Emma Vigil

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Emma Vigil passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, in a local rehab facility.

A memorial service will be held at 4 PM on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Lake Shore Funeral Home with Reverend Amos Humphries officiating.

Click here to View the Live Stream of the Service.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 24 at 2 PM in Oakwood Cemetery.

Emma Ernestine Vigil was born September 13, 1945 to Alfonso and Isabel (Bernal) Castilleja in Calvert, Texas. She was one of nine children but later in life met one of her half-siblings who she loved and adored. As a young girl growing up in a small town, she enjoyed music and dancing and being with her family. After graduating from Calvert High School, she decided to move to the big city of Waco where she met her husband Ramon Vigil. They were married November 30, 1965 and with humble beginnings they worked hard to raise and provide for their two sons, Freddy and Ramon Jr. Emma worked many years as a seamstress for Waco Apparel, Big J Apparel, and eventually became a line supervisor while working for Fab-Knit. She had such a sweet spirit that she often struggled with her supervisor position because she hated to reprimand anyone on her line. When she thought she wasn’t tough, she learned how tough she could be as she retired to care for her husband. When her husband was diagnosed with cancer, she became a nurse and full-time caretaker until his passing. Years later, her dance partner Louis became her life partner until the end. Together they became grandparents to Olivia and Andrew. Nothing was more important to her or made her happier than being a grandmother. Emma absolutely loved and spoiled Olivia and Andrew. With her first grandchild being a girl, she went overboard and would buy anything girly or pink. When her grandson came along, he got anything that rolled or made loud noises. She often told Ramon, “Son, these are my only grandchildren and I can spoil them if I want to!” Family was so important to her and nothing made her happier than getting the family together to enjoy great food and music. She will be missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ramon Vigil Sr.; both her parents; sister, Gloria Gonzales; and brothers, Alfonso (Jr.) Castilleja and Henry Castilleja.

She is survived by her partner Louis Munos; sons, Freddy Vigil and Ramon Vigil Jr. and wife Stacy; sisters, Janie Ramirez, and Isabel (Twinky) Perez; brothers, Robert Castilleja, Paul Castilleja, Rudy Castilleja, Joe Castilleja; grandchildren, Olivia and Andrew; and numerous nieces and nephews and her loving sisters-in-law.

Honorary pallbearers will be Philip Gilmore, Torrey Burns, Francisco (Paco) Almendarez, Dwayne Park, Robert Castilleja Jr., and Matthew Rodriquez.

The family would like to give a big thank you to Twinky Perez for all the time she spent caring for her big
sister Emma in her last few months. It made her so happy to have someone be with her during her stay in the hospital.

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Condolence Messages

  1. My condolences to the family

  2. Freddy, my sincerest condolences to you, Louis, your brother and to your entire family. Emma was such a sweet soul. I will always remember her fondly. God bless and give y’all comfort and strength .❤️‍🩹💔

  3. Calvina Henriquez

    To my close friend and classmate it kills me to know you and your family are suffering. Your mother is at peace. I will continue to pray.

    Love Always,
    Calvina Henriquez

  4. Burnadett Stead

    Freddy and Ramon,

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family. Your mother was always so sweet to me and always had a big smile on her face. May she Rest In Peace.


  5. Martha olvera and jerry olvera

    My condolences to you and your family Twinkie I’m so sorry I just saw this I still can’t believe in she was so full of life

  6. Dear Ramone and Freddy,

    My heart goes out to both of you and I am again so sorry to of the loss of your beautiful Mother. I am keeping your family in my prayers. If there is anything at all I can do please don’t hesitate.

    Love you both my brothers.

    Roderick Floyd A.K.A “Butta”

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