July 14, 1969 – August 20, 2020
Elizabeth "Liz" Fernandez Madera passed away on August 20, 2020, after a long, hard battle against cancer. At the young age of 51, she was taken too soon and is now in God's hands.
Liz was born to Joe R. Fernandez and Oralia Lozano Fernandez on July 14, 1969, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Liz had a happy and fulfilled childhood surrounded by her parents and her only sister, Kristina Fernandez, along with many other lifelong friends and family. Growing up she loved to hang out with friends at the beach, surf, and ride in her jeep with the top off. She was very athletic growing up. She ran track for Mary Carroll High School, winning many trophies. She graduated in May 1987. Within months of graduating high school, Liz realized Corpus was too small for her dreams. She moved to Houston to live with her Aunt Olga that same summer. Liz would stay in the Houston area for the rest of her life.
A few short years after arriving in Houston, Liz would marry and have four children: Justin, Jordan, Erin, and Lorin Madera, who were her absolute pride and joy. She then devoted her life to being a hardworking, caring, and most amazing mom. Always full of life, Liz loved spending time with her friends, and made every day an adventure. As her children grew up, she became the life of the party to her children and their friends, becoming known as "Mama Madera," always welcoming her children's friends with love and a smile.
Liz also enjoyed sewing, crafts, and baking. On top of single handedly raising her four kids, Liz enjoyed running her own successful business, "A Cookie Fantasy." Her favorite sport was always baseball and she enjoyed vocally supporting her local team, The Astros. Given the chance, however, she never passed up an opportunity to catch a good football game either.
Taking after her mom, Liz loved to shop, not just for herself, but more often, for gifts to give others. It truly brought Liz joy to give her friends and family presents just to say, "I thought of you when I saw this." She loved to cook for everyone and was quite proud of her "secret" recipes, never hesitating to feed whoever walked through the door.
Liz raised her kids to be strong, independent, brave, loving individuals, who will always continue to look out for one another. She will always be proud of them. Each of them is a reflection of her. Although Liz is not with us anymore, she will never be forgotten because she lives on through her kids.
Liz is survived by her father, Joe R. Fernandez and her four children, Justin Madera, Jordan Madera, Erin Madera and Lorin Madera. She is also survived by her sister Kristina Fernandez, her nephew Reggie Martinez and niece Allie Martinez, her Aunt and Uncle Olga and Joseph Schiutema, who always helped care for Liz, and many additional loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Liz was preceded in death by her mother, Oralia Fernandez, her maternal grandparents Refugio Lozano and Eliza Quintanilla Lozano and her paternal grandparents Joe V. Fernandez and Julia Sauceda Fernandez.
Services will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Jeter Funeral Home in Friendswood, Texas. Visitation with the family will begin at 10:00 a.m. and resume after the service. In true celebration of Liz's love of a party, we ask that attendees not wear black. An additional service will be held in Corpus Christi in the springtime.
"God saw her getting tired, and that a cure was not to be. He closed his arms around her and whispered, 'Come to me.' In tears we saw you sinking. We watched you fade away. Our hearts were almost broken, you fought so hard to stay. But when we saw you sleeping so peacefully, free from pain, we could not wish you back to suffer that again. So treasure her, oh Lord, in your garden of rest. For here on earth, she was THE BEST."