Lillie Rios

July 20, 1937 - November 24, 2011
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Lillie Rios, 74, passed away November 24, 2011 at UTMB Hospital with her immediate family at her bedside. She was born July 20, 1937 in Needville, Texas to Juan Balli and Refujia ”Mama Cuca” Salazar. Lillie was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. With Lillie, family always came first, and she was very generous to her close-knit family. She looked forward to the annual family vacations they took together to either the ranch, cabin, or on cruises and loved family gatherings. Lillie also enjoyed cooking and sewing. She had a love for crossword puzzles and brain teasers. Lillie was a graduate of Ball High School and a member of Tornettes. She retired with over 30 years of service as a registered nurse at UTMB. Nursing was her passion and she enjoyed every moment and care she provided for her patients.

She is preceded in death by her mother Refujia “Mama Cuca” Balli and son, Tony Rios, Jr.

Lillie is survived by her husband of 57 years, Tony Rios, Sr.; sons, David and wife, Loryann Rios of Galveston, Michael and wife, Merry Rios of Galveston, and Jimmie Lee Rios of Galveston; daughter, Tina Rios Livingston of Sugar Land; sister, Santos Rodriguez of Angleton; grandchildren, Vanessa Perales, Erika Aguilar, Troy Livingston, Amanda Rios and Rodolfo Rios; great grandchildren, Angelina Perales, Chelsea and Daniel Aguilar, and Natalia, Gabriella, and Tatiana Rios.

At Lillie’s request the immediate family will gather to celebrate her life in lieu of a formal service. Her family will respect her wishes and appreciate all prayers and condolences through this difficult time.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Robert Beach and the staff of UTMB for the wonderful care they provided to Lillie.

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Born: July 20, 1937
Died: November 24, 2011

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Bill Dunavan posted on 11/30/-1

Tina, I am sorry for your loss, but your mother is finally at peace. She was a very nice lady and I am glad I got to meet her.


Susie Godfrey posted on 11/30/-1

I can't express enough how sorry I am to hear about your mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. She will be missed by many, especially you.


Delia Molina posted on 11/30/-1

Lillie will be missed so much. Take comfort knowing what a wonderful wife and mother you were blessed with all those years, though not enough. God bless you and give you strength.


Patsy Koetting posted on 11/30/-1

Uncle Tony & all: Prayers for comfort and peace during this time. I will always have in my heart the memories of shared Easter's & Christmas's with you guys and how much fun those times were! Wonderful memories are a blessing! God's blessings to all. Much love, Patsy & Steve & family


Josie (Alice) Drake posted on 11/30/-1

To all – my Aunt Lillie was a very special person to me. I am grateful she was my Aunt and a big part of my life. As a child I spent a lot of summer vacations with her, Uncle Tony and my cousins. My Aunt Lillie always welcomed me with open arms. She had a big heart, was very nurturing and could be very funny unexpectedly. I will miss her very much. My condolences go out to everyone. Love to all, Alice


Connie Grogan posted on 11/30/-1

Dear Tony, Tina, and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother....I know it is not easy to say goodbye but do always remember she is not suffering any longer and although you will miss her, she is now able to spend time with her son again and I know as a mother, that will please her so.... my thoughts and prayers are with all of you...she was a lovely person and I am so glad I had the priviledge of knowing her Love, Connie


Denise Elliott posted on 11/30/-1

I'll always remember the menudo soup and tamales she made ....I'm praying for your family...I know your mom is in a wonderful place! Love ya Denise


Sylvia Rodriguez posted on 11/30/-1

My deepest condolences to Tony and the entire Rios family. I enjoyed Lillie's company as we sat on the swing in front of her house and we chatted about different topics such as our kids, her latest crafty project, collecting antiques and her word puzzels. Lillie had a big heart and was always hospitable especially with her fantastic cooking...maybe that's why Tina is also a good cook. I know Lillie is watching over her family and especially the love of her life, "Tony". I always admired their love for each other and were the example of a couple that took their marriage vows seriously. Lillie was committed to Tony and her family. Lillie made an impact in my life and for that I am greatful to God. Love, Sylvia


Vicki & Sonny Yanez posted on 11/30/-1

Dear Family, we are extremely saddend by this big loss...Lillie will always live in our hearts.We are grateful for all the memories we have of our time together. Lillie was an excellent cook, seamstress,nurse, smart lady,she made the best lil towel animals..and always made staying with her comfortable, as she was the BEST host! We love yall and will miss her, but find comfort knowing she is with her loved ones in Heaven...


Angela King posted on 11/30/-1

I am so sorry to hear of the Rios family's loss. May God comfort you at this time and always.


Vanessa Perales posted on 11/30/-1

I will miss my grandmother more than words can express. She was a very important woman in my life. She will live in my heart for enternity. Thank you for all your prayers and support.


RosaEspinoza posted on 11/30/-1

Our prayer and thoughts are with all the family.god bless you all


Lupe Puente posted on 11/30/-1

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.


Dennis Livingston posted on 11/30/-1

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .......Troy's uncle & Tina's brother in law.


Dennis Livingston posted on 11/30/-1

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .......Troy's uncle & Tina's brother in law.


Barbara George posted on 11/30/-1

I am so sorry to hear of your wife's and mother's passing and my prayers are with you now the same as they were for the past weeks as you all worried and waited hoping for recovery from her illness. You will all miss her forever but I am sure you are comforted knowing she is where she should be and there is no more sickness or pain for her.


Deborah Pimentel posted on 11/30/-1

I am so sorry for the loss of a wonderful family member, she will be missed dearly. All my love to everyone.