Gloria A. Cortez, age 68, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Tuesday August 21, 2018. She was born March 25, 1950 to Jose M. and Rafaela D. Almanza in San Antonio, Texas and was the oldest of 8 children. Being the oldest, she helped care for her younger siblings. Her family always joked that she was always in charge, and would refer to her as La Patrona or La Capitan most notably during the family tradition of tamale making during the Christmas season. Gloria had one daughter, Danielle, whom she loved and adored. Together, not only as mother and daughter but as best friends, they enjoyed life. They were inseparable. They enjoyed reading, going to plays, musicals, museums, and concerts. They loved to travel and visit new places. Her favorite place to visit was San Francisco, CA. She gave the greatest advice to always try your best and never give up. Gloria will be remembered as a very loving, caring, giving, and strong woman. She endured more than most and always did it with a smile. Gloria was preceded in death by her mother, Rafaela D. Almanza and numerous aunts. She is survived by her father, Jose M. Almanza and his wife, Margie Almanza; daughter, Danielle Cortez; grandchild/pet, Scrappy; sisters, Mary A. Cantu, Irene A. Quintero, and Rosalinda A. Vega; brothers, Joe Almanza Jr., Jesse D. Almanza, Abel D. Almanza, and Frank D. Almanza; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Family, friends, and others whose lives Gloria touched are invited to reminisce and celebrate the extraordinary life Gloria lived. A Service of Remembrance will be held Saturday September 8, 2018, at 1:00 PM, at the Y Living Center located at 835 W. Southcross, San Antonio, TX 78211.

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  1. My condolences for the loss of your loved one, Gloria Cortez. I know she brought her family and friends much joy. With much love, may God grant you His peace.

  2. Sorry for the loss of your loved one. My deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to you and your family. The Bible calls God the source of life Acts 17:24,25 so have faith that God is certainly capable of restoring life to someone who has died so be assured that you will see your loved one again. God sees death as the enemy 1 Corinthians 15:26 and I pray he gives you comfort in your time of need. There have been eight instances in the Bible of humans young, old, male, and female who God brought back to life on earth John 11:39-44 and he yearns to bring back your loved one who are in his memory Job 14:14,15. I pray that God of comfort gives you strength and the ability to endure during this time and that you rely on him when you feel weak. In Jesus name I pray Amen

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