This is Minerva Barrera. She was born on Feb. 4, 1934. Her hometown was Mission, Texas. She died on March 17, 2020, in McAllen, Texas.

Ways my mother impacted my life:

As a wife, she taught me to prioritize my marriage, in good times and bad times.
As a PE teacher, she taught me to prioritize education and keep physically fit.
As a cancer survivor, she taught me perseverance when I became a cancer survivor myself.
As Christian, she taught me to love Jesus, and to treat others the way we would want to be treated.
As a woman, she taught me what a real feminist was.
As a Mexican American, she taught me about our culture.
My mother impacted so many others in her 86 years of life — my father, my brother and sister, her sisters and brother, grandchildren, great grandchild, nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and students.
My mom’s example of unconditional love, patience and grace is her legacy, one that I hope to pass on to my children and grandchildren.

Dina Wilson




Home altar in honor of Minnie Barrera. Photo taken in 2020 in Edinburg, Texas.

Minnie Barrera’s faculty photograph from the 1980s. She taught at Sam Houston Elementary School.

Minnie and husband Alfredo Barrera dancing in San Antonio in 2015.