The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

March 1, 2014

Rebecca Ramirez-Shokrian

Palestine Herald-Press

Rebecca (Becky) Ramirez-Alvarez de Shokria fourth generation of the Texan Heroine the Angel of Goliad born in Kingsville, Texas on Oct. 28, 1942 went to the Lord on Feb. 19, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose T. and Rebeca Ramirez of Palestine; brothers, Louis Raul Ramirez from San Antonio and Robert Romeo Ramirez from Palestine.

An educator Rebecca taught for 38 years for the following school districts: Westwood Independent School District and Palestine ISD in Palestine, Brazosport ISD in Freeport, San Antonio ISD and Northside ISD in San Antonio, and Fort Kobbe Canal Zone in Panama.

Rebecca graduated from Sam Houston Teachers College now known as Sam Houston State University in Huntsville with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish. She received her Masters in Education Cum Laude at Trinity University in San Antonio where she received her Educational Administration Certification, too.

She is survived by her son, Joseph H. Shokrian; grandson, Joseph Alexander Hugo Shokrian; brothers, Joe T. Ramirez Jr. from Red Oak and Rudy Ramirez formerly of Palestine; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Rebecca was the Educational Coordinator for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in Houston. She was also an English instructor for Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palestine where she was the English and Spanish Lector, Eucharistic Minister and CCE Religion teacher. She was the Director of the Sacred Heart Vacation Bible School and a member of the Ladies Altar Society. She was the Cub master for a local Cub Scout Troop in Palestine.

She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Delta Kappa, ACE, Association of Professional Educators, and AFT. Her devotion and love for teaching led her to teach non English speaking adults at the San Antonio Evening School and young teenagers from Mexico at Incarnate Word College in San Antonio and also, priests and religious at the Mexico American Cultural Center in San Antonio.

Rebecca served as treasurer and editor of the newsletter for the Angel of Goliad Descendants Historical Preservation Organization. She was also one of the founders of the Angel of Goliad Descendants Historical Preservation and member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas.

An avid reader, traveler, love of people especially children and her love of writing poetry she enjoyed meeting new people and praying for them. She enjoyed Mariachi Mexican Music, old Mexican Waltzes, and Luciano Pavarotti Opera Music.

Her loves of her life were her son and grandson. She often spoke of her trip to the Holy Land and Rome and how her faith became more alive and meaningful because of this trip. In her later years she became a Prayer Warrior praying for so many people to get closer to God.

A Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014, at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation to follow until 8 p.m.

A Roman Catholic Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Msgr. Zacharias Kunnakkattuthara officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 503 North Queen St., Palestine, Texas 75801.

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