Matilde "Mati" Ramon Lerma, passed away on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. She was born on Dec. 18, 1925 in Robstown, Texas to Reynaldo Gregorio Ramon and Martina Ramirez Ramon. Matilde graduated Salutatorian of her graduating class at Texas A & I University in Kingsville and after several years went back to Texas A & I and obtained her Masters Degree. She was a teacher at Lotspeich Elementary School before retiring after 25 years of service. Mati was a Catholic and a lector at St. John's Catholic Church in Robstown. She was also a funeral director and partner of the family business Ramon Funeral Home, Inc. and a lifelong resident of Robstown.

Matilde was preceded in death by her parents, Reynaldo Gregorio Ramon and Martina Ramirez Ramon; her husband, Mauro Lerma; and a brother, Reynaldo Raul Ramon.

She is survived by her son, Rey (Anna) Lerma of Brownsville, Texas; one brother, Ricardo (Lynn) Ramon of Issaquah, Wash.; three grandchildren, Mauro Lerma, Jr., Rae-Anne Lerma and Melissa Rae Lerma; one great-grandchild, Bayleigh Jayn Lerma; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Robstown, Texas with Bishop Reymundo Pena as celebrant. Interment followed in Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.

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