Ofelia Ortega, 81, left her mark as she was an enthusiastic, generous and loving person. She came from Tototlán, Jalisco, Mexico to Santa Barbara in 1973. Almost every day, Ofelia could be found at either the Catholic Charities Haley Street compound, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish or Our Lady of Sorrows Church helping to cook meals. One year she was honored in The Independent among others as being one of our local heroes.
Ofelia taught catechism yearly to 35 children, ages ranging from ten to thirteen at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Attending church weekly, one of her gifted characteristics was singing beautifullyalong to the gospel music. She also spent many evenings visiting the sick and the elderly. “I like to visit them, listen and to give them comfort. When I am with them, it makes me feel good.”
Inside the home, Ofelia was a loving and hardworking mother of eight. She loved all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren dearly. Ofelia may be gone, but she has clearly left her mark in our hearts. We may have lost a beautiful soul, but heaven has gained a beautiful angel. She will forever be in our hearts. In loving memory of Ofelia Ortega, November 18, 1935 – January 4, 2017.
Rosary will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Church January 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm and Funeral Mass January 13, 2017 at 10:00 am at Our lady of Sorrows Church.
Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary