Velia's Story

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Velia de la Rosa Hernandez, 93, was called to Heaven by her Creator on 11 March 2017 after a brief hospice at home. A long-time Gainesville, Texas resident, Velia moved to Colorado Springs in June 2012 to live with her son, Ed, who took care of her. Velia was a Registered Nurse for almost 40 years, but more importantly, she was a loving mother, sister and friend and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Velia was born on 15 January 1924 to José de la Rosa and Teresa (Alvarez) de la Rosa in Agujita, Coahuila, Mexico. She married Moses Andrade Hernandez on 30 December 1948 in Del Rio, Texas.
Velia completed her primary education in San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes due to her father being a Presbyterian minister. She completed her secondary studies in Aguascalientes and in 1941, at the age of 17, Velia relocated to Puebla, Pue, Mexico, and enrolled in the School of Nursing of the Hospital Latino Americano and graduated in February 1945.
Velia's friends in Aguascalientes were Yolanda and Luz, and a dear friend, Ana González.
While attending nursing school in Puebla, her friend was Betty Meadows, daughter of Dr Feland Meadows, Director of the Hospital Latino Americano. Upon graduating from the School of Nursing in 1945, Velia moved to Mexico City and worked there as a Special Nurse in the English Hospital. Later that year, she went to Del Rio, Texas, and there she lived with her Aunt Librada Arriaga. In 1946, Velia moved to San Antonio where she lived with her Aunt Cármen, and worked in the Santa Rosa Hospital as an OB staff nurse, ER charge nurse and Out Patient charge nurse.
After 20 years in the hospital setting, Velia transitioned to the Texas Youth Commission detention system and continued her nursing career an additional 18 years in various detention facilities as an infirmary staff nurse.
Velia was fond of music - from classical to jazz to opera. One of her favorite performers was Luciano Pavarotti. She loved to sing in church and almost never needed the hymnal for the lyrics to hymns. Additionally, Velia re-discovered a dormant talent for water color painting and created several paintings that her family admires. While she worked diligently on Sudoku, Velia was driven to complete Word Search puzzles. She also spent several hours at a time assembling jigsaw puzzles. Velia admired the local Rocky Mountains especially when covered with snow. Although her health limited her outdoor activities, Velia loved attending Air Force Academy indoor sports: men's and women's basketball and ice hockey where the popcorn was always a special treat. At home, she enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Cowboys football games.
Velia is survived by her four children: Ed, René, Moses, Jr., and Eric James; six siblings: Míriam, Armando, Magdalena, Humberto, Abigaíl, and Alejandro; four grandchildren: Douglas, Daniel, Alex and Kyle. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, her husband, Moses, two brothers, Gilberto and Efraín, and sister Genoveva.
Memorial services will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 214 S. Denton St, Gainesville, Texas, Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m. and the Príncipe de Paz United Methodist Church, 404 W. Chapoy, Del Rio, Texas, Saturday, April 29, at 1 p.m. Inurnment of the deceased's remains will be at the San Felipe Cemetery, Del Rio, Texas, alongside her late husband, Moses.
Memorials in Velia Hernandez' name may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville.
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Published on April 13, 2017
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