Rita M. Rodriguez, 83, of Galveston, passed away Friday, January 4, 2008, at her residence.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, January 8th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father John Paul Flajole, OFM, as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
The family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Monday, January 7th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary and vigil service will be held at 7:00 pm, led by Father John Paul Flajole, OFM.
Rita was born September 1, 1924, in Alvin, Texas. She grew up in Galveston and married Johnny Rodriguez at an early age. She became a full time homemaker, wife, and mother to seven children. In her early years, she loved music and dancing, winning several jitterbug contests with her brother. Rita also played the piano by ear having never had lessons to teach her. She was a great cook, enjoyed working crossword puzzles, and doing scratch off lotto tickets. Rita also liked to watch novellas, which are Spanish soap operas.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 51 years, Johnny Rodriguez; daughter, Jessie R. Escobar; grandson, Paul Joseph Rodriguez; two sisters; one brother; and son-in-law, Joe Montoya.
She is survived by her sons: PJ Rodriguez, Jr. and wife Cathy; and Bobby Rodriguez; daughters: Mary Ellen Montoya; Lilly Garcia and husband, Eugene; Rita Rodriguez; and Kathy Tavarez and husband, Lou; grandchildren: Samantha, Leslie, and Eugene L. Garcia, Jr.; Richie and Ray Rodriguez; Rene Henry; David, Daniel, and Veronica Escobar; Stephanie Keeton, John and Bobby Rodriguez, Jr.; Crystal Lawrence; and Kathy Rodriguez; fifteen great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Pallbearers will be Eugene L. Garcia, Jr., Richie Rodriguez, Ray Rodriguez, David Escobar, Daniel Escobar, and John Rodriguez. Bobby Rodriguez, Jr. and Elmer Simmers will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Rita’s family wishes to extend special thanks to the UTMB Geriatrics Department, Assist Med, and Hospice Care Team, Inc. for the exceptional care they provided.
Memorials may be made in Rita’s name to your favorite charity.