Refugia Barrientos

Refugia Barrientos, a lifelong resident on Runge, Texas, entered eternal rest, Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 1:37 A.M., at the DeTar Hospital Navarro in Victoria, Texas at the age of 65 years, 5 months and 8 days.

Refugia was born, July 4, 1947 in Beeville, Texas, the daughter of Lorenzo Arenas and Ramona Flores Arenas. She grew up in and around the Runge area and after losing her mother at a very young age, was raised by her great-aunt; who she considered as a mother, Santitos Arenas. Refugia met Daniel Barrientos and the two were married in Karnes City, Texas, in October 1974. They began a life and family of their own in Runge, Texas. Refugia loved children, her joy came in not only raising her own children but in babysitting and caring for many of the other children throughout the community. When Refugia wasn’t at home babysitting, she loved to spend time shopping.

Refugia is survived by her beloved husband of over 38 years, Daniel Barrientos, Sr.; her daughters, Dianna Barrientos and Kurt Tollefson of Runge and Donna Barrientos and Joe Reyes of Kenedy; her sons, Daniel Barrientos, Jr., and wife Jolene of Victoria, Texas and Juan Barrientos and wife Lolita of Marble Falls, Texas; and her 7 precious grandchildren, Danela and Alanea Tollefson, Elianna Rosales, Isabella Reyes, Ava and Myla Barrientos and Carlos Barrientos. She is also survived by her 3 sisters, Janie Rodriguez, Virginia DeLeon and Linda Wright. Mrs. Barrientos is preceded in death by her parents; her great-aunt, Santitos Arenas and her sister, Estella Alvarado.

Visitation was held, Friday, December 14, 2012, and a rosary was recited, Friday, at 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral mass was celebrated, 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Our lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy, Texas, with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment followed in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas. Serving as pallbearers were, Joe Reyes, Hank Trevino, Angel Sanchez, John Rodriguez, Ryan Rodriguez and Jacob Lincon.