Leonor Severa Lucio Padilla, 91, of Uvalde, TX entered the Kingdom of Heaven on January 20, 2022 at 12:53 p.m. in Austin, Texas surrounded by her loving family. Severa was born on May 26, 1930 in Harlingen, Texas to Manuel and Guadalupe Rodriguez Lucio.
After moving to Uvalde to raise her family with her husband, Leonor Severa, worked as a housekeeper for Jane Mayer among many other local families. While working, Leonor Severa found the time to attend her children’s events. She could be found volunteering at Field Day events working in the concession stand at Benson Elementary. Or, you would find her cheering her children at different sporting events like basketball, track, volleyball, football and baseball.
A devoted member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Leonor would attend mass every Sunday and every morning during the Lenten season. She was a devoted Catholic and spent her life instilling the teachings of the Church to her children.
After her large family grew up and moved away to different cities, she found herself with extra time on her hands. With more free time on her hands, she started playing Bingo with her friends at Sacred Heart Parish Center. She loved the enduring friendships she made while also being quite lucky at bingo. When she had a good night at bingo, she would take her girlfriends out for coffee and pie. This is what gave her joy.
Towards her final years, Leonor moved to Austin to live with her daughter, Virginia Villasana. She spent her days enjoying crochet and the company of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-great-grandchildren until the time of her death.
Left to cherish her memory are her five daughters; Irene Romero and husband, Jim of Commerce City, Colorado; Hermelinda Nimock and husband, Greg of San Antonio, Texas; Maria Oralia Mendiondo and husband, Rick of Harlingen, Texas; Virginia Villasana and husband Patricio; and Delia Padilla and husband, Sam Bentancud; all of Austin, Texas; three sons; Arnold Padilla of Uvalde, Texas; Adam Padilla and Luis Padilla of Austin, Texas; adopted daughters in Christ, Jenny Mayer Aubert and Mimi Mayer. Daughters-in-law; Helen , Tila both of San Antonio, Texas Cruz, of Abilene, Texas and Mary Jean Padilla of McAllen. Also 32 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 37 great-great-grandchildren, and 47 great-great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister Lupe Flores of Robstown, Texas and brother Robert Lucio of Austin, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her husband; Seferino Z. Padilla, sons; Francisco Padilla, Raul Padilla, Seferino Padilla, Jr., Alfredo Padilla and daughter-in-law; Cecilia Padilla.
Visitation will begin on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery