The community is invited this afternoon (Saturday, Aug. 17) to celebrate the life of longtime Bellaire resident Alicia Obando, who died July 21 at the age of 79.
A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire Blvd., with a visitation preceding at 1 p.m. and a reception following in the Faith Center. UPDATE: For those who cannot attend, the service will be streamed live at https://faithbellaire.org/, according to the family.
A native of Colombia, Obando lived in Bellaire for more than 40 years. She worked with youngsters in various capacities at Bellaire United Methodist Church, Mrs. Wagner’s School, and was probably best known for keeping Horn Elementary families safe, quietly leading them across adjacent streets as a beloved crossing guard for more than two decades.
Obando, who more recently had served as a facilities manager at Faith Lutheran, died at home surrounded by her family and friends, according to her son, Carlos.
A globetrotting businessman who would FaceTime with his mother from around the world, he recalled the 4-foot-10 Alicia as “the true backbone of our family and the woman who raised me right, with proper etiquette, drive and passion. She taught me that hard work speaks louder than words and that executing responsibility is what makes us shine.”
She is survived by three children in all, and four grandchildren.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to Faith House Ministry at Faith Lutheran Church.