March 22, 1943 – February 6, 2020
Hortencia “Ardie” Rocha 76, of Pasadena, Texas passed away February 6, 2020. She was born in Baytown, Texas on March 22, 1943 to Ambrosio and Genoveva Rios she was married to Joe Rocha for 51 years. Ardie had a career in printing and retired from the Deer Park ISD. Her passions included the Houston Astros, cooking especially tamales, rice, and menudo, and listening to Tanya Tucker. She was one of her biggest fans.
She has preceded in death by her father and mother Ambrosio and Genoveva Rios and her three younger brothers Manuel, Freddie, and Feliciano Rios as well as her younger sister Eugenia Rios.
She is survived by her husband, the love of her life , Joe A Rocha, her two children Angel and Jackie Rocha daughter-in-law Kristie Rocha son-in-law Kirk Kleinsurge grandson Will Milam and her sisters Rosie Hinajosa and Connie Marron and her three brothers Art Rios, Ambrose Rios and Jaime Rios as well as numerous cousins nieces and nephews
- Family Will Receive Friends Monday, February 10, 2020
- Rosary Service Monday, February 10, 2020
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, February 11, 2020
- Laid To Rest Tuesday, February 11, 2020
February 14, 2020
I met Ardie when I worked at Graphic Assurance as a typesetter. There are a lot of memories I have of everyone there, but I guess one of my favorites is "Freddy Fender Fridays" . Rest in peace Ardie.
February 13, 2020
Aunt Ardie & Uncle Joe, the love you shared and the care you've shown our extensive families has shaped each of us. Thank you for being our Role Models. Your generous heart lives on in us Aunt Ardie. You're brilliance shines on! We love you all.
Hugs, Letty Garcia & Family
February 11, 2020
I am so proud to be Ardie Rocha's daughter. My mom was the strongest woman I will ever know.
She was never a traditional lady, many described her as a tomboy. To me, she was my first hero. A feminist hero that showed me that a woman can be just as strong as a man, & there was no job "just for men". She wasn't just my dad's partner, she was his EQUAL partner in life & in love.
I will miss calling her every Monday & hearing her say back, "Hi Vieja!" to me from me greeting her, "Hey Vieja!"
I will miss our Tanya Tucker shows,talks, & songs we shared. And so many other countless memories that I will always hold close.
My greatest feeling is knowing I was able to take her and my dad to Las Vegas. She said it was a dream of hers to return to Vegas to ride the Gondolas where the old Sands Hotel once was where we had stayed almost 35 years ago. I would have never imagined that would be our last trip together as a whole family with my dad, her, my brother and I. But I will cherish that trip ALWAYS.
I will forever be grateful for that last two weeks we had with her at the hospital. I got to tell her what she meant to me & how much I looked up to her. How I would never forget what all she did for me my whole life & when it was just me & her, when my brother was away at college & my dad worked in Victoria, she would take me to my softball games and CCE & we'd have our weekly trips to Churches Chicken. I can rest my heart knowing I was able to tell her she was my hero & how strong I thought she was, & how beautiful she was
I'm so honored that I look so much like her. Her beauty was truly equal inside & out. I know she was proud of me & my career. She never once ever tried to stop me from being me or being different, I think it's because she knew I got that from her. She would call me "her beautiful daughter" & I would tell her, "it's because I look so much like you" ❤️ If I can be half the woman she was, then I know I will continue to make her proud
February 10, 2020
Because of my Aunt Ardie, Houston, Texas became my second home. On each visit she welcomed me and my sisters back with a warm meal, a good hug and a load of wonderful stories. Growing up we didn’t have much, but she and my uncle Joe saw to it that we had something. She took me to my first Astros game, taught me how to make tamales and helped me understand the importance reuniting with the family. I also fell in love with the New Years holiday because of her. Each year she worked hard to make sure our family reconnected with each other, calling us each week and reminding us of the upcoming celebration. When we finally arrived, she filled our bowls with delicious menudo, started the party on the dance floor and again... connected us to the rest of family, which was the most special of all. My childhood and the bond we made with each other wouldn’t have been the same without her.
Aunt Ardie I am grateful for everything you’ve done for us... your kindness and love won’t be forgotten. I’ll cherish the beautiful memories you helped create and our last breakfast together at Denny’s. You’ll be greatly missed 💛
February 10, 2020
I met Adie in 2003 while she was managing the print shop at DPISD. She’ll always be my friend and mutual Astros fan. We shared news updates about our most favorite team and she was the most loyal fan I ever met. However, I cannot say enough about her dedication and loyalty to DPISD where she supervised and personally printed the annual high school commencement programs making last minute additions and edits. Only an example of how much she strived for perfection, accuracy, and punctuality.
Ardie has a special place in my heart forever as my friend. I will never forget sharing Astros stories. I will never forget her kindness and understated sense of humor. I will always love Ardie.
Please accept my sincere condolences and rest assured she’ll always be one of my heroes.💗
February 8, 2020
Like many know we are an Astros family. It’s because of Ardie and Eugenia that my love for the Astros grew bigger than it did!!! They shared all their opportunities with me and my family. We loved having them there and hearing all the stories and just enjoying our time together. We will miss them so much!!! We will keep your memories alive forever!!!
February 8, 2020
We didn’t know then it would be Mom’s last Astros game 6 of the ALCS. They clinched a spot into the World Series. When Altuve hit the game winning homer she turn to me and said Home Run and my friend sitting me captured our excitement. What a last game for her.