Esther Mary Flores, 91, passed away on March 27, 2015, after a brief illness and stay at St. David’s Hospital North in Austin, Texas.
Esther was born in Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico, on March 9, 1924, to Felix and wife, Zapopan Martinez. She spent her childhood in Lockhart, and resided in Houston until the year 2000. The latter years of her life were spent with her daughters in Austin until her death.
She graduated from Milby High School and Massey Business College in Houston, Texas. Esther had a passion for learning, and was the first in her family to pursue a secondary education. She married her high school sweetheart, Carlos R. Flores and were joined in Holy Matrimony in 1945.
Together, they bore five children: Christine Marie Flores Willrich, Irene Louise Flores Nicks, Carl James Flores, Roberta Gayle Flores Lopez and Richard Wayne Flores.
Esther was employed in various enterprises, most notably Levits Jewelers, law firm of Ron Mafrige and Associates, and eventually retired as an employee from Harris County in 1988.
After retirement she volunteered as a certified Catechist, teaching the Christian message in Spiritual Development events for the Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston.
She enjoyed to the fullest her volunteer work for the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, which she loved because of the joyful nature and music of the Charismatic Mass.
Wherever she went, Esther displayed a gracious love of people, a compelling humility, a warm smile and a passion for sharing her faith. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a caring, generous nature. Her life impacted so many people of every walk of life, always putting others first.
She loved dancing and singing, especially with her sisters. Her daughters recall their mother one day in Tennessee upon seeing a piano at her son’s home, sat down and she immediately started playing Christmas songs. The look of shock on her children’s faces was priceless as no one had any idea she could play the piano with such finesse. She showed her love through her cooking and baking. She enjoyed preparing meals for everyone and her church, and everyone enjoyed memories of what an excellent cook she was.
In her final years, Esther loved playing bingo and dominoes. Her daughters were always amused by her competitive nature while playing games, which brought such laughter to everyone. She was also a sports fan and enjoyed watching her Houston Rockets, Houston Texans and even
NASCAR on TV with her family.
Most of all, she loved spending precious time enjoying her favorite foods at mealtime and being surrounded by her loving family.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Pura Castillo and her only beloved brother, Joe Martinez, Sr. She is survived by children; her sisters, Socorro Castillo, Geneva Hernandez, Mary Mendoza, Sister Mary Patricia, Aurora Cantu, Gloria Mendoza; numerous nieces, nephews and family friends, with especially fond memories of Paul and Rose Moreno. She also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Esther was a loving mother and will be so very missed by all whose lives she touched.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday, April 5, 2015, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., with the Vigil at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 6, 2015, 10 a.m., at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway in Houston. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. Memorial remembrances in thanksgiving to God for Esther’s life may be made to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, 2615 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas 77002.