Miss Mary Virginia Zamarripa

Miss Mary Virginia Zamarripa

Miss Mary Virginia Zamarripa, 71, of Brownsville, Texas went to be with our Lord of October 30, 2016 at her residence in Brownsville, Texas surrounded by her loving family.
Miss Zamarripa was a graduate of Brownsville High School, Texas Southmost College and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&I University. She was employed with the Brownsville Independent School District and retired after 38 years of service.
She is preceded in death by her father, Pedro Zamarripa Sr., mother, Maria Lugo Zamarripa, and two siblings her sister Guadalupe Aguilar, and brother Pete Zamarripa Jr.
Miss Zamarripa is survived by her siblings: Raul Zamarripa, Rebecca Ruiz, Rose Mary Salinas, Frances Varela, Ninfa Garcia, Tina Garcia, Aurora Garza, Adela Z. Arroyo, Margarita Jimenez, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory. Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens. Services are under the guidance of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory. 657 Springmart Blvd., Brownsville, Texas. (956) 350-8485

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Harlingen VA Outpatient Clinic located at 2106 Treasure Hills Blvd., Harlingen, TX 78550.


  • MARY ANN ARROYO Posted October 31, 2016 6:13 pm

    In Memories of my Aunt Virginia Zamarripa we Love You and you will surely be missed.

  • Elvira De Leon Posted November 1, 2016 9:31 am

    Virginia, rest with God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and Angels. I love you.

  • Samantha Gutierrez-Huereca Posted November 1, 2016 5:47 pm

    I knew Ms. Virginia for many years. She taught alongside my mom at Cromack. I have very fond memories of her; especially the years she dedicated to doing choreography for Charro Days. God bless you, Virginia. Rest in eternal paradise.

  • Maria Posted November 1, 2016 8:13 pm

    You are now in a much better place where there is no suffering or pain. You are now rejoicing with the Lord in heaven.

  • Marsha Betancourt Posted November 1, 2016 9:57 pm

    May our Lord receive you with open arms and may you RIP thank you for your friendship and the many years of being such a caring and loving person. As an educator you touched many life’s and were an inspiration to many. As a community servant you set an excellent example of the importance of our involvement in our community. You were a strong political campaigner for many of our national,state and local leaders. You lead our community with, strength, dedication and passion for our people . Love you and until we meet again.❤️

  • Frankie Lee garza Posted November 2, 2016 12:34 am

    Tia you will be missed! Haven’t seen you in so long.

  • Erica guzman Posted November 2, 2016 11:53 am

    May she rest in peace

  • Pete zamarripa Posted November 2, 2016 12:23 pm

    Tia rest in peace in the hands of God, Pete Zamarripa III

  • Oscar Cantu Jr Posted November 2, 2016 3:39 pm

    TO Virginia and her beloved Cromack Community,

    I was very saddened by the news of Virginia’s passing when I read the news from Ms. Perez. She lived a full and dynamic life. Having the honor of having served with her during my tenure as principal at Cromack ES, I saw a lady who loved what she did in life. She had “ganas” for the whole school! She was one of Cromack’s greatest cheerleaders! I also remember Virginia as a young Oscar Jr. She reminded me of the times she saw me following my dad. On that thought, she was so excited when I became principal of Cromack. She made me feel immediately at home at Cromack. Her support never subsided.

    For her, teaching was not a job, it was a vocation. Her students were always her top priority, and they were blessed to have a teacher who loved them as her own.

    One word comes to mind when I think about Virginia – and that is legacy. Her legacy was established by her 30+ years at Cromack. She was demanding and perseverant. She motivated her students towards academic excellence. I learned probably more from her, than she did from me. This is a testament to her love of education.

    I remember so many conversations with her and even the times that I danced (usually the huapango) with her during our campus gatherings. She made sure that I knew the Charro Days dance during my first year as principal at Cromack. She corrected my steps firmly and consistently, but she do so with a joy that abounded during the lesson.

    I saw Virginia recently. Her attitude was awesome! She said, “I am a fighter Mr. Cantu!” I responded, “You are awesome!” She was more than a fighter, she was and will continue to be an inspiration. Her memory will also always inspire me.

    If there is anything that I can do for Virginia, her loved ones, and the Cromack Family, please let me know.

    Also, please send me the arrangements for her visitation and funeral. I will be there.

    Heartfelt blessings to all at Cromack and to the very special – Ms. Virginia Zamarripa.

  • Rolando Moody Posted November 2, 2016 5:06 pm

    In ever lasting peace may you rest.

  • Perla Posted November 2, 2016 8:44 pm

    Not only did I have the privilege of being Miss Zamarripa’s student but I also had the honor of working along side with her. I was truly a product of her hard work. She was very devoted to her profession but even more so to her students. Thank you for having such a positive influence in my life…you will be greatly missed.-Perla

  • Cynthia B. Sosa Posted November 24, 2016 3:18 pm

    Ms. Virginia Zamarripa was amazing. Her love of teaching was definitely something I always admired about her. She was involved in many activities, and she still strived to provide us with a quality education. I also remember dancing in the Charro Days parade and the effort as well as dedication she put forth in everything because we wanted to represent Cromack the best we could. I had a lot of fun learning as much as I could from her! She will always be in our hearts and minds. I know I will not forget her and her many contributions to our community. Thank you all for posting beautiful messages for her. May God keep her as our angel to continue looking out for us—her students—family & friends.

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