Antonia Z. Laurel

June 5, 1921 - March 22, 2022
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Antonia Zepeda Laurel

June 5, 1921 – March 22, 2022

“To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord,” 2 Corinthians 5:8.

Antonia (Toni) Laurel went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on March 22, 2022.

She was born and raised in Laredo, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Valeriano Zepeda.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Antonio Laurel; by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Valeriano Zepeda, her brothers Ernesto Martinez and Miguel Zepeda, her sisters Mrs. Juanita (Earl Albert) Reed and Mrs. Amelia (Rosendo) Rodriguez: nephews William Val Reed, Michael Reed, Joe M. Reed, and Jose A. Zepeda.

Surviving her are her nephews and nieces: Richard Z. Rodriguez, Rosendo Rodriguez (San Antonio), Ralph Rodriguez (Round Rock), Roland Rodriguez (Louisiana), Mrs. Rita (Tito) Garza (San Antonio), Patricia Z. De La Cruz, Miguel Zepeda, Carlos Zepeda, Nena Z. Alvarado, Martin Zepeda, and Sandra Z. Burton. Also surviving her are numerous great nieces and nephews, and other relatives and Rev. Dr. Cathy L. Guerra, niece on her late husband’s side of the family, who was her devoted friend and caretaker for 20 years.

Mrs. Toni Laurel was an educator with the Laredo Independent School District, where she was a classroom teacher for 19 years and the LISD Director of Guidance and counseling for 20 years until her retirement in 1985. After retiring, she became a missionary in Spain, Belgium, and Israel for 15 years (1986-2001). In 2001, she returned to Laredo. She then traveled at different times on mission trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Venezuela, and Cuba. In Laredo she was active in prison ministry to the women in the Webb County Jail.

More than anything, she loved the Lord Jesus Christ and she served Him faithfully, leading hundreds of people to Christ over the years. She spread the love of Christ to people everywhere she went. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation services, 1320 Trey Dr. A funeral service will be conducted in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Tony Gutierrez officiating. Following the service, burial will be in the Laredo City Cemetery, 3200 N Meadow Ave.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Drive
Laredo, TX 78041

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Time: 10:00 am

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022

City Cemetery


3200 N Meadow Ave
Laredo, Texas 78040


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Born: June 5, 1921
Died: March 22, 2022

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Elsa Saldaña posted on 3/30/22

What a blessing to have met Sister Toni! She was always ready to help at church, always started us off with a prayer before proceeding. Made sure we gave God all glory and honor before doing anything else. I loved hearing her missionary stories and took every advise and life lesson to heart. The sweetest person, she Loved the Lord and made sure to let everyone know it. Sweet Sister Toni, I will remember your kindness and deep love for God always ❤ RIP


Austin Rodriguez posted on 3/29/22

Really wish I was there to fellowship with you all in person. My heart hurts, but Christ is King. Auntie is in Heaven. Glory to God who delivers us, even from death. What more can I say? Sending love and prayers to you all who are mourning. I mourn with you. We shall be comforted, in Jesus. Matt 5:4


Ruben & Lala Martinez posted on 3/29/22

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Max & Liz Torres posted on 3/29/22

Our sincere condolences to the Laurel and Reed families on the loss of a beautiful & kindhearted woman, who we had the pleasure of meeting. May she Rest In Peace & Perpetual Light Shine upon her. May Our Dear Lord give you all the Peace and Comfort at this time of need.


San Juanita Luera Casso posted on 3/25/22

In memory of Antonia Z. Laurel, San Juanita Luera Casso lit a candle


San Juanita Luera Casso posted on 3/25/22

Our sincere condolences to her family & friends on the loss of a beautiful & kindhearted woman, educator & friend to many. She touched many lives and will be remembered them also. May she Rest In Peace & Perpetual Light Shine upon her.


Mary Garcia posted on 3/24/22

A lovely, beautiful, faithful, woman of God! She will be missed. May the Lord keep her loved ones in perfect peace! Rejoice!! Sister Toni is with alive forevermore in heaven!!!


Phyllis Inocencio posted on 3/23/22

RIP sweet Sister Toni. Your love will live in my heart always. I will never forget your teachings and watching your love to help others. The way you helped families in need for food Bank and anyone who was in need of Godly advice and prayer. How you never turned anyone away. I know you are rejoicing in the Lord praising and worshipping in His Glory. Rejoice in eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ.


Reynaldo & Esthela Guerra posted on 3/23/22