Oralia A. Zavala

Oralia A. Zavala, 86, of Dickinson, passed away in her home surrounded by her loved ones on April 13, 2023.  Oralia was born March 5, 1937 to Blasa and Julian Aguilara in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.  She will be remembered as a kind loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Amado Cruz, Sr., daughter Oralia Cruz, son Alfredo Cruz, sisters Serfina DelGado and her husband Juan, Angelita Vargas and her husband Carlos, Blasa Rosas, and Criselda Reyna, brothers Julian Aguilera and his wife Columba, and Victor Aguilera, sister-in-law Lupita Vargas Aguilera, and brothers-in-law Raul Arrazola and Roberto Mejia.

Oralia leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving husband of 27 years Guadalupe Zavala; daughter Irma Ayala and her husband Jose; sons Amado Cruz, Jr., Oscar Cruz, Armando Cruz, Gilberto Cruz, Alejandro Cruz, sisters Maria Isabel Mejia, Elisa Rodriguez and husband Candelario, Rosalinda Garcia and husband Renato, Hermalinda Rodriguez and husband George, Aurora Jaramillo and husband Pedro, and Lupita Arrazola; brother Desiderio Aguilera and wife Amelida; sister-in-law, Lydia Aguilera; brother-in-law Juan Rosas; 25 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation in her honor will be held 5:00 – 7:00 pm, with a rosary at 7:00 pm, Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, Dickinson, TX.


  1. Rest In Peace Grandma. I will miss hearing your voice. You were never able to say “Bernie”. You simply called me “Beni”.

    Since before your passing, I’ve been keeping you in my thoughts, heart and prayers; as it will be from now on. The most precious memory I’ll cherish is your heavy accent responding back to me the English phrase: “I love you too”.

    Also, I’ll never forget our road trips that taught me very much.

    Bernardo Sanchez
  2. My sincere condolences to the family. She was always nice to me and always welcoming. She was a great and sweet lady. She was loved by so many. She was a great grandma to my son Neco. I remember her always working hard then coming home and cooking. She will be greatly missed. Please give Lali a hug for me and Freddie too. May you RIP and no longer suffer. Thank you for always being kind a so loving to us.

    Latisha Lara Clark

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