American Heritage Funeral Home

10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX


Tillie Cerda

March 14, 1918August 5, 2019
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Matilde “Tillie” Jaramillo Cerda, 101, of Houston, Texas, entered into rest on August 5, 2019. She was born in La Reforma, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on March 14, 1918 to parents Margarito Jaramillo and Elisa Aguilar.

She graduated from Pres-Mex High School, and went on to become a devoted homemaker for her family, as well as a bookkeeper for Cerda Welding. Tillie was married to Frank G. Cerda, Sr. for 77 blessed years, and together they raised a beautiful family. She had a nurturing spirit and channeled it into her passion for gardening, baking, cooking, and sewing.

Tillie is survived by her husband, Frank G. Cerda, Sr.; children, Alice Perrenot and husband Frederick, Frank Jr. Cerda and wife Thelma, Mary Linda Carranco and husband Alfred; grandchildren, Christine, Stephanie, Rodney, Laura, Stephen, and Shawn; great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Timothy, Sydney, Seth, Brooke, Allison, Carissa, and Daniel.

A visitation will be held in her honor on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. inside the Chapel of American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038. The Celebration of Life service will commence on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., after which she will be escorted to the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038, where she will be laid to rest.


  • Tristan Murray
  • José Melendez
  • Steve Wright
  • Steve Gutierrez
  • Seth Gutierrez
  • Frank Cerda, Jr.
  • Alfred Carranco
  • Frederick Perrenot, Honorary


  • Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, August 12, 2019


Tillie Cerda

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Elizabeth Zermeno

August 12, 2019

On behalf of Ronald(Ronnie) Zermeno: Ronnie always spoke of the love and kindness Tillie had for Ronnie and his brothers. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cerda Family at this time of sorrow.

Liz(Ronnie) and the Zermeno Family

Gale Regier

August 11, 2019

Frank - Thinking of you at this time as you prepare to celebrate the well lived life of your wife Tillie. She was such as inspiration to all of us who are involved in “The Gathering” program at LUMC. You have been truly blessed in being able to spend many wonderful years with her.
Blessings, Gale Regier

Thelma Cerda

August 11, 2019

I was quite fortunate to have Maltide as my mother-in-law and she always greeted us with a sweet smile and a loving hug. 
I always enjoyed her stories about the Jaramillo family, those were her sweet memories. She had such a kind heart and always gave her best to her family unconditionally
She had a great talent of picking the sweetest watermelon due her infamous thumping on each melon which was always so delicious. When Frank and Maltide came for a visit, we would all be waiting for her yummy oatmeal cookies, they were the best because to my sons it was Grandma who made them. We were always ready for her cookies except when my son who was to deliver them had eaten all them on the plane. With each batch of cookies she brought us a taste from back home.
These are just two of my favorite memories of this brilliant lady. 

We will miss her dearly

Thelma Adrianne Cerda

August 07, 2019 | Lake Elsinore, CA

Lupe Weatherly

August 11, 2019

Those special memories of my aunt will always bring a smile to me. Throughout the years growing up, she was always happy and had a smile. Visiting her with my family was always a pleasure and enjoyment. Her words of wisdom and presence will always be deep within my heart. She was unforgettable in her own way….loving, kind, and thoughtful. Only a person like her could give hugs like a mother - and only she could love like she did.

My Aunt:
It's not the things that can be bought that are life's richest treasure. It's just the little heart gifts that money cannot measure. . . a cheerful smile, a friendly word, a sympathetic nod are priceless little treasures from the storehouse of our God. ~ Anonymous

Christine Wright

August 11, 2019

I remember so many things about my grandmother. Most of all I remember that she was always there for us. I remember sitting with her and looking out into the backyard and she would tell me about the birds and all of her plants. I remember her singing and whistling and always being happy when family was around. Most of all I remember how I felt when I was with her. I always felt special when I was with my grandma. I knew that I was loved. I chose this picture to share because she looks so happy here.

Stephen Cerda

August 10, 2019

Most of my memories I have on my grandmother are from when I was a little boy. We used to visit for the Summers and have sleepovers on the weekends when we lived here. One of my first memories of my grandmother was the way she used to sing and hum church songs while she cooked and cleaned in the kitchen. I knew when I heard those songs that the aroma from her food would soon follow. Cooking never seem to be a chore to her, she always seemed so happy providing for her family. Also remember when I would spend the night I would forget my pajamas a lot. My grandmother would then cut up some old sheets and make me some pajamas with her sewing machine from scratch. She never wanted me and my brother to be cold at night. Sunday mornings were always a big deal because my grandmother was so heavily involved in church. She would be the first one at church and the last one to leave. When I was younger the days would seem so long. Looking back now it's clear that she was the one who showed us how to believe in God and how to pray for our family. I'm going to miss her, however, I know she's in heaven right now Walking With Jesus as he tells her what a great Christian she has been. Thank you so much for being my grandmother. I love you very much

Laura Melendez

August 9, 2019

I will treasure all the great memories I had with you. Thank you for instilling the importance of religion and love for our family. My children are so blessed to have had you part of their life for so long I am happy you are rejoicing with God and have you watching over us. Thank you for raising your daughter, my mom, into the wonderful person she is today. You will be missed but always in our hearts. This photo was taken on our wedding day.