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Virginia Leonila Reyna, 79, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at the Waterford Gardens in Mission.

Mrs. Reyna was born in Penitas to Carlos and Anita Garza. A graduate of La Joya High School, she received a bachelor's degree from Pan American University and a master's degree from Texas A&I University. She was employed by the La Joya Independent School District and the Mission Independent School District where she retired as a junior high counselor.

She was also an active member of St. Paul's Catholic Church where she taught adult catechism, sang in the Spanish choir and was a member of Damas Catolicas.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Rene Reyna; children, Dorotea Reyna, Sonya Rodriguez, Rene Reyna, Pastor Carlos Gerardo Reyna, Rebecca Reyna and Lucinda Roy; sisters, Josefa Kantor and Socorro Rivas; and 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Maria Veronica Reyna; granddaughter, Mia Virginia Reyna; and brothers, Carlos, Leonel and Leobardo Garza.

A rosary will be held at Ric Brown Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary. The funeral mass will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in McAllen.

Memorial donations may be made to the Damas Catolicas Charity Fund at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

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