Cruz Fernandez Vela, 75, passed away on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1933 in Rivera to Eusebio and Petra Fernandez Vela. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and was a lifelong resident of Driscoll.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Hortencia Vela; his children, Cruz (Maria) Vela Jr., Gracie (Roel) Gomez, Mary (Eddie) Gonzales, Minerva (Juan) Gaona, Stephen Vela, all of Driscoll, Norma (Samuel) Mendez of Bishop, Idolina (the late Roy) Jasso of Corpus Christi, Rosalinda (George) Nerio of Lake Wells, Fla., Alex (Jerome) Jones of Patterson, Ga., and Stephanie (Augustin) Leyva of Robstown; brother, Fedencio Vela of Driscoll; sisters, Matilde Soto and Eva Vela, both of Robstown; 29 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at St. James Catholic Church in Driscoll. Interment followed at De La Luz Cemetery in Driscoll.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.