Mary Hernandez Chavez

Mary Hernandez Chavez beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022, in Houston, Texas. She was surrounded by family when she passed. She was a wonderful, kind, funny and loving woman and a dear friend to many. She loved to dance and was an avid Houston Astros fan; Altuve was her favorite player. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Mary was born Maria de la luz Hernandez on August 2, 1953 in Snook, TX to Guadalupe Contreras Hernandez and Albino G. Hernandez. She was born to a family of fourteen children who to this day are still very close. She graduated from Snook High School in 1972 and moved to Houston, TX shortly afterward. Her birthname exuded her personality, she certainly was a very bright light in all our lives. She was also very kind with a very big heart of gold; however, she also had a very fierce spirit and would take on any challenges with confidence and a beautiful smile. She fought very hard with diabetes, liver disease and the many complications that followed these past few years.

She is survived by her husband, Eddie Chavez; her three daughters: Nerissa Maldonado, Stacie Gallardo and Amanda Salinas; twelve grandchildren, two great granddaughters and a great grandson; two brothers: Jose Hernandez and Antonio Hernandez; five sisters: Ramona Gutierrez, Pauline Hernandez, Dolorez Gutierrez, Lupe Conrad and Theresa Hernandez; and many other dear relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Guadalupe Contreras Hernandez and Albino G. Hernandez; four of her brothers: Arnulfo Hernandez, Albino Jr. Hernandez, Jessie J. Hernandez, and Ricardo Hernandez; and two of her sisters, Albina H. Saldana and Juanita Garcia.

The family will receive family and friends on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 4pm until 8pm at the Leal Funeral Home, located at 708 College Avenue, South Houston, TX 77587.

Mary’s family wish to acknowledge with deep love and appreciation the many expressions of love and kindness shown to them during this time of grief. May God bless you all.


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