ALWAYS IN OUR HEART!
Celestina Sanchez Ortiz, born August 25, 1925, in Elmendorf, Texas joined our heavenly father August 5, 2020 at the age of 94. Celestina is survived by her children, Henry and his wife Martha, Catalina (Kathy), Robert and his wife Laura, Joe and his wife JoAnn, David and his wife Renaii, JoAnn O. Tovar and her husband Ray; grandchildren, Lena Ortiz, Leslie Sauceda, Jennifer Robarts and her husband Lawrence, Jennive Salinas and her husband John, RaineeJo Ortiz, Brianna Ortiz, Nicole Ortiz, Natalie Ortiz, Christina Carmichael and her husband Colt, Christopher Mychal Demetrio Ortiz (Myke) and his wife Victoria (Tori), Roxanne Johnson, Sarah Bischoff and her husband Kenny, Rebekah Olvera and her husband Edward, and Andrew Tovar; great grandchildren, Bianca, Justin, Mirella, Yolissma, Madison, Jackson, Frank, Cameron, Soleea, Aliya, Malachi, Izaveah, Elise, Robert, Irmie, Gabriel, Anaya, Angelina, Alyssa, Adrian, Aiden, Aaron, Cambree, Colbee, and Cannon (Bub), Conrad; her sister, Maria S. Torrez. She is preceded in death by her parents, Monico and Amelia G. Sanchez; her husband, Demetrio D. Ortiz, Jr; her daughters, Amalia O. (Molly) Bell and Maria Marcelina (Mary) Ortiz; her brother, Nicolas G. Sanchez; her sisters, Isidra Araiza, Dominga Salazar, Juanita S. Corona, Jessie S. Ortiz, Rosemary S. Carranza, and Virginia S. Uriegas.
Celestina married the love of her life, Demetrio, July 5, 1947. After his passing in 1972, Celestina continued to provide a loving home to their eight children. She loved her family immensely! Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her heart and soul. Her eyes would light up with such pride, joy and love every time they would come to visit her. Whoever took the time to come visit knew that part of that visit would always include a “photo opportunity” with her disposable camera….and the picture had to be taken twice!
Celestina also looked forward to sitting on her couch with her Spurs bear and a notepad (to keep score) to watch the San Antonio Spurs play. She may not have known all of the rules of the game, but she knew about the score, her favorite player (Manudo aka Manu Ginobili) and that the teams took a restroom break (aka halftime) every game! She was also passionate about her flowers and was proud to share them with others. Celestina had the “greenist” thumb around and could get flowers to bloom from almost any plant which is an example of her life…always full of beautiful color!
Celestina has spent her life praying for others and wanting the best for everyone. She prayed for health and happiness every night before she went to sleep. She loved everyone and could only see good things in all! Her presence in our lives will be dearly missed!
The family would like to thank the care providers at Amazing Faith Personal Care Home, Jenna, Nicole, Angie, Lori, Patricia, especially Jessica, Monica Gonzales, RN and Ruben Avery, Hospice RN for the loving care that they provided our mother.