Ms. Lydia Flores, age 78, was called to be with the Lord on Monday, January 22, 2024.
Ms. Flores was born on August 08, 1946, in Laredo, Texas, to Cornelio (Maria Olivia Arambula) Flores, who preceded her in death. Ms. Flores is survived by her two sons, Rolando (Idalia) Flores Jr. & Aldo Ray (Cynthia) Flores. 6 Grandchildren, Alejandro Rene, Victoria Kristelle, Ricardo Javier, Estevan Enrique, Rolando Sebastian (Cassandra), Edgardo Emanuel Flores. 3 Great Grandchildren: Jacob Dylan Flores, Emiliano Andres, & Ximena Anahi Martinez. She is also survived by her only Brother, Cornelio Flores Jr, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Ms. Flores graduated from Martin High School in 1964 and attended Laredo Junior College. She was a devoted Catholic, serving as a Lector and Commentator and a member of the Guadalupanas and Catholic Daughters of the Americas at San Martin de Porras & St. Jude Catholic Church. She was also very active in family functions and community work, having served as PTA President at several schools and President of the Laredo City Council of PTA’s, where she was bestowed with the highest award of receiving a national life membership of PTA, as well as Mother of the year. During her tenure as council president, she brought Laredo a very high honor, receiving an award in El Paso, Texas, for being the best PTA committee in Texas. She received several awards from Governor Bill Clemens and Mark White for her involvement as an advocate, saving children from drug and child abuse. She founded the Texas War on Drugs in Laredo as a volunteer through the Governor’s office. She and her volunteers participated in more than 100 presentations during drug and alcohol awareness. They were a speaker at the National Convention of PTA in Washington, D.C. Her group received a National grant to continue providing presentations throughout Texas by writing a proposal and being one of the top 3 in the state. She had the honor of sharing a convention as a presenter, which the then First Lady Nancy Regan attended and Spoke. She was nationally recognized, as her Texas War on Drugs group was among the 5 top groups in the Nation. Her group pioneered President Reagan’s War On Drugs campaign internationally as she and her group were the first to present in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Ms. Flores was also honored by Las Mujeres as one of the top 10 ladies in our community for her involvement in the betterment of children. Ms. Flores worked for the LISD Community Action Agency State Department of Human Services and District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Flores also attended a White House Conference giving recommendations to Congress on Free Drug Schools.
During her tenure with the Texas Department of Human Services, she also provided presentations on Child Abuse to both School Districts. She did the McGruff puppet show for elementary schools to educate children on making good decisions and the consequences of bad choices, saying “NO” and drug and alcohol abuse.
Ms. Flores was a very devoted Mother, Grandmother, and Aunt. She will be missed for the beautiful writing of acrostic poems, having written more than 100 for friends and relatives, praying for the sick, and praying rosaries for funeral services.
The family would like to thank everyone who touched her life in one way or another for the words of encouragement when she was sick and for all the prayers said in her name
Thanks also to all of her doctors and nurses who would come to check on her at home, therapists who helped her, and her caretakers whom she loved very much.
The family will be receiving condolences on Sunday, January 28, 2024 in the Angelus Chapel at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 29, 2024 from the funeral home to San Martin de Porres Church. Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am. Interment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
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 www.freddickey.com