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Holda "Corina" Leal Farias

July 1, 1937 ~ June 3, 2019 (age 81)

Holda “Corina” Leal Farias, 81, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019.  Corina was born in San Benito on July 1, 1937 to Juan G. Leal & Refugia T. Leal.  She was a devout Catholic all of her life, a lifelong parishioner of St. Ignacio de Loyola Catholic Church, and a dedicated member of the Guadalupana Society.

Holda “Corina” received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Pan American University in Edinburg, TX and Master’s degree in Education from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, TX.

Mrs. Farias to her former students, Holda “Corina” expressed on many occasions what a joy, honor and privilege it was to work with children.  She loved being a professional educator, dedicating 55 years of her life as an elementary school teacher with the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District and the Brownsville Independent School District.

Her greatest passion was spending time with her five grandsons and creating wonderful memories with her family. She was a devoted wife to her husband of 59 years, Arnoldo Farias, Sr., a loving mother to her three children, and a devoted grandmother to her five grandsons.  Holda “Corina” will be missed and will live in our hearts forever.

Holda “Corina” was preceded in death by her parents Juan G. Leal & Refugia T. Leal and her siblings Joseph T. Leal, Juanita T. Salas, Juanita Ruiz de Velasco, and RosaEna Harris.

Left to treasure her memory are her husband Arnoldo Farias, Sr.; children, Anna Marivel Farias, Arnoldo (Herlinda) Farias, Jr., and Holda Minerva (Eduardo) Saldaña; grandchildren, Gerardo A. Farias, Eduardo A. Saldaña, Rafael A. Farias, Cristian D. Saldaña and Ariel F. Saldaña.

The Farias family will receive friends and relatives on Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin on Thursday evening at 7 o’clock, Fr. Raul Salas, OMI, Officiant.    On Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Fr. Raul Salas, OMI, Celebrant.  Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Gerardo A. Farias, Rene Salas, John Harris, Carlos Ruiz de Velasco, David Farias, and Eduardo Saldaña.  Honorary pallbearers are Rolando Salas, Eduardo A. Saldaña, Cristian D. Saldaña, Rafael A. Farias, and Ariel F. Saldaña.

Special thanks to all the staff of the Brownsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their tender loving care and compassion in Holda’s time of need.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to San Benito Funeral Home, 1400 W. Business 77, San Benito, Texas   956.361.9192

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