Susie Vela Briones (1946-2022)

Susie Vela Briones, age 74, passed away on January 18, 2022 at her home in Kyle, Texas.  She was born on September 15, 1946 in Bastrop, Texas to Ysidoro and Sophia Vela and grew up in a loving home. 

Susie was born in Bastrop but lived most of her life in Austin and attended Austin High School where she kept her brothers in line.

It was at a dance event held in Austin, where Susie met the love of her life, Moses R. Briones.  They dated and were married in 1965.  From their marriage were born three children, Geneva, Gabriel, and Gina.

Ever the progressive mother of the day, Susie continued studying at Austin Community College and from her continuing education, gained employment with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.  She retired from the Comptroller’s office after 28 years of service. 

Her family knew her as “The Bruiser”, disciplined, tough, but with a big heart and very loving. 

She is survived by her son Gabriel Briones and wife Stella, daughter, Geneva Briones, Grandchildren, Moses Smith, Arielle Arnold, Melonie Guerrero, Gabriel “JoJo” Briones, Andrew Chapa, Alyssa Avalos, Naomi Briones, Michael Avalos, Joshua Briones, and Jessica Danvers, along with 10 great grandchildren.  Susie was also survived by siblings Emma Vela Rios,Vidal “Bill” Vela, and Arthur Vela.

She was predeceased by her parents Sophia and Ysidoro Lopez Vela,husband Moses Briones and daughter Gina Briones.

Visitation will be held at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022 with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.   Funeral Mass will be conducted by Father Rito Davila at St. Anthony Marie de Claret Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 with burial to follow at Assumption Cemetery. 

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