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Andrea Zamarripa Theisen
August 22, 1946  -  November 12, 2017


Andrea Zamarripa Theisen of Uvalde passed away on November 12, 2017 at the age of 71. She was born on August 22, 1946 in Uvalde to Juan Navarro and Margarita (Rodriguez) Zamarripa. She married Robert Theisen in Sabinal on July 1, 2000.
She is survived by her husband of 17 years of Uvalde; daughters, Juanita Rivas of Austin and Viola Russ of Temple; sons, Juan Jose Rivas of Colorado Springs and Gilberto Rivas, Jr. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; sisters, Gloria Zamarripa, Victoria Salazar and husband, Johnny, all of Uvalde, and Helen Zamarripa of Victoria; brothers, , Antonio Zamarripa and wife, Carmen, and Chavelo Zamarripa and wife, Teresa, all of Uvalde; grandchildren, Ruben Hernandez, Jr., Margarita Torres, Marisela Hernandez, Monica Hernandez and Andrew Bjornstad; great grandchildren, Ruben Hernandez, III, Aiden Hernandez, Nikolai Alexander Hernandez, Addison Rose Ybarra and Mario Andres Torres, III; sisters in law, Olga Zamarripa of Austin and Elia Zamarripa of Uvalde; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Juan Zamarripa and Camilo Zamarripa

Mrs. Theisen wrote several essays published in La Voz de Uvalde. She self-published ''Voices In My Head'', a compilation of several essays written over a period of years, concerning growing up female, Mexican and poor in Texas. In 2007 and 2008 she was invited to read from her stories and poetry at the Scissortail Festival in Ada, Oklahoma, an annual writer's conference attended by authors and academics from all over the country. She also self-published a second book, ''Before I go to Heaven'', a poem for children.
A rosary will be held on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Michael Zamarripa, Daniel Zamarripa, Jacob Zamarripa, Juan Martin Zamarripa, Tony Zamarripa, and Jesse Zamarripa.

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