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Gloria Dolores (Cortez) Riojas

April 8, 1944 ~ September 19, 2021 (age 77)


Gloria Riojas 77, passed away on Sunday September 19, 2021. 

Funeral services will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 506 N Runnels, Merkel, Tx at 10am Friday the 24th. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.

Gloria Riojas was born April 8, 1944 in Anson, Tx to Eugene & Luciana Cortez. She was a housewife and evangelist. Known to travel far and wide to preach at prisons or to whomever needed her. Enjoyed visiting friends, traveling with her daughters and Church Women’s retreats. The Love she gave our kids and grandchildren  was like no other, her hugs were just as great! Gloria was known to her town and church as “The Tamale Lady” and “Bubbles”.

Survived by 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Phillip Cortez & wife of Abilene. Nick Cortez & wife of Breckenridge, Tx. Conde Cortez & wife of Ranger, Tx. Jesse Cortez of Weatherford, Tx. Janie Guerrero and Lupe Cortez from Breckenridge, Tx. Also, 4 daughters and a son, daughter-in-law and son-in-law. Mary Riojas from Midland, TX. Martha Riojas from Merkel, TX. Virginia & Jesus Loredo from Graham, TX. Jennie Flores from Tye, TX. Onofre Jr & Adelisse Riojas from Cibolo,TX. 

Gloria was known to her 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren as “WELA”.

She is proceeded in death by her Parents, Eugene & Luciana Cortez. Her Husband Onofre Riojas Sr, Grandchildren Chelsea Flores and Jonathon Loredo.


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September 23, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Starbuck Funeral Home
201 Edwards St
Merkel, TX 79536

Funeral Service
September 24, 2021

10:00 AM
Calvary Baptist Church
506 N Runnels
Merkel, TX 79536

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