Mass of Christian Burial for Freddie Rodrigues Montes, 87, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, located in the Moral Community of Nacogdoches County with Monsignor James E. Young officiating. Interment will follow in the Moral Cemetery.
A descendant of early Spanish settlers, she was born on November 8, 1917 in Nacogdoches County and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 8, 2005. She was married to Sam H. Montes, who preceded her in death.
She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University. During her career as a teacher, she taught at Bonaldo, Fern Lake and Sacred Heart schools. While these schools no longer exist, the first two were important to the Spanish-speaking children of earlier decades and the latter to Catholic children until the late 1970’s. She completed her teaching career at the Head Start Child Development Center in Nacogdoches. She was a life-long member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and, until slowed by illness, was very active in the Altar Society and other Parish activities.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Lynn and Marian Montes of Lufkin, Paul and Bonnie Montes of Lake Cherokee, Frank and Lin Montes of Lufkin, and Irie and Karen Montes of Nacogdoches; daughters and sons-in-law Shirley and Rick Brazas of Bailey, NC and Kathryn and Darrell Yates of DeBerry; sisters-in-law Ruby R. Manchaca and Vera Rodrigues of Nacogdoches; and thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons David Saleme, Michael Saleme, Christopher Montes, Aaron Montes, Jason Yates, and Brian Yates; and great grandson Casey Dunn. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons Monte Montes, Chad Yates and Matthew Yates; granddaughters Laurie Krueger, Sandra Krueger, Susan Montes and Alison Montes; and great grandson Justin Montes.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday at Sunset Chapel with Rosary at 7:00 pm.
Memorials may be directed to the Sam H. and Freddie Montes Scholarship Fund at Stephen F. Austin State University, P. O. Box 6096, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962 or the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund.
Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.