Areli Rodriguez Verma was born on July 16, 1969, in Dallas to Raul and Lydia Rodriguez. At the age of 50 years old, Areli left us too soon on Feb. 21, 2020 after living a life full of service and kindness.

She will always be remembered as a loving mother, sister, friend, teacher, and coworker, someone who helped spread kindness and love to those around her and in her community. Areli graduated from Brownwood High School in 1987, then from Howard Payne University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and then jumped straight into teaching. Her passion for teaching others led her to a fulfilling 29-year career as a public school teacher. In her spare time she enjoyed bowling, living a life of worship, and volunteering

She is survived by her two children: Benjamin and Vandana Verma; her sister: Marci Rodriguez; her brother-in-law: Ricky Long; her aunt: Grace Stearns; and many cousins. She is also survived by all of her students and her loved ones.