Carmen Villarreal Orta, a native Houstonian, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at the age of 69 years. Carmen was born March 6, 1941 to the late Jose Maria and Clotida Lopez Villarreal. She attended Sacred Heart and St. Agnes Academy.
Carmen was devoted to serving her community. She was a former board member and served the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Houston Housing Authority, the Houston Minority Business Council, and the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of The United Way. She also served with the East End Chamber of Commerce, AAMA, and. the Sisters of Charity.
Carmen was an active volunteer and served with the San Jacinto Council of the Girl Scouts of America, the Northside Redevelopment Corp., and the American Diabetes Association. She was a former board member of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor Bureau, chaired La Rosa Family Services, and was past President of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Carmen was also the recipient of the Willie Velasquez Lifetime Achievement Award and received an HCC Honorary Associates Degree. Carmen was voted US. Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year in 1988 and was inducted into the Hispanic Women Hall of Fame.
Preceded in death by her parents, Carmen is survived by a loving family; her husband of 43 years, Roy; three sons, Ramiro Orta, David Bustillos, and Roy Steven Orta; brother, Joe Villarreal; sister, Paula Cabrera; mother-in-law, Beatrice Andrado; four generations of nieces and nephews, numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
The family will receive friends from 5pm to 7pm, and will hold a vigil service at 7pm, Friday, June 25th, at Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 4918 Cochran St., Houston. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10am Saturday, June 26th, at Saint Patrick Catholic Church. Rite of committal will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. For those desiring, memorials may be made in Carmen’s honor to the American Diabetes Association.