Pauline Villalba Granado, 94, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 18, 2019 at her residence, in the presence of her daughters. Paulita was born on June 22, 1925 to Atilano (Tilly) Gutierrez Villalba and Margarita Terrazas Sanchez Villalba who began six generations of deep Texan roots, dating back to 1886. Paulita was born in Fort Stockton, Texas along with her 11 brothers and sisters.
At a young age she loved school, playing her favorite sport, volleyball, and helping others. Being part of a very large family she was depended on to help with her siblings. While still living at home at the age of 19 she was courted by a handsome young man who was determined to make her his bride. She married Jose “Che” Pena Granado on September 3,1944. Sixteen days later on September 19th Paulita said goodbye to her groom as he had been drafted to the U.S. Army to serve in WWII. Paulita and Che had four children together, Linda Granado Herrera, Joe Arthur Granado of Fort Stockton, Maricela Granado of Austin, Texas and Auden “Danny” Granado who preceeded Paulita in death, in 1991.
Paulita relied on her strong faith as a Catholic. She enjoyed being a member of the Guadalupanas, who have a long tradition of serving meals to friends and family members right after funeral services for Saint Joseph’s and Saint Agnes’ parishes. She was a loving, caring person and devoted wife, married to “Che” for 72 years until his death in 2016.
Her loving memory will live on through her grandchildren, Yvonne Herrera-Gonzales, husband Arturo Gonzales, and Angela Granado Lujan of Fort Stockton. Also, Joe Daniel Granado, wife Jordan and Alaina Granado of Midland, Texas, as well as Paula Ann Johnson of Austin, Texas.
Great-Grand Children, Brandi DeLaRosa and husband Adan, Jordan Bagrich, Avan Granado Lujan, Angel Granado Lujan, A.J. Granado and Anahi Granado (who went to be with the Lord in June), all residents of Fort Stockton.
Kaci Bagrich of Gardendale, Texas and Saxton Granado of Midland, Texas.
Paulita was blessed to know and love her 3 Great Great Grandchildren who represent a fifth generation: Bryson, Caitlin and Elijah.
She is also survived by daughter-in-law Leesa Granado. A younger sister, Aurora Villalba Ruiz and her husband Jay of Fort Stockton, Texas and her brother Pete Villalba along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be on Monday, July 22, 2019, from 1pm-7pm at Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Stockton, Texas, with rosary at 7. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at 10:00am at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Downtown Campus in Fort Stockton, Texas with burial following at the Fort Stockton Catholic Cemetery.