Olivia Contreras

January 28, 1927 - October 20, 2023
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Olivia Contreras, 96, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and lifelong resident of Laredo, Texas was called to her final rest on October 20, 2023 peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.

Olivia is preceded in death by her parents, Filiberto and Elvira Sandoval. Her beloved husband, Alfonso Contreras, Sister, Alicia Moran and brother, Juan Sandoval.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Minerva (Reyes) Soto, Alfonso (Yolanda) Contreras, Arturo (Imelda) Contreras, Olivia (Mario) Rodriguez, Rebecca Contreras, and Veronica Contreras. She is survived by her younger sister Elvira Gonzalez (Pablo), 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Olivia led a good and simple life. Together with her “Ponchito,” they raised a good strong family. She worked hard for everything she earned: a strong marriage and a good home life for her family. That was the recipe for her success. Hard work, the main ingredient for this success defined “our mother.” At 18 years of age, Olivia was a familiar face at “el centro” where she worked at Kress Department Store until a year later, love came into her life.

It was “love at first sight” for Poncho and Olivia after her good friend, “La Beve” introduced them. “El es para mi.” Olivia would quip when she retold that story many times, always smiling. Sure enough, six months after they met, they married. Poncho, a WWII Purple Heart recipient, worked in carpentry after serving his country and with their own hands, together they built their house where it stands now since 1968. Our father dedicated himself to carpentry in order to support a growing family, while Olivia dedicated herself to mold a strong family. Together they shared the good times and made the best of the bad.

One love they shared was the dance floor in an era where social life was simpler and romantic. Mom sewed her own dress for each dance and assured her Ponchito was dressed “como catrin” with his “trajes de Joe Brand.” They were quite the couple on the dance floor where everyone earned their social status. They never missed a dance when the Valdez Brothers played and were sure to whirl to “their song,» “Como Han Pasado los Años.”

Our mother, Olivia, was not one to lead a sedentary life. In 1978, she received her GED and went on to work for LISD for 25 years. She first worked as a bus monitor, then as a teacher’s assistant and lastly as a substitute teacher. Her main assignment focused on special needs students for whom she always held a fondness. They returned the kindness as they referred to her as, “Grandma.”

Leading a good life resulted in good humor, a great trait of hers. Olivia loved to tell jokes and loved to hear her audience laugh, even more. If you heard laughter, you knew Olivia was the center of it all.

Home was her focus. She worked to maintain a clean house and her home boasted the aroma of a good home cooked meal. Olivia loved cooking for her family, neighbors, and friends. Those recipes have been handed down the family line and this recipe for a good strong family has been well established by Poncho and Olivia.

Our family would like to extend a sincere appreciation to our mother’s devoted caregivers: Rebecca Contreras, daughter, Consuelo Mendez, Marisela Gonzalez and Dr. Oscar Gutierrez-Vizuet and Serenity Hospice Care, her grandkids, Jerry Soto, MSN RN, and Melissa Rodriguez, BSN RN.

Pallbearers will be: Gerardo Soto, Alejandro Soto, Daniel Contreras, Arturo Contreras Jr., Mario Rodriguez Jr., and Elias Espinoza. Honorary Pallbearers will be Alfonso Contreras Jr., and Arturo Contreras.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 26, from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a vigil of the deceased will be at 7:00 p.m. at Fred Dickey Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be departing from the funeral home on October 27 at 10:30 a.m. to Blessed Sacrament Church for a Christian mass at 11:00 a.m.

Rite and Committal and Interment will follow to our Father’s plot at the Laredo City Cemetery – Veteran’s Section.

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 funeral service at Fred Dickey Funeral and Cremation services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo,

Texas 78041, (956) 723-3611.



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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2023

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Drive
Laredo, TX 78041

Rosary at 7 pm

Service Information

Date: Friday, October 27, 2023

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church


2219 Galveston
Laredo, Texas 78043

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, October 27, 2023

Time: 12:15 pm

City Cemetery


3200 N Meadow Ave
Laredo, Texas 78040


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Born: January 28, 1927
Died: October 20, 2023

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Mr. & Mrs. Armando Tays, Sr. posted on 10/27/23

Our thoughts and prayers are with the lost of your love one. May she rest in peace. God Bless You All.


