Alvina Sandoval Cadena was born December 11, 1935 in Brackettville, TX to George and Epifonia Sandoval.
She married Manuel Cadena, Sr. on August 30, 1953. They had 7 children.
Manuel, Jr. (Susan), Tinker (Syndi), Rick (Pat), Debra (Hector), Carol, Robert, Susan (Greg) all of Crane.
She was blessed with 23 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Also surviving are six brothers, Jesse Sandoval and George Sandoval Jr., both of Port Arthur, TX, Pete Sandoval, Paul Sandoval, Juan Sandoval, all of Crane, and Joe Sandoval of Brackettville, TX; one sister, Elaine LeBlanc of Port Arthur, TX. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Cris Castagna, and Isabella Diaz.
She was called home July 17, 2013.
Rosary will be said at 7pm on Friday, July 19, 2013 at the Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home Chapel in Crane. Funeral Mass will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church with Father Laurent Mvondo officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons Michael Cadena, David Cadena, Joseph Ortiz, Jeremy Cadena Parker, Kristopher Cadena, and Ryan Rodriguez. Honorary pallbearers will be her remaining younger grandsons.
Burial will follow in the Crane County Cemetery with arrangements under the care and direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.
Known to many as Grandma Cadena, she welcomed everyone into her home. She never knew a stranger and never turned away a soul. Everyone was always invited to her Thanksgiving dinners and family Christmas'. She was an amazing lady and loved by all who had the honor of knowing her. To her family there was not a better wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt. It is true, God only takes the best.
God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you
"Come to Me"
With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly
we could not make you stay.
A Golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best