Noberta Mendolla Ortiz, 96, of Hutto, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at her home.
Visitation was held Monday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor. Celebration of life mass was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylor with burial following at Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery in Taylor. Pallbearers were Cleto Ortiz, Jr., Manuel Ortiz, Edward Ortiz, Johnny Gonzales, Rufino Olivarez and Christian Torres. Honorary pallbearers were Juan F. Riojas Jr., Miguel Torres, Veronica Ortiz and Isabel Gonzales.
Noberta Mendolla Ortiz was born June 6, 1914 to Jesus and Acencion (Vargas) Mendolla in Gonzales. She married Rufino Castillo Ortiz and they had 10 children together and she later raised six of her grandchildren from birth as her very own. She lived in Taylor all of her life. Noberta worked as a migrant worker in her younger years. She had a very good “green thumb” and liked to sew. She use to go help cook at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Noberta always tried to help out everyone and anyone whether or not you were related to her.
Noberta is preceded in death by her parents, her children: Roman Ortiz, Tito Ortiz, Cleto Ortiz, Carmen Alderete; grandson Rudy Ortiz; three great-grandchildren; her brothers and her sisters.
She is survived by six daughters: Janie Fajordo, of Wichita, Kan., Pauline Concha, of Milwaukee, Wis., Isabel Banda, of Austin, Mary Moya, Minnie Torres, Irene Ortiz, all of Taylor; son Rufus Ortiz, of Taylor; daughter-in-law Nada Ortiz, of Georgetown; five adopted granddaughters: Juanita Riojas, of Hutto, Kim Ortiz, Belinda Burks, Angelica Cabello and Veronica Ortiz, all of Taylor; and a grandson Jaun Riojas Jr. In all, 48 grandchildren, 185 great-grandchildren, 154 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.