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Mercedes Rodriguez

June 30, 1947 – August 30, 2019

Mercedes Rodriguez, age 72, of Gatesville, passed away in Waco on the morning of August 30, 2019.

Services are scheduled for today (Saturday, September 7, 2019) at 11 a.m., at Scott’s Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service.

Mercedes was born on June 30, 1947, in Chihuahua, Chihuahua to the late Pedro Chacon and Julia Urenda-Chacon. She grew up and attended school in Mexico before graduating and becoming a teacher. She worked as a teacher for about five years before moving to Gatesville. Mercedes worked as a seamstress at Walls and retired with 30-plus years of service. She was an avid gardener and also loved knitting and crocheting. She was a kidney transplant recipient and was able to sustain her kidney for 11 years. Mercedes loved her family and her grandkids were the light in her eyes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Emilio Rodriguez; and son, Pedro “Pete” Rodriguez.

Mercedes is survived by four daughters, Patricia Garibay Bartolo and husband, Cesar, Elsa Wright and husband, Weldon, Kelly David and husband, Michael, and Julia Helms; grandchildren, Sarah Rodriguez, Emilio, Michael, Patricia, and Kayla Rae GaribayBartolo, Hunter and Duncan Wright, Priscilla, Allon, Isabella, and Samuel David, and Remmington Rodriguez.

Memorials may be to the National Kidney Foundation by mail to National Kidney Foundation, Inc, 30th East 33rd St. New York, NY 10016, or online at

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