Another one of the Alamo family passes!
TED COLE...aka...Cole_blooded Guerra played a cantina girl in 'The Alamo'
By Michele Gualano - Express-News
09/06/2010 Alma Angelina Reyes Guerra
BORN: June 14, 1940, in San Antonio
DIED: Sept. 3, 2010, in San Antonio
PRECEDED BY: Her husband, Arthur
SURVIVED BY: Sons, Arthur and Orlando; daughter, Alma Leticia Guerra- Gillette;
and five grandchildrenSERVICES
: The family will receive guests from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday at Porter Loring Mortuary North. Processional will begin at 9 a.m.
Wednesday at Porter Loring, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic
Church at 758 W. Ramsey.
The youngest of five children, Alma Reyes sought her family's attention through
entertainment. She had a knack for performing and spent much of her childhood
whirling through the house dancing and singing.
As a teen, she brought her love of skits to the stage at the Alameda Theater.
And it wasn't long before her natural talent and beauty caught the attention of
Hollywood casting agents. At 19, Reyes landed a part in the movie “The Alamo”
as a cantina girl.
Almost immediately, she formed a lasting friendship with actor John Wayne.
His admiration for her led to an introduction to his son, Michael. They dated
for a short time, until Reyes decided to marry the boy next door, Arthur Guerra.
Alma Guerra died Friday of complications from a heart condition. She was 70.
Though Guerra ended her acting career to focus on marriage and family, her
personality still held the traits of an actress.
“She was dramatic, theatrical and vivacious,” sister Elizabeth Flores said,
“and an excellent storyteller — especially stories about our family's history.”
Family was her top priority, and she graciously provided loved ones with gifts,
birthday phone calls and top-notch advice on everything from fashion to party
Guerra hosted two of her children's weddings at her 10-acre Shavano Park
property. She oversaw every detail from the flower selections to the bride
and groom's entrance by way of horse-drawn carriages.
Lending her time to provide public relations work for her husband's company,
Super S Foods, was another arena that Guerra enjoyed.
“She stood by my father when he had nothing,” son Orlando said. “He was
able to become successful with her help.”
Together, Guerra and her husband traveled extensively, mostly throughout
Europe. But their quaint vacation home, which sits beside Lake LBJ, became
her favorite destination.
“She thought it was so beautiful there,” her sister said. “She always
recognized beauty in every little detail — in nature, people and art.”
In the early '80s, Guerra began art classes. Like acting, this also came
naturally. She mostly created landscapes, but her favorite was working with
paint on porcelain. She gave many works to family and friends.
After her husband's death in 1993, Guerra struggled for several years to cope
without him. The birth of her first granddaughter and devotion to family helped
alleviate the emptiness she felt.
“Something that always caught me by surprise was her wisdom,” son Arthur said.
“It was the type of wisdom that you would have to live to be 100 to have —
she was truly far beyond her time.”