Funeral

A hearse is parked outside Mission Funeral Home. Funeral homes in Austin must comply with local and statewide orders that limit how many people can gather during the coronavirus pandemic.
Michael Minasi / KUT

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Terry Shockley recuerda a su madre, Patsy Hopper, como una persona fuerte. 

"Ella tenía que serlo," dijo Shockley. "Eventualmente tuvo cuatro hijos. Éramos una familia militar, así que nos mudamos bastante. Ella tuvo que empacar muchas veces, tener mucha organización, mucha disciplina. Mi papá estaba ocupado con su carrera. Ella era fuerte."

A hearse is parked outside Mission Funeral Home. Funeral homes in Austin must comply with local and statewide orders that limit how many people can gather during the coronavirus pandemic.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Terry Shockley remembers her mother, Patsy Hopper, as a strong person.

"She had to be.” she said. “She eventually had four children. We were a military family, so we were moving a lot. She had to do a lot of packing, a lot of organizing, a lot of discipline. My dad was busy with his career. She was strong.”    

Missing in America Project

Funeral homes across the country face a challenge that might surprise you. They’re storing thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of unclaimed cremated human remains.

A bill before the Texas Senate today would address part of the problem – at least for deceased veterans.

U.S. Department of Defense

A funeral for an Austin soldier slain in Afghanistan is heading to Killeen this afternoon.

Starting at 1 p.m., officers are escorting Sergeant Juan Navarro’s body from Austin to Killeen for burial. The funeral procession starts in North Austin and will head south on Lamar to Koenig Lane. It will then head to I-35 before exiting to 195 toward Kileen.

Sergeant Navarro was killed in an attack on July 7 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He enlisted in the Army in 2008, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was 23.