Eva Martinez Costilla, 88, of Abernathy passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021. She was born in Del Rio, Texas to Cayentano and Maria (Flores) Martinez on July 24, 1932. Eva married Joe L. Costilla on March 6, 1954 in Melvin, Texas. Following their marriage, they moved to the Abernathy area where she resided most of her life. In her early years, Eva was a bilingual court translator. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was the glue that held her family together. Eva had a passion for being a nurse and in her later years continued to serve the elderly as a caregiver. Her life was dedicated to helping others and revolved around family and caring for others. Eva was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church in Abernathy.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Joe Ed Costilla (Terri) of Lubbock, Rosalba Zapata of Grand Prairie, Rosario Zuniga (Raul) of Allen, Steve Costilla (Gloria) of Lubbock and Mark Costilla (Josh) of Albuerque; 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Cayentano and Maria Martinez; husband, Joe L. Costilla; and four brothers, Raul Martinez, Claudio Martinez, Marshall Martinez, and Juan Martinez.
A come and go visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 12 from noon until 8pm at Combest Family Memorial Chapel with Rosary being recited at 6:30pm by Alma Lopez. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 2PM at the Abernathy Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steven Costilla, Steven Garcia, Timothy Castillo, Jacob Zapata, Jodan Garcia and Eric Garcia.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Southern Specialty Rehab and Nursing for the excellent care that Eva received as a resident there
Eva Martinez Costilla was not only our Aunt but she was literally our second mother. My brothers and I grew up in Central and West Texas during the 1950s and 1960s. My fondest childhood memories of my Tia revolve around spending weekends with her and my uncle Joe and enjoying the company of our cousins as we inevitably ventured into mischievous play in the cotton fields, watermelon patches, and irrigation canals. There was always an abundance of laughter and joy those days. As teenagers, my brother Daniel and I would travel every summer by Santa Fe train with our hoes (honestly) from Brownwood to Lubbock to spend endless hours chopping cotton in the burning West Texas sun. My Tia Eva worked alongside of us, helping and encouraging us along the way. We would use the meager earnings (which my abuelito, Pedro, famously referred to as “dinero de yerbita”) to buy our school clothes in the fall. We even started a savings account for college. Later, when Daniel and I enrolled as students at Texas Tech. we would enjoy wonderful visits home in Abernathy to partake in humble Sunday dinners and other holiday meals with the family. We were always welcome and loved. Tia Eva was an angel here on earth and undoubtedly now one in Heaven. She was a devoted and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother……..and Aunt. May you rest in peace in God’s loving arms Tia!
Michelle S. Townsend Houston, TX
Sunday, January 10, 2021
My Heart is so Heavy right now My Beautiful NaNa is now Resting in Peace watching over all of us I Miss her so much but I'm Happy knowing she went peacefully and with God, My TaTa and her Parents. I Love You NaNa Always and Forever you will be Missed, Loved and Remembered Always 😥😥 R.I.P NaNa ❤❤🙏🙏
Lupe Escobedo Wolfforth, TX
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Condolences to my costilla family...I loved my tia deary. My she rest in peace
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