Odessa Man Celebrates Day of the Dead Year Round

by Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

It's a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico but also right here in the Basin. "Dia de los Muertos" is recognized on Monday, but for one Odessa man, it's a year round holiday.

Manuel Sosa got married when he was just 17. His bride, Grace, was even younger. She was just 15. He says it was love at first sight.

"I was in Big Spring, you know riding around up there in Big Spring and I saw her and I started talking to her and we just got in the car and c'mon," Sosa said smiling.

The couple was married for 54 years, and even though Grace passed away six years ago, Manuel still spends time with her everyday.

"Everyday, I stay here about 20 to 30 minutes and visit her and clean the stone and pray for her," Sosa said. "Talk and sing, I do literally everything."

Grace's stone is decorated for Halloween and Day of the Dead. Manuel says "Dia de los Muertos" is more like a year round holiday for him.

On her birthday and Mother's Day, he says the family gets together at her stone to decorate, eat cake and also just to remember her.

"She was my wife, my nurse, my company, my friend. Everything," Sosa said.

Manuel says he will keep coming everyday until he sees his wife again.

But until that day he wants her to know "that I love her so much and I miss her and I wish she was here," Sosa said.

Sosa said the only thing keeping him away from visiting his wife is rain or snow.

NewsWest 9 also spoke with a few others who say they plan to decorate their family member's graves on Monday and Tuesday.