Regina "Gina" Denise De La Isla
20 August, 1972 – 28 October, 2020
Regina Denise de la Isla, of Austin, TX, transitioned into eternal life on October 28th 2020, after her courageous battle with Colon Cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family and all the things she loved in the comfort of her home. She is survived by her parents, George and Minnie de la Isla; sisters, Angela de la Isla-Herrera and Brianna de la Isla Brandt; brother-in-laws, Kelly Brandt and Hector Herrera, niece Presley Brandt; nephews Tony de la Isla, Vincent Brandt, and Julian Herrera; as well as many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Regina also known as “Gina” was born in Houston, TX August 20,1972. She was a child who grew up with disabilities but that never inhibited her ability to be a fun loving member to her family. Gina and her parents spent 17 years living in Fullerton, California. Gina learned to thrive as a young child by attending Happy Days Camp. She participated in the Special Olympics in the early 80’s running track. She was an avid bowler with Fullerton ISD, and received a plaque for having the “Highest Average”. Gina graduated in 1994 from the Jerry Mac Clifton Center located in Austin,Texas where she spent the rest of her years. Gina enjoyed life’s simplistic pleasures like 80’s pop culture with movies, music, drawing and coloring in books, clipping coupons, wrapping random cassette tape with newspaper, and thumbing through bridal magazines.
She loved watching the cooking channel and helping in the kitchen wherever she was. Gina only knew Love, Family, and Food. She was a pillar to her family and a joy to those who loved and knew her.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Jose and Virginia de la Isla, Oswald and Rosario Guerrero; uncles, Jose Alfredo Guerrero, Jose de la Isla ll, and John Guerrero; aunt, Santa Elizabeth Montelongo.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice Austin for the amazing care, dignity and respect their staff bestowed to their daughter.
4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78759
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Regina "Gina" Denise De La Isla
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11 November 2020
Gina girl, I always seem to go back to one memory that will forever be in my heart and mind, I've told this story a thousand times and yet it still brings me joy and makes me smile.
One summer, you came to stay at Grandma's house and I was living there. You were never found of anyone touching you or showing affection, but that summer was different.
We spend our afternoons listening to the Karate Kid 3 sound track, and you danced with me over and over to " Earth Angel". We held hands, you placed your hand on my waist and let me place mine on you shoulder. During the entire dance (s) you spoke about Karate Kid 1 " Where's Ali" you would ask. I'd say "At The Beach" that was our thing, our way of connecting, that simple question and answer bonded us.
It came as a very pleasant surprise when you let me start combing your hair, then we graduated to the curling iron and on to hot rollers. I just about fell over when you wanted make-up.
I remember dolling you up for your flight back to California, your hair and make up was done, you even wore jewelry. What a summer that was, it was even better than Daniel and Ali's summer on the beach.
Challo misses you Gina girl, I'll never forget you!
11 November 2020
My dearest Sister, there will never be enough words to understand what you are feeling or going through, however I hope these words mean something to you and bring you some comfort. I am incredibly proud of you and blessed to call you my Sister. It takes someone so special and especially selected by God to bless you with a child that was both physically and mentally challenged. It wasn't always easy I know, however I always believed Gina was an angel here on earth, I still believe that. But what I came to see and know while I was there with you, was that you too are an angel here on earth. The moment you gave birth to our sweet Gina girl, you earn your wings. Wings that would span over Gina's lifetime. Your wings shielded her from this not so kind world, helped you soar above the bureaucracy to ensure she had every available option tp give her the opportunity for a fair and quality life, and yes to swat whom ever got in your way of what was best for your girl. Minnie Delaisla your wings blanketed her during the care you gave her during her final months, weeks, days and hours. Your wings kept you up when it was evident how exhausted you were and they embraced George de la Isla, Angela Delaisla Herrera ,and Brianna Delaisla Brandt in their time of sorrow. They kept me and our Sister Rosalinda Guerrero Banegas strong as we watched ya'll world crumble. Your beautiful wings will one day get you back to your Gina girl, but as long as God has work for you her, trust in your wings, let them take you where you can find time for you, where you can reflect and remember that your purpose for Gina was fulfilled beyond measure. It's okay to love and do for you now, nothing or no one will ever stop you from missing and remembering your baby, after all you ARE her Mother and just as much her angel as she is yours now. I love you Minnie Delaisla and I don't say that enough. God bless you Sissy
6 November 2020
My sweet Gina Girl, I have endless memories of our time together throughout the years. You were the 1st Grandchild for Mom & Daddy and they adored you.!
We were not educated enough to understand your disabilities, but that never stopped us for loving you unconditionally!
You were insightful without having to say a word and you knew when to “tattle” on your tíos when you knew they were being bad!
You had a keen sense of awareness and you loved being in the kitchen with Grandma making “ tortas” (tortillas) and having early morning coffee with pan dulce with her!
When you would say “I do it” and I gave you garlic to peel, you completely embraced the task and loved it!
Your love for cooking and cookbooks makes me a firm believer that had you not had obstacles/blessings put before you, you would have been a fabulous cook!
Fly high, my sweet girl, make all the tortas and wonderful food that you loved and feed Grandma, Grandpa, Tia Santa, Tio Cokey & Tio John!!
Well love you forever!! #labamba
6 November 2020
I remember when you were born here in Houston. You had skin like silk and silky hair. You were truly loved and will be loved forever little angel.
5 November 2020
Gina, I have known you and your family for many years. I always tried to hug you sometimes you would let me and sometimes you would telll me don't touch me.You are going to be missed my many it was such a blessing to have known you .Fly high sweet 👼 and rest in peace.Love,Bev
4 November 2020
Lived her life in a manner of which I believe we all wished we could. Her laugh was genuine and infectious, her feelings open, she told you straight out if she liked something or did not.
I first saw Gina in the nursery at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, shortly after she was born and her lungs were in great shape as she let out some good wails, and continued to exercise them throughout her years when something or someone displeased her.
Gina brought joy to everyone she encountered, and we all looked forward to seeing her when she visited her Grandparents. Her shouts of La Bamba and Karate Kid as well as “Minnie, Chava’s here” brought us much joy and will be one of the many memories of Gina that we will cherish forever.
We take much comfort in knowing that she is with her grandparents, aunts and uncles and is being well cared for.
Words cannot express the sadness we have for losing someone like Gina but are grateful that she knew she was loved. Gina never lost her innocence and will be missed.
Love You and Miss You.
Chava, Mary, Christine, Danny, Alayna Guerrero