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“My deepest condolences for the family. My prayers for the family. May our Lord embraces you all with His love, peace and strength during this moments. ”
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“Sandy, Brad, and family,I am so sorry to hear of your Dear Mom's passing. May God hold you close and bring you strength, and may her memories bring...Read More »
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STERLING – Francisa Brainerd, 74, of Sterling, died on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX. Francisca was born on August 4, 1945 in Hidalgo County, TX, the daughter of Pedro and Romona (Olivarez) Guerra. She married Donald Brainerd on June 17, 1995. She worked in housekeeping at Exceptional Care for many years, and attended City of God Church, as well as Twin City Nazarene. On Friday evenings, Francisca would visit different churches with her friends, and gave donations to church to continue helping others. She enjoyed daily walks outside, reading the Bible, listening to Christian music, thrift shopping, and watching movies. Francisca loved spending time with her grandchildren; sitting down with each one of them individually, praying with them, and telling them how much they meant to her and how proud she was of them.
Francisca is survived by one daughter, Sandra (Brad) Garcia-Free of Sterling, one son, Noe Garcia of San Antonio, TX; two sisters, Raquel (Jim) Wile of Lebanon, PA, and Connie Guerra of McAllen, TX; four brothers, Pedro (Suzanne) Guerra of Santa Rosa, TX, Juan (Yolanda G.) Guerra of Edinburg, TX, Homer (Yolanda S.) Guerra of Bastrop, TX, and George Guerra of McAllen, TX; seven grandchildren, Ariel, Berogan, Carter, Dawson, Tiffany, Brittany, and Emily; and two great-grandchildren, Alaric, and Milla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Donald Brainerd.
Visitation will be on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm at McDonald Funeral Home, Sterling. Service will follow on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 10:00 am at the Sterling funeral home, with Pastor Larry Harts officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.