Alexandria Aniyah "Lexi" Rubio, 10, gained her wings on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde.
Visitation is scheduled June 10 from 3-9 p.m., and a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m., at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
A funeral service will be held June 11 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde.
Alexandria was born on Oct. 20, 2011, in Hondo to Kimberly (Mata) and Felix Rubio.
She was driven, athletic, intelligent and fun.
As a fourth-grader, her recent aspirations were to earn a softball scholarship to St. Mary's University, where she planned to major in math, before attending law school to become a lawyer.
She jumped at any opportunity to help her mom, a current student at St. Mary's, with technology-based assignments.
Like her father, she played softball and basketball, and they both relished the time they spent practicing, one-on-one. She was so committed to the sports, she would practice on her own while he was at work, in advance of their sessions. Their playful banter, on topics from practice and school to his no-boyfriends rule, made his heart swell with girl-dad pride. His little girl was opinionated and an impassioned debater, just like her mother.
Last season, her first time playing youth basketball, her team, the Spurs, won the championship.
Alexandria had mastered the math portion of the STAAR tests, and she was not looking forward to the end of the school year, which meant not seeing her friends and beloved teacher every day.
She enjoyed talking on the phone with her friends and watching them play softball.
Her closest clique comprised her siblings. Fishing and sports with dad, cuddling up on the couch reading or watching TV with mom, or reciting jokes to each other in the living room to see who would be the first to laugh were favorite activities.
She liked to bake cookies – chocolate chip or sugar cookies with sprinkles – with her Mary, her maternal great-grandmother.
Like her mother, snacks were a great motivator: popcorn with cheese accompanied by pickle shots were a must for movie night, a little chocolate with breakfast helped start the day out right, mint chocolate chip ice cream couldn't be beat, pasta with Alfredo sauce was the perfect birthday or any-day dish, and her siblings fondly talk about the Lexi burger - a McDonald’s cheeseburger, plain and dry, with nuggets and fries inside.
Her Starbucks order consisted of a sweetened tall peach green tea lemonade paired with a cake pop – chocolate or birthday cake flavored. She loved bright colors, yellow, purple, pink, turquoise, and her family hopes those mourning Alexandria will wear brightly-colored clothing in her honor.
She looked up to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, happy to share a name and birth month with the young Congresswoman.
She looked forward to one day visiting Australia and wanted to live in a city where snow is a regular occurrence. The South Texas weather was not her favorite.
Alexandria looked to TikTok, YouTube and Roblox, as well as playing Rock Paper Scissors with her mom, to combat boredom. Though with five siblings, adoring parents and grandparents, and a revolving door of cousins, “bored” wasn't a word she uttered often.
Her siblings, ranging in age from 8 to 18, are taking solace in their memories of her, and their knowledge of how much she loved them. She showed them daily.
They describe her as fierce, with a beautiful, contagious smile that more often than not turned into a hearty laugh. She was sarcastic, but caring, giving.
She is survived by her parents, of Uvalde; three brothers, Isaiah Rodriguez, David Falcon III, and Julian Rubio; two sisters, Kalisa Barboza and Jahleela Rubio; aunt, Analyse Mata and husband, Brandon Mendoza; cousins, Brandon Mendoza Jr., Derek Mendoza, and Mary-Claire Mendoza; maternal grandparents, Cindy Castillo and husband, Victor, and Ruben F. Mata and wife, Larisa, all of Uvalde; paternal grandparents, Connie and Luis “Chacho” Rubio of Uvalde; maternal great-grandparents, Margie and Julian Moreno and Mary and Ruben Mata; paternal great-grandparents, Oralia Orona and Trini Gutierrez and Jesse and Maxine Martinez; numerous great aunts and uncles, cousins, extended family, and her best friend, Sarah.
She was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandfather, Silvestre Orona.
Honorary Pallbearer will be: Julian Rubio
Pallbearers will be her brothers, Isaiah Rodriguez and David Falcon III, grandfathers Ruben F. Mata and Luis “Chacho” Rubio, uncle Brandon Mendoza Sr., and cousin Joseph Ayala.