Celia Josefa G. Hilario

August 27, 1928 - January 11, 2024
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On Thursday, January 11, 2024, the beloved Hilario Family Matriarch, Celia Josefa G. Hilario, 95, was called to the Lord’s presence peacefully surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Born on August 27, 1928, Celia is preceded in death by her father, Alberto Gonzalez, Sr., mother Eloisa C. Hernandez, step-father, Raymundo Hernandez, Sr., her husband, Ramon Hilario, Sr., USA Veteran, brothers, Alberto (Elena+) Gonzalez, Jr., Ramiro (Elia+) Hernandez, TXANG Veteran, and her son-in-law, Roberto T. Castillo, Sr., USMC Veteran.

Left to carry on her legacy and cherish her memory are her children, Juanita Celia Reyna, Esperanza Gloria Castillo, Raquel Alicia Rubio, Ramon Hilario, Jr., USAF Veteran, Theresa Lily (Arnoldo) Martinez and her brother, Raymundo (Maria Elena) Hernandez, Jr. She also leaves behind 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Celia was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. A devout Catholic she took great joy in her participation in different activities at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church serving as a team member in several A.C.T.S. retreats, parish Jamaicas, and relevant parish fundraisers.

An example to follow, Celia was a gentle soul who truly radiated God’s love for His people. All who came in contact with her were immediately drawn to her and were blessed to call her a friend. Gigi, as she was lovingly nicknamed by her great-grandchildren, reveled in the many family gatherings to celebrate holidays, birthdays, and any special occasion. She loved to listen to mariachi and Trio music and would readily follow by singing and gesturing to the music. She loved to travel and venture and relished in her trips to England, Japan, Canada and multiple points of interest within the United States.

Keeping herself abreast of world and local news through a variety of media, she could readily converse on a diversity of topics, such as politics, sports, world leaders, etc. A nature lover at heart, she delighted in catering to God’s creations, such as the plants, feeding the birds and raising baby turtles.

The family would like to extend a sincere gratitude to her long time Physician, Dr. J. R. Garcia, Luis Canales, CRT, the fourth floor and ICU nursing staff at Doctor’s Hospital, her spiritual providers, Bishop James A. Tamayo, DD, Rev. Leszek Waclawik, Rev. Richard Hall, OMI, Rev. David Muñoz, OMI, Msgr. Alex Salazar, Rev. Francisco Quiroz, Rev. Pedro Mercado, Deacon Juan Zamarripa, Serenity Home Care Services staff: Fausto Lozano, LVN, Valerie LeaL, RN, Deyanira Villarreal, RN, Carla Gutierrez, DPT, Roberto Lerma, PTA, and her American Medical Home Health provider, Nora Espinoza.

Active Pallbearers will be: AGCS Amador Reyna, Jr., USN, Retired, Roberto T. Castillo, Jr, Roland M. Castillo, Juan D. Rubio, Jr., USA Veteran, Hector A. Rubio, USA Veteran, David R. Almendarez, Arnoldo Martinez and Gregory Martinez, USA Veteran.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: LT Alberto J. Reyna, USN, Retired, Michael A. Castillo, Daniel R. Castillo, and John M. Almendarez.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 19, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Fred Dickey Funeral Home. A vigil of the deceased and Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m.

The funeral cortege will depart from the funeral home on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m.

Rite of committal and interment will follow at the Laredo Catholic Cemetery family plot.

You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories and sign the guestbook online at www.freddickey.com

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Fred Dickey Funeral and Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo Texas 78041, (956) 723-3611,

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, January 19, 2024

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Rosary 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024

Time: 11:00 am

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church


1718 San Jorge
Laredo, Texas 78040

Funeral Mass

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Timeline for Celia Josefa G. Hilario

Born: August 27, 1928
August 27, 2018
My beloved Grandma
My beloved Grandma
August 27, 2021
Mi muñequita preciosa
Mi muñequita preciosa
November 27, 2013
My supportive Grandma
My supportive Grandma
March 12, 2012
Fearless Gigi
Fearless Gigi
August 27, 2023
Missing you
Missing you
December 2, 2018
Rolling with Grandma at Christmas
Rolling with Grandma at Christmas
Died: January 11, 2024

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Ana Chavarria posted on 1/28/24

In memory of Celia Josefa G. Hilario, Ana Chavarria lit a candle


Angelica Murillo posted on 1/22/24

With Deepest Condolences to U Celia and All the Family!!Love n Prayers to U All!!❤️🙏🙏 May ur Beautiful Ángel Rest in Eternal Peace!! Like they say Ángels walk Amongst Us n She Sure Was One!!❤️🙏🙏. Angelica Murillo & Family


Delia V.Piña posted on 1/21/24

Terry my friend my deepest condolences to you and your family may god give you all strength through this difficult time may your beautiful mama Rest In Peace🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻


Dora Herrera posted on 1/20/24

My sincere condolences to her Family. May she rest in eternal peace 🙏


Carmen Rodríguez Martinez posted on 1/19/24

In memory of Celia Josefa G. Hilario, Carmen Rodríguez Martinez lit a candle


Nora posted on 1/19/24

You'll be greatly missed appreciate all you did will keep you in my cherished memories


Maria Elena Acosta-Diocese of Laredo posted on 1/19/24

My condolences to the family. May God grant her family the strength to overcome this loss. May she Rest In Peace and may Perpetual Light shine upon her.


Theresa Hilario Martinez posted on 1/19/24

Mom it’s not goodbye but rather till I see you again. Rest in Peace my beautiful angel. Miss seeing your smiling face. Love you mucho.


Elsa Galvan posted on 1/19/24

My sincere condolences to the family. Sorry for your loss. May she rest in eternal peace. Blessings and prayers, Sincerely, Arturo and Elsa Galvan Mrs. Rebeca E. Paz


Nadia Hernandez posted on 1/18/24

Mi más sentido pésame, Doña Gigi siempre fue muy fuerte y una mujer de admiración por todo el ánimo que siempre tenía. Se nos adelantó Doña, fue un placer conocerle en este mundo. Descanse en paz.


Elsa Dominguez posted on 1/17/24

Dear Madrina Celia, sweet soul sis Annette, and brothers, My grandma Toña and your grandma Gigi were best of friends. We will miss them both! Their time to enjoy now their fullness of life! I know they are together now looking upon us and smiling with great joy. May God grant you peace and comfort knowing she is in a beautiful place of love and peace. With heartfelt condolences and prayers, Elsa Martinez Dominguez


Theresa Hilario Martinez posted on 1/15/24

Mi muñequita hermosa, I will forever treasure the memories we made, all the love we shared and thank God for the years we had. You were a true blessing to our family. Love you so much and will miss you dearly. Rest in Peace my Angel.


Amy posted on 1/12/24

I love you grandma—- rest peacefully!


Amy posted on 1/12/24

You left us with so many beautiful memories that will always be cherished. I love you and will always be watching for the sign of you telling me you are near.