Mata, Alice G., Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother went home to be with our Lord, our Savior, on Sunday, August 15, 2010, at Covenant HealthCare - Cooper. Age 73. Daughter of the late, Fred and Inez (Bull) Garcia, Alice G. Mata was born on July 20, 1937, in Castroville, Texas. She was married to Carlos Mata, her loving husband of 52 year, on May 6, 1958; he survives her. Alice loved her grandchildren. Alice also loved being in prayer time with the Lord. She also enjoyed Bingo, reading and her Tele-Novelas. She was a member of the Catholic faith. Surviving are three sons, three daughters and their spouses: Grace (Eddie) DeLeon, Fred (Theresa) Mata, Theresa Mata and Carl Daggs, Martin (Tammy) Mata, Mary (Dan) Barron, and Tom Mata and Julia Trevino; two grandchildren that Alice raised David Mata, Jr. and Melissa Mata, 24 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; two sisters: Frances Oveido and Mary Rueda; and one brother, Tom (Diane) Garcia. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Alice was preceded in death by one son, David C. Mata, a step-father, John Bull; two brothers-in-law: Frank Oviedo and Rudy Rueda; a sister, Janie Garcia and a mother-in-law, Clara Mata, and a sister-in-law, Linda Salas. Alice’s Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 20, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 910 N. 6th Ave. Rev. Fr. Francis Voris OFMCap will officiate. Rite of Committal will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State) on Thursday from 2:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Vigil Service will be prayed on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. led by Pastor Sandra Gonzalez. Alice will lie in state at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church or New Millennium Academy. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home, church or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.