SAN JUANITA "ITA" COLÓN
McALLEN — Today we are all deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend San Juanita "Ita" Colón, 58, who died Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg.
Born in Mercedes, San Juanita had lived in McAllen for the past 15 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlos and Cristina Diaz.
San Juanita died of complications of a surgery which was done in an effort to extend her life with great expectations to live to see her only beloved grandson "the apple of her eye" graduate from high school and college.
Due to her own disabilities, she deeply comprehended injustice and discrimination, therefore, she became an avid supporter of causes such as Justice for Irene, Call to Action, and Citizens for Accountability. Her last calling was to become a Eucharist Minister at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in McAllen.
San Juanita graduated from Mercedes High School, Pan American and attended Columbia University in New York City.
San Juanita is survived by a daughter, Sandra (Glen Hosmer) Meave of Houston, Texas; a grandson, Robert Meave III; nine brothers and sisters, Carlos A. Diaz, Rosa D. (Mario) Espinosa, Juan P. Diaz, Noe Diaz, Oscar (Laura) Diaz, all of McAllen, Daniel Diaz of Dallas, Texas, Ruben (Odilia) Diaz of Weslaco, David Diaz, Arturo (Mary) Diaz, both of Mercedes; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., with a 7 p.m. rosary today, March 9, 2006, at Memorial Funeral Home in San Juan. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 10, 2006, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in McAllen. Cremation will take place at Val Verde Memorial Gardens in Donna.
San Juanita was dearly loved within her church community of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish and she will be greatly missed by her friends and family. As per her wishes, she will be cremated and a private interment of her cremated remains will be at a later date.
Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in San Juan.