Dora Zamora-Mata

Dora Mata02Our beloved Mother and Sister, Dora Zamora-Mata of Port Isabel went home to heaven on December 13, 2013.
She was born in Brownsville, Texas, a 8th generation Texan and the third child, to Raul Zamora, Sr. and Maria Flores Zamora on September 14, 1943. She grew up in Port Isabel, graduated from Port Isabel High School in 1962 and attended business school. She met and married the true love of her life, Ralph Mata on June, 26, 1966, and they remained happily married until Ralph’s passing in September 21, 2007. The greatest joy of her life was being a mother to her only daughter, Jeanette Mata Reynolds and grandmother to Camille Reynolds
She and Ralph owned and operated Mata’s Meat Market which for decades provided fresh meats and food items to Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Dora and Ralph were successful due to their strong work ethics and personalized service to their customers. Dora took great pride in the accomplishments of her brothers and sisters, as well as those of her numerous nieces and nephews, who will miss her dearly.
She is home and reunited with her beloved husband, Ralph, her mother, Maria Zamora, her father Raul Zamora, Sr. and her sister Jesusa Zamora-Compean.
She is survived by her only daughter, Jeanette Mata -Reynolds and husband Bill of Edinburg; and her granddaughter, Camille Elaine Reynolds. Also surviving her are her three brothers: Raul Zamora, Jr. of Port Isabel, J.J. Zamora (Bertha) of Port Isabel, and Horacio Zamora of Brownsville; her six sisters: Mary Lou Almazan (Santiago) of Port Isabel, Rosa Chavez (Jesse) of Port Isabel, Blanca Garcia (Alberto) of Austin, Esther Castaneda (Rolando) of Port Isabel, Linda Rendon (Luis) of Virginia Beach, and Sandra Zayas (Rick) of Brownsville; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Visitation was held on Monday December 16, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm, with a Holy Rosary recited at7:00 p.m., at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 705 S. Longoria, Port Isabel, Tx.
Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church with a graveside service which followed at Port Isabel City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Felipe Zamora, Joaquin Carlos “J.C.” Zamora, Edward Chavez, Moises Almazan, Rolando Castaneda Jr., and Jesse Galvan.

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    • Sarani on December 27, 2013 at 8:50 am
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    I’m deeply sorry for your loss. I have felt the pain the family is going through. The bible gives us hope that can get us through these difficult times. In John 5:28, 29 it says ” Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” God promises us a better future. I hope these words give the family piece of mind.

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