The Norman Transcript


September 12, 2013

Francisca Guardiola Mata

NORMAN — Funeral service for Francisca Guardiola Mata, 82, of Lawton, were 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Becker-Rabon Funeral Home chapel, with Father Joseph R. Ross, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lawton, officiating.

Mrs. Francisca Guardiola Mata passed away at home Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

A private family burial were in the Post Cemetery at Fort Sill under the direction of the Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mata, a longtime Lawton resident, was born in Julimez, Mexico, to Fortunato and Angela Guardiola. In 1948, she married Alberto Gomez Mata in El Paso, Texas, and began her new life’s journey and career as a military wife and mother. With occasional extended family supports, she began to work as a seamstress, but with her husband’s three tours to Korea, she gave it up to care for her young children.

With Alberto’s Asian and European duty tours, she served as a prime family head — one who grew with each new challenge and proportioned resolutions that were empowering for herself and children. The duty orders provided little to no information or guidance. Luckily, other passengers provided some useful but sketchy information.

From El Paso, Mrs. Mata and family followed her husband to Munich, Germany, with four sons and an infant daughter. With minimal information or formal assistance, she got her children from El Paso Airport to Rhein Main to their Munich Perlacher Forest three-year duty housing assignment — through her perseverance and the goodness of one Army house wife to another.

Again, upon arrival in Munich, here she was saddled with readjusting herself and the family to “Military Kaserne and Quarters within Cold War Milieu and Context” as well as larger German society. Once adjusted to Munich, her family was sent to Ft. Chaffee, Ark., with the possibility of being detailed to Ft. Hood, Bliss or Houston. At Ft. Chaffee, she delivered her daughter.

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