Minerva Fuentes Serrato was born on Aug. 3, 1949 to Hilario & Alicia Fuentes in Rio Grande City.

In 1974 she met Esteban Serrato, in Fredericksburg, while working at the same company. They were married on Dec. 17, 1975 in Fredericksburg and soon welcomed their first daughter, Maribelle in 1977. Later that year, they moved to Dallas, and in 1981 they welcomed their second daughter, Mary Lou. Minerva was employed at Quaker Oats Company as a machine operator. In 1985, they welcomed their third daughter, Marisela.

Minerva accepted the Lord and became a Christian in 1987. Through her prayers and perseverance, her husband finally accepted the Lord in 1989. She then retired in 1990 and they decided to move out of the big city, making Bangs their new home. She was a member of the New Testament Holiness Church. Together they worked and traveled on many missionary trips, preaching God’s word. She was dedicated to helping her husband in his ministry.

Minerva loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed shopping, traveling and gardening. She loved her beautiful rose bushes, tending to her vegetable garden and loved to enjoy the fruit from her fruit trees. She also loved to cook, and was known for her homemade flour tortillas and famous beef enchiladas.

But the most rewarding thing for her was being Mom and Grandma. She loved spending time with her daughters, but most importantly spending time with her seven grandchildren. From teaching them silly songs and dances to making flour tortillas in the kitchen. They always brightened up her days and brought out that priceless smile we will miss so much. A kiss and a hug meant the world to her, they were her pride and joy.

She was married to Esteban for 41 wonderful and unforgettable years. Together they shared and created many beautiful memories together. Memories that will always be treasured and never forgotten. Her love for her husband and family was everlasting. She holds a special place in all our hearts…a PRICELESS treasure. Jesus Christ called her home to heaven on Jan. 27, 2017.

She leaves to mourn her husband, Esteban; her three daughters, Maribelle Solis, Mary Lou Herrera, and Marisela Serrato; seven grandchildren, Leslie, Jacob, and Rachel Solis, and David, Daniel, Nathaniel and Emily Herrera. She also leaves behind one sister, five brothers and numerous relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hilario and Alicia Fuentes; three sisters, Noelia Fuentes, Margarita Fuentes, and Maria Fuentes; and two brothers, Jorge Fuentes and Hilario Fuentes II.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the New Testament Holiness Church with burial to follow at Bangs Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Online memorials may be made at davismorrisfuneralhome.com.