Miss Josefa M. Matamoros, entered into eternal glory on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the age of 89. She was born on Sunday, March 19, 1933, to Andres Medrano Matamoros and Juana Treviño Mora, in the town of Weslaco, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She was the first of their 10 children, seven daughters and three sons.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Andres and Juana Matamoros; her brother Encarnacíon “Chonito” Matamoros; her sisters, Abrana M. De León and Maria De La Luz M. Perez; and her brothers-inlaw, Raymond Rodriguez, Juan Montañez, Ramon S. De León, and her nephew Roy Lozano.
She is survived by her brothers Roberto (Elvia) Matamoros and Andres (Maggie) Matamoros, both of Weslaco; her sisters, Beatriz M. Saucedo of Grand Prairie, Carmen M. (Julian III) Cantu of Weslaco, Frances M. Rodriguez of McAllen, and Lee M. Montañez of Pleasanton, and her brother-in-law Hilario Perez of Weslaco. She is also survived by her many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and one greatgrand niece.
Josefa, Tía Pepa, Chepa, Chepis, Joseph, or Josephine, as she was known, was a very talented seamstress that did alterations for Lionel’s Western Store, where she worked with the Oliveira Family, and for Boots-N-Jeans Western Wear with the Masso Family, in Weslaco. In her early career she worked as a saleslady at Raul Cabaza Dry Goods for many years, having taken over as the main breadwinner for the Matamoros Family when her father died in 1952 and left her mother a young widow with nine children to raise. Josefa was 19 and the head of the household at 414 N. Palmas in Weslaco.
When she retired in 1993, she moved to Pleasanton, with her sister and brotherin law, Abrana and Ramon De León and made her home here for next 29 years. Pepa was a parishioner at St. Andrew Catholic Church where she served as a lector, a eucharistic minister, in the Spanish choir and participated in the Spanish prayer group. She was always ready to lend a helping hand in church and at home. She traveled to several cities to babysit her grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She’d pack up her suitcase and go where she was needed, never hesitating to be there for her family.
She leaves a beautiful legacy of love and service for us to emulate. She taught us patience and compassion by example. She was truly a good and faithful servant who now has gone to her reward in heaven.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Serving as pallbearers will be Miguel Montañez, John Michael Garcia, Dillon De León, Dalton De León, Daniel De León, Gabriel De León, Julian Cantu IV, and Julian (JC) Cantu V.
Honorary pallbearers are Ramon De León Jr., Roberto De León, Eugene Martinez, Armando Griego and Johnny Ray Zepeda.