OBITUARY

Otilia "Tillie" Rojas

August 29, 1932April 21, 2021

Tillie left us Wednesday, April 21st to be with Our Heavenly Father. She was an independent, outspoken, hardworking native Houstonian, who had a heart of gold. She was known as an avid gardener, loved to watch novelas, dance and being very active in the community. She worked at Southwestern Bell for 40 years beginning as an operator and later in various positions. While working at SWBell, she was active in the Pioneers, HACEMOS and various other organizations. After retiring she became a member of St. Patrick’s Young at Heart on Cochran. At a certain point in her career, she worked in a Doctor’s office and was considering becoming a nurse but that was not to be. Tillie attended Dow School and studied at the University of Houston-Downtown. She is survived by her son, F. Jeremy Rojas, sisters: Trudy Garcia and Katie Wood, various nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Herminia Rojas, sister Virginia Cabello and brothers: Alphonso, Richard and Raul Espinor. Tillie’s absence leaves a huge void that will be hard to fill. She will be sorely missed. May she Rest in Peace.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021

Memories

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Estella Yolanda Garcia-Bologna

May 13, 2021

Dearest Aunt Katie, Uncle Lewis, cousins Yvonne & Amanda, you have been on my mind and in my heart very much as I remember you daily in my heart prayers. I can only imagine how your hearts are hurting since you were the closest to Aunt Tillie (besides Jeremy). Aunt Katie........you are the last sister left who can remember Aunt Tillie from childhood, since my mother is losing her memories now. Each one of you (aunt, uncle, cousins) has her/his own memories that are precious to you. I pray that Jesus comfort you as only He can.
Lovingly,
Stella

Ellen Garcia

May 3, 2021

My heart is heavy at the loss of my Aunt Tillie. As a child I remember her as a strict, non nonsense at time gruff Aunt but the reality is she loved her family and was there for you when you needed help.

I think in several ways Aunt Tillie and I shared some common experiences and personality traits. Our annual Christmas day breakfast and gift exchange at her house will always be some lovely memories for me.

Jeremy my heart and Aunt Trudy's goes out to you. I hope we can continue with new memories on Christmas day. Sending our prayers and love to you. Love you Aunt Tillie may you rest in peace.

Estella Yolanda Garcia-Bologna

May 2, 2021

Dear cousin Jeremy, my heart/prayers are going out to and for you.
I can only imagine your sorrow and heartache. You are always welcome to pay me and your family here on Cape Cod a visit. You are never alone......NEVER! May Jesus send His ministering Angels to surround you with comfort and assurance that your mama is in very good hands. He is nearest to those who grieve over the loss of their loved one. My sympathy to all my family there in Houston whom I miss very sorely. GOD BLESS US ALL!

Estella Yolanda Garcia-Bologna

May 2, 2021

My dearest Aunt Tillie was one of a kind. I always remember her and my mother and two other Rojas aunts as a beautiful quartet of lovely flowers and happy melody. I remember clearly their wonderful laughter when they were all together sharing old stories of their childhood. They could be feisty and argue passionately, but they always stuck together and defended one another when necessary. Aunt Tillie was stunningly beautiful and a very smart, chic, career woman. Aunt Katie describes her very well in her own obituary that she wrote up. I still have two birthday gifts that she gave to me in my teen years. They are Avon products; one a necklace & pendant that contained perfume in it; the other a scented candle in a porcelain kitty . She always picked out such nice and thoughtful gifts for me. One very special memory is that when I was eleven years old and began my period, my Aunt Tillie paid for me to attend a young ladies' refining course that was sponsored by one of Houston's newspapers and held at the then Shamrock Hilton which was quite the fancy nancy place of Houston in that era (1962). I was a tomboy but also very much a girl and she said to my mother and me that it was time for me to learn how to be a LADY of grace and learn about etiquette and manners. That was the tradition in their own family and also in our culture only until more recently. It was so much fun and I began the transformation with much gratitude! I hope to see Aunt Tillie again someday when my own time to fly away to my heavenly home arrives. Till then, dearest Aunt Tillie, I bid you farewell until we meet again. I pray you are basking in the presence of our Precious Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. I will always love and remember you!

Cynthia Romero

April 29, 2021

I really enjoyed. Tillie in the short time we got to know each other. She really made me laff with all her stories of the hard working days she remembered so vividly and what a strong mind of her own. For the 5 yrs I got to keep her looking as cute as the button she was. I will Soo Miss her Forever remembered Witty Energy. Father God draws near to the brokenhearted. May he keep & hold you All in the palm of his hands . Jeremy you were an awesome son. She was so proud of you. And she will always be with you...Thats what mothers do... My deepest heart felt condolences to you. God Bless

Margaret Ringwald

April 27, 2021

I did not know Tillie, but I can tell by Tillie’s beautiful smile that she was a sweet wonderful Mother, Sister, And Aunt, etc. My reason for writing this is because I know Katie and Amanda. My prayers, blessings, and love are being sent to Katie and Amanda via Angels Wings to help comfort, sooth, and cope with the pain of the lost of their dearly loved one. Hugs.
Mrs. Margaret Ringwald 🙏😢🙏

Amanda Wood

April 24, 2021

I will ways remember Aunt Tillie as a strong willed, independent woman. She was also an avid gardener and introduced me to gardening, which I do to this day. Every time we’d go to her house her front yard was full of flowering bushes, flowering plants and fruit trees. She was always working in her yard and growing plants. I remember I wanted to plant a dogwood tree in the front yard when I was in my late teens. So, she took me to the nursery and helped me pick out a tree. Then she showed me how to plant the tree, which is to say she actively planted it as she gave me advice on everything she was doing and why. Now I live in Galveston and know the importance of gardening due to my Aunt.

Katie Wood

April 23, 2021

One of my fondest memory is of a childhood event that happened when I was little. It happened while going on a walk at dusk with my Mother, my sister Virginia and my sister Tillie. It was customary that we walked from our house about 3 blocks to the Crocket bridge and from there we'd walk the entire length and then we would walk back home. This one time as we walked by a big China Berry tree, we spotted a big circle laying under the tree. In the deepening darkness we immediately thought it was an iron circular barrel band that we could play with. Tillie immediately ran over to pick it up. She grabbed it, screamed and immediately dropped it and ran. It was a snake. She was so bold and brave that she took it in stride and didn't even cry. That is how she was in life, a strong ,brave no nonsense woman.

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