Lydia Dovalina Hallmark, 97, peacefully entered into eternal rest on October 6, 2017 at her home in Meadows Place, TX. She was born on November 8, 1919 in Laredo, TX to Jose Evaristo Dovalina and Adelaida Moreno Dovalina. She was the oldest daughter of seven children. She was a direct descendant of the founding families of Laredo, TX, Don Tomas Sanchez de la Barrera and Los Corralitos Ranch on her father’s side, and the prominent ranching family of El Rancho de Los Morenos in Roma, TX on her mother’s side. She married Millard Stephen Hallmark, a WWII soldier from Lovelady TX on January 28, 1946. They had five magnificent children, Stephen, Charles, Elizabeth, Claude, and Joe David. They settled in Corpus Christi in the 1950s and were long-time residents. They had a ranch outside of San Diego TX, where they loved to work the land on the weekends and sell cattle until her husband’s passing in 1983. Lydia worked for Cardinal’s and Leon’s, a high end fashion shoe and ready to wear boutique for over 35 years and had a great sense of high fashion and design. She retired at the age of 80. Lydia was a devout Catholic and a member of numerous non-denominational and Pentecostal prayer groups throughout South Texas. She had a great love for history, a great memory and could trace back up to 14 generations of her family’s history and would captivate her audience with her fascinating stories. She had a passion for gardening and was known for her beautiful bougainvilleas, crepe myrtles and magnificent roses. She will always be remembered for her great sense of humor, her love and gracious kindness to all those around her.
Lydia is preceded in death by her parents Jose and Adelaida Moreno, her brothers Joe, Roberto, Ben, Ismael, and Diego Dovalina, her husband Millard Stephen Hallmark, her sons Millard Stephen Hallmark JR, and Joe David Hallmark.
Lydia is survived by her younger sister, Eva Dovalina Zapata, her children Charles Hallmark (Robbe), Elizabeth Hallmark Weems (Len), and Claude Hallmark. Her 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Grandchildren-(Stephen) : Shari Hallmark Kirk, Cynthia Brickley, Ryan Whitworth, (Charles): Michelle Hallmark Reyes, Jennifer Hallmark, Allison Hallmark, Charles C Hallmark, (Elizabeth): Rebecca Bruce, Missy Hewitt, Christy Howell, (Claude): Claude Williams, Stephanie Murphy, Jackie Hallmark. Great-Grandchildren- (Shari): Jordan Bratlloff, Tyler Rabb, Hannah Rabb, (Cynthia): Evan Brickley, (Rebecca): Connor Bruce, Caleb Bruce, Lindsey Bruce (Missy): Tyler Hewitt, Jake Hewitt, Sydney Hewitt, (Christy): Matthew Howell, Lizzy Howell, (Michelle): Ryan Reyes, (Jackie): John Hallmark, Jared Hallmark, Jadon Hallmark. She is also survived by her numerous beloved nephews, nieces, and friends that became family.
We would like to send a special thank you to Harbor Hospice for their assistance with caring for mom during her final days. Petra, Isabel, Vickie, Sharon – her hospice care nurses who stayed with us 24 hours a day. To our dear friend Lucy Aparicio and the Houston prayer group who comforted and prayed with mom.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. that same evening. Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at St. Pius Catholic Church with Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.