Rosalie B. Reyes
September 21, 1945 – August 24, 2021
Rosalie Blanco Reyes passed away on August 24, 2021, at the age of 75 in Houston, TX. She was born to Juan Encarnacion Blanco and Inocencia Almendarez on September 21, 1945, in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in 1964. After graduating she married and devoted her time to raising her two children, Rozette Reyes Peckham, and Rudy Reyes. During this time, she also worked in the family business. Her devotion to her children was immeasurable. When they were young, she made sure to attend every football game for her son or soccer game for her daughter. Without complaint she drove 30 miles each early morning to her children’s home to get them ready for school, manage their household, work the family business, cook dinner, and then drove home in the dark. On Friday nights she could be found driving to multiple eateries around second ward picking up everyone’s favorite Friday night take out dinner and every Saturday morning she would drive them to get their groceries and any other errands they needed. She had a servant’s heart. When her children no longer needed her to care for them, she turned her servant’s heart completely towards her mother and her siblings. She drove them to doctor appointments, picked up prescriptions, bought groceries and provided a home for them. When a family member needed help, she was there to provide. All the while, she was still working for the family business and reaching out to her children and spending time with her only grandchild, Gabrielle Vera. Rosie loved her family but most importantly she loved her God. Her thirst for His word was evident in the shows she watched, the music she loved and the Bible that she read. Sometimes God provides someone with a giving heart and a bank account to match it. That was not the case for Rosie. God also provided her with a frugal lifestyle. She didn’t need fancy clothes, homes, or furnishings. As a matter of fact, when offered a nice home in a middle-class neighborhood, she turned it down to move back to the old neighborhood to be closer to her mom and siblings so that she could help in caring for them. She had a servant’s heart. Even when life took away her ability to walk and care for herself, she still made it a point to care for her brother Joe as much as she could. She couldn’t drive anymore but she supplied transportation for both and went to his appointments with him. Wheelchair bound with limited mobility, she still concerned herself with his needs and if she could not physically fulfill them, she would contact family member after family member to find someone that could do it. She had a servant’s heart. Rosie loved to dance country music, disco and 50s music. She loved listening to praise and worship music. She loved playing board games. She loved being outside and getting some sun. Over the years, she could be found doing the yard, watching the kids play outside or more recently taking a stroll on her powerchair down the trail near her home. Often, she could be seen just leaning back in her power chair and taking in the sun. If you don’t believe me, go to google maps, and look up her address and you will see several pictures of her speeding down the sidewalk in her powerchair. She was outside so much that google cars captured her several times with their cameras. Her neighbors tell stories of her racing through puddles on her power chair after a good rain. She had a joyful heart. She was not one to mince words. She would hold you accountable for your actions, no matter who you were. If you were within earshot, she had an opinion about you and was not scared to share it. She was honest in her opinions. If you received a compliment or praise you knew that she meant it. When her tenants, grown men, were out too late drinking or listening to music, she would march outside and tell them to go inside or to someone else’s house because their party on her property was over. And they listened. If she believed the neighbor’s son was out of line, she would let him know. They would smile and still invite her to their family quinceanera and share meals with her. She had a strong heart.
She is survived by her daughter Rozette (Craig Peckham) of Seabrook, Texas; Rudy Reyes (Kara) of Spring, Texas, her grandchild Gabrielle Vera of League City, Texas and her siblings Alice Metzger, John Blanco, Lillie Schofield, Joe Blanco and Maria Ramirez. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Rebecca Blanco, Mary Ruth Mejia, Mary Zepeda, Joe John Blanco and Lillie Martha Blanco.
Her celebration of life will be held on Saturday September 25th at her home (Houston, TX). At this time, we will celebrate her life and her first heavenly birthday which would have been on September 21st. You can reach her family via Rozette @ 832.264.5519
She was a child of God with a strong, joyful servant’s heart.
Saturday, September 25, 2021