Mary Rose “Rosie” Estrada went to be with the Lord on March 6, 2018. She was born on February 23, 1932, in Beaumont, Texas and grew up in Galveston, Texas. She was the 8th child of twelve children born to Maria and Narciso Estrada, who were originally from Barcelona, Spain. She was the devoted caretaker of both her parents until their death. After the death of her parents, she was the person who made it her mission to keep the family connected.
She attended Ursuline Academy, an all-girl Catholic high school, in Galveston and Ursuline College, in New Orleans, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. After college, she returned to Galveston and taught at St. Patrick’s School and Ursuline Academy.
After a brief time as a teacher, Mary Rose became a banker with her first position at First National Bank in Galveston, which later became First Hutchings-Sealy and eventually became Bank of America. She retired from Bank of America with over 40 years of service.
After her retirement from banking, Mary Rose began a new chapter as the “Coolest Aunt” to nephew and niece, Kyle and Katie. She picked them up from school and made daily runs to Baskin Robbins before heading home to work on homework. She went to soccer games, basketball games and tournaments, piano recitals, dance recitals and more.
Mary Rose never married; however, she was a second mother and special friend to her sisters, brothers, and her many nieces and nephews. She accompanied generations of nieces and nephews on all sorts of adventures – including trips to Disneyland, the Holy Land, to Spain to visit the family, and various other destinations.
Mary Rose was such a self-less person, always stepping in to care for someone in need – whether it was her parents; her brother Charles; spending weeks out in California caring for her sister Mary Carmen; bringing Friday night supper and making Sunday lunch for George and Donna; bringing meals to bank friends; sitting with troubled friends; and serving with Meals on Wheels (as a past deliverer of meals, a past officer on the Board, and office volunteer).
Mary Rose was an “Island Girl” at heart. She loved to go the beach and took several generations of children with her, building not just sand castles, but treasured memories. She loved to go crabbing and collecting seashells. She spent many afternoons with her brother, George, having coffee and watching the pelicans frolic in the bayou.
Mary Rose spent many hours outdoors working in her yard and garden, talking to her plants which she said, “helped them grow”. Yet, while indoors, Mary Rose was an accomplished cook – everyone loved the way she made “Grandma’s Sunday chicken and mashed potatoes” and her special chocolate chip cookies!
Mary Rose was also a great friend to so many. She regularly got together with her Ursuline friends for the Julia Circle Ursuline Alumni, her retiree bank friends for lunch, and maintained a close connection with her childhood friends.
Most importantly, Mary Rose loved Jesus and was a devout Catholic. She attended Holy Family Catholic Church in Galveston and served in many ways over the years – in the Altar Society, the Auxiliary, and working at the St. Patrick’s Festival. Her life demonstrates her servant heart through the love she regularly gave to so many people.
Mary Rose was predeceased by her parents, Narciso and Maria Estrada; her siblings, Dolores Minoia, Nuria Burress, Charles Estrada, Monty Siller