Martha Zapata

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Martha Farias Zapata, age 74, of La Porte, TX, gained her wings and went home on

September 28, 2023.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents Domingo Farias Jr. and Francisca Rocha, her daughters Alondra Martinez and Peggy Sue Cisnero, her step daughter Valerie (Lupe) Garcia and her sisters Teresa Gonzalez, Delfina Gutierrez, Celia Garcia, and Francisca Farias. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 39 years Manuel Zapata and her children George (Miriam) Cisnero III and Domingo Cisnero; her step children Shelly Zapata and Manuel Zapata Jr., her grandchildren; Judith (Chris) Blansett, Claudia Cisnero, George (Samantha) Cisnero IV, Manuel Cisnero, Yara (James) Zasadzinski, Jesus Cisnero, Kassandra (Jalen) Lyons, Stefani Cisnero, Gael Hernandez, Victoria Garcia Estrada, and Joe Adam Garcia; her great grandchildren; Sophia, Cason, Sebastian, Ryder, Alonzo, and Genevieve; her sisters, Natalia Alonzo, Elva Gutierrez, and Enriqueta Lozano; and her many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Born and raised in Edinburg, Texas, she had a remarkable childhood. She grew up in a close-knit family and cherished the memories of migrant farm work, picking cotton alongside her sisters. These experiences instilled in her a strong work ethic and a deep appreciation for the simpler joys of life.


Martha would work for Zeneca Chemical Plant for over 30 years and was a valued member of the team there. She would go on in retirement and continue working for La Porte Independent School District as a Bus Driver, which was a job she loved dearly.


Martha had an adventurous spirit and loved going on trips with her sisters and nieces. They shared countless laughs and created lifelong memories together. She was a pillar of strength for her family, always offering unwavering support and unconditional love.


Her loyalty was not confined to family alone; Martha was a loyal friend to many. Her warm smile and kind heart drew people close, and her presence in the lives of those who knew her was a gift beyond measure.


Martha had a deep love for animals, especially her chihuahuas and her cats. She treated them like her own children and cherished every moment she spent with them.


Martha was one of a kind and lived life on her own terms. She drove a Cadillac and a Jeep for many years, and she loved every minute of it. She was never afraid to speak her mind and tell it like it was. Her honesty and candor were refreshing qualities that will be missed by all who knew her.


Her legacy will forever be etched in our hearts. We will remember her as a loving mother, wife, aunt, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend who touched our lives with her kindness, wisdom, and grace.


May she rest in peace.





6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Clayton Funeral Home La Porte
201 South 3rd Street
La Porte, Texas, United States

Funeral Service

10:00 am
Friday, October 6, 2023
Clayton Funeral Home La Porte
201 South 3rd Street
La Porte, Texas, United States
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Martha Zapata

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Martha Zapata

1948 - 2023

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