Pat Vidaurri posted on 10/27/23

Condolences to the Contreras family. My mother Maria del Socorro Vidaurri and Mrs Contreras were good friends. Our family has very fond memories of Mrs. Contreras’ generosity and sense of humor. She always shared her cooking with my mom by sending her a plate of whatever she cooked. She was always quick with sharing a joke which brought joy to my mom. She always had a joyous presence. God Bless the family in your time of sorrow.


Guillermo Medrano posted on 10/27/23

my condolences to the family of Olivia Contreras, She , and poncho, were the frindlist people around---God Bless them!!!


Estela Flores Ochoa posted on 10/26/23

My deepest condolences to Olivia's family. May our Lord bring comfort and peace to you ? and may she RIP and the Perpetual Light shine upon her. Love from a long time friend and acquaintance.


Rosa Hammond posted on 10/25/23

I worked with LISD for many years and had the privilege to meet your Mom. She was a lovely person and always so full of animo. My sincere condolences to your family.


Eliza Hix posted on 10/25/23

I'm very sorry your loss. Mrs. Contreras and all the Contreras family are in my prayers. May she rest in peace with the Lord. With love, Eliza, Tyler, and Jacob Hix (Pflugerville, TX)


Maria Guerra posted on 10/25/23

Sincere condolences to her family. May she R.I.P. ???✝️?


Adolfo Gonzalez posted on 10/24/23

In memory of Olivia Contreras, Adolfo Gonzalez lit a candle


Adolfo Gonzalez posted on 10/24/23

Condolences and prayers to family and friends. Olivia was loved by everyone around in neighborhood. She was a Comadre of my mother, Aurelia Lopez Gonzalez . Always there comadriando with mom whether on way to mass or just passing by, three houses down! They are probably already talking in Heaven now. Prayers to all family.


Imelda Murillo posted on 10/24/23

In memory of Olivia Contreras, Imelda Murillo lit a candle


Imelda Murillo posted on 10/24/23

My sincere condolences to Becky and her family. May hope sustain you, friends surround you, and love give you strength. With Deepest Sympathy, Imelda Murillo


Ana Montes Barrientos posted on 10/24/23

Our most deepest condolences to the Contreras family. May the pepetral light shine upon her ?️she was a brilliant lady and wonderful neighbor . I have fond memories of your beloved mother growing up and attending Holy Family Church which I will treasure forever ?. RiP from the Montes Family


Hector G Garcia posted on 10/24/23

In memory of Olivia Contreras, Hector G Garcia lit a candle


Hector G Garcia posted on 10/24/23

My sincere condolences to the Contreras family on the loss of your Mom. May you find strength in our Savior Jesus Christ in this most difficult time.


Leticia Garcia Moctezuma posted on 10/23/23

To the Contreras Family, Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Your mom would light a room with her beautiful personality and sunshine smile. Now my parents will be dancing with them again in heaven. Sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers your way. May Mrs Contreras RIP. ???


Eppie Munoz Jr posted on 10/23/23

My deepest condolences for the Contreras family! My thoughts and prayers are with you All! May she Rest In Peace! ????


Mr and Mrs Armando Garcia posted on 10/23/23

In memory of Olivia Contreras, Mr and Mrs Armando Garcia lit a candle


Yvette Moran posted on 10/23/23

We offer our sympathy for this huge loss primos. We know she’ll be greatly missed. Sincerely, Yvette, Emilio and Paris Moran


Mr and Mrs Armando Garcia posted on 10/23/23

From Across the Miles in Edinburg Tx, Mando and I send Our Most Sincere Condolences!! The Lovely Memories of Mrs Contreras Dancing The Night Away with Mr Contreras will Always Be Remembered. May She Rest In Heavenly Peace ? She’s in Our Prayers and Her Beautiful Family is In Our Hearts ❤️ Armando and Juanita Garcia Edinburg Tx


Alicia & Rene Carrillo posted on 10/23/23

In memory of Olivia Contreras, Alicia & Rene Carrillo lit a candle


Alicia & Rene Carrillo posted on 10/23/23

So very sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. May the Perpetual Light shine on her. May she Rest In Peace.


Andres Sillas posted on 10/23/23

Our deepest condolences. Andres Sr. and Elsa Sillas