OBITUARY

Otila Aranda

June 3, 1954January 9, 2021
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Otila “Tila” Aranda, 66, entered eternal rest on January 9th, 2021 at her Pharr residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 3rd, 1954 in Pharr, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents, Erasmo and Canuta Cantu; and a brother, Raul Cantu. Tila is survived by her loving husband, Antonio Aranda; a son, Christopher Aranda; a daughter, Laura Aranda (Dina); 2 stepsons, Michael Aranda (Danielle) and Anthony Aranda; 4 grandchildren, Jacqualyn (Anthony), Joshua, Victor and Rachel; 2 great-grandchildren, Juliana and Ethan; a brother, Erasmo Cantu Jr. (Lily); and sisters, Leonor Pina (Juan+), San Juanita Ramirez (Amador), Elizabeth Luera (Danny), Graciela Cantu (Alfredo), and Norma Huerta (Benito). She graduated from UTPA with a bachelors in Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership. As a dedicated educator for over 37 years, she taught in La Joya, PSJA, Hidalgo and McAllen school districts. Tila was an Assistant Principal at Valley View Jr. High and after retirement, she continued her love for education by substituting at Austin Middle School in San Juan. She loved to travel and was always ready for an adventure. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, and shopping. Tila was an avid sports fan, always following her favorite sports teams: Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Astros, and the Texas Longhorns. Above all, she loved life, spending time with her family and her beloved pet dogs. She will be missed dearly by all those who knew and loved her. A visitation for Tila will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Funeraria Del Angel Palm Valley in Pharr. A funeral mass will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1:00pm with interment to follow at 2:00pm at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens in Pharr.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Helen Cerda Jenson

January 12, 2021

Sincerest condolences from the Jenson family. It is our prayer that God will comfort the Aranda and Cantu family during this very difficult time. May God Bless you all as you mourn, and may the light of his presence be a continual source of consolation.
Tila, may you rest peacefully in God's loving embrace.

JANIE CERDA

January 12, 2021

Sending sincerest condolences to the entire Aranda & Cantu families on the valuable loss of Tila who was such a charismatic person. Not everyone gets to say they had the world’s best wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt or friend, but rest assured that Tila fulfilled all of those prestigious titles to the best of her ability. “Tila, I truly believe you are in a better place with your loving parents, family and friends who went before you. As for those you left behind, May they find comfort that you are with God where there is no pain or sorrow. Though you are gone from your earthly home, you will always walk by their sides and forever reside in their hearts and memories. Rest In Peace, Tila”.🙏🏻💜Sincerely, Janie Cerda & Mike Cerda Families

Mandy Cerda Gonzales

January 12, 2021

Henry and I (and my children) send our deepest condolences to Tony, Laura, Dina and Eric. We know this is such a difficult time and there are no perfect words to comfort you. Rest assure that Tila suffers no more, and she entered into Eternal Rest with God"s opened arms, Her Dad and Mom there too. She will Always live in your hearts and memories. May God give you Peace, Comfort and Strength this difficult times. Tila was a Beautiful, Faithful Woman that we know she Rests in Gods Hands.

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