H.R. No. 4
         WHEREAS, The 95th birthday of an esteemed Texan is indeed
  cause for celebration, and Amanda Carmona Rodriguez of Weslaco is
  reaching that impressive milestone on August 25, 2013; and
         WHEREAS, Born in General Trevino, Mexico, to Guadalupe and
  Maria de los Angeles Carmona in 1918, Mrs. Rodriguez lost her mother
  when she was 18 months old, and she was raised in the United States
  by her maternal grandparents and her aunt; growing up in a family of
  farm workers, she faced challenges pursuing her education, but even
  so, this determined and resourceful woman taught herself to read
  and write; and
         WHEREAS, Amanda and Alejandro P. Rodriguez were joined in
  matrimony in Weslaco in 1942, and they shared a loving life together
  for nearly half a century, until his passing in 1991; the couple
  became the parents of three treasured children, Hercilia Rodriguez
  Garza, Erma Rodriguez Campos, and Elia Rodriguez Pena; and
         WHEREAS, In later life, Mrs. Rodriguez has seen her family
  grow to include eight grandchildren, Danny Garza, Jr., Eileen Garza
  Trevino, Steven Garza, Lucas Garza, Amanda Campos McCrory, Noel
  Alexander Campos, Rene Elizondo, Jr., and Rhonda Elizondo Luke, and
  14 great-grandchildren, Michael Ward, Marisa Garza, Tony Garza,
  Isabella Garza, Ben Garza, Nora Garza, Ava Garza, Parker McDowell,
  Jaron McDowell, Rene Elizondo III, Ramsey Elizondo, Jacob Elizondo,
  Amanda Luke, and Odin Luke; most recently, she has become the proud
  great-great-grandmother of Caleb Elizondo and Casey Elizondo; and
         WHEREAS, Mrs. Rodriguez has devoted her life to her family
  and her church; during her children's years at St. Joan of Arc
  School in Weslaco, she played an active role in the mother's club,
  helping to prepare the first Friday communion breakfasts and the
  Wednesday hamburger lunches; she also helped make tamales to raise
  money for the church, and she was a valued member of the Vela
  Perpetua association; today, she takes delight in corresponding
  with her friends and family and working on quilts; and
         WHEREAS, Blessed with the affection of a host of loved ones
  and sustained by her strong faith, Amanda Rodriguez continues to
  enrich the lives of all who are fortunate enough to know her; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby congratulate Amanda
  Carmona Rodriguez on her 95th birthday and extend to her sincere
  best wishes for continued happiness; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mrs. Rodriguez as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 4 was adopted by the House on August
  5, 2013, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House