Reina J. Sarabia, 84, of Laredo, Texas passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020 after a long and brave struggle with Alzheimer’s/Dementia.
She was born on January 16, 1936 in Laredo, Texas to Josephina and Jorge Ramon. She graduated from Martin High School and received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Texas A&I in Kingsville. She later went on to complete her Master’s degree in English at Laredo State University. She made a career as a Teacher at Tarver Elementary school where she taught third grade for 27 years. She retired from teaching in 1997 to care for her granddaughters, Abigail and Lexie, until they reached school age. She then taught GED at Laredo Junior College for 8 more years and then retired.
She was married to the love of her life, Francisco (Frank) Sarabia, on November 19, 1960. They relocated to Roswell, NM where Reina gave birth to their first child, Maria Elena, in April of 1962. In November of 1962, they returned to their beloved Laredo to grow their family.
Reina loved teaching and was devoted to her church, San Luis Rey where she was on the Parish Counsel and taught catechism classes for many years. Reina had a passion for teaching, gardening, reading, cats, and playing scrabble/trivial pursuit with her children and grandchildren. Reina touched the lives of all those who knew her. She believed greatly in her faith and the golden rule. She was an inspiration and a source of wisdom and unconditional love. Her passing has left a tremendous hole in the lives of all those who loved her. She will be greatly missed.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Jorge and Josephina Ramon and sister Florita Tijerina.
Surviving family includes her husband Frank of 59 years; daughter Maria Elena; daughter Pat(Charles) Metcalf; daughter Sara Lydia; son Frank (Celinda) Sarabia; sister GeorgeAnne (David) Reuthenger; grandchildren, Joseph Shield; Cathy Shield; Rachael Metcalf; Tiffany Shield; Austin Metcalf; Abigail Sarabia; Lexie Sarabia; Tina Shield and Kevin Metcalf. She has one Great- Grandchild Charlotte Gonzalez.