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Manuela C Rios

November 16, 1939 — May 31, 2023

Roma

In Loving Memory of Manuela Cantu Rios
Manuela Cantu Rios was born in Congregacion Cantu, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on November 16, 1939. She was 83 years old. She passed away on May 31, 2023. Manuelita, as most of us knew her by, was married to Jesus Rios and they had 6 children: Maria Guadalupe Rios, Maricela Rios, Maria De Jesus Rios, Eduardo Rios, Omar Rios, and Jesus Rios Jr. During her early 20’s, she was a devoted wife and mother dedicating herself to raising her family. In 1969, she moved to the United States and made a home in the small town of Roma, Texas. At the age of 41 Manuela sadly became a widow. She loved her husband so much, ultimately never remarrying. However, no tragedy or hardship was ever impossible for Manuelita. She found a job and raised six children all on her own. Those children later became her greatest achievements. She loved her family more than words could describe. If you asked her what she was most proud of she would respond with, “Mis hijos”. Each one of her children created their own successes and grandchildren after them. Manuela Cantu Rios created a LEGACY.
The thing about Manuela was that she was the most strong minded woman you could ever meet. If you ever felt tired, she would respond with, “Cansada de que? Levantate y echale ganas” Her personality was best described as fearless, spicy, witty, strict but most of all, loving. She was known as the Reyna of the family. She was a woman of many talents but if you asked anyone they would say her greatest talent was cooking! Her recipes will live forever and be passed down from generation to generation. Manuelitas top dishes were, caldo de pollo o res, menudo, carne guisada, mole, and most importantly tamales. One of her favorite dishes was cabrito. Her favorite thing to do was host Christmas and Thanksgiving at her home. Thoseholidays were the most important to her because it was when she gathered our whole beautiful family created by her. Six children, 16 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.
If Manuelita would ask how she would like to be remembered she would say this, “Caminando, nadando, y conociendo el mundo” She loved to travel and loved being an independent woman. She never wanted help from anyone; she could do it all! She was so smart, GREAT at math. She might have never gotten a fancy degree but it was because of her that she allowed her children and grandchildren to be able to follow their dreams and do whatever their hearts desired. Every sacrifice she made was so her family could live the best possible life ever.
Manuelita Cantu Rios will be remembered as a legend as a STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, FEARLESS, WIFE, MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER AND WOMAN.

 

En Recuerdo Amoroso de Manuela Cantu Rios
Manuela Cantú Ríos nació en Congregación Cantú, Nuevo Laredo, México el 16 de noviembre, 1939. A los 83 años de edad, ella falleció el 31 de mayo, 2023. Manuelita, el nombre como muchos las conocemos, estuvo casada con Jesús Ríos con cual tuvo 6 hijos: María Guadalupe Ríos, Maricela Ríos, María De Jesús Ríos, Eduardo Ríos, Omar Ríos y Jesús Ríos Jr. Durante sus primeros 20 años de edad ella fue una esposa y madre devota, dedicada a criar su familia. En el año 1969, ella se mudó con su familia a los Estados Unidos y formo su hogar en una pequeña ciudad llamada
Roma, TX. A los 41 años de edad Manuela trágicamente quedo viuda. El amor que tuvo por su esposo llevo a que ella nunca volviera a casarse. A pesar de todo, ninguna tragedia o prueba de la vida fue imposible para Manuela. Ella encontró trabajo y crio a sus 6 hijos. No hay palabras para describir el amor que ella sentía por su familia. Su más grande orgullo eran sus hijos y nunca dudaba en decirlo cuando le hacían esa pregunta. Cada uno de sus hijos creo su proprio éxito y nietos después de ellos.Manuela Cantú Ríos creo un LEGADO.
Manuela era la mujer con la mente más decidida y determinada que pudieras conocer. Si le decías que te sentías cansada, ella te contestaba “¿Cansada de qué? Levántate y échale ganas.” Su personalidad se puede describir como audaz, picosa, ingeniosa, estricta, pero ante todo cariñosa. Ella era conocida como la Reyna de la familia. Era una mujer con muchos talentos, pero si le preguntaras a cualquier persona de sus talentos, ellos dirían que su más grande talento era el cocinar. Sus recetas por siempre vivirán y serán pasadas por generaciones a venir. Los mejores platillos de Manuelita eran caldo de pollo o de res, menudo, carne guisada, mole y lo más importante serian sus tamales. Su comida favorita era el cabrito. Lo que más le daba alegría era ser la anfitriona durante Navidad y el Día de Acción de Gracias en su casa. Los días festivos eran los más importantes para ella, porque era cuando reunía a toda su hermosa familia creada por ella. Seis hijos, dieciséis nietos y cinto bisnietos. Si a Manuela le preguntaran como quería que fuera recordada, ella contestaria “Caminando, nadando y conociendo el mundo.” Ella amaba viajar y ser una mujer independiente. Ella nunca quería ayuda de nadie, ella lo podía hacer todo. Ella era muy inteligente y EXCELENTE en las matemáticas. Ella nunca recibió un título de lujo, por apoyar a sus hijos y nietos, a siempre seguir sus sueños y conseguir lo que sus corazones deseen. Todos los sacrificios que ella hiso fueron para que su familia pudiera vivir la mejor vida posible.
Manuelita Cantú Ríos va a ser recordada como una leyenda. FUERTE, HERMOSA, AUDAZ, ESPOSA, MADRE, ABUELA Y BISABUELA.

 

 

ROMA~MANUELA C RIOS, 83, WAS CALLED TO BE WITH THE LORD ON MAY 31, 2023 AT STARR COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, IN RIO GRANDE CITY TX. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE. SANCHEZ FUNERAL HOME OF RIO GRANDE CITY, TX. WILL BE TAKING CARE OF ALL FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.

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