Margarita (Margaret) Cardona Biggs, age 87, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on Saturday, October 1, 2022, surrounded by her loving family in Alice, Texas. She was born May 10, 1935 in Rincón de Romos, Aguascalientes México to Maria del Carmen Araiza Jiménez.
Her life centered around her family. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother (lovingly referred to as “little granny”), aunt and friend. One of her greatest pleasures was spending time with her family – whether it was playing dominoes, cards or board games, cooking or sitting in front of the TV to a classic western, as long as she was with her loved ones, she was happy.
Anytime there was a gathering, Margaret was the center of attention. She was an endearing woman who charmed everyone who met her. Although she had a tiny frame, she packed a huge personality! She was not afraid to let you know how she really felt and was very outspoken. Her witty demeanor and charisma left a big impression on anyone she encountered.
Margaret was a devoted Catholic woman and went to church every Sunday until she was unable. She gave her time volunteering at the church and loved driving her friends to church for reconciliation, to celebrate mass and to pray the rosary.
Her days were filled doing the things she enjoyed. She was a skilled crocheter and seamstress. Reading also gave her so much joy and oftentimes she spent hours at the Alice Public Library checking out books. There was always a stack of books in her living room that she needed to return so she could check out more books. She also loved her word search and crossword puzzles, fishing and going to games rooms for a little bingo or slot machines. She always got a kick out of getting a scratch off ticket. Tending to her plants and bird feeders and sitting on her front porch with her neighbor, Humbelina watching the hummingbirds was one of her favorite pastimes. Above all, she loved doing all of this with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Biggs; mother, Maria Bueno; stepfather, Guillermo “Willie” Bueno; brother, Manuel (Elviraϯ) Cardona; stepbrothers, Willie Bueno, Jr. and Rogelio Bueno (Elvaϯ)
She is survived by her children, Jacqueline Biggs (Jesse Mandel) and Robert Biggs; 4 grandchildren, Jacqueline Paz (Jack Perales), Pamela (Omar) Martinez, Joseph (Esmeralda) Paz, Marie (Adrian AJ) Cruz; 11 great-grandchildren, Jacqueline (Ela) Gutierrez, Juliana (Matt) Gutierrez; Jack Thomas Perales, James Eduardo Perales, Noah Omar Martinez, Landon Robert Paz, Leo Garcia Paz, Holly Marie Paz, Aliyana Jul’em, Cruz, A-Jay Elias Cruz, Angel Javier Cruz; 2 fur grandbabies, Coco Chanel and Lola. Margarita is also survived by her special niece and nephew Elizabeth Cardona Picones and Manuel Cardona Picones in Aguascaliente, Ags and Torreón, Coahuila México.
A special thank you to Ms. Eloisa Lerma, who was a great caretaker for Margaret. Also, the family owes a big debt of gratitude to the Nurses on Wheels, especially her 3 angels disguised as nurses, Mary Vivanco, Alniva Vivanco McBryde and Alena Vivanco for always going above and beyond to ensure the best care possible.
Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Jacqueline E. Paz, Joseph C. Paz, Omar Martinez, Adrian AJ Cruz, Landon Robert Paz, A-Jay Elias Cruz, Jack Thomas Perales, Angel Javier Cruz and Honorary Pallbearer will be Daniel J. Bueno.
A Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Holmgreen Mortuary. A Holy Rosary will be recited at 3:00 PM with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 3:30 PM on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. All services will conclude at the church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, 2061 East Main Street, Alice, Texas.
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