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Messina, Eunice Marie

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June 17, 1950 - January 6, 2015

Messina, Eunice Marie

Eunice Marie Messina

June 17, 1950 – January 6, 2015

Eunice Marie passed away on January 6, 2015 after a valiant struggle with multiple illnesses. She is survived by her husband John, her daughter Courtney, and siblings Mike Heim, Carol Franke, and Pat Etheredge. Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, a University of Texas at Arlington graduate, she had a long and successful career with JC Penney followed by joining her husband’s business in clothing manufacturing and fundraising. The family has lived in Plano, Texas since 1989. Eunice had many passions in life, the first being her family, then followed by her devotion to God and to her church. It was with joy and commitment that she immersed herself in ongoing service to those who needed her. She was a woman of purpose, a woman who made a difference in the lives of all that she touched. Regardless of the task, she was in it one hundred percent, from her daughter’s soccer to ministering to the homebound. There are no adequate words to describe the goodness of this woman who inspired, encouraged, supported and loved with such beauty and grace. “We will miss her laughter, her smiles, her hugs, and her entire being. We will cherish the gift that we were given to have her in our lives.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a charitable donation to The Eunice Messina Fund Prince of Peace, to which proceeds will go to The Hogar Orphanage in Honduras.

A mass celebrating her life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church located at 5100 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093.

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


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Lisa Morris

January 17, 2015 10:00AM

My heart and prayers go out to the family of Eunice Messina. Eunice's smile and warmth will always live on. What a beautiful and talented lady!

Karen Bianchin

January 17, 2015 8:06AM

Courtney & John,
I am so very sorry to hear about Eunice. Our paths would cross every couple of years and I always loved visiting with her. I remember her dancing at the JPII Gala a few years ago & she took the time to tell me what a wonderful night she had. She was so very kind and always assisted whenever anyone was in need. Courtney, she loved you dearly and her face lit up every time she talked about you. May your sweet memories of her bring a smile to your face, know that she is in good hands, and she will continue to send you blessings along the way. My prayers are with you all. Karen Bianchin

Debbie Leff

January 16, 2015 9:07AM

John & Courtney, i am so sorry for your loss. Eunice was an incredible woman and i'm sure will be missed by many. Please know that you both are in my thoughts and prayers!

Deacon Bob Bonomi

January 16, 2015 8:46AM

I remember the times I served with Eunice and will miss her smiling face. May she rest in peace, and the consolation and strength of God be with her family.

Mary Ellen Allan

January 15, 2015 8:39AM

To John and Courtney, as well as th rest of the family, we shed a tear and a prayer for the loss of your dear beautiful wife and mother Eunice.
Chris and Mary Ellen

Kelly Garrison Riney

January 13, 2015 12:29PM

I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Eunice was a client of mine at Cutting Edge Hair. She was an amazing women and was so caring to me. She will be missed. I pray for peace at this difficult time. Good bless you all.
Kelly Riney

Amy Bovaird Arel

January 13, 2015 8:09AM

Mr. Messina, I can not begin to express the sadness I feel for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. She is in good hands and will remain in our hearts forever. Peace, prayers and blessings.

Ruth Studer McNeil

January 12, 2015 7:45PM

So saddened to hear of Eunice's passing. I have many fond memories of our years together at Nolan.
Her beautiful smile and giving spirit were a blessing to all who knew her. May sweet memories fill your hearts and bring you comfort.

Ruth Studer McNeil

January 12, 2015 7:31PM

John, Courtney and family,
I am so saddened to hear of Eunice's passing. I have many fond memories of our years together at Nolan. All who knew her were blessed. May sweet memories fill your hearts and bring you comfort.


January 12, 2015 7:05PM

I am heartbroken to hear about Mrs. Messina. As a close friend of Courtney's I had the wonderful pleasure of staying at the Messina's beautiful home in Plano. She was such a wonderful and kind person, and I always loved hearing stories about Eunice from Courtney. What is written above is truly beautiful, Courtney is a testament to having such an incredible mother because she is one of the most caring, hard working, and determined people I know....just like her mother.

Sheri Abraham Sims

January 11, 2015 8:15PM

I am so sad to hear of Eunice's passing. Although I haven't seen her through the years after Nolan, I always regarded Her as a very bright, and kind person. May the Lord comfort you John and family, and praise Hod for the glory in which she now dwells.

Laura Snakard Crosby

January 11, 2015 7:50PM

So saddened to learn of Eunice's passing. I have many fond memories of youthful antics from our St Alice school days. She lived a life of purpose and meaning. She leaves a strong legacy.
Laura Snakard Crosby

Susan Elder

January 11, 2015 10:33AM

Dear John, Courtney and family, Jimmy, Christine and I wish to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you. The Elder's