Elida Gonzales, 88, amazing human being, woman, wife, mother and friend to all transitioned on Thursday, February 7, 2019, following a brief illness.
Elida, a long-time Brookshire resident was born and raised in Fulshear, Texas in 1930, and moved to Abilene at the tender age of 18, with her first husband and had five children there.
A few years after returning back home to Brookshire, she married the love of her life, Trinidad Gonzales, on December 14, 1963. They made their home in Brookshire, where they raised three more daughters. Elida was a loving wife and mother, who stayed home to raise her children. She recalls those days as the happiest times of her life. For her, her greatest accomplishment and source of pride and joy were her children. Her love was unconditional.
Elida was an enlightened, happy and an emotionally-strong woman. She loved to laugh, sing, dance and work hard. She was also known for her love of dogs, of whom she rescued her fair share. And, of course, she was a woman of faith as a Jehovah´s Witness. Her faith in God and His promises sustained her and gave her comfort throughout her life and during her last days.
She leaves behind her sister Sarah Gonzalez of Brookshire, her eight children of which three daughters (Mimi Froman, Nina Rao, and Layla Stewart) she had with her now deceased husband, Trinidad Gonzales. She also leaves twelve grandchildren; several greatgrandchildren; nieces and nephews and two beloved four-legged companions, Asoka and Charlie; and many close and loving friends, who were with her until the very end.
Elida will be dearly missed, but always remembered for her childlike spirit and her huge, open heart. She taught us how to laugh, how to enjoy the small things, how to appreciate life, and how to love. She taught us how to trust in something Bigger than ourselves. This is her legacy.
A funeral service was held on February 9, at Schmidt Funeral Home in Brookshire, with a burial alongside her deceased husband, on February 10, at Fulshear Cemetery.