Juana Evangelina Vela, 86, died Friday, May 23, 2008.

She was born May 6, 1922, in Mexico to Juan and Antonia Gutierrez Vega. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years, Rafael Vela Sr.; five brother and sisters; and one infant son.

Survivors include her children, Rafael (Pauline) Vela of Corpus Christi, Natalia (Roberto) Estraca of Huntsville, and Paula (Ricardo) Silva of Robstown, and a special grandson that she raised, Rolando Ruiz of Altus, Okla.; two sisters, Amanda Oliva of Corpus Christi, and Odilia Mungia of Roma; her brother, Juan Vega of Corpus Christi; 33 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; 35 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, May 25 and 26, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Interment followed in Robstown Memorial Park.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.