Carmella Lira


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Posted Online: May 03, 2013, 6:34 pm
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Carmella Mary Lira, 88, of Rock Island, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at her home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 6, at St. Anne Catholic Church, East Moline. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, with a rosary recited at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Intouch Adult Day Services or St. Anne Catholic Church.
Carmella was born on Feb. 23, 1925, in Davenport, the daughter of Rosario and Juana Torres Herrera. She was raised in Cook's Point, Davenport. Carmella married Joseph Higareda. She later married Jesus Lira on June 10, 1972, in Rock Island. Mr. Lira preceded her in death on April 16, 2006.
Mrs. Lira had been employed as a seamstress at Davenshire Inc., Davenport, for more than 20 years before retiring in 1988.
She was an active member of St. Anne Catholic Church, East Moline, and Intouch Adult Day Services, Moline. Formerly she had been active with the Moline Activity Center.
She loved sitting on the front porch on warm sunny days with her four-legged friend, Remoh. She loved going to a movie and lunch on the weekends with her family. She had a fabulous time taking mini vacations where she would play mini golf. Throughout her life she met many wonderful people and remained connected to the Higareda side and the Lira side of the family.
One of her many joys was to be a part of the In Touch community. She enjoyed crafts, playing bags, and she was even on their bowling team. She met a lot of new friends there, too. When she would come home from In Touch she would fill her family in on that day's events with such enthusiasm. They treated her with utter kindness and respect.
Survivors include her children (and spouses), Monica Reyes, Dori (Michael) Zeglin and Robert (Donna) Higareda, all of Rock Island; grandchildren, Stephen Reyes, Tony Reyes, Lee (Sarah) Zeglin, Curt (Kim) Higareda, Leslie Zeglin and Katie Higareda; great-grandchildren, Mitchell Reyes, Jon Reyes, Hannah Reyes and Gage Reyes; siblings, Michael Herrera, Bettendorf, Fernando Herrera, Rock Island, Delores Segura, Bettendorf, and Rebecca Terronez, Silvis; and her beloved pet, Remoh.
Carmella was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Raymond and Lyle Herrera.
The family also would like to thank Dr. Reynaldo Castro, Dr. Sora Reddy and Dr. Allah and his staff at the Quad City Kidney Center in Rock Island, for their excellent care for their mother and for making her feel so special.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.












 




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