Mom graduated from Mercedes High School in 1953. She married our father Julian Adame Jr. and raised her family to Donna. They have three children: Dr David O. (Dale Anne), Dr J. Michael (Cordy) and Yvonne (Richard). They have 6 grandchildren: Denise (Juan), David Jr. (Leslie), Dr Michael Julian (Dr Fiona), Lexie (Steven), Christina and Lauren. They have 5 great-grandchildren: Ava, Rush, Paloma, Salma and Katelyn. She also loved her many nieces and nephews.
At a very young age, Mom decided that she would dedicate her life to serving her community through municipal government. It would eventually serve the municipalities of Donna and Weslaco. In 1966 she began serving the citizens of Donna and for over 18 years she held several positions, starting as City Clerk, Tax Assessor and City Secretary. Then, in 1984, for a total of 13 years, she began serving the citizens of Weslaco as city secretary and then city manager.
Mom was also always ready to serve her community by volunteering. Some of her favorite organizations she got involved in were: serving as a reader for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mujeres Unidas: where she was a member and secretary, municipal clerks and municipal secretaries of the lower Rio Grande valley in as member and chair. She was also president of this organization for the state of Texas. She also served on the board of directors of the Foster Grandparent Board and became its president. She was also part of the American Legion Auxiliary as a member and chair of the Blue Bonnet Girl State Program. She was also a member and president of City of Donna Crime Stoppers. She was a member of the Pan American Round Table.
She helped found and organize the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Donna and served as its treasurer and president.
She was the first woman in the town of Weslaco to be appointed CEO in 1984.
She was also the first woman to be elected as a city councilor for the Town of Donna from 1988 to 1991.
She was also the first woman to be elected mayor of Donna from 1993 to 1999.
Among his many honors, his proudest were:
Donna Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 1990
Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame in 2005.
While this may be a pretty comprehensive list of obligations between her professional and volunteer life, what we, her children, knew about her first and foremost was the love she gave us every day. This love has come in many forms. She loved having many family reunions where her ability to socialize with everyone was one of her most cherished traits. She absolutely loved seeing her family and close friends spending time together in her house and eating her great food. To this end, she loved to cook. She could cook just about anything in the sun. Of all the mouthwatering dishes that were produced from his stovetop or oven, perhaps the one we remember most enthusiastically was his lemon meringue pie, it was a life-changing thing. And the only thing better than all this amazing food was the way she shared her love while cooking it.
Her love evolved to a new level with the arrival of her grandchildren whom she adored dearly. She could be found supporting them at countless sporting events such as baseball, pool, basketball, volleyball or football. His boundless energy never ceased to love them.
Our beloved mother who was larger than life will be dearly missed, who gave so much and loved so much. May her loving soul now rest in peace.
We would like to especially thank Maria Uri Hernandez Gomez who spent countless hours taking care of her.
His grandsons are honored to serve as carriers: David Jr. Adame, Dr. Michael Julian Adame; his son-in-law: Richard Trevino; his nephews: Roel Avila, Oscar Adame Jr. and JA Ramirez. The honorary bearers will be his brother-in-law: Oscar Adame Sr., Leonel Adame, James Melendez, Dr Victor Arizpe and a family friend: Dr Julian Bueno.
Mother’s faith was her rock, and this scripture illustrates how she lived her life: “I am the resurrection, whoever believes in me, even though he dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25.
The viewing will take place at Hawkins Funeral Home in Donna on Friday, December 10, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the rosary at 6 p.m. Funeral service will be at Hawkins Funeral Home at 10 a.m. on Saturday, followed by interment in Donna City Cemetery.
The family requests that commemorative contributions be made to the “Maria Teresa de la Garza Adame Fellowship” or the “Julian S Adame Memorial Fellowship” at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Foundation, Division of Institutional Advancement, 701 E. Expressway 83, Box # 13, McAllen, TX 78501. Gifts can be made online at https://give.utrgv.edu/utrgvfoundation. Choose “Other” from the “Donate to:” drop-down list and enter the name of the endowment.
Posted by The Monitor on December 10, 2021.