Maria (Cuca) Ortiz Reyna, 78, of Galveston, passed away Friday, December 11, 2015 at her residence. Maria was born on July 4, 1937. She was the youngest of many children and grew up comfortably in the sleepy town of Villa de Guadalupe, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Maria worked as a teacher, beautician, and first aid nurse prior to moving to the United States, where she met her husband of nearly 50 years, Ramiro. She was a full time mother and, later in life, the caregiver to many young children. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed gardening and crocheting.
Maria was preceded in death by her parents, Josefa and Patricio Ortiz. She is survived by her husband, Ramiro; daughters (and spouses), Soila Gomez (Luis) and Angelica Reyna Quintanilla (David); sons (and spouses), Ramiro Reyna, Jr. (Briony) and Marco Antonio Reyna (Cristina); and grandchildren: Amanda, Ariel (Ryan), David, II, Victoria, Daniel, Sebastian, Ethan, Sophia, and Liam.
Pallbearers will be David Quintanilla, Sr., Luis Gomez, Ramiro Reyna, Jr., Marco Antonio Reyna, Sebastian Reyna, Ethan Reyna, David Quintanilla, II, and Daniel Gomez.
Maria’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00pm, Tuesday, December 15, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 6:00pm.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, December 16, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father EJ Stein, OFM, as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Maria’s family asks memorials be made in Cuca’s name to the American Cancer Society (PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123) or The Rainbow Connection (PO Box 17176, Galveston, Texas 77552).