January 2, 1947 – April 30, 2021
Our beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Andrea Yruegaz Longoria, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 30, 2021 at the age of 74. Andrea was born January 2, 1947 to Pedro and Guadalupe Yruegaz in Pawnee, Texas. She was the sixth of nine children and grew up in Agua Dulce, Texas. Andrea attended Agua Dulce High School, Texas A&I University-Kingsville, and the University of Houston. Andrea received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science to achieve her goal of becoming a licensed professional counselor. She worked in education for over 40 years in both Houston and Pasadena Independent School Districts. She was a teacher and school counselor and touched thousands of lives. What she loved the most about her job was helping to improve the lives of students, both academically and their overall well-being. She advocated tirelessly for her students. Andrea retired in 2011 from Dobie High School in Pasadena ISD.
Andrea was preceded in death by her parents and nephews, Mark Garza and Craig Orr; mother-in-law Francis Longoria and father-in-law Pedro Longoria.
Andrea is survived by her husband of 51 loving years, Jesse; daughters Amy Waltz (Brett), Tina Dvorak (Brent) and Jessica Sellers (Justin); grandchildren Isabella Waltz, Jacob Waltz, Julia Waltz, Mia Dvorak, Dylan Dvorak, Luke Dvorak, Andie Sellers, Barrett Sellers, and Sam Sellers; sisters Lily Yruegaz, Louisa Diaz (David, deceased), Josie Lazo (Mauro), Rufina Garza (Raul, deceased), Janie Cruz- Blackwood (Mark); brothers Cheo Yruegaz (Pauline) and Pete Yruegaz (Jackie); sisters-in-law Matilda Reyes, Patsy Chavarria (Benny, deceased) and Lucy Longoria (Pete, deceased); along with numerous nieces and nephews who cherished their beloved “Aunt Andy.”
Andrea and Jesse moved to the Sagemont area in 1973. They were founding members of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church. They lived and raised their daughters there for almost 30 years. Andrea and Jesse retired to Pearland, Texas where they lived near their children and grandchildren for over 20 years. Together, they were avid Astros fans and enjoyed attending games with their family and friends, attending World Series games in 2017 and 2019.
Andrea was fiercely devoted to the Catholic Church and her family. She leaned on her faith when facing life challenges. She never hesitated to share her beliefs with others, when they were facing struggles. She had a prayer altar in her room where she knelt and prayed for specific intentions. She took daily walks along the same route and recited the rosary each time, imploring Mother Mary to pray for us. She served many roles and belonged to many ministries at St. Luke’s including Children’s Faith Formation, teacher for Adult Faith Formation classes, ACTS Ministries, Catholic Daughters, Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy, grief group counselor, and bible study small group leader. She also volunteered with her children and grandchildren. Her numerous positions included helping at their schools and on the booster clubs of their various activities. She prepared and served meals at The Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Andrea was also a member and leader with Al-Anon.
In retirement, Andrea continued to enrich lives through time spent with her family. She enjoyed traveling and visiting with her siblings. She was very close to her siblings. They enjoyed traveling, cooking and planning large family gatherings. She was the matriarch of the family, the pillar of strength, and the calm in the storm. She humbly honored each of her family members serving them in various ways. She was the babysitter, chef, housekeeper, individual and family therapist, personal shopper, chauffeur, and the biggest cheerleader. She instinctively knew when and where she was needed the most. Most importantly, she hovered over each of her loved ones in spirit, praying daily for them. She somehow managed to give individual attention to each of her nine grandchildren. She attended special church services, many school performances, baseball, soccer, and basketball games, cross country runs, swim meets, choir concerts, dancing competitions, and recitals, theatre shows and countless other events.
To her husband, Jesse, she was everything. She cared for him and kept him safe. She scheduled appointments, managed the calendar, and followed through. They loved watching sports together. They loved the Astros, Coogs, Aggies, the former Houston Oilers, Texans, and most recently, the Longhorns, in support of their oldest granddaughter. She knew all the rules about sports and often could be heard yelling at the television, discussing games and players with her sons-in-law and siblings. Andrea enjoyed accompanying Jesse on the golf course, walking alongside Jesse’s golf cart, Senior Day at the movie theatre, and dancing at any opportunity. Their love was steadfast and Andrea will continue to shine through Jesse.
A visitation and Rosary for Andrea will be held Monday, May 10, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland, Texas. A funeral mass will occur Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland, Texas. A committal service will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery, in Webster, Texas. A reception will follow at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 2320 Hatfield Road, Pearland, Texas.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at below for the Longoria family.
Visitation and Rosary Service
Monday, May 10, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
May 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to Mrs.Longoria’s family during this trying time. Andrea was one of my sisters in Christ and I was blessed to have met her at the last women’s ACTS retreat. I was in a lot of pain and she recognized it. She reminded me of the power in prayer and encouraged me to fall in love with God. She prayed with me and over me and At the end of the retreat I truly felt that weight and burden I had been carrying around was lifted up off my soul. My heart broke when I heard about her passing, and I know she is watching over everyone and doing great things in heaven as a beautiful angel. I love you sister and thank you for being kind to me in my most vulnerable time. I will carry your prayer with me & share it with those whose paths cross with mine. -“Fall In Love” attributed to Fr.Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1957-1991)
May 18, 2021
I'm Andreas second-to last grandson and I remember one time gramma came to my baseball game and I got a hit and we won the game gramma said she loved the game and she was so proud of me.
Martin & Adelina (Lina) Flores
May 13, 2021
A bright , friendly lady with lots of spunk and a lovely, smiling face: that is how we will always remember Andrea. She was our friend and neighbor when she and her family lived in Houston's Sagemont Subdivision. One of our daughters, Edith, babysat her three little girls when she was still in middle school and later on when Edith was in high school, Andrea heard of job openings, for high school students, with ARAMCO and was quick to notify Edith and even wrote up a nice recommendation for her. Edith got the job,thanks to Andrea. She benefited from the good work experience, and earned money she needed for college. She attended U of T in Austin, and after obtaining her degree continued on to get her Master's degree in Social Work. Andrea was delighted!
Andrea was an excellent role model for students and parents. She encouraged and cheered them along. She was a very caring person. Only God knows how many people she touched and helped while passing through this life; we are grateful she touched ours. For us it is comforting to know that she lived her life well: loving, giving, working, and praising God. She's up in heaven now; God will reward her good work.
To Jesse, Amy, Tina , Jessica, Sons-in- Law, Grandchildren, and rest of Andrea's family, we extend our deepest sympathy. May the countless memories and beautiful thoughts you have of Andrea serve to keep her near, and may God bless and comfort you now and in the days ahead. Receive our love and prayers,
Martin & Lina Flores
May 11, 2021
I wasn’t sure how else to contact you but my mother had funeral services May 10 at St. Helen’s . We were accidentally given flowers belonging to Ms. Longoria. I tried to find a place to deliver but services were over.
They were from Carol McDonald. Just so you know Ms. McDonald sent her sympathies .
Judge Jo Ann Delgado
May 10, 2021
We have lost a beautiful" Angel" here on earth but we know that she is with our Lord. I will always cherish the memories of the Christmas breakfast at the Longoria home. Andrea was an exceptional cook and Jesse the perfect host. I always left feeling so much love from Jesse and Andrea, it was a great way to start the Christmas holidays.
May 10, 2021
Tina you and your family are in my prayers daily. My heart breaks for your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful person to have raised a daughter like you. She is now wrapped in God's arms where no harm will ever come to her again. May you all find peace and cling to the beautiful memories you have.
May 9, 2021
To Andrea’s family,
I was so saddened to hear of Andrea’s passing. I rode the school bus with her and her siblings to Agua Dulce school. We were classmates and graduated together in 1966. I have only the fondest memories of Andrea. Such a good, good person and friend!
My heart is heavy! My prayers are with all of you!
Natalie and David Hoelscher
Connie Ruth Clark
May 9, 2021
Andrea, what joy you brought to all! I will forever remember your laughter and your stories. I am smiling now thinking of the good times we had on counseling trips. I will forever miss you and Andrea’s Hot Sauce, the best in Texas. Say hello to Diane and Al. Until we meet again, my friend. Love you,
May 8, 2021
To Andrea's family,
She would come to my classroom to speak to the kids about their schedules for the next year. She was so kind to them and would answer all of their questions. She was just a good person and had a great sense of humor. I loved visiting with her in her office at Dobie.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of God, family and friends and the wonderful memories of Andrea.
May 7, 2021
God bless your sweet mom. She always had a smile on her face and was always laughing.She always asked about how my mom was doing after my father died. She truly had such a caring,loving spirit in her. She will be truly missed. Our entire family sends our condolences. (The Hecklers, Thompsons and the Dickens) We will keep her and all your family in our prayers.
May 7, 2021
Mrs. Longoria is the person I acknowledge for getting me to love praying the Rosary. It was through her example and testimony that she shared of her love of the Rosary. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. We miss you but know you are in Paradise with Him and His Mother🙏🏽💜
May 7, 2021
The Longoria‘s have been our friends for over 30 years. Tina and Jessica were practically my daughters. They grew up with my kids and are still life long friends. In the many occasions I got to visit with the Longoria‘s, it was very evident that Jessie loved Andrea very much. My only words of comfort and they are very small, because when someone as powerful as Andrea leaves this earth, her Mark is felt like a ripple on a quiet lake. It is never ending. Jesse, my friend, I hurt for you and all the girls. Peace be with you!
May 6, 2021
With a heavy heart, Letty and I send our prayers and condolences to the Longoria family. We will always remember Andrea’s smile and laugher.
It was the Astros baseball games that we would meet with Jesse and Andrea. That’s how we will always remember her, rooting for the Stros.
Letty and Hector Tijerina
May 6, 2021
Andrea is a force of nature and even death does not change that simple fact. I have so many memories of her during our three decades as friends -- our fun banter, our serious conversations, her laughter, the way she welcomed people into her life, and her fangirl love of her Astros. Andrea showed up for the people in her life. She was there. You didn't have to ask her to be there with just the right word, the right action, the right smile (oh, that smile!). Andrea just showed up. She is a presence. And when Andrea was with you, she was present in a way that most people are not. She was a soft armchair for wayward souls to lean on.