Rosalina Marroquin Ayala entered eternal glory on November 8, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in Brownsville, Texas to Victor Manuel Marroquin and Margarita De Leon Marroquin. Rosalina was a kind, loving and generous person who will be profoundly missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.
Rosalina graduated from Villa Maria High School in 1960 and University of the Incarnate Word (formerly Incarnate Word College) in San Antonio in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. Later she received a Master of Science in Adult Education from Texas A & I University in Kingsville.
Rosalina began her teaching career in Brownsville as a Home Economics teacher. She married Dr. Manuel Ayala in 1971 and moved to Mexico City. Later she returned to Brownsville and resumed her teaching career as a Home Economics and HECE (Home Economics Cooperative Education) teacher at Pace High School. She also taught part-time in Brownsville Independent School District’s Adult Continuing Education program. After a 35-year career in teaching, Rosalina retired, yet remained involved in the field she loved as a substitute teacher.
Rosalina was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharist Minister. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and of the Associates prayer group with the Sisters of the Incarnate Word. Rosalina was also a member of the Brownsville Area Retired Teachers Association and Texas Retired Teachers Association. She served as a board member of the Vista Verde Condominium Association.
Rosalina lived life beautifully, with energy, love and deep faith. She enjoyed traveling far and wide with family and friends, particularly valuing her pilgrimages to Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje, and the Holy Land. As a proud grandmother, Rosalina frequently visited Fort Worth for her granddaughters’ artistic performances and San Antonio for her grandsons’ sporting events. She was as special to them as they were to her.
Rosalina was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her children, a daughter, Rosalyna “Lynita” Ayala (Jake) Yarbrough of Fort Worth and a son, Victor Rafael (Dr. Jane) Ayala of San Antonio. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sofia Rose Yarbrough, Gabriela Joy Yarbrough, Rafael Barbosa Ayala and Lucas Barbosa Ayala. In addition, Rosalina is survived by a sister, Minerva M. (Francisco) Saldivar, a brother, Victor Manuel Marroquin, Jr. of Austin, two nieces, Yuneska S. (Dr. Robert) Vezzetti of Austin and Monica M. (Doug) Bassett of Houston, a nephew, York Marko (Kristen) Saldivar of Harlingen, beloved cousins and life-long friends.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017, in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home with the recitation of the rosary at 7:00 pm. The funeral Mass will be at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 555 W. St. Francis St. Entombment services will follow in the Mausoleum at Buena Vista Burial Park.
In lieu of flowers, her children request that donations be made to Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797, 1-866-789-1000, and www.lustgarten.org.
She was an amazing educator. I was her student at Pace High School. When I was working at Skinner Elementary as an educator myself we had a walk in the neighborhood, and I so happen to come to her home. The most amazing thing was that she remembered me, her student of at that time 20 some years prior. That day she took me around her home and we stayed and spoke for a good while about the school trip we had. My sincere condolences to the family.
Estella Trevino LopezBrownsville, TX
Rosalina, was a beautiful and very kind person. I will always remember her kindness and pretty smile. Our parents were friends so I have known her since I was a child and she was always so sweet. Our kids were friends and we worked at SJA Band Boosters and other activities. I know she will be dearly missed by all her friends and lovely family. Our heartfelt condolences to her family.
Mary BrownSan Antonio, TX
I am so sorry to hear about Rosalina, I have known her all my life and we went to school at the same time. She was such a wonderful person.
My mother and her mother were great friends and we would go over and visit when I was a young girl.
You have my deepest sympathy and if there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to let me know. Helen Carol
Helen Carol Femat FisherMoundsville, WV
Victor and family sorry about the loss of your mom. She was a special lady and she was proud of you all and you can see it when she was around you all! My condolences and my prayers
Robert RosasSan Antonio, TX
My sincere condolences to the family, especially Minerva we were classmates from kinder to graduation. Always knew her little sister Rosalina as the sweetest and very caring person , just a grade behind us. May all your memories of Rosalina serve as consolation during this sad time!
Mary Helen SosaPearland,, TX
My sincere condolences to all of the family. Your mom was my homemaking teacher back when I was in high school in the early 70s. I loved her sweet, gentle caring ways. She made a lasting impression on all that knew her and I know she touched so many other lives. She will be deeply missed doing what she did best...loving others! ❤❤💕💕⚘⚘ "Blessed are those that grieve for they shall be comforted" Matthew 5:4
Elizabeth Limon AvitiaBrownsville, TX
Colleen SnyderFort Worth, TX
Lynita and Family
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She raised an amazing family and I know she is so proud of you! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy EversonArlington, TX
My most sincere condolences to the family, she was my favorite teacher one of a kind. I will always remember her as my home economic teacher and a beautiful and kind person with a soft spoken voice and a beautiful smile. Will be missed !!!! My prayers to all the family for God to surround you with his love and peace.🙏🏻❤️
Marty CastilloHorseshoe Bay,, TX
I feel very sad for this loss, Rosalina, "Cuquitos" my cousin an adorable, sweet and loving woman will be forever in my heart, leaving beautiful memories, unfortunately, the last calls I made to the cell phone did not answer me, I was worried for her health, what a pity that she did not win this battle, but she is leaving many fruits of love and beautiful memories. RIP and God send comfort soon. With a lot of affection, receive a big hug and kisses.
Myrthala Gómez ZepedaMonterrey, N. L.,
Gratefully she is no longer in pain. She leaves a void in her family: dutiful daughter, exemplary parent and sibling. Rosalina was wonderful person, a perfect prima, with a kind heart. She was the embodiment, in personality, of her mother, Margarita, who never had an unkind word for anyone, even those who had treated her badly. I will miss her.
Hector UribeAustin, TX
Condolences to the family. Although I haven’t seen you in years, Minerva, I remember your pretty sister well. Rest In Peace and God bless you and your family
Lucy Champion FernandezEdinburg, TX
My condolences and prayers to all of Rosalinda's family. I taught with her at Pace High School. She was a lovely person -- so generous and giving of herself. May she rest In Peace. I will have a mass said for her.
Carmen GomezBrownsville, TX
Although the privilege of meeting your sweet Mother/Grandmother was but only a few short times, it was immediately evident that she was a beautiful spirit. Thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort.
Ruth and Layla Terrell
Ruth TerrellWeatherford, TX
Lynita and Victor so sorry to hear of your loss - I have very nice memories of your mom. Un abrazo. Stella Filizola
Stella FilizolaBrownsville, TX
Anita M. RamirezSan Antonio, TX
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .
Eddie A. Gonzalez & Family
Eddie A. Gonzalez &FamilyBrownsville,
Please accept my sincere condolences.
Patricia Cisneros YoungBrownsville, TX
Please accept my sincere condolences.
Patricia Cisneros YoungBrownsville, TX
My deepest condolences to Ms. Ayala’s Family. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I truly enjoyed working and learning from her for many years at Pace. Peace and comfort to all of you at this most difficult time. May she be Resting In Peace in The Lord’s arms.
Mary Lou PonceBrownsville, TX