Elida Cantu


Elida Cantu, 87, of Gonzales, Texas passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loving children.

Elida Cantu was born on September 19, 1935 in Gonzales, Texas. She was the daughter of Victor and Susana Flores Camrillo. She married Adam Cantu Jr. January 26, 1954 in Seguin, Texas.

She is survived by her daughters Lillian Molina (Cosme), Sylvia Martinez and Laura Cantu all of Gonzales; sons Robert Cantu, David Cantu (Dede), Steven Cantu (Felica); brothers Ruben Camarillo (Sonia), Lorenzo Camarillo (Patsy) of Gonzales; sisters Mary Frances Carrizales (Joe), Mary Jane Gayton (Alex), Hermenia Longoria (Fidel) all of Gonzales. Also surviving 13 grandchildren, 20 great- grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons Daniel Cantu and Chris Cantu, brothers Jesse, Rudy, Conception and David Camarillo.

Elida, or Lela as her family lovingly called her, was a woman of God; the perfect example of a true Proverbs 31 women. She lived for her faith and her family. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” PROVERBS 31:30

Elida was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Cruciestas. She faithfully attended Church until she was unable to. One of her favorite bible verses is Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd”. She greatly enjoyed sewing, cooking, tending to her plants, and watching the Dallas Cowboys play.  She was a loyal Houston Astros fan and enjoyed attending many games with her children and grandchildren. She also loved their annual family beach trips with all her kids and grandkids and supporting all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their various sports activities. Most of all she loved time spent with her family. 

Funeral Mass is under the direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas and will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 10am at Saint James Catholic Church in Gonzales, Texas with Father Jason Martini officiating. Interment will follow at Saint James Catholic Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 7pm on Friday, October 14, 2022 at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas.  Visitation will be prior from 5-7pm.

Pall Bearers for Mrs. Cantu will be Anthony Molina, Gabriel Molina, Dylan Cantu, Colby Cantu, Christopher Cantu and Devin Cantu.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Lorenzo Camarillo Sr. and Ruben Camarillo.