Food Culinary 08

Grace (Bales) Carrales

March 10, 1950 ~ August 13, 2019 (age 69)

Grace Bales Carrales

Grace was born to William and Belen Bales in Corpus Christi, TX in 1950. She had 5 sisters and 1 brother. She was raised in South Texas where she graduated high school from PSJA.

In 1968, she married Leo Carrales and in an instant gained a new family. She and her sister in-laws had a bond as close as sisters. Grace and Leo had 4 children together. While living in the Rio Grande Valley; Andrina, Lyzette and Leo were born. Before Alyssa was born, they moved to Brazoria County. She was actively involved throughout the school-age years with all of her children including being in the PTA, class Mom, baseball to band practices, booster clubs and just plain taxi driver. After nearly raising all of her, in true fashion for her love of children, she opened an in-home daycare for many years. Continuing on that same path, she attended Brazosport College earning a degree in Early Childhood Education that she put to use working for the Brazoria County Headstart program starting as a bus driver in Angleton and ending as a Center Director in Alvin. More than anything, she cherished having her family together.

She loved cooking enormous amounts of food for them all while enjoying the endless laughter and chatter. Many of her weekends were spent with her sister Linda “Sister” and family just visiting, eating and playing dominoes. Of all her qualities her giving and caring heart was the most prominent. There was no limit to what she would do to help family, friends or strangers. From a simple reassuring smile to a phone call and prayer she could always be counted on. Of all her passions and accomplishments, being “MiMi” was what made her the proudest. She wasn’t just MiMi to her grandkids and great-grandkids but to many others that she adopted as her own whether they were family or not. The last few years of her life spent in Friendswood where she made many new friends. Her love, kindness, patience and compassion will be truly missed by each and every life she touched. This world was a little brighter because of her.

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