|Lisa Belen Mendez, 68, of The Colony, Texas, formerly of Galesburg, died at 2:37 p.m. Friday, September 7, 2012, at Baylor Medical Hospital of Carrollton.
Belen was born on January 10, 1944 in Rockford, IL. She married Carlos Mendez on May 7, 1960 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Galesburg, IL and enjoyed over 50 years of happiness together. He preceded her in death on February 7, 2011. Belen's most enjoyment was spending time with the surroundings of her children and grandchildren. Belen is survived by 2 sons, Carlos "Squeeky," and wife Miram Mendez of Valrico Florida and Mark T. Mendez of Dallas, TX; 4 daughters, Christine "Tina", and husband Keith Patterson of The Colony, TX; Cynthia and husband Joel Olivarez of Round Rock, TX; Mona and husband Ron Sallom of Woodbury, NJ, and Mendi Mendez of Dallas, TX. Belen is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Anthony Gorman; Daniel Hoyt and wife Brandy; Dana Gorman, Nikki Mendez, Talia Sallom, Chase Patterson, and Nicholas Sallom; 5 Step Grandchildren, Miriam Cortes, Christian Cortes, Lyric Olivarez, and ZJ Olivarez; 3 great grandchildren, Dimitri Gorman, Cameron Hoyt, and Cassidy Hoyt. She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas V. Mendez.
Belen was a certified pharmacy technician, last working for Albertson's Market in Dallas.
Visitation for Belen will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday September 13, 2012 at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home, Galesburg, IL, with the rosary being prayed at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2012 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Rev. William T. Miller, I.C. will officiate and the burial will follow to St. Joseph's Cemetery. Memorials may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center of Houston TX on behalf of Mark T. Mendez.