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Maria Otilia Quintanilla

August 12, 1944May 14, 2020
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It is with great sadness the Quintanilla Family announces the passing of their beloved wife and mother, Maria Otilia Quintanilla. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 14, 2020, at the age of 75. Maria was born on August 12, 1944 in Corpus Christi to Alfredo and Cruz De Leon. She spent her early childhood years in the small farming community of Chapman Ranch where as a young girl would set out to pick cotton with her younger twin brothers and sister. After the passing of her daddy Alfredo in 1949, at only 5 years old, alongside her mother, she transitioned her role from a big sister to a parental mother figure to her siblings. She attended Chapman Ranch, London Elementary Schools and South Park Junior High School. It was while she was attending Carroll High School where she met the love of her life and best friend Israel S. Quintanilla. They would go on to get married on July 20, 1968. They had two sons, Michael David in the spring of 1973 and Daniel Allen in the summer of 1977.

Maria, who was known as Mrs. Q to many, would eventually settle with her husband Israel in Corpus Christi where she worked for Lee Optical and Layton optical until 1977. She was an active member in the church at St. Cyril & Methodius, the Divine Mercy group, church choir and a part of the Moody Baseball Booster Club for many years. She was deeply passionate in her faith and that great passion was put into everything she did in life. From remodeling her home with her own bare hands or watching every one of her son’s baseball games as they grew up. Her voice could be heard all over the ball park cheering on her boys from their little league years all the way up to the bright lights at Moody Trojan baseball games. She was a swimming coach to countless nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends. If Maria wasn’t watching her grandkids playing sports, at a dance, cheer, or piano recital she could be found at the Coushatta Casino playing her favorite slot machines and eating crawfish. She was the epitome of “Matriarch” and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Maria is preceded in death by her father Alfredo De Leon, mother Cruz Salinas and her sister Hortencia (Horty) De Luna. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years Israel S. Quintanilla, sons Michael (Veronica), Daniel (Stephanie), her dear grandchildren Jonathan Villarreal (Chelsea), Aaron Quintanilla, Victoria Calderon, Luke Quintanilla, Isabella Calderon, Natalie Quintanilla and Kyle Quintanilla. Great grandchildren Liam Taylor and Alaska Rain Villarreal. She is also survived by her twin brothers, Reymundo De Leon and Reynaldo De Leon.

The Quintanilla Family would like to thank the staff at Corpus Christi Nursing and Rehabilitation Home. Zack Martinez, Mary Garza, and Elvira thank you for all your great care during her stay. We would also like to thank the entire staff at Harbor Hospice. Paula and Elizabeth thank you very much for all your loving guidance and patience while she was home with us.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Quintanilla, Luke Quintanilla, Kyle Quintanilla, Alfredo De Leon, Juan De Leon, Cruz Riojas, Andrew Mendiola and Richie Guerra.

Honorary Pallbearers are; Reymundo De Leon Jr. and Jonathan Villarreal

The family will be receiving family and friends on Tuesday May 19th at Memory Gardens Funeral Home from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday May 20th at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church at 10:00 am with interment to follow at Memory Gardens Funeral Home.


  • Israel S. Quintanilla, Husband
  • Michael Quintanilla (Veronica), Son
  • Daniel Quintanilla (Stephanie), Son
  • Jonathan Villarreal (Chelsea), Grandchild
  • Aaron Quintanilla, Grandchild
  • Victoria Calderon, Grandchild
  • Luke Quintanilla, Grandchild
  • Isabella Calderon, Grandchild
  • Natalie Quintanilla, Grandchild
  • Kyle Quintanilla, Grandchild
  • Liam Taylor, Great-Grandchild
  • Alaska Rain Villarreal, Great-Grandchild
  • Reymundo De Leon, Brother
  • Reynaldo De Leon, Brother
  • Alfredo De Leon, Father (deceased)
  • Cruz Salinas, Mother (deceased)
  • Hortencia "Horty" De Luna, Sister (deceased)

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  • Aaron Quintanilla
  • Luke Quintanilla
  • Kyle Quintanilla
  • Alfredo De Leon
  • Juan De Leon
  • Cruz Riojas
  • Andrew Mendiola
  • Richie Guerra
  • Reymundo De Leon Jr., Honorary
  • Jonathan Villarreal, Honorary


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  • Holy Rosary

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Maria Otilia Quintanilla

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VERONICA Quintanilla

May 21, 2020

May 20th, my suegra was laid to rest. I am grateful for God's mercy on her and our family.
She passed in her sleep, with food in her belly & comfy in her bed while home with us in hospice. She gave us hugs n kisses, her sarcasm and making us laugh up until the night before. I have only been in this family for 9 years and only wish I would've know her in her early days too. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be even more closer to her the last 2 months. Each day she gave us our daily dose of
"Maryisms" that I will cherish for rest of my life. Going through all the photos and seeing her life in black and white to color was only a glimpse of her life. She was like that down to earth friend people wanted to hang with. She was a strong woman, which I can only respect and admire. Her work ethic around remodeling her home, on top of the roof, under the house....which she would do just less than 5 years ago at the age of 70 says alot. She did it all, she wanted something done, she did it herself and got it done. I LOVE that!
Seeing the relationship between Israel and Mary is what true love is. Seeing him by her side each day, everyday and all day was just beautiful. I love my father n law, he's a great man and he loved her dearly.
She was a good mom and she loved her boys,very involved.
I would like to thank so many people for all the love and support for the entire family during this time.
From food, cards, words, flowers, physical comforting, monetary donations, pick ups, cleaning, sharing your memories about her etc. 🙏🙏🙏🙏 thank you!!
A song for my suegra..Los Laureles by Linda Ronsdandt...learned a while back we shared similar taste music...Mariachi, Michael Jackson, commodores, etc..( housecleaning music)
May you RIP Mary. I know you are singing, dancing,and making everyone laugh. I love you!

Elaine Looez

May 19, 2020

Our sister in Christ, you are a role model to all of us, your love and devotion to our lord and the community, you will surely be miss in our church choir’
At St Cyril & methodius Church’.

Ninfa DeLeon

May 17, 2020

I will miss my lifelong Best friend,we shared so much in life,from laughter, to joy, tears of happiness,and tears of sadness.Iam so proud to have you as my comadre, sister In Christ,and sister in Law.always full of Life,you were admired and Loved by sooo many.
Rest in peace, and dance n sing with your family in Heaven,my special Angel🙏🏼😇💋💋💋

Mary Guerra saenz

May 15, 2020

Mrs Q...Our dear neighbor of over 45 years...such a nice lady...I’ll always remember her devotion to her family and friends...always saw her with a hammer in her hand doing work around the house...involved in her boys school and sports..always at their events...devoted wife to her husband ...sorry for ur loss..it’s not something u get over...it’s just something u get thru...Heavenly Father I ask that u watch and protect the Quintanilla’s with ur love and grace in ur name I pray amen💞


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