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Obituary; In Loving Memory of Olivia Villarreal Lopez

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother

Waynesville-Olivia Lopez, age 77, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacinto and Matea Villarreal; two brothers, Elias and Alberico Villarreal.

Olivia is survived by her sweet and loving husband of 55 years, Ernesto R. Lopez; four wonderful children, Anna Lopez-Stratton (David) of Waynesville, Sylvia King (Darron), Luis Lopez (Kellie) and Elda Mercer (Robert) all of TX; two sisters and four brothers, Sixto Villarreal (Jova), Delfino Villarreal (Ana), Maria Del Carmen Garza, Miguel Villarreal (Veronica Perez), Vaudelia Garza (Ruben Perez) and Jacoba Villarreal; along with eleven amazing grandchildren, Melanie, Michael, Mathew, Michaela, Ryan, Trevor, Christina, Troy, Logan, Parker and Anslie; one great- grandchild, John, and one great-granddaughter expected in October; as well as all of her friends and beloved clientele from the barber shop.

She was an extraordinary woman. Olivia kept her family close and enjoyed every minute with them. Olivia and her husband Ernesto owned and operated a small barber shop in Grand Prairie, TX for 32 years and another in Canton, NC for 7 years. They worked side by side over the many years. She also enjoyed dancing, traveling and cruising to the Caribbean and Europe, tending to her flowers, going to thrift stores, and cooking - she made the “best tamales in the world!” Olivia was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 9:00 am, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Rio First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Sanchez Funeral Home, Rio Grande City, TX with internment at Rio Grande City Cemetery.

The family would like to acknowledge the love and support shown from all of Olivia’s family, extended family, friends, and customers over the many years in Grande Prairie, TX and Canton, NC.

In memory of Olivia, memorials are suggested to: The Open Door Ministries, 32 Commerce Street, Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 452-3846; Haywood Christian Ministries, 150 Branner Avenue, Waynesville, NC, 28786, (828) 456-4838,

Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the family and the online register is available at


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