Barela, Maria Ester

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January 6, 1956 - November 5, 2018

Barela, Maria Ester

Maria Ester Barela of Gainesville, Texas passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018 at the age of 62.  She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother and beloved friend to many!

She cared for so many. She was ready to listen, laugh and sit with coffee or a cigarette with whoever needed her time. Ester found joy and peace in helping others no matter the task; may it be painting your kitchen, decorating your home, or sharing resources she knew about.  Our mom loved to create art, it could have been as simple as drawing art on our lunch bags or her intricate work quilting, knitting and crocheting. She enjoyed working in her garden, she would tirelessly work the dirt, plant flowers, sort rocks and feed the birds and squirrels. She loved everything beautiful God, the sky, music, angels, smiles, dogs and even cars. Our mom had a contagious laughter and an empathetic soul, she influenced and inspired everyone in her path. She was a free spirit.

Maria lived life her on her terms. She was loved by many.

She always said that her daughters were as follows:  Arlene was her eyes  –  Emily was her heart  – Theresa was her soul  – To us, she was our everything.

Her favorite flower were Irises.  In Victorian definition they represent faith, wisdom, admiration,courage, and hope.   The Greek goddess, Iris, escorted the deceased from earth to heaven. We believe that God has her helping in that special way to continue her work helping others as the legacy of the Iris.

Maria is survived by her companion Luis Moreno; her daughters, Arlene Aguilar and spouse, Jason Aguilar; Emily Cotton and spouse, Argentra Cotton; and Theresa Yneges; her grandsons, Daniel S. West, Isaiah West, Elijah West, Kingston Wilbanks and Argentra “AJ” Cotton; granddaughters, Mia Yneges and Maria Cotton; her brothers, Manuel Barela, Ruben Barela, Bruce Barela, Jimmy Barela, Daniel Barela and sister, Lorraine Guzman.

She is preceded by her father, Ruben Cano Barela, her mother, Clara Madrid Barela, and her brother, David Barela.

A sincere and grateful thank you to ABBA for their support; Marie and Sandy.

Memorial Services will be on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

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Eyad K.

January 16, 2019 3:56AM

May God rest your soul in his heaven. You brought joy to everyone around you. My deepest condolences to Arlene, Emily, and Theresa.


November 18, 2018 10:06AM

Ma! I love you and miss you! Forever

I understood you. Your my favorite. Your epic! A legend! A queen! The funniest woman Iv ever meet. I’ll never laugh the same. There was nothing you couldn’t do.
The Great Paletada R.I.P. mom

Marie King

November 14, 2018 11:37PM

I will always be greatful for her stepping in and being there for my daugther Shelly at the time when we wasn't speaking to each other due to personal reasons. Shelly being pregnant was really sick and Ester took my place and made dinner and had company with her and I so appreciate that and being the mom that I wasn't at the time for my daughter Ester was giving her 💘.Halloween day she worked at the Abba store second chance after closing me and her took the opportunity of being too silly girls playing around and she dressed up in a dinosaur suit and then the show was on LOL we were having a blast with her humor she was hilarious come on y'all know what I'm talking about no secret there she was totally funny. Back in the summer Ester and I had our differences but I thank God we both humbled ourselves and apologized to each other and continued on with our friendship that's what love does and I had an opportunity seeing her that Monday before her passing I had a chance to hear her tell me she loved me and gave me a really big hug that kind of hug you know its from the heart.
She will always be remembered.😍

Rachele M. Clark

November 14, 2018 12:36PM

My amiga from day one when we met. I will truely miss our conversations over coffee and snacks. Our twisted sense of humor we thought were hilarious. I'm glad you are free. Until we meet again I love you amiga. You will be truely missed. See you in my dreams and memories muah


November 14, 2018 10:02AM

I will never be the same.


November 14, 2018 9:46AM

Mom, your service was so beautiful! The flowers, the pastor, everything was perfect! All the people MEANT to be there were! We shared your memories, your favorite pastime's and hobbies. Emily and I sat next to each other and Jason sat next to me. Monica came too. I miss you and life will never be the same without you. I've got a void. But no matter what happens, we (me, Emily and Theresa) will be strong and move forward because we know that's what you would've wanted. I love you with every cell in my body! Rest in PEACE mama! Rest now, in peace.

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Vanessa escobar

November 12, 2018 9:26AM

You were an will always be my best friend..I will an always miss you my friend be free with the angels..