Former King Ranch resident Margarita Arredondo passed away Monday, July 22, 2013, peacefully at home, surrounded by family and loved ones, in Roseburg, Oregon. She was 94 years old.
She was born in Camargo, Mexico, on March 25, 1919, to Victoria De Luna Acevedo and Daniel Acevedo of south Texas. On May 16, 1936, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Kingsville, Texas, she married Jose T. Arredondo. Together they lived on the King Ranch and raised four sons. Both Margarita and Jose were very proud and active church members. She was a member of the Columbian Ladies Auxiliary. Margarita loved sharing stories with her family about her years growing up on the King Ranch, and her experiences as a young Kineño wife and mother. She delighted in sharing recipes with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and passing on and preserving her beloved traditions. She loved music, dancing, and reading. She delighted in maintaining close ties with her many friends. One of her most memorable moments apart from family was in 1992 when she met Mother Teresa in the Rome airport and received a rosary from her.
Margarita is survived by her sons: Hector (Jan) Hacienda Heights, CA; Jose Arnoldo (Maria), Kenosha, WI; Roel (Tina), Roseburg, OR; grandchildren: Montiel Hancock; Andre Arredondo; Nelda Arredondo-Parker; Arnoldo Arredondo; Melissa Arredondo; Ben Arredondo; Monica Wolfe; Marco Arredondo; Ana Polson; Jose Javier Arredondo; Daniel Arredondo; Lucas Arredondo; Margarita Arredondo; and Victoria Arredondo. Margarita is further survived by eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved and cherished.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose, on November 6, 2006, and her eldest son, Valdemár, on March 15, 1983, and her brother, Daniel Acevedo.
A memorial is being planned for a later date in Kingsville.