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Vega, Altagracia Emilia (Garcia)

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December 31, 1927 - July 16, 2020

Vega, Altagracia Emilia (Garcia)


December 31, 1927- July 16, 2020

Altagracia Emilia Vega Garcia-Planas, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord in Dallas, TX on July 16, 2020. Surrounded by her family, she died of natural causes at age 92. She was adored by many for her loving nature, her strength, and her undeniable beauty. Till her last breath, Grace carried herself with a regal sense of pride, envious wit and an elegance she made seem effortless. She fully embodied her namesake; a graceful queen walking amongst us all.  Grace touched the lives and hearts of many whom she held captive by her love, her delicious cooking, and her mesmerizing smile- not to mention her fearless ability to speak her mind! She was a force of nature on this earth, and will forever be cherished in the hearts of her many survivors. To all, the world was a better, brighter, and funnier place with her in it. She will be missed indescribably.

Born December 31, 1927 in La Romana, Dominican Republic, Grace was the first born, and last surviving of her 7 siblings. Surrounded by the tropical beauty of the island, she grew up to be an independent woman who at an early age worked to take care of her grandmother and aunt until their deaths. She spent the majority of her adult life raising her family in New York City, and later relocating to Dallas, TX in her final years.

Putting God and family in front of herself always, Grace was a selfless, infinitely caring individual. There were no bounds to the love she had for God and family. Her faith guided her throughout the happy times of her life as well as the hardships. In her final years,  she lived a life of prayer; meditating on the life of Christ while saying the rosary daily. She was a member of St Monica church in Dallas and loved attending Sunday mass to listen to the word of God. She was deeply devoted to the Virgin Mary, and passed unto eternal life on the feast day of our Lady of Carmel.

Grace was survived by many friends, extended family and loved ones she cared for so deeply. Immediate Survivors include: daughter Jenny Sandlin and her husband Don Sandlin, son Jose Luis Vega and wife Lupita De La Cueva, son Emil Vega; grandson Ernie Vega Jr,

granddaughter Grace Vega, grandson Matthew Vega, grandson Chris Vega,  granddaughter Gina Sandlin Orlando and her husband Dustin Orlando, granddaughter Devanna Vega and her mother Clarissa,  grandson Igor Vega, grandson Jose Vega, granddaughter Jacky Vega, granddaughter Sofia Vega, grandson Felipe Vega; Great grandchildren Sean Michael Clancy, Jillian Clancy, Luca Orlando and Pilar Vega. She was preceded in death by her late husband Ernesto Vega Pagan, and her beloved first born son Ernesto Rafael Vega; may they rest peacefully together, happily reunited forevermore.

Due to Covid 19, a funeral mass will be held at St. Monica Church in Dallas on a date yet to be determined.

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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

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Andrea Edwards

August 03, 2020 11:48PM

Warm condolences Jenny, José and family. It’s so hard for me to leave this message, Alta was like a mother to me. She was a beautiful, loving and gracious lady. I’m going to miss our tea times and reminiscing about old times. Praying that God will give you the comfort and strength you need during this time and her memories will continue to carry us until we see her again.

Clara jamison

August 01, 2020 9:48AM

Our thoughts and our prayer are with you and your family also wishing peace during this difficult time .

Rick & Johna Bolka

July 30, 2020 11:24AM

Dear Jenny, Don, Joe, Gina & Family –
What a beautiful life that Grace led surrounded and supported by such a special and loving family. We are so lucky to have all of you in our lives. Grace is fulfilled now and at peace with our Lord and is smiling at the legacy she left. We will remember her with kindness, elegance, and love.
We love all of you – Rick and Johna

Rick & Johna Bolka

July 24, 2020 10:02PM

Dear Jenny, Don, Joe, Gina - What a beautiful life that Grace led. How fortunate we are to have the Sandlin’s, Orlando's and the Vega’s in our lives and how blessed we are to have known the kindness and love of Grace that will carryon. Always remembered and loved – Rick & Johna

José Guillermo Vega

July 22, 2020 8:37AM

My mas sentido pésame para la familia, qué Dios los acompañe en esté difícil momento


July 22, 2020 2:02AM

Mi más querido pésame we are really sorry for your loss we are here for you guys

Terry mueller

July 21, 2020 7:04PM

My condolences to your family.Your mother was a ray of sunshine she lit up the room with her presence and warm smile..I will remember her as a class act full of goodness and Godliness my the heavens rejoice in her presence and her light will forever shine ...

Darlene and David Harrison

July 21, 2020 9:33AM

Jenny, Don, Gina and all family, our hearts and prayers are with you all on the passing of such a Graceful and special lady! May each day of memories carry you to the next! Prayers and God bless. Darlene n David H.

María Elena Velazco

July 20, 2020 11:43PM

Jenny estarás Tú y Tu Familia en mis oraciones, soy hermana de Rosa

Brisgette Huitt

July 20, 2020 9:11PM

may the Peace that surpasses all understanding be with all you you right now.

Gina Sandlin Orlando

July 20, 2020 3:54PM

We love and miss you so much grandma. Please watch over us, and protect us in life. Luca Dustin and I know you are resting peacefully and reunited finally with my uncle ❤ and so many more loved ones we've lost. Rest in power grandma.

Patricia Beato

July 20, 2020 3:17PM

My sincere condolences to Jenny , Josè, Emil , Gina , Ernie and their respective families .
She will be in my heart forever ,She was very special to me , until we meet again . Patricia