ARLINGTON -- Evelia Saenz Chapa, 85, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Fort Worth. Funeral Mass: Noon Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 5819 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington, with the Rev. Thomas J. Craig, celebrant. Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens, Arlington. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a rosary beginning at 7 p.m., at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Evelia was born on June 29, 1930, in Anna Rose to Tomas Maria Saenz and Filomena Weston Saenz. She was a longtime resident of Arlington and very active in her church. Evelia loved to dance and was an avid sports fan. She loved the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers and would never miss a game. She was preceded in death by her son, Ruben Eckols; and granddaughter, Angela Reyna. Survivors: Son, Rene Eckols and wife, Maria; daughters, Lucila Reyna, Velma Stradford and husband, Carlos, Linda Staley and husband, Bill, Blanca Sanchez and husband, Ernest; brother, Tomas Saenz and wife, Thelma; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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  1. The Bible at Psalms 90:10 says: “the span of our life is 70 years, or 80 if one is especially strong.” Yes, your beloved Evelia was so blessed. May her strength trickle down to her family and friends so you may be comforted in the days ahead. Lean on God for ‘everlasting comfort’ 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17 for he is close to those ‘brokenhearted’ Psalms 34:18. My deepest sympathy.

  2. I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family for the loss of your dear loved one. I lost my father last year and something that comforts me is that Jesus promised at John 5:28,29 that the day is coming when he is going to resurrect those in the grave. Until then, it is just like they are sleeping. (John 11:11-14) I hope that your famiy will find comfort in this too.

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