Cecilia Lara Cadriel

Cecilia Cadriel

Cecilia Lara Cadriel, affectionately known as Mom, Grandma, YaYa, Tila, C., Queen Cecilia and Sleeping Beauty, was born on November 22, 1940 and passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 27, 2013 at the age of 72.

Cecilia is preceded in death by her parents Eduardo and Jesusa Lara, a brother Michael Lara, a sister and brother in law, Angie and Bob Rodriguez and her 1stborn great granddaughter Madison Katherine Miller.

Cecilia is survived by her children, son Ralph Cadriel III (Gina), grandchildren Gilbert Cortez (Crystal), Ralph Cadriel IV (Brittany), Cecilia Lara Cadriel, Natasha Nelson Matthew Nelson and Josh Brown (Elise). Great grandchildren Beckett Cadriel, Alena Cortez, Landen  Marshall, Kyran Seidel, Xavier Briefschopf and Aiden Brown.  Daughter Patricia Cadriel Knutson (Cole), grandsons Duane Parker Jr, Matthew Parker and Collin Knutson. Daughter Lisa Renee Cadriel (Angel Cantu), grandsons Kevin Griffin and Garry Griffin, great granddaughter Myia Griffin. Daughter Katherine Cadriel Martinez (Arlie), grandsons Jon Miller Jr. (Norma), Eric Martinez and Joshua Martinez. Great granddaughters  Audrie and Alaina Miller.  Son Joseph Martin Cadriel Sr. (Cyndi), grandchildren Joseph Martin Cadriel Jr. and Yolanda Cadriel.

Brothers and sisters Leonor Garcia (Julio), Josephine Garza (Tony), Hope Gonzales, Jesse Lara (Elaine), Raymond Lara (Golie) and Gloria Lara.  Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, a special niece Connie De Leon and sister in law Gloria Cerrillo and special friend Hector Lepp.

Cecilia began her lifelong passion of caring for others at the early age of 18, she worked at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, Texas, was a Operating Room Technician at St. Marys hospital in Galveston, Texas for many years and was a retired Mental Health Case Manager at Gulf Coast Center for Galveston County after 17 years of service. She continued as a caregiver until the age of 71. She was very active in her community. She was co-founder of the Texas City Barrio Reunion for the last 9 years. She loved to organize gatherings and parties to satisfy her addiction to dancing. Cecilia was a survivor of the 1947 Texas City Explosion which resulted in the loss of her oldest brother Michael at the age of 19. She shared that her memories of it were so vivid and was something that would forever be on her mind as the most terrible thing that happened to her and her family. She loved her luncheons with dear friends of her Chapter of the Red Hat Ladies Society.

Ralph Cadriel Jr.  courted Cecilia for 5 years,  they were married for 21 years. Of this union 5 children were born and completed their loving family.  Cecilia loved to travel. She experienced many different cultures and countries. She loved spending time with old and new friends, she never met a stranger she didn’t like.  Cecilia and Paul Bricker met later in life and were married for 21 years. She and Paul were active with the 50s Unlimited Car Club. Throughout her life she enjoyed sharing her love for music, all types, with her children and grandchildren immensely.  Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren adored her greatly. Her family spoiled her and honored her as the Matriarch of our family.  Cecilia will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Visitation will be on Friday May 31, 2013, 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral service will be Saturday June 1, 2013, 2:00-500 pm, at Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City. Senior Pastor Jack Ewing and Father Tom Ponzini will be officiating.