By John Eguia

Cointa Lastra Baca, age 85, passed away on July 26, 2020. Cointa was born on February 8, 1935, In Veracruz, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1958. Cointa became a naturalized citizen in 1984.  Cointa raised 3 children with her loving husband Ramon Baca. Their children, Blanca (Scott), Joe (Tina), and Johnny (Dirce) were all raised on the south side of San Antonio. Cointa is preceded in death by her husband Ramon (2015) and her son Joe in 2005.  Cointa was a dedicated mother and wife. She spent her life devoted to her children and family, spending much of her free time connecting with friends and family abroad on the phone. She cooked for her family like a traditional Mexican woman. No matter what time the family arrived, she gladly cooked them her favorite recipes including Tamales, Menudo, Tostadas, Caldo, Chiccharron, Black Beans and Entometadas. Many memories were made in her dining room, sharing stories, food and desserts. Cointa loved plants and was an admired Gardner. She leaves behind a legacy of mature fruit trees and diverse rose bushes that she nurtured for years. She loved all animals, especially her cats who she spoiled with treats and affection. One of her most significant qualities was her generosity. She is survived by 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all.