Guadalupe Escamilla Arias was born Dec. 6, 1936, in Liberty Hill, Texas, to Jesus Escamilla Sr. and Santiaga Ybarra Escamilla.
She lived in Liberty Hill for many years until buying a house in Bertram. After moving to Bertram, she went to work for the Bertram Nursing Home until 1976.
On Oct. 13, 1972, she married Juan Enrique Arias, the love of her life. They had been married 39 years before Juan passed away Dec. 23, 2012. In their 39 years together, they were hardly ever apart and loved each other unconditionally.
On March 24, 1975, she was blessed with her daughter Mary Jane Arias, her miracle baby as she would say. She was a stay-at-home mother until the winter of 1983, when she went to work for Casa Esperanza as the head housekeeper. She worked at Casa Esperanza until she retired at the age of 62.
Months after retiring, she started babysitting out of her house, watching her great-nieces and great-nephews. She loved them with all her heart and spoiled them rotten as any grandma would.
She was the glue that held her family together after the loss of her mother and the matriarch of the family. We were all blessed to have spent any time listening to her stories from the past and the advice she would give. She had made a promise to her mother when she passed to look after her siblings. She will continue to keep that promise now and forever as our guardian angel. To her nieces and nephews, she loved you all so much and will always be with you.
She lost her battle to dementia on Feb. 26, 2014, at 1:56 a.m. with her daughter by her side. She is now reunited with her husband and the rest of her family members who went before her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Juan Enrique Arias; parents, Santiaga Ybarra Escamilla and Jesus Escamilla Sr.; brothers Florencio Escamilla, Jesus Escamilla, Milton Escamilla, Magdaleno Escamilla and Cornelio Escamilla; and sisters Tiburcia Solis and Victoria Baladez.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jane Arias of Haltom City; brothers Jerry Escamilla and wife Angie and George Escamilla and wife Sylvia, all of Bertram; sisters-in-law Mary Escamilla of Bertram and Connie Escamilla of Comanche; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Universal Health Services Hospice Facility, Wedgewood Nursing Home and the Bertram Nursing Home for all the wonderful care the staffs gave Guadalupe.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. March 6 at Clements Wilcox Funeral Home, 306 Texas 29 East in Burnet, (512) 756-2222. A Rosary is 7 p.m. March 7 at the funeral home. A Mass is 10 a.m. March 8 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bertram. Burial will follow at Las Tres Maria’s Cemetery in Liberty Hill.
Honorary pallbearers are Brad Escamilla, Derrick Escamilla, Johnny Solis, Michael Escamilla, Raymond Baladez, Ruben Bernal and Tony Escamilla. Pallbearers are Arnaldo Jimenez, Jonathon Espinosa, Jordan Westbrook, Kendrick Baladez, Logan Campos, Orlando Interial, Nicholas Bernal and Tyler Baladez.
There will be a luncheon after the funeral services at the building behind the church.
Condolences may be made at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com.