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.