Erline Rayos Stephens, “Tia Linda,” 78, of Midland, passed away Monday, February 4, 2019 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family.

Erline was born September 1, 1940 in Marfa to Raymundo Rayos and Florine Dutchover.

She grew up in a loving home with multiple brothers and sisters. In 1966, she was blessed with a son, Frankie Juarez Sr. “JR.”

In 1982, she met the love of her life, Harold Dean Stephens Jr.

Throughout the years, she was blessed with multiple grandkids and great-grandkids.

She was also mother and grandmother to anyone and everyone who needed a meal and home. She had endless outpouring love for everybody. She loved Jesus, her husband, her son, grandkids and great grandkids, her dog and parrot. She and her husband Dean enjoyed 37 and a half years of marriage together.

Erline is survived by the love of her life, Harold Dean Stephens Jr.; her son, Frankie Juarez Sr. (wife Irene); her grandsons, Frankie Juarez Jr. and Johnathon Michael Juarez; granddaughters Vanity Juarez Rojas (husband Jose Rojas) and Victoria Juarez; and 8 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Rene Rayos Sr., Silverio Rayos Sr. (wife Irene) and sisters Dorothy Perales, Nancy Peña (husband Severiano Peña Sr.), Mildred Rodriguez. She’s also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, the late Raymundo Rayos and Florine Dutchover; her brother, Raymundo D. Rayos Jr. “Guero,” and daughter-in-law Ayde Espinosa Juarez.

Viewing was held Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. Rosary was the evening of Thursday, February 7 at St. Stephens Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was the morning of Friday, February 8 at the church, with burial in Serenity Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to express their gratitude toward the nursing staff and staff doctors at Hospice of Midland, and all family and friends who visited, called, written, texted and prayed.

Donations may be made to Texas Oncology Allison Cancer Center, 400 Rosalind Redfern Grover Parkway Suite 100, Midland, TX 79701, or Hospice of Midland, 911 West Texas Ave., Midland, TX 79701.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at

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