Segovia, Maria "Cora"

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January 8, 1937 - December 27, 2017

Segovia, Maria "Cora"

Cora Segovia

January 8, 1937 – December 27, 2017

 

In Memoriam

SEGOVIA, María del Socorro Cantu (“Cora”), beloved and faithful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, godmother, cousin and friend, entered eternal life on December 27, 2017, after battling cancer like the unbelievable warrior she was.

Preceded in death by her parents, Vicente C. Cantú Vargas and Narcedalia Benavides de Cantú, Cora is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Dr. Arturo A. Segovia and their children Art Segovia, Jr., wife Cindy; Tony Segovia, wife Elaine; Patty Odom, husband Steve; Chachy Heppe, husband Hans; their eight grandchildren Taylor, Katelynn, Nick, Ryan, Rachael, Helena, Otto and Wil; and their great granddaughter Rylynn. She is also survived by her siblings, Lupana, Narce, China and Vicente Cantú, and many cousins, godchildren, nephews and nieces.

Born on January 8, 1937, in Anáhuac, Nuevo León, Cora assumed great responsibility early in life. At age 16, when Cora’s beloved mother passed away early in life, the family moved to Monterrey, Nuevo León, where Cora took on the maternal role for her beloved sisters, and where fate would unite Cora and the love of her life.

Cora and Arturo met at the Plaza La Alameda in Monterrey. Both Cora’s grandparents’ home and the church Iglesia Evangélica Lúterana La Santa Cruz founded by Arturo’s father, an ordained Lutheran minister, were located at the plaza. It may be considered love at first site, and the young couple dedicated their lives to one another on July 20, 1953.  After dating for eight years throughout Arturo’s medical studies and internships, Cora and Arturo married on November 18, 1961, in Chicago, where Arturo began his residency in anesthesiology.  While in Chicago, Cora and Arturo started and grew their family with the birth of Art, Tony and Patty.

In 1970, they moved to Dallas where they settled permanently for Arturo to begin his medical practice. In Dallas, they achieved the American dream–they purchased their lifelong home and contributed to the greater community. Cora loved her home immensely and graciously welcomed dear family and friends and hosted lively gatherings.  Cora and Arturo further grew their family with the birth of their fourth and youngest child, Chachy.

Cora loved life and lived her 80 plus years to the fullest.  She loved to travel with friends and family—all over the country and world—with planes, trains and automobiles—enjoying nature, cities and all adventure. She also enjoyed her trips to the casino, especially with the company of her sisters.  Cora loved watching sports—football, basketball, soccer, you name it.  Cora loved theater and dance, and gave back to her community by serving in active leadership roles with ACAL de México, the Pan American Round Table and a stunning Ballet Folklórico dance group. She was also active in other civic leadership roles including serving on the Board of the Dallas Arboretum. Cora’s warm and welcoming personality endeared her to all who knew and loved her, including her Canasta friends who gathered for decades to play cards and tell jokes, her fitness group friends of many years, and weekly gatherings of dear friends and family at home or at the Ranch with beautiful Mexican ballad singing, dancing, poem reciting and delicious traditional food. She radiated love and joy. And if someone was sick, they could at least look forward to Cora bringing them her amazing arroz con pollo to help them get better.

The true treasures of her life were her eight beloved grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as “Mamita” or simply “Ita,” and the most recent addition of a great granddaughter. Cora’s grandchildren treasured their Mamita’s unconditional love and affection, Spanish lessons, and of course her food, with Mamita’s guiso, arroz con pollo and just plain “Mamita’s rice” on top of their list of favorites. Cora loved to cheer on her grandchildren at their games and admire them at their recitals –she was always their biggest fan.

Most importantly, Cora was a woman of immense faith. She loved the Lord with all her heart, mind and soul. Faith and love of God was forefront in her life and how she raised and sustained her family.

Suffice it to say, a truly amazing woman has departed from our sight, and her many friends and family will miss her terribly. To many of us, it is the end of an era without our sweet Cora here on earth. She is one of a kind, and there will never be another like her. Incredibly beautiful, radiant, elegant, loving, funny, loyal and caring, she will live on in the hearts of family and friends who remember her as the best wife, mom, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, godmother, aunt, cousin, friend and “Mamita” anyone could be. We give thanks to God for her wonderful time here on earth and her legacy that will live on forever through generations to come.

Cora’s memorial service will be held on Monday, January 8th, the day that would have been her 81st birthday, at 1 p.m., at Water’s Edge Lutheran Church at 5475 Coit Road, Frisco, Texas 75035, with a reception to follow at the home of Art & Cindy Segovia, 5901 Norfolk Lane, Frisco, Texas (two blocks from the church). In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in her honor to help find a cure to this menacing disease (https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving.html). As we remember our beloved Cora on her birthday, we will take comfort in having been a part of her wonderful and amazing life.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

 

 

Cora Segovia

8 de enero del 1937 al 27 de diciembre del 2017

 In Memoriam

SEGOVIA, María del Socorro Cantú (“Cora”), querida y fiel esposa, madre, abuela, hermana, tía, madrina, prima y amiga falleció el día 27 de diciembre del 2017 después de haber luchado contra el cáncer como la increíble guerrera que era.

Precedida en la muerte de sus padres, Vicente C. Cantú Vargas y Narcedalia Benavides de Cantú, le sobreviven su querido esposo desde hace 56 años, Dr. Arturo A. Segovia, sus hijos Art Segovia, Jr., esposa Cindy; Tony Segovia, esposa Elaine; Patty Odom, esposo Steve; Chachy Heppe,  esposo Hans; sus ocho nietos Taylor, Katelynn, Nick, Ryan, Rachael, Helena, Otto and Wil; y su bisnieta Rylynn.  También le sobreviven sus hermanas Lupana, Narce, China y hermano Vicente Cantú y muchos primos, ahijados, sobrinos y sobrinas.

Nació el 8 de enero de 1937 en Anáhuac, Nuevo León, Cora asumió una gran responsabilidad a la temprana  edad de 16 años cuando su querida madre falleció.  La familia se trasladó a Monterrey, Nuevo León, donde Cora asumió el papel maternal de sus queridas hermanas y donde el destino la uniría al amor de su vida.

Cora y Arturo se conocieron en “La Alameda” en Monterrey. La casa de los abuelos de Cora y la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana La Santa Cruz fundada por el papá de Arturo, un ministro Luterano ordenado, ambas localidades estaban al frente de La Alameda. Su amor fue a primera vista y la joven pareja dedicó su vida el uno al otro a partir del 20 de julio de 1953. Después de ocho años de noviazgo y durante los estudios e internado médicos, Cora y Arturo se casaron el 18 de noviembre de 1961 en Chicago donde Arturo empezó su residencia en anestesiología. Mientras vivían en Chicago tuvieron a sus hijos Art, Tony and Patty.

En 1970 se mudaron a Dallas donde se establecieron permanentemente para que Arturo iniciara su práctica médica. En Dallas lograron el sueño americano—compraron su casa para toda la vida y contribuyeron a la comunidad en Dallas. Cora amaba su casa inmensamente y cariñosamente recibía a familiares y amigos.  Cora y Arturo aumentaron la familia con el nacimiento de su hija menor, Chachy.

Cora amó la vida y vivió más de 80 años al máximo. Le gustaba vivar con amigos y familia a todas partes del mundo por avión, tren y automóvil disfrutando la naturaleza, ciudades y toda aventura. Ella también disfrutó sus viajes al casino, especialmente en compañía de sus hermanas. Cora amaba ver los deportes como fútbol, básquetbol, fútbol americano y demás. Cora amó el teatro y la danza regional y sirvió a la comunidad en posiciones de liderazgo: ACAL de México, La Mesa Panamericana, el bellísimo Ballet Folklórico y la directiva del Dallas Arboretum.  Los que la conocían la amaban por su personalidad cálida y acogedora incluyendo a sus amigas de Canasta con las que se reunió por décadas para jugar cartas y decir bromas, su grupo de amigas de ejerció por muchos años y sus reuniones semanales de queridas amigas y familia en casa o en el rancho para cantar hermosas baladas mexicanas, recitar poemas, bailar y comer deliciosas comidas tradicionales. Ella radiaba amor y alegría. Si alguien estaba enfermo lo menos que podía esperar era su delicioso “arroz con pollo” para ayudar a sentirse mejor.

Los verdaderos tesoros de su vida fueron sus ocho nietos, quienes amorosamente le llamaban “Mamita” o simplemente “Ita” y la más reciente adición a la familia su bisnieta. Los nietos amaban su incondicional amor, afecto, clases de español  y por supuesto los guisos, arroz con pollo y sobre todo “el arroz de Mamita” como favorito. Cora amaba hecharles “porras” a sus nietos en sus juegos y admirarlos en sus recitales; ella siempre fue la más grande aficionada de ellos.

Lo más importante es que Cora era una mujer de inmensa Fe. Ella amaba a Dios con todo su corazón, su mente y su alma. La Fe y el amor de Dios estuvieron al frente de su vida y así fue como educó y mantuvo a su familia.

Basta decir que una verdadera gran mujer a partido de nuestro lado, y muchas de sus amigas y familia la extrañarán terriblemente. Para muchos de nosotros es el final de una era sin nuestra dulce Cora aquí en la tierra. Ella fue única y nunca abra otra igual como ella. Increíblemente bella, radiante, elegante, amorosa, divertida, leal y humanitaria, ella vivirá en los corazones de familias y amigos y la recordaremos como la mejor esposa, mamá, suegra, hermana, cuñada, madrina, tía, prima, amiga y “Mamita.” Le damos gracias a Dios por su maravilloso tiempo aquí en la tierra y el legado que vivirá para siempre a través de las generaciones venideras.

El servicio en memoria de Cora se llevará a cabo el lunes 8 de enero, que hubiera sido su cumpleaños de 81 años de vida, a la 1p.m., en Water’s Edge Lutheran Church, 5475 Coit Rd, Frisco, TX 75035.  Seguido de una recepción en la casa de Art y Cindy Segovia, 5901 Norfolk Ln, Frisco, TX 75035 (a dos cuadras de la iglesia). En lugar de flores por favor considere hacer una donación a The American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving.html) en su honor para ayudar a encontrar la cura de esta amenazante enfermedad.  Al recordar a nuestra querida Cora en su cumpleaños tendremos el consuelo de haber sido parte de su admirable y asombrosa vida.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Pamela Garza

January 12, 2018 8:22AM

I am a resident of East Texas and had the privilege of meeting Cora at the Pan American Roundtable of Dallas. Her presence brought grace, elegance and charm and a lot of history of the origins of the Dallas Chapter. Her eyes sparkled as she shared stories of the ballet folkloric dances and dress in her earlier days. Her passion for life and service to others and her elegance is what I will remember about her. May God bless her family and circle of friends. Rest In Peace, Mrs.Cora Segovia.


JJ & Suzanna Rodriguez

January 08, 2018 2:09PM

You must know how deeply saddened we are over your loss. Cora and my mom were the dearest of friends and I dare say she was like a sister to her. We will miss her very much. She came to trust her judgment and wisdom as well. Her advice was always so well thought out and helpful.
She has left us with so many wonderful memories. We will cherish them forever.


The Zevallos Family

January 07, 2018 8:25PM

We were very saddened to here of her passing, but we were priviliged to have known her. Juanita is especially sad to have lost such a close and dear friend. Cora and Dr. Segovia were always present at our special family occasions. We had so much fun together at so many parties. We will cherish our memories of a wonderful person with a beautiful manner of speaking, a person with natural elegance.

With love to our friend Dr. Segovia and the entire Segovia Cantu family,

Dr. & Mrs. Alfredo Zevallos & family


Terry Brown

January 07, 2018 4:03PM

Rosario and family,

Although I did not know your mom, from reading about her, I can tell she was an amazing person. Her love for her family, the people around her, her community, and her love for the Lord are ways we should all live. God be with her and God Bless you all and provide you with His love, comfort, and peace as you treasure her memory.

Terry Brown


Lupana Cantú

January 04, 2018 2:45PM

Nos unimos a la pena que embarga a la familia Segovia Cantú, sentimos mucho la partida de mi hermana, pero estoy segura que Él Señor ya la recibió.
Reciban mi solidaridad y mi cariño de toda la vida.
Descanse en paz mi hermana Cora.
Los quiere mucho su hermana Lupana.


Laura Perez Garcia

January 04, 2018 2:00PM

My most sincere condolences. Although we have not spend time together we are still family and I remember my Tia Coro many years ago, I was able to spend time with her at our cousins reunion. She leaves beautiful and Great memories. May she RIP.


Graciela Santos

January 03, 2018 11:20PM

Tio Arturo,Art, Tony, Paty y Chacy les manfo un fuerte abrazo con todo mi cariño y mis oraciones esperando que encuentren paz y consuelo en estos momentos de dolor!
Me quedo con el recuerdo de mi tia Cora como una gran esposa mama y abuelita ....siempre alegre hermosa y radiante!! Descanse en PazHURTADO


Melinda & Taezja Phelan

January 03, 2018 10:35PM

What a wonderful life! Thanks be to God for Cora and her amazing family. She was always such a positive, caring person. We love your dear mother, Chachy. Prayers for comfort and peace to you and the entire family. ❤️❤️


Roberto Hernandez y Familia

January 03, 2018 9:29PM

Nuestro sentido pesame por el pase de nuestra Tia Socorro recordano siempre los Buenos momentos que nos regalo!Bediciones y que La Paz de Nuestro Senor este con Ustedes en estos Momentos!Tio Arturo y Primos


Elsa Cantú Ruiz

January 03, 2018 2:37PM

Our most sincere condolences to Arturo, Art, Tony, Chachy, Patty and all her family and friends! Coro or Corito, as she was known to us, leaves us with sweet memories of her visits to my parent’s home and the Primas reunions. I remember her radiant beauty, her smile and her kindness! I will forever remember her fondly! May she now Rest In Peace! 💕


Stace and Irma Symonds / Josephine E. Santoyo

January 03, 2018 2:16PM

Dear Cora,
I know that here on earth you will no longer be, your spirit and loving heart will be remembered to all who knew.
The best memories are the ones you have left for your grandchildren and great grandchild!! God bless you
Our love forever!!!
Irma Symonds


Patty&Steve Odom and family

January 03, 2018 12:46PM

❤️❤️❤️


Miguel & Carmen Sánchez

January 03, 2018 12:38PM

Our condolences, to the Segovia family, our cousin was a great woman, may our Lord bring comfort to her husband and family, always cherish the beautiful memories she has left all of us with! A hug to all her family.
Miguel, Masi & Family


Laura Torres

January 03, 2018 12:37PM

I will forever keep her in my memory as being such a beautiful, elegant and classy lady. She would briefly attempt Spanish lessons on Sunday mornings at church when she would greet my children. She was such a caring woman and I will miss her smile. May she Rest In Peace at our Heavenly Father’s home. My condolences to the Segovia Family.


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