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Adela Leo

April 19, 1920 — January 28, 2013

Adela Solis Leo, 92, of Edinburg, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013.  “Tia Adela,” as she was affectionately called by family and friends, was born in Mercedes, Texas, on April 19, 1920 to Timoteo Solis and Josefina Garcia Solis of Edinburg.  She is now reunited with her beloved husband of 56 years, Eduardo Leo, who passed away August 24, 1998.

Adela is preceded in death by her husband, Eduardo Leo; parents, Timoteo Solis and Josefina Garcia Solis; son, John Robert Leo; daughter-in-law, Yolanda Leo.  As the last survivor or six siblings, Adela has joined her deceased brothers and sisters, Dolores (Lolo) Solis, Josefina Corpus, Andrea Shults, Marie Rousette and Joaquin Solis.

Adela is survived by her daughter, Margaret Cherry of Edinburg; her son, Edward (Claudia) Leo of Austin; five grandchildren, Richard (Stephanie) Leo and Steven (Silvia) Leo of Rogers, Arkansas, Marcella Cherry of Edinburg, Frank (Elizabeth) Cherry of Edinburg, John Andrew (Kathleen) Leo of Savannah, Georgia; daughter-in-law, Irma Leo of Sugarland; five great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Jonathan Cherry, Kamryn, Carson and Adrian Leo.

Adela taught Kindergarten for 25 years at Sacred Heart Parish in Edinburg.  Known for her innovative teaching methods, she willingly shared her teaching expertise with both aspiring and experienced teachers.  Serving as a role model and mentor, Adela touched the lives of generations of students and their families.

Adela was a very talented woman who enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, oil painting, and cooking.  Her lovely oil paintings and ceramics are displayed throughout her home and the homes of her children.  Adela’s love of gardening and plants lasted a lifetime. She could nurture any seed or cutting in to the most beautiful and fruitful plant.  Adela was always happy to share her plants or gardening knowledge with her loved ones and friends.  The family will truly miss the delicious holiday meals she would prepare, especially family favorites such as her homemade flour tortillas, apple pie, carne guisada and famous stuffing.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Gracia Hospice Care LLC and Comfort House in McAllen for the special care and support given to their mother. Memorial contributions may be made to the Comfort House in McAllen.

The Leo family will receive friends today, January 30, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  with a rosary to be prayed at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Peace at Ceballos-Diaz Funeral Home in Edinburg.  Christian Mass will be held Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Edinburg. Christian burial will follow to Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen. Having the distinguished honor to serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Justin Brown, Jordan Brown, Jarren Brown, Richard Leo, Steven Leo, Frank Cherry, J.D. Cherry, Marcella Cherry and Martina Hernandez.  Funeral services have been entrusted to Ceballos-Diaz Funeral Home in Edinburg.

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