Manuela Diaz Rodriguez passed away peacefully in prayer surrounded by her family and friends on August 17, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. Manuela was loved by all her family and friends for her generous heart. She was devoted to her Catholic faith, family, friends, and her work. She was courageous, bold like the colors she wore, hardworking, and was always eager to share her light onto others whether in terms of sharing advice, a heartfelt story, or sharing her genuine laughter. She lived a highly active life and enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends in Mexico as well as exploring the world and learning about other cultures and customs.
As once an immigrant, she herself was no stranger to adapting to a new country, hardships, and the adversity that accompanied in her journey of achieving the American Dream. Throughout her life, she instilled in her family and friends the importance of demonstrating compassion to others from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and anyone facing any type of adversity. She positively impacted the lives of many by instilled her belief to her family and friends that the more you give to others, the more you are blessing you receive in life.
Manuela will be remembered by her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other generations as the pillar of strength that in any situation could unite, console, motivate, love, and care her extended family. Her family and friends will continue to live out her legacy of maintaining a kind nature heart to help others in every opportunity that life presents. Her family will cherish the memories they have of her tending to her garden, the beautiful crocheting with thread and Mexican embroidery, and all those memories of her cooking her delicious authentic recipes for family and friends.
Manuela is predeceased by her infant son Arcadio Rodriguez, parents Pedro Diaz Ramos and Martha Espinoza Ovalle; and siblings Juana Diaz Espinoza (sister), Tranquilion Diaz Espinoza (brother), Paula Diaz Espinoza, and Arcadio Diaz Espinoza (brother). Manuela is survived by her brother Jose Carmen Diaz Espinoza, husband Juan Rodriguez, her children Irma Delia Rodriguez, Lila Martinez, Elvia Rodriguez, Rosevelia Rodriguez, Leticia Rodriguez, and Juan Rodriguez, Jr. (John); and by her sons-in-law Edwin Quinones, Jose Martinez, and Alex Jessop; and by her two loving grandchildren Alexander and Adam Quinones. She is also survived by hundreds of cousins, sisters and brothers-in-laws, nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces, and nephews.
Manuela will be deeply missed by all her loved ones who will uphold her legacy of a caring heart. Her family invites you to join them for a Mass in her memory. Guests are asked to refrain from wearing black, instead wear colorful attire to resemble her garden. The viewing for the wake and rosary will be Wednesday, August 24th from 6 PM – 8 PM. A Mass to celebrate her life will be Thursday, August 25th at 2 PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church and burial service will follow.
She loved flowers and she also loved giving to those in need. In memory of her life, you are welcome gift flowers or donate to https://gastriccancer.org/ways-to-give/#memorialtribute