Pastor’s wife Elizabeth Perez dies

Elizabeth Ponce Perez, age 64, died Thursday, Aug. 24, at her home in Ulysses, Kan., after a long illness. She was pastor’s wife at Iglesia Bautista Hispana in Ulysses where she served at her husband Manuel’s side.

She was born Sept. 3, 1952, in Mexico to Antonio Rodriguez Ponce and Maria de los Angeles Cortez Ponce.

Elizabeth grew up in Mexico. She married Manuel P. Perez on Sept. 16, 1968, in Brownsville, Texas. They moved to Ulysses in 1977. She was English as a Second Language director for the Ulysses school system. Elizabeth was a spiritual warrior and pastor’s wife at Primera Iglesia Bautista. She served as a Sunday School teacher and also sang with the choir. She devoted her life to serving others in all capacities. Elizabeth was an advocate in the community, helping with translation, ministering and any other needs a family may have. She also enjoyed cooking and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband, Manuel, of the home; daughters, Sandra Reyes of Ulysses, Sara Silva and Flora Perez both of Lubbock, Texas; numerous other family members and many friends.

The funeral was Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, at Primera Iglesia Bautista in Ulysses with John Silva officiating. Burial was in Ulysses Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Primera Iglesia Bautista in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880.