Reina J. Sarabia

JANUARY 16, 1936


August 16, 2020


Reina J. Sarabia

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Visitation will be held Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Aguero Funeral Home & Crematorium 4402 E. Saunders St., Laredo, Texas 78041. A Chapel Service will be held at 12 noon.

Interment will follow at the family plot in the Laredo City Cemetery.

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COVID procedures include limited seating at the funeral home along with required social distancing (no hugging) and mask wearing to cover nose and mouth at all times. The Family appreciates your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.


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.


15 thoughts on “Reina J. Sarabia”

  1. I worked with your Mom for many years at K. Tarver. She was a fabulous educator. I am very sorry for your loss. God Bless you all during this difficult time.

  2. On behalf of my family, please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Reyna. I recall Reyna both at high school and at LJC. She was a quiet and very intelligent young lady. We met again through the Martin Band Parents Association and a family friendship began that lasted a life time. We have beautiful memories of going to your home and Frank’s mother’s home for “Las Posadas” among many others. She and her family will be in our prayers. Sincerely MLU

  3. Eternal rest, grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.
    Sharing in your sorrow and keeping you all in our most caring prayers.
    Sylvia Gonzalez Gamez and Family

  4. Hermila R. Gonzalez

    We will always cherish the memories of our time growing up with Reina. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Hermila Ramon Gonzalez & Sylvia Ramon Merryman

  5. Margarita Gonzalez

    Our sincerest condolences to my brother Francisco Sarabia and the rest of the Sarabia family – May God shine perpetual light upon her and grant her eternal rest. We will continue to pray for the family, sending our love from Ohio. Love Margie, Alfonso, Patricia and Mateo

  6. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with the Sarabia family for the loss of this beautiful, strong woman. God blessed her with a wonder husband and beautiful family. She is your Angel now and will watch over you.
    Love you all,
    Hope Martinez Cantu

  7. My condolences and my love to all of you. I love you all so very much. I pray that our lord God comforts your aching hearts as you celebrate her life and her Acension into heaven. My heart is with you.

  8. Our condolences to my Brother Frank and all the family. May Reina rest in peace. Wish we could’ve been there for you all. Will keep her in our prayers and for all the family. Beautiful ceremonies.
    Love from Luciano, Edna, Luciano Jr. and Rita, Anabel and Jesse Garza, Juan, Mark and Diane.

  9. My condolences to Frank Sarabia, Maria Elena, Pat, Sara, and Frank Jr. May She REST IN PEACE. Blessings to all.

  10. Frank/Lupita Fuentes

    Our condolences to Tio Frank and cousins. I will treasure the time I helped tio take care of Reina. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Mr. & Mrs. Victor & Margarita Rosas and daughter Margaret.

  11. Thank you Rosa. My name is Pat Metcalf, and Reina was my mother. I know she loved teaching at Tarver and spoke often about her years there. Even near the end, after her mind had been ravaged by Alzheimers, she still told many funny stories about her time at Tarver and would laugh and laugh. It is clear to me that her time at Tarver left a lasting and joyful impression on her.

  12. Our Deepest Condolences To all The Sarabia Family ,May our Lord give u all the Strength For This Hard And Sad Moments , ?? From All The Parras Maria Cegueda Fam. from Dallas Tx.??????

  13. Just found out about Ms. Sarabia’s passing. My condolences go out to the family. In my childhood, I played with her daughters and she and her husband were very nice to me. Good memories of good people.
    RIP Reina. I hope Frank is doing well.
    Sylvia Elliott, nee Sylvia Martinez .

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