infectious love of life and
positive humorous outlook.
Visitation will be held from 5pm – 8pm on Sunday, March 9th with a Rosary Prayer Service at 7pm at Kreidler Funeral home in
McAllen. Funeral Service will take place Monday, March 10th at 10am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission.
Serving as Pallbearers are: Arnaldo “J.R.” Ramirez, III, Eduardo A. Gonzalez, Jr., Armando J. Gonzalez, Eduardo Olivares,
Xavier Renteria, and Arturo Renteria. Honorary Pallbearers are: Eliberto Olivares, Jr., Alfredo Olivares, Ruben Leal, Robert
Gutierrez, Jr., Frederico “Fred” Olivares, and Jaime Olivares. Interment will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen.
We would like to extend a special thanks and gratitude to the nurses that attended to Conchita at Briarcliff Nursing Home,
Gracia Hospice Care and Criselda Ledesma.