Maria De Jesus Ortiz Villanueva
December 25, 1930 – March 3, 2019
Maria De Jesus Ortiz Villanueva, 88, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away on March 3, 2019 with her loving family by her side. She was born on December 25, 1930 in Saltillo, Coahuila, MX to Ventura and Guadalupe Ortiz.
She worked at Holy Family Church as a cook for many years. She was well known for her delicious cooking, especially her hot sauce. She also had a passion for knitting, crocheting and loved working outside with her plants. She was a strong, kind, and loving wife, mother, aunt, sister and friend, and will be truly missed by all who knew her and whose lives she touched.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Domitila Ortiz, Leopoldo Ortiz, Ventura Ortiz, Antonio Ortiz, Amado Ortiz, Socorro Ortiz Sifuentes, and Viola Ortiz Gomez.
She is survived by her loving husband, Edmundo Villanueva, with whom she shared 70 years of marriage. She is also survived by her two daughters, Lina Guadalupe Villanueva (Corpus Christi, TX) and Maria Magdalena Graham (Jess) (San Antonio, TX); 6 grandchildren, Francisco Javier Garza (Chriselle), Lina Monique Garza, Liza Marie Garza (Ted), Jesus Mario Sampayo (Virginia), Gloria Isela Sampayo, Sergio Edmundo Sampayo (Liana); 13 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-granddaughters. All of them being her pride and joy. Also surviving her are numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Memory Gardens Funeral Home Chapel, 8200 Old Brownsville Road from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Memory Gardens Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
- Edmundo Villanueva, Husband
- Lina Guadalupe Villanueva, Daughter
- Maria Magdalena Graham (Jess), Daughter
- Francisco Javier Garza (Chriselle), Grandchild
- Lina Monique Garza, Grandchild
- Liza Marie Garza (Ted), Grandchild
- Jesus Mario Sampayo (Virginia), Grandchild
- Gloria Isela Sampayo, Grandchild
- Sergio Edmundo Sampayo (Liana), Grandchild
- Ventura and Guadalupe Ortiz, Parents
- Domitila Ortiz, Sibling
- Leopoldo Ortiz, Sibling
- Ventura Ortiz, Sibling
- Antonio Ortiz, Sibling
- Amado Ortiz, Sibling
- Socorro Ortiz Sifuentes, Sibling
- Viola Ortiz Gomez, Sibling
- Mrs. Villanueva also leaves 13 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-granddaughters and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins to cherish her memory.
- Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
- Holy Rosary Wednesday, March 6, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
- Interment Thursday, March 7, 2019
Maria De Jesus Ortiz Villanueva
March 20, 2019
March 7, 2019
Como recordar aquellos años que venía a visitar a mi abuelita Amelia Ortiz cuando venían cargados de cosas para vender y yo arriba de la camioneta bajándole las cosas fueron tantas veces que convivi con ella y se quedó con las ganas de que me fuera a vivir con ella. Sólo me queda decir gracias tía algún día nos volveremos a ver.
Rosa E Villanueva
March 5, 2019
Maria was my sister in law, things i remember of her was when she would take care of me and my brother jr and she would always give us maria cookies, she once took me and my sister gloria on vacation to Colorado and to Saltillo to go visit her family, Maria will be missed by all of us when she would come visit us here at the valley.
March 4, 2019
I have fond memories of Maria from as far back as my early childhood. She was a class act - always dressed really well, spoke directly to anyone she met, and most of all, she cared so much for my Mom and our family. She always encouraged me to do well in school and I never forgot that. Even though she was a tough lady at times, you always knew where you stood with her. I also remember she loved to read a special empathy poem at every funeral, including one for my nephews and my Mom. This time, it is our turn to read it for her. May God Bless the rest of our family during this difficult time.