Floral 09

Maricela Franco Gaitan

April 5, 1967 ~ October 19, 2020 (age 53)


         Funeral services for Maricela Franco Gaitan, 53, of Diboll, will be held Friday, October 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Lufkin with Dr. John Greene officiating. Entombment will follow at the Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Lufkin.

          Mrs. Gaitan was born April 5, 1967 in Pánuco de Coronado, Durango, Mexico, to Federico Alvarez Franco and Josefina (Najera) Franco, and died Monday, October 19, 2020 in Houston.

          Mrs. Gaitan was a member of Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Lufkin. She loved her grandchildren and all of the children that she babysat. Mrs. Gaitan enjoyed traveling, going on road trips, and to the beach. She loved cooking for her family and to serve her church.

Mrs. Gaitan is survived by her husband, Baldemar Gaitan Jr. of Diboll; son and daughter-in-law, Baldemar Gaitan III and Azalia of Diboll; son, Samuel Gaitan of Diboll; daughter and son-in-law, Alejandra and Jason Martinez of San Antonio; grandson, Baldemar Gaitan IV and Moises Elias Gaitan, both of Diboll; brother, Oscar Franco of Diboll; brother and sister-in-law, Sergio and Diega Franco of Flowery Branch, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Freddy and Juany Franco of Diboll; brother and sister-in-law, Julio and Yesenia Franco of Greenville, TX; sister and brother-in-law, Roxanna and Larry Tackett of Newnan, GA; and father, Federico Franco Alvarez of Lufkin.

          She was preceded in death by her mother, Josefina Franco; and sister-in-law, Chona Gaitan.

          Pallbearers will be Baldemar Gaitan III, Samuel Gaitan, Juan Bosquez, Alex Bosquez, Michael Gaitan, and Trey Sidney.

          Honorary pallbearers will be Baldemar Gaitan IV, Moises Elias Gaitan, Andy Villanueva, and Peyton (Guero) Murrell.

          Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m.  to  8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Shafer Funeral Home in Lufkin.

          Shafer Funeral Home, Lufkin directors.

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October 22, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Shafer Funeral Home
600 N. John Redditt Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75904

Funeral Service
October 23, 2020

10:00 AM
Harmony Hill Baptist Church
2708 S. Chestnut St.
Lufkin, TX 75901

Interment following funeral service
October 23, 2020

Garden of Memories Memorial Park, Lufkin

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