Rose P. Ornelas passed away on Feb. 7th, 2013 surrounded by her family. Rose was born to Luis and Delfina Pantoja on July 17, 1953, in Valentine, Texas. Rose enjoyed a life full of love, happiness and adventure. Rose never turned an experience down and always conquered any challenge that came her way. Rose believed life was meant to be filled with family and fun and she never let anyone down when it came to those things. Rose lived life to its fullest. Rose was preceded in death by her mother Delfina and her father Luis and her beloved dog Chichi. Rose was survived by her husband Max Ornelas; sons, John Max Ornelas Jr. and daughter in law Angel, John Anthony and Christopher “Her Baby Boy” Ornelas and wife Kristian; a very special granddaughter Mercedes Ornelas along with 12 other grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers, Ismael Pantoja and wife Carol, Robert Pantoja and wife Linda, Sam D. Pantoja and wife Roberta, Ricky Pantoja and wife Lupe; sister Edwina Araujo.
Rose worked for Frontier Medical as a Certified Nurse Assistant. Rose worked within the medical field for more than 30 years and spent her life helping other people. Rose’s true loves were her beloved dog Chichi, grandkids and her 2011 Mustang convertible. Chichi was the reason Rose battled so long through her illness. Rose enjoyed driving down Main St. with the top down on a warm summer day drinking a cherry coke from Sonic, and taking care of her grandchildren. Rose loved having “Hug Days” and her favorite saying was “Whatcha know.”
Pallbearers will be Sam D. Pantoja, Ricky Pantoja, Ismael Pantoja, Robert Pantoja, John Anthony Ornelas and John Max Ornelas III. Honorary pallbearers will be Christopher Lee Ornelas, Mercedes Ornelas, Mario “Bubba” Ornelas, Christopher “Tbo” Ornelas, Trystian Ornelas, Isaac Ornelas, Angela Ornelas, Riselcela Archuleta, Christina Ornelas and great grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a thank you to Anita and Lisa, her nurses and also to Rose’s family at Frontier Medical. A special thank you to Rose’s doctor, Dr. Sokolich and Dr. Braik who went the extra mile in her care.
Services are being held with a viewing of our beautiful Rose on Sunday, Feb. 10th from Noon to 7 p.m. with Rosary services starting at 7 p.m. at Ballard Funeral Home. The family would like to invite all family and friends to a dinner hosted by Frontier Medical prior to the Rosary
Services at the Ava Maria Center starting at 3 p.m. Mass services will be held on Monday, Feb. 11th at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church. Burial to follow Mass. Dinner to be held at the Ava Maria Center following burial.
This is Rose’s last hug to all of the special people in her life.
To my very special Texas Rose, I know you were not famous, but you were my world. I love you Rose- Max
God saw that you were getting tired,
And a recovery was not to be.
So he put His arms around you
And whispered, “Come home with me.”
With tearful eyes, we watched you suffer
And saw you fade away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating:
A determined spirit is at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best
In tears I saw you sinking,
I watched you fade away.
You suffered much in silence,
You fought so hard to stay.
You faced your task with courage.
Your spirit did not bend,
and still you kept on fighting until the very end.
God saw you getting tired.
When a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around you and whispered “come to me”.
So when I saw you sleeping So peaceful, free from pain.
I could not wish you back to suffer that again.