Guerra, Melva

January 19, 1954 - December 31, 2017

The Lord called Melva Guerra home on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Melva was the daughter of the late Victor Guerra and Irene (Esparza) Guerra from Saginaw, Michigan.

Melva is survived by her loving children, Sabrina Cantu Guerra Burda, Benito Ignacio Guerra Cantu, Saleem Mansour Zerka, and Nazeer Toufic Zerka, Son-in-law, James Burda, and daughter-in-law, Patricia Anna Gutierrez Cantu.  Melva has five grandchildren: Demitri Cantu Johnson, Isabella Rose Burda, Bryce James Burda, Rebecca Victoria Burda, and Penelope Faith Cantu; and Special nephew, Andrez Guerra (Moo); Also Surviving are two brothers Victor Guerra and Antonio Guerra; three sisters, Olga Guerra, Irene Guerra Alvarez, and Mary Guerra Whitson; and her Best Friend, Carlean Gill.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Gloria Munoz, Diana Guerra Machul, and Irma Guerra Lopez; and grandmother, Eulojia Deleon Guerra.

Melva was a member of St. Paul Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas and was actively involved in Arts Vision/ Ministry, and also was a member of the Dallas Nasher Museum. She earned her Bachelors degree in Business from Northwood University.

Melva was a strong business woman who was full of life, laughter, and style. She was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and wonderful friend. A woman who also enjoyed traveling, spending quality time with her family, organizing family reunions; and her passion was interior decorating. Melva will be deeply missed by all of her Family and Friends.

The funeral schedule will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1816 Routh Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 on Saturday, January 13, 2018. With a viewing and visitation starting at 10:00 A.M. and the funeral service beginning at 11:00 A.M. with Senior Pastor Richie Butler officiating.

The family expresses special thanks to all of our family and friends, and those that donated  to Go Fund Me, for your prayers and all expressions of sympathy during this difficult time.

The family of Melva Guerra would like to send a special thanks to the Neuro ICU, Neuro  step down and 4th Floor medical staff of Medical City Plano for their exceptional care, and to our St. Paul United Methodist Church Family for their love and support, and to ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home for their professional care and guidance.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252


19 replies on “Guerra, Melva”

Patricia G Cantu says:

Mom you have brought so much joy and happiness to many people’s lives. I love you and will miss you deeply. Live, laugh, Love !!! That’s what you showed us.

Nora Agado says:

My condolences to Sabrina and Demitri. May God be with you in these difficult times. I love you.

Cynthia Artin says:

May the dear and amazing Melva rest in peace, even as she watches over her beautiful family from the great beyond. I never had the honor to meet Melva personally, but through her daughter, Sabrina, I have witnessed her light and love – and both are enduring.

Karen Winchester-Murphy says:

Sending heartfelt condolences to the entire Guerra family, Sabrina continue to carry your mom’s legacy, she was a beautiful soul! Pasteur

Maria R Castellon says:

My deepest condolences Sabrina and Ben Jr, and Guerra family! So sorry to hear about Melva, she was the nicest, sweetest person, I will miss her deeply. May God bless you and your family.

Maria Trevino Castellon

JoAnna Guerra Ramirez says:

My deepest condolences to the family. RIP Melva Guerra (Prima) and thank you for getting the family together. Now you’re an angel say Hi to my daddy Manuel Guerra Jr. ❤

Deidrea Sanders says:

My prayers go out to the family of Melva. She will truly be missed, the family has my deepest sympathy

Sandra Guerra Ramirez says:

Cousin Melva, your were very special to all our family you will be deeply missed I can’t believe you are no longer with us now who’s going to take the family reunions you did the planning wanted the Guerra family to know each other… but now you are in heaven as in angel 😇 along with my Daddy please say hello for me..♥️

Aurora Cantu Barron says:

So very sorry for the loss to the Cantu Guerra Burda Zerka families. I will always remember Melva’s beautiful smile and wonderful laugh. Her smile and heart live on in her children. Rest in peace.

James says:

My thoughts and prayers to Guerra Familia…Peace to bro Vic and Familia

Sandra Guerra Porter says:

My very deepest condolences to my cousin Sabrina. Knowing how close you were with Melva, can’t imagine the pain. The short time I met my cousin Melva, the long hours we talked on the phone, was great getting to know her from the first reunion 2015 was awesome. Melva a very high energy spirited beautiful woman, don’t know where she had all that energy! You all made my family so welcome, had so much fun breaking the pinata at your house Sabrina. Still look at the videos and laugh! I love you, Melva will be dearly missed!

St. Paul UMC - Communion Steward Ministry says:

To The Family of Melva Guerra,
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
With All Our Love,
St. Paul UMC
Communion Steward Ministry
Rev. Richie L. Butler Sr. Pastor
Willie Mae Hardeman Chair
Vanessa Rankin Sunshine Chair

Calvin and Phyllis Little says:

Sincere condolences to family! Keeping you and family in our prayers!

Scott Sayers says:

So sorry for your loss your mother was a sweet lady I’ve known her when she lived in Saginaw

Dalila Guerra says:

My Dear Cousin Melva…RIP

Jabrin Thompson says:

So Sorry For Your Loss Praying For You And Your Family.God Bless

Mary Jane Sanchez says:

My Condolences to Melva Guerra family Melva was a very beautiful person she was very outgoing always smiling and I know she will be missed by herfamily may she R.I.P. God bless her 🌹

Julia Mauws (Rodriguez) says:

My deepest condolences go out to the Guerra family & to Melva’s children. I haven’t seen Melva in so many yrs but as growing up with the girls she was always such a beautiful & pleasant woman. So many memories. Melva I will always remember your beautiful smile & those gorgeous eyes. May she RIH. Keeping you all in my prayers 😇❤️🙏

Althea Govan says:

Hello Mary Ann and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I remember her kind heart and friendliness. I pray God’s peace be with you. Althea

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