Sirilda (Sadie) Briseño Olivares was born on July 9, 1924, in Davis Switch.
Her early life was spent in the Charlotte area where her father Sesario Briseño made a living as a share cropper and where she attended school. By the time Sadie was a teenager, her father had earned enough money to purchase his own farm in the Rossville area. With fourteen children, nine of them boys, working together the farm prospered and life was good until the late ’30’s when her mother Maria was diagnosed with cancer and passed shortly after leaving sixteen year old Sadie to tend her younger brothers and sisters. About this same time, she met the man whom she would eventually marry Eulalio (Lalo) Guerra Olivares, but marriage would have to wait as Sadie had made a vow not to marry until she was sure that her younger siblings were old enough to take care of themselves. She and Lalo were married in 1945. Together they raised four children in Rossville where they made lifelong friends and neighbors.
Sadie always worked outside of the home mainly as a well trusted housekeeper. Eventually, she attended continuing education classes at San Antonio College and earned a certification in Home Health Care and became employed by the Girling Agency, a profession she would work at until her retirement.
Working outside of the home didn’t mean that Sadie did not make time for family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Every Sunday, meant dinner at Grandma Sadie’s. At Christmas there were always tamales and other goodies. First in her life, however, was her Lord. She was a member of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Poteet, where before her health declined at 85, she was active as a Eucharistic minister, Spanish lector, and was a member of the Guadalupanas and the Cursillo Movement.
Sadie went to meet her Lord on July 12, 2015, at the age of 91.
She was preceded in death by her husband Eulalio Guerra Olivares and son Frederic; parents Sesario Jr. and Maria Briseño; brothers Manuel Briseño of California, Saragoza Briseño of Poteet, Florentino Briseño of Carrizo Springs, Liberato Briseño of Colorado, Erasmo Briseño of Saspamco, Cipriano Briseño of Natalia, Jesus Briseño of Poteet, Salome Briseño of Poteet, and Juan Briseño of Primrose; sisters Marcelina Briseño of Poteet, and Romana Flores of San Antonio.
Sadie is survived by children, Johnny Joe Olivares and wife Virginia of Rossville, Olivia Olivares of Rossville, son-in-law Burt Martinez of Poteet, Rose Mary Dodd of San Antonio, and Irma Sanchez and husband Leonard Sanchez Jr. of Rossville; grandchildren Ruth Ann Olivares of Rossville, Michelle Graham and husband Stacey of China Grove, Margaret Escamilla and husband Chico of Rossville, Rusty Dodd and wife Daphne of China Grove, Sherri Kent and husband Paul of Converse, Michael Martinez and wife Perla of Rossville, and Tessa and Lea Sanchez of Rossville. She is also survived by her sisters Rose Mary Reyna of Poteet and Vicenta Olivares of Natalia; 17 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.
Sadie will be greatly missed but we trust in Christian faith that she has been reunited with family and friends who went before her, and that someday we too will see her again.
Visitation was held at Hurley Funeral Home, in Pleasanton on Tuesday, July 14 from 2 -9 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be given on Wednesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Poteet followed by interment at Brown Cemetery in Poteet.
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