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.