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Belia Barrera

May 23, 1928 — March 23, 2014

Belia M. Barrera Leaving her family behind to grieve her passing, Mrs. Belia M. Barrera entered into eternal rest on Sunday, March 23, 2014 following a brief illness. Belia was born in Laredo, Texas on May 23, 1928 and was a graduate of St. Augustine High School.   Preceding her in death are her parents, Matilde and Pablo Martinez; her husband, Eloy B. Barrera; and her son, Eloy (Guy) Barrera. On returning to Laredo after traveling early in their marriage during Eloy's career as a semi-professional baseball player, Belia established her career as a telephone operator first with Southwestern Bell and then with Laredo Mercy Hospital. She will be fondly remembered for her devotion as a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. We are all grateful for her love, guidance, devotion, pride, and respect. Left behind to mourn her passing are her children: Sylvia Barrera of Laredo; Luis (Mary) Barrera of San Antonio; Rosie Barrera of Houston; and her loving sister, Nora (Ernesto) Vergara. Belia is also survived by her grandchildren: Ted Eckenrod (Dr. Aurora Gonzalez) of Houston; Guy Barrera, Luis (Frances) Barrera, Jr., and Melissa Barrera of San Antonio; Belia Barrera of DFW, and Patti (Victor) Euceda-Pronk of Curaçao; great-grandchildren, Alicia Isabel, Eloy, Sebastian, and Andrea. A visitation was held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Hillside Funeral Home, 310 Hillside Road.  A funeral service was held at 9:15 a.m. from Hillside Funeral Home to Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 9350 Amber Avenue. A mass was celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment followed at the City of Laredo Cemetery, 3200 N. Meadow Avenue. Belia was laid to rest beside her husband, Eloy, in the military veterans section of the cemetery. Pallbearers were Ted J. Eckenrod, Guy Barrera, Luis Barrera Jr., Ernesto Javier Vergara, Joe Barrera, Tim Sharkey, Armando Lopez, and Humberto Piña. If you would like to sign the guestbook or send private condolences, you may do so at www.hillsidefuneral.com. Arrangements were under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home, 310 Hillside Road.
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