Hortencia Gonzalez

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Hortencia “Granny” Gonzalez, born September 16, 1929, entered the joy of her Master on December 27, 2017 in the season of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  She is survived by her cherished sisters Cecilia and Esther Castillo; daughters Dora Cummings (Robert) and Carmen Hatton (Robert); sons Santiago Gonzalez (Norma), Jorge Gonzalez (Pat), Gabriel Gonzalez, Javier Gonzalez (Sylvia) and son-in-law Jesse Padilla.  She was blessed with eighteen grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Josepha Castillo, her husband of sixty-six years Carmen Gonzalez, her three beloved sisters, Maria Del Carmen Castillo, Gregoria Castillo and Elvira Garza, daughter Magdalena Padilla, son Jose Luis Gonzalez and grandson Roberto Gomez Jr.  She also leaves behind, two nieces, Graciela Gonzalez, Susie Rodriguez (Tino) and one nephew, Juan Garza (Betty) and their families.

Hortencia was one of five daughters born and raised in Laredo, Texas.  Upon graduating from Business College, she worked at Mercy Hospital as a secretary for a very arduous nun, though challenging, she was thankful for the experience.  Early in their marriage they lived in Washington State, however the bitter cold would bring her back to the much warmer climate of her hometown Laredo, Texas.  There they would raise their children until the mid-1980s when they would make their way to Houston to be with their ever growing family.

All would agree Hortencia made the best pancakes, flour tortillas and the bottomless bowl of Spanish rice.  She was also, always on target with that chancla.  She enjoyed watching crime and mystery shows like “Murder She Wrote” and “Law and Order” and loved anything Disney, relishing in treating her granddaughters to Disney on Ice shows.  Her love for travel took her to New York City, Tennessee, Germany, Paris and Lourdes, France.

She was known as Granny to many, and anyone who was privileged to meet her, knew she never met a dessert she didn’t like.  Granny would also say it was perfect okay to have dessert before any meal!  As her illness progressed, and traveling became more difficult, she delighted in getting into the car, and taking a short drive anywhere you wanted to take her, especially to Sonic.  Though her demeanor was quiet and reserved, she loved being amid the commotion. Granny was a woman of great faith in God, had great devotion to the Blessed Mother, loved praying the Rosary and attending Mass.

A special thanks to her wonderful caregivers of seven years, Nereida Velasquez and Maria Ontiveros, who doted over her and cared for her with the utmost dignity and love.

A piece of our hearts is now in Heaven.

Visitation will be from 5:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, January 5, 2018, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with a rosary being prayed at 6:00pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am Saturday, January 6, 2018 at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.