She was born in Coy City, Sept. 17, 1928 to Serapio DeLaGarza and Petra Casarez DeLaGarza. On May 6, 1945, Elaine married Henry DeLeon. Elaine and Henry opened DeLeon Café and Grocery Store in Pawnee; together with their children, they operated and ran the café.
Survivors include her children, Betty (Ronnie) Aguirre of George West, Jimmy (Margaret) DeLeon of Pawnee, Duffy (Annie) DeLeon of Pawnee, Bobby (Mary) DeLeon of Pawnee, Rickey (Kay) DeLeon of Kenedy and Albert (Blanca) DeLeon of George West; her sisters, Emma Alaniz of Kenedy and Minnie Friesenhahn and her sister-in-law, Juanita DeLaGarza of Coy City; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. DeLeon is preceded in death by husband of 55 years, Henry DeLeon; her parents; her sister, Eva Salas; her brothers, Pete DeLaGarza, Israel DeLaGarza and Adam DeLaGarza and her grandson, Joe Henry DeLeon.
Visitation was held Thursday, Nov. 7 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy with a rosary recited that evening at 7 p.m. in the chapel.
Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 8 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Pawnee with Rev. George Johnson and Rev. Ryzard Zielinski officiating.
Interment followed at De Ntra Sra De Guadalupe Cemetery, Pawnee. Serving as pallbearers were Jimmy, Duffy, Bobby, Rickey and Albert DeLeon and Ronnie Aguirre. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Lindquist, Pete Salas, Jr., and all of her grandchildren.