Sylvia Fuentes, 83, of Defiance, peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born on December 25, 1938 to the late Juan and Manuela (Malacara) Herrera in Laredo, Texas. In 1953 she married Eli Fuentes Sr., who survives. Sylvia cherished her time spent with her family. She enjoyed gardening, crafts, playing the piano, shopping, and watching Jimmy Swaggart services on television. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Sylvia is survived by her loving husband, Eli Fuentes, Sr. of Defiance, eight children; Eli (Debra) Fuentes, Jr., Delia (Luis) Garza, Zeke (Sharon) Fuentes, Mirta Fuentes, Cris (Jim) Shaffer, Ruben Acevedo, Armando Acevedo, and Esmeralda (Victor) Gomez, 26 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, with two on the way, 3 great-great-grandchildren, her sisters Rosa and Virginia, and very special cousins, Pedro (dec'd) and Ruth Bustos.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Josie Fuentes, and her grandson, Aaron Holland.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. Due to CDC guidelines, if you are not fully vaccinated a mask is required to enter the funeral home, and our lounge area will remain closed. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 14, 2022 at Temple of Praise, with Rev. Ruben Laguna officiating. There will be one additional hour of visitation before the service at the church. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the family, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.