November 29, 1927 – September 1, 2019
Romana Tello, 91, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Amara Hospice in Edinburg, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her husband Manuel Tello Zapata, her son David Tello; her parents Santos and Francisca Lara; and by her granddaughter Lucinda Pearl Reyes. Romana Lara Tello was born November 29, 1927 in Pawnee, Texas. Her parents were Santos Lara and Francisca Duenes. Romana Lara married Manuel Tello Zapata in 1955 and shortly afterwards, they decided to move to Utah and make it their permanent home. Romana dedicated her life to being a loving wife to Manuel and to being a devoted loving mother dedicating her time to raising their 12 children. (8 boys, 4 girls) Manuel Jr. ,Efrain, Diana, Graciela, Perla, Raul, Elisa, Jaime, David, Rene, Ruben and Cesar.
Romana Tello was an amazing, beautiful, classy, hard working, responsible and strong woman. She loved to listen to a variety of music and dance while doing house chores. She also enjoyed wearing beautiful dresses daily with beautiful jewelry to match. Her favorite music was classical music, especially that of her Great Uncle Augustin Lara. Her favorite song was “Solamente Una Vez”. As busy as Romana was, she still managed to have hobbies. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting and was very creative and even became proficient and designed and made beautiful dolls.
Romana eventually moved back to McAllen, Texas because, after 25 years of marriage and having Manuel by her side, she was now facing the challenge of raising 7 children alone. Manuel died of a sudden heart attack on New Years Eve 1985. Romana being the strong, and amazing woman that she was, continued to do what she knew best and raised the remainder of their children alone.
Romana faced many more challenges throughout the years. These challenges included; the loss of her beloved mother age 91, the loss of one of her twin sons a year after, David at the age of 19. She remained strong and persevered in everything she did. Then years later in 1995 she had her first battle with Thyroid cancer and she fought hard and won. She never complained nor did she have side effects from the radiation treatments. Her children got their strength through their faith in God knowing her was the reason she was winning and also through Romana because she remained strong throughout each battle.
Romana continued enjoying her life and enjoying visits from her children and grandchildren. Then in 2007 she had an accident on her treadmill at the age of 79 and had to have numerous surgeries and had stainless steel parts implanted in her legs. She was teasingly called by some of her children, “The Bionic Woman”. This incredibly strong woman walked when she was told, the odds were against her to ever walk again! She got around with a cane and later transitioned over to using a walker and said it was perfect for her to use while shopping. Because, she could sit down if she got tired and place her shopping bags around it. She was super witty with a great sense of humor. She said that having a sense of humor was the secret of life and the reason she never looked her age.
Romana enjoyed life to the fullest and was always full of energy and enjoyed the outdoors and tending to her beautiful plants. She sometimes walking over with her walker to visit some of her neighbors just to chat or they’d come over to talk to her. She also enjoyed traveling and would at times surprise her children and visit them in Utah. She remained pretty active using both cane and walker to get around. In the beginning of 2016 she faced the battle of cancer again but this time in her colon. She battled and won again. Then again in that same year at the end of 2016 , she got cancer in her gallbladder, and won that battle too. She then decided that it’d be best that she would stop her traveling and just continued enjoying her latter years receiving visits from her children and grandchildren from Utah, Texas, and Louisiana throughout the year. Her house was always filled with family visiting. Romana was blessed to have 12 children that loved her unconditionally the way she loved them. Then, in May of 2019 Romana broke her leg and it became a struggle afterwards. She spent the remaining of her days in bed and going to get therapy. Her children and some grandchildren came in from afar and spent June and July visiting her since they knew she could no longer travel. On August 15, 2019 Romana is challenged once again with another battle and fought hard for a week at Renaissance Hospital. Then, she was transferred to Amara Hospice where she bravely continued her battle till the very last day. On September 1, 2019, this incredible strong and brave woman named Romana Lara Tello lost her last battle.
She was the pillar of strength for the Tello famiy. She left them the greatest legacy of all, the legacy of faith, love, strength and perseverance ! She will be greatly missed by her children, her only brother Manuel Lara (Anita), and only sister Eva Allen (Gilbert) and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends. Romana Lara Tello will never be forgotten. May she rest in peace.
She is survived by her children Manuel Tello Jr.(Nelida), Efrain Tello (Sylvia), Diana Tello, Graciela Tello, Perla Rios(Fred), Raul Tello(Irene), Elisa Rice(James), Jaime Tello (Lydia), Rene Tello, Ruben Tello(Joann) and Cesar Tello(Alicia); 38 Grandchildren; 77 Great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; her sister Eva Allen(Gilbert); her brother Manuel Lara(Anita) and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Funeraria Del Angel, Chapel of Remembrance from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm with a rosary at 7:00 pm. Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in McAllen. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mission.
- Visitation Wednesday, September 4, 2019
- Rosary Wednesday, September 4, 2019
- Funeral Mass Thursday, September 5, 2019
- Burial Thursday, September 5, 2019
September 4, 2019
Mothers can never be replaced, and most of us don't get to keep them for our entire lives . I hope Memories of her bring all of the family Comfort. She was an Amazing, Strong and Beautiful Lady. Rest in Peace ☮️ Beautiful Angel 🙏✝️
September 3, 2019