Virginia T. Lartigue

October 23, 1931July 26, 2018
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Virginia Torres Lartigue, age 86 of Spring, Texas passed away July 26, 2018 after a brief illness. She was born to the late Mauro Torres and Calixta Torres on October 23,1931 in Ledyard, Iowa. She lived in Mason City and Des Moines, Iowa and Brownsville, Texas in her youth. She and her husband, Eleazar Lartigue and their two daughters lived in the South Houston area until they moved to Spring, Texas after their retirement.

For many years she worked at the Baptist Book Store in Houston. Virginia was always actively involved in her church by teaching the youth in Sunday School and leading many Bible studies. She demonstrated a great faith and trust in the Lord. Even while she was in the hospital and later in the skilled nursing facility during her illness she shared the good news of Christ's love to the medical staff.

Virginia was preceded in death by her beloved husband Eleazar Lartigue. She is survived by her daughters Belinda Cantu and her husband Glenn, and Cynthia Diaz and her husband Carlos. She is also survived by her brother John Torres, granddaughter Elizabeth Zimarro, grandson David Michael Cantu, grandson Robert Eleazar Bannon and great granddaughter Noelle Elizabeth Zimarro as well as several nieces and nephews.


  • Bobby Bannon
  • Wilfred Wilson
  • Frank Mireles, Jr.
  • Tony Mireles
  • Johnathan Padilla
  • Scott Diaz


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  • Interment Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Virginia T. Lartigue

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Nellie and Roberto Gorbea

August 2, 2018

Dear Cindy and Carlos,
We want to express our deep condolences on the death of Virginia. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we will have a Mass intention for the repose of her soul on Sunday, August 26, 2018.
Much love,
Nellie and Tito

Linda Torres-Godlewski

July 31, 2018

I am so sorry for the loss of Aunt Virginia. I have memories of her laughing and joking with my dad and mom when she visited us in Des Moines, IA. I'm sorry I wasn't able to see her more frequently. Praying for God to comfort you all in this very difficult time and the days ahead.

Rita Luther

July 28, 2018

When I was a little girl, I remember my Aunt Virginia as a tall, beautiful woman. I remember her in her beautiful summer dresses. This was before she was married. We were always excited when we knew she was going to come to visit. When my dad would tease her, she would laugh and call him a name of endearment. It was sweet. I wished I had kept in touch with her.

I love you Aunt Virginia.




      Virginia T. Lartigue was a woman for whom actions would speak louder than words. Her life motto might well have been “if it isn’t logical, it’s not important.” The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in Virginia’s life. She was also the kind of person who could respect a “do not disturb” sign, whether it was real or implied. She was analytical and observant, with an ability to be simultaneously spontaneous and keenly perceptive. Virginia was modest in her actions and extremely literal in her thoughts and in the manner in which she communicated with others. When Virginia said something, she meant it. All those who knew her appreciated this trademark quality.

      Virginia was born on October 23, 1931 at at Home in Ledyard, Iowa. Her parents were Mauro and Calixta Torres. Virginia was raised in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Des Moines, Iowa, Mason, Iowa, and Brownsville, TX. Even as a small child, Virginia wanted to understand what was right and what was wrong in any given situation. As Virginia grew older, she realized the importance of being treated fairly, and in return, she treated everyone around her the same way. This belief in fair play served Virginia well throughout her life and despite her natural shyness; she enjoyed a solid group of friends.

      Since Virginia sought to treat those around her with respect, she often found herself in the role of playing peacemaker within her family. She was comfortable in working through the types of sibling rivalry situations that quite often occur, because she loved the challenge of conflict resolution. She would look at the most reasonable and practical ways to settle any disputes. Virginia was raised with She had seven siblings. Carlos, Galdina, Domingo, Magdaleno, Jesus, Juan, and Gaudalupe. Virginia was constantly involved in activities with her siblings. Virginia and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they shared many life experiences.

      During her childhood, family and friends viewed Virginia as a quiet and reserved person with what most would consider a calm and tranquil demeanor. In fact, she was a fairly curious child who had the ability to entertain herself and didn’t require much in the way of outside stimulation. A great deal of Virginia’s free time was spent learning how and why the things around her worked. She was an active child who loved being outdoors and absorbing all the sensory input that nature could provide. She Her family lived on a farm, so she spent many hours playing outside. She also Loved to play with her many dolls. In her spare time she liked to embroider at an early age and continued to learn as she got older.

      Those who didn’t know Virginia well might have thought her to be objective and somewhat emotionally detached, but family and friends who were close to her knew that she was capable of unexpected flashes of humor. Virginia’s good friends tended to be “thinkers” like herself. Even though the circle of friends was somewhat small, it was a strong and loyal group, and Virginia liked nothing better than to spend her free time with them. Virginia was well known for always being up front and open, never hiding her true feelings, qualities that drew deep loyalty from her friends because they understood and appreciated her for the person she was. Another quality that people admired in Virginia was her ability to link cause and effect and apply the appropriate connection in her assessment of any new situation. She had a close friend named Candy with whom she worked at one of the drugstores in Bronsville.

      This same loyalty and up front honesty Virginia shared with her friends carried over to other aspects of her life, including her relationships with her family. On November 6, 1952, Virginia exchanged wedding vows with Eleazar Lartigue at the In their new home that our dad built for her of Brownsville, TX. The marriage became a solid relationship, due in part to Virginia’s skill at bringing fresh energy and clarity to meeting Eleazar's needs. She was a great listener who enjoyed the couple’s “together” time, especially when it came to celebrating special occasions.

      As the family grew, Virginia was easily able to adapt to the changes and challenges of parenthood. Virginia was blessed with Two children, Two daughters, Belinda and Cynthia ( Cindy). They were also blessed with Three grandhildren and one great granddaughter, Elizabth Zimmaro, Robert Bannon, David Cantu and Great granddaughter Noelle Zimmaro. Virginia was never impulsive in dealing with family problems. Instead, she would carefully think things through before implementing the solution in a logical and objective manner. Virginia was a strong, clear communicator who excelled at eliminating confusion by making matters crystal clear to all those involved. At the same time, Virginia’s inventive nature could turn some of the boring old household chores into a fun activity for the family.

      In her work life, Virginia was the kind of person who had no difficulty in taking on a project and seeing it through to its completion. She excelled at dealing with those pesky details that can derail some people, and once she understood exactly why she was working on a project, she could plow full steam ahead. For Virginia, being able to grasp the logical components of any task was significant to her in appreciating its importance. Even if she worked alone on an assignment, Virginia was able to incorporate and welcome new insights from co-workers, and she would readily use them if they improved the process. Her primary occupation was a homemaker. She was employed for 17 years by lifeway, formerly known as the Baptist Book Store. Virginia always made the effort to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Virginia’s curious and inquisitive nature influenced her choice of leisure pursuits as well. She applied her strong concentration and analytical skills as to how things worked to her choice of activities. She particularly enjoyed the “alone” time her hobbies provided. Her favorite pursuits were crocheting, doing different types of embroidery including crossed stitch. She also enjoyed gorwing angel wing begonias and geraniums. But mostly she loved studying her bible and sharing christ with those around her. Virginia was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Religion and faith were important to Virginia. She held dear the faith and values she derived from her beliefs. She was a member of Templo Bautista South Houston for many years. During that time, she was a Sunday school teacher for youth and adults. She was also a leader in the woman's missionary union, and was a member of the choir.

      Virginia appreciated the occasions when she was able to travel and get away on a vacation. She enjoyed learning about different locales and was open to exploring new and different places. Favorite vacation spots included Favorite vacations included visiting her family in Iowa and various cities in the Rio Grande Valley. She thoroughly enjoyed the task of gathering and analyzing travel information as she prepared for an upcoming trip.

      Virginia was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Virginia’s favorites was Her favorite pets were Lady, a female German Sheperd, Spunky, another German Shepherd and a mixed dalmation named Frosty. Her family was rounded out by our Canary Tweety.

      As her retirement approached, Virginia viewed the event as just one more project to research and solve. So, when the day finally arrived in She retired in 1990 and she and out dad moved to Spring, Texas to be closer to family, she was well prepared. In retirement, she found new pleasure in staying active in church and helping her daughter take care of her Grandson Bobby.

      Virginia passed away on July 26, 2018 at at her daughter Cindy's home. She is survived by her brother John Torres, daughters Belinda Cantu and Cindy Diaz, grandchildren Elizabeth Zimmaro, Bobby Bannon, David Cantu, great granddaughter Noelle Zimmaro, and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at Louetta road Baptist Church. Virginia was laid to rest in Calvary Hill Cemetery in Humble, Texas.

      Virginia strongly believed that talk is cheap. She was the type of person who would show others her feelings through her actions. She was practical and realistic but was able to be flexible when the need arose. She had a curiosity about the things around her and tried to experience life directly rather than sit back and talk about it. The experiences she treasured most were those she shared with her loved ones. Virginia T. Lartigue will be greatly missed.