Maria Luisa Vela


Maria Luisa Vela, 68, of Waelder passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020. She was born March 19, 1952, in Santa Cruz, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, the daughter of Aurelio and Benita Coronel Cardenas. She married Benito Vela on Sept. 23, 1972, in Matamoros, Mexico. He passed away April 27, 2020.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Waelder. She is survived by her daughters Benita Vela (Michael Marlar) of Gonzales, Delfa Vela (Mario Barrientos) of Mexico, and Rosa Villegas (Joel) of Gonzales; sons Marcus Vela of Mexico and Everardo Vela (Victoria) of Gonzales; sisters Cirila Berrones, Maria Quitina Neeley, Maria Costantina Cardenas, and Veronica Cardenas; brothers Benito Cardenas, Rene Cardenas, Raudel Cardenas and Jose Cardenas. Also surviving are 30 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Heriberto Vela, sister Maria de la Luz Rodriguez, and brother Martin Cardenas. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 4, 2020, from 10 a.m. until noon. Rosary followed by the funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Waelder Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Damien Airhart, David Airhart, Orlando Ford, Alex Ford, Raudel Cardenas, Everardo Vela, Joel Villegas and Damian Vela.

Due to Covid-19, CDC guidelines will be followed for the safety of everyone. Social distancing and facial covering will be required. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, Gonzales. Friends may sign the guestbook and leave condolences by visiting