2015-09-16 / Obituaries


SEBASTIAN, TX - Vanessa Celine Mendoza was granted her angel wings September 11, 2015. Her final day was spent in excitement of her senior year that tragically ended in a fatal accident.

Vanessa touched many people in her short seventeen years. She was a rare and special person and you knew it while in her presence. She had a multitude of friends and an ability to extend herself to others. She took great care in the nurturing of her friendships at Lyford High School. Vanessa not only had beautiful porcelain skin on the outside, but a rare and precious porcelain heart as well. She radiated kindness, intelligence and great wit. She had a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious laugh. You could catch her singing along to an old country tune on the radio or outside feeding her livestock.

Vanessa is survived by her two loving parents, Nicole Sosa and Marco Antonio Mendoza of Sebastian, TX., sisters Jasset Mendoza and Serena Rodriguez, brothers Cristian Rodriguez and Marco Antonio Mendoza Jr., and paternal grandparents Mary and Osbaldo Mendoza of Sebastian, TX., maternal grandparent Cristina Vasquez of Sebastian, TX., and maternal great-grandparent Nicolasa C. Vasquez.

Private family visitations took place Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 2pm till 9pm. Visitations resumed for family and friends on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 1pm till 9pm with a Holy Rosary recited at 7pm at Good Shepard Funeral Home in Raymondville, TX. A funeral mass to celebrate Vanessa’s life took place on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 11:00 am at Prince of Peace Catholic Church and followed to her final place of rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Lyford, TX.

Honored to serve as pallbearers were, Miguel Mendoza, Joe Mendoza, Marco Mendoza, Rolando Rios, Joey Rios and Michael Rios. Honorary pallbearers were Osbaldo Mendoza and Josue Zamarron III.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the caring hands of Good Shepherd Funeral Home. 1157 W. Hidalgo Raymondville, TX.

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