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Some souls go their entire Earthly life without finding their counterpart, or their companion. But Anita Leon Saavedra was called to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 29, 2015, bringing her in communion in Christ and reuniting her with the love of her life, Anastacio Saavedra.

Mother was born on November 1, 1917, in Troy, Texas to Aurelio Rios Leon and Maria Torres Leon. She lived her entire life in Corpus Christi, Texas. She and her family were founding members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Mother and father remained faithful members of that church until their deaths.

In her younger years, mother worked at La Grandiosa, a well-known store on Leopard Street. This is where Mom learned her strong and work ethic which was evident her entire life.

During this time, Mother met her soul mate and love of her life, Anastacio Saavedra. Mother always said she hired our Father to work at this same store. From there developed a friendship that eventually led to a beautiful romance. Mother and Father married January 31, 1943. They exemplified true love, dedication to each other and their children, but most importantly trust in Our Lord. Their marriage lasted 57 years when our Father passed away in 2000.

A few months after their marriage and during World War II, our Father was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve his country. Mother continued working all the time our father was away. He returned two and a half years later and they bought their first home with money Mother had saved while Father was away. Corpus Christi has been their home all their lives.

Mother was a "stay at home" mom most of her life, however, during the time all four children were in college, Mother worked 8 years at Julian Gold. Through her hard work, she was able to assist our father to educate all four of us children. For this, we are grateful and proud of our parents. They left us the best inheritance a parent can give: EDUCATION.

Mother loved her family more than anything in this world. She was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone in need. She adored her children and grandchildren. She spent countless hours preparing meals, baking, and making tamales at Christmas time. She left us beautiful memories of holidays we spent in our parents' home. We were blessed to have such a caring mother and father.

Mother is predeceased by our father, Anastacio; parents, Aurelio and Maria Torres Leon; four siblings, Agapito Torres, Roberto Leon, Frances Martinez, and Dolores Garcia. She is also predeceased by a very special great-granddaughter, Isabela Denisse Anzaldua.

Anita leaves behind her children, for whom she and Anastacio built a solid foundation of faith, Janie Salinas (Eddie), Alma Anzaldua (Jack), Arnold Saavedra (Ida), and Abelardo Saavedra (Myrna); her grandchildren, who loved her with all their hearts and will miss her: Pam S. Conway (Greg), Mariella Perez (Robert), Laura Maniccia (Don), Chris Anzaldua (Karla), Stephen Anzaldua (Amanda), Paul Anzaldua (Alisha), Tricia Dunlap (Dallas), Arnold Andrew Saavedra, Elizabeth Couch (David), and Lisa Saavedra.

Mother was a person of prayer. Her daily rosaries were offered for family and friends. She prayed countless novenas to all the saints. She offered masses for all her deceased relatives, especially our father. While she was ill, she was brought communion frequently. She never missed Mass on Sunday until she was no longer able to attend. She was an icon at St. Joseph's, sitting at the front of the church in her wheel chair, always accompanied by one of her children.

Our mother will most definitely be missed. She was the Matriarch of the Saavedra Family. She taught us to love, respect, and pray for each other. She left us a family bond that will exist in our hearts and souls for the rest of our lives. She never complained no matter how much pain she may have had. This was so evident in the days prior to her death.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. the same evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church with Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park. Honored to be Pallbearers for our mother are Chris Anzaldua, Stephen Anzaldua, Paul Anzaldua, Arnold Saavedra, Greg Conway, and David Couch.

The family extends its most sincere appreciation to Xochtitl Cruz who took care of our mother and father for 17 years. Also, we want to thank Legacy Home Health, Dr. George Benavides, and Nurses Lottie and Kelly. Thank you for making our mother's transition into her new life as comfortable as possible.

"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept my faith." 2 Timothy, Ch 4, Verse 7 and 8.

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