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30 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Ana Maria Gonzalez Lecea

Lecea_Ana MariaA Virtuous Woman

Proverbs 31:10-31

It has been said that Proverbs 31: 0-31 is the description of a combination of women, however that is not true.  Proverbs 31 describes my Mother in every area.

She model each of the virtues listed and she did it to the very end.  She taught us to be loving, generous with our time and resources, industrious, motivated, and disciplined. She showed us how to live a long and productive life and how to die with dignity.

V.10       Who can find a virtuous wife?

Argelio Lecea, a very good and loving man found and married a Virtuous Wife in Ana Maria Gonzalez.

She was Born in Nuevo Laredo, Mex. on February 25, 1918 and married Argelio Lecea in 1941.

She was a virtuous and supportive wife in every sense of the word.  They had six children all living:

  • Argelio Jose Lecea
  • Ana Maria Lecea
  • Jorge Alejandro Lecea
  • Oscar Alfonso Lecea
  • Gregorio Eduardo Lecea
  • Virgilio Agusto Lecea
  • 15 grandchildren
  • 19 great grand children

Although her education was limited to elementary school, her intelligence, drive to excel and creativity were not limited as evidenced by her life.

She was industrious:

  • Mom would buy fabric and made winter and summer clothes from boy shirts and dresses and suits for her loved children and herself.
  • All summer long she would go to farmer markets and buy bushels of Tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, apples, grapes, carrots, peas and many others to can so that her family would have food all winter.
  • She would work from dawn to dusk and beyond to ensure that her family lacked for nothing or to finish a projects.

Ms. Lecea had many careers:

  • Beautician and salon owner at the age of 14 years
  • Telephone Operator at 17 years
  • Excellent Wife and Mother 1941 – 2015
  • Gourmet cook – canning and preserving vegetables and fruits some times over 140 jars of all types of vegetables and fruits for her family. Feeding her family with one chicken and having left overs.
  • Great candy, flour tortilla maker
  • Great seamstress– able to make men’s shirts as well as ball gowns
  • Translator for the International Institute of Cultures in Michigan
  • Recording books for the Blind
  • Real Estate Agent (Prov.31 v. 16 She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard) She bought houses and sold them at a great profits. Her vineyard were her children, their education and her beloved Argelio’s and her old age.
  • Social Worker – who developed a unique methodology to address anger in children under 12 years of age. Nixon recognized her work.
  • Secretary and Treasurer of Professional Performance Development Group for 31 years
  • Publisher and Editor and Chief of Professional Performance’s News Letter for 10 years, with the circulation of 700 every month.

At age 92 she retired to dedicate her time to her creative talents:

  • Became an accomplished water colorist,
  • Maker of tapestries, quilts and Holiday decorations,
  • Crocheting more than 100 bed spreads, Afghans, shawls, scarfs, baby blankets and hats, which she gave away. During the winter of 2014 she crocheted and gave away 45 hats and 18 baby blankets.
  • Poet with a gift of creating a window into the human soul with words.

Now she is receiving her prize the Crown she earned in this life.  She practiced the art of gratitude and love with great diligence.


The viewing is at 4:00 pm on November 30, 2015 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North with the rosary following at 7:00 pm. Mass is at 12 pm, Tuesday December 1, 2015 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and burial services at San Fernando Cemetery No. 2. All are welcome to celebrate Ana Maria’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hope for the Future: https://www.archsa.org/