Guerrero, Mercedes E., Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and sister passed into Godís arms and was reunited with her son in Heaven. Mercedes E. Guerrero passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 29, 2012. Age 80 years. Mercedes was born Oct. 24, 1931 in Luling Texas to the late Narciso and Josefa (Velasquez) Escareno. She married Ignacio R. Guerrero in 1951 in Luling Texas. They moved to Saginaw Michigan and together raised three children. Mercedes was both a homemaker and she worked through the years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, singing and dancing. She cherished family gatherings. She was the perfect hostess, always welcoming guests at their home. She loved flowers and always had a beautiful garden. Mercedes was a wonderful mother, loving Grandmother and Nana to her grandsons, and great-grandchildren. She never failed to encourage them, proudly attending their games, graduations and life celebrations. She emphasized the value of family ties, faith, hard work and good education. Mercedes was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church and was a devout Catholic. She served as Eucharistic Minister for many years and helped in whatever capacity she was needed. She will be most remembered for her endless graciousness and kindness to all; she was full of love, always taking care of everyone else. Mercedes is survived by her husband Ignacio; her daughters Rosa Ayala and Lucia Chapa; grandsons Ricardo Chapa, Antonio Ayala, Emilio Guerrero, Mario Guerrero; her most beloved great-grandchildren, Olivia and Marcelino Chapa, Nicolas and Matthew Guerrero, Elisabeth, Madison and Emma Ayala. Also surviving are her siblings, Rosa Magallanez, Stella (Lupe) Velasquez, Josie Martinez, Austin TX; Isabel Hernandez, Olga (Ray) Sanchez, of New Braunfels, TX; Mayme Molina of Luling TX; Juan (Martha) Escareno of Chicago IL. In addition to her parents, Mercedes was predeceased by her beloved son Nacho Guerrero; sister Carmen Mendez; brothers Dolores, Faustino, Narciso, Jr. Escareno. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 3680 S. Washington. Rev. Fr. Tom Schmied will officiate with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may visit with Mercedesí family at W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road, on Thursday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Scripture service will be at 7:00 p.m. Mercedes will lie in state at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Her kind soul and loving heart never left her. After her battle with Alzheimerís Disease, her family rejoices that now, in Heaven, her smile and voice return to once again sing the songs in her heart.