Elaine was born in Coy City, Texas, September 17, 1928, the daughter of Serapio DeLaGarza and Petra Casarez DeLaGarza. On May 6, 1945, Elaine married Henry DeLeon; together the two of them started a life together and decided to raise a family. From this came 6 children. Elaine and Henry opened DeLeon Café and Grocery Store in Pawnee, Texas; together with their children, Elaine and Henry operated and ran the café. After exactly 55 years of marriage, Henry preceded Elaine in death, May 6, 2000.
Elaine is survived by her children, Betty Aguirre and husband Ronnie of George West, Jimmy DeLeon and wife Margaret of Pawnee, Duffy DeLeon and wife Annie of Pawnee, Bobby DeLeon and wife Mary of Pawnee, Rickey DeLeon and wife Kay of Kenedy and Albert DeLeon and wife Blanca of George West; her sisters, Emma Alaniz of Kenedy and Minnie Friesenhahn of Aransas Pass, Texas, and her sister-in-law, Juanita DeLaGarza of Coy City. Elaine is also survived by her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Ms. DeLeon is preceded in death by 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, November 7, 2013, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas, with a rosary recited Thursday at 7:00 P.M., in the chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 8, 2013, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Pawnee, Texas, with Rev. George Johnson and Rev. Ryzard Zielinski officiating. Interment followed at De Ntra Sra De Guadalupe Cemetery, Pawnee, Texas.