Christina Padilla-Gabaldon 58, of Carrollton, TX, passed away on July 18, 2020 in Plano, TX.
Christina was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico to the late Jose Padilla and Hortencia-Larez Padilla
on March 18, 1962. She grew up in Odessa, TX where she graduated from Ector High School as
valedictorian of her class. She married her childhood sweetheart Eliseo Gabaldon on November 23,
1989 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua.
Christina is preceded in death by her father, Jose Padilla, maternal grandparents, Candelario and Pilar
Larez, and paternal grandmother Josefina Jimenez.
Christina is survived by her husband, Eliseo Gabaldon of Carrollton; her children, Erik Gabaldon (Jennifer
Silva), Eli Gabaldon, Alexis Ventura (Sergio) all of Carrollton; her siblings Jaime Padilla (Norma) and Jose
“Junie” Padilla of Odessa, and Sylvia Padilla of Carrollton; her mother, Hortencia Padilla and stepfather
Samuel Payen, of Odessa; her nieces, Amber and Brenda Padilla of Odessa, Samantha and Daniella
Padilla of Midland, and Taylor Usey of Carrollton.
Christina endured 12 years of surgeries, chemo, radiation, and countless doctors’ visits but had the
courage of a warrior and fought relentlessly to beat her cancer. Christina’s career included various sales
positions throughout her life; however, her time helping families realize their dreams of home
ownership was something she was very proud of.
Christina lived her life to the fullest and was always up for an adventure. Her motto was “I’ll sleep when
I die.” Her lust for life was evident in all that she did. Christina had the ability to make people feel
welcome in her presence. She had a way of connecting with people from all walks of life with an
uncanny ability to reach people on a deep and personal level, making everyone feel special. She loved
her immediate family dearly and kept them at the forefront of everything she did.
The family would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Dr. Christopher Stokoe, his nurse practitioner
Cindy, and the staff at Medial City of Plano for their years of compassionate caring for Christina.
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