Victoria Eugenia Pomales Mercado, a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother left this temporary life for life everlasting. She was born on May 7, 1928, in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, and was soon adopted into another family.

She professed faith in Christ on March 27, 1972. Written in her Bible were these precious words. “I thank God for my many blessings. My God, my children, my home and especially for my faith and salvation.” During a particularly tough trial in her life she penned the following words. “I feel happy because I have my children's love. My Lord is watching over us because we don't have anybody else in whom to trust. He promised never to leave me alone. I love God and He loves us. Praise the Lord!”

She was married to Nelson Mercado and they had three beautiful children named Vivian, Nelson and Diego.

Throughout her life she tailored her hobbies and interests in order to help people. She devoted many hours at a hospital in San Antonio as a volunteer sign language translator. She also enjoyed embroidering pillow cases and other pieces for her loved ones and family members. She was one of the best cooks ever; her arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) was a popular meal, where the main ingredient was love.

Granny Bear was such an encouragement and joy to be around. Her humor was definitely unique and she had a contagious laugh. We are thankful to God for allowing her to be a part of our lives. She passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at the age of 84.

Her survivors include sons, Nelson and Diego; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The visitation will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, at Heartland Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. in Coleman Cemetery.

1 Peter 2:7 “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious…” Is Christ precious to you?

Condolences can be offered to the family at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.