Martha Sylvia Laurel

August 19, 1944 - February 27, 2022
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Martha Sylvia Laurel, 77, entered into eternal rest on, Sunday, February 27, 2022. She was born August 19, 1944 in Alice, Texas to Jose and Olivia Vela.

She was a graduate of Alice High School in 1962. She received her B.A. degree in education from Texas A & I University in Laredo in 1976 and in 1985 received her M.A. degree. She began her teaching career for United I.S.D in 1976. She taught for 35 years and retired in 2011.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her spouses, Carlos Perez; Javier Laurel; and a sister, Cynthia Garcia.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Carlos David (Tiffany) Perez, Lydia (Polo) Chaires; siblings, Joseph Sidney (Lilia) Vela, Sandra Vela (Stan) Grimes; grandchildren, Chelsea (Gilbert) Guzman, Whitney Perez, Lauren (Stefan Rincon) Palacios, Marco Chaires, Anissa Chaires; great-grandson, Cameron Guzman; as well as numerous other family and friends.

The family will be receiving guests on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Holy Rosary will be officiated at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will begin at 11:30 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

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, March 4, 2022

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Service Information

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022

St. Patrick Catholic Church


555 Del Mar Blvd.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: August 19, 1944
Died: February 27, 2022

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Annette Starr posted on 7/26/22

So sorry for your loss of your Mother. Annette Keliehor Starr,Class of 62


Olga Ibarra posted on 3/3/22

Sylvia was a friend, colleague & my Reading Recovery/Descubriendo la Lectura trainer. UISD teachers were fortunate to be trained by Sylvia. She was strict because she was passionate, dedicated to preparing us to help students struggling to read. We attended several Reading conferences where we became colleagues & friends. I am deeply saddened to learn of her passing. She will be missed.