Marguerite Villeda, beloved wife and mother, aged 54, passed away at her home, surrounded by family, after a lengthy illness.
Marguerite was born to Doroteo Arreosola and Irene Martinez Arreosola on May 2, 1963. Marguerite was known to be an outgoing, kindhearted, and giving child, but unafraid to stand up for herself when necessary. Marguerite was 16 when she met the love of her life, Eleuterio. With him, Mague, as she was often referred to, went on to have three children and start a business. In their late twenties, they opened the first Hidalgo's Restaurant.
Through hard work and innate business savvy, she and her husband went on to open up several more restaurants in San Angelo, Christoval, and Bronte. Her customers thought of her as a kind face who remembered not only their names, but those of their family as well. She always made it a point to let patrons know she appreciated them. Many of the employees who worked with Marguerite and continue to work for the business, fondly recall her sense of humor, how she pushed them to excel, and how she always warned them, "never forget that we only have a job because of our customers; treat them well."
Although illness forced her to stop working several years ago, Marguerite's tenacity was not diminished. Her work ethic translated effortlessly into defying the odds of her diagnosis; as her doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and caregivers often and repeatedly stated, they had never seen a woman with such determination to live and keep fighting. Marguerite, in fact, reveled in surprising her doctors. She found joy and laughter in proving that modern medicine can be a poor predictor of lifespan when willpower is not taken into account. Even during her darkest hours, when the illness was at its worst, her deep and unwavering faith helped her carry on. Alongside her faith, her desire to see Harvey, her grandson, grow up as much as she could, pushed her to exceed all expectations of survival. She was, in many ways, a medical marvel, a mystery, a miracle.
She is survived by her husband Eleuterio Villeda, her daughter Benita Villeda Graham, son-in-law Jonathan and grandson Harvey Agustín Graham; her son, Emanuel Villeda and daughter-in-law Lauren; her brothers Gabriel, Eusebio, Doroteo, and Robert Arreosola, and sisters, Guadalupe Castillo and Yolanda Arreosola. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives by marriage, and friends. She is preceded in death by her daughter Catarina, her mother Irene, her niece Irene, and father Doroteo.
Services for Marguerite will be held on Thursday, June 8th at Johnson's Funeral Home. Celebration of life service will begin at 6pm followed by a Rosary at 7pm.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10am at St Joseph Catholic Church. Burial services will follow at Johnson's Lawnhaven Memorial Garden.
The family would like to thank Dr. Anthony De Mory, Dr. Derril Stuart, Shannon Dialysis Clinic, the nurses and doctors of Shannon 4 North and South, Visiting Angels, and Rosa Montemayor for their years of support in caring for Marguerite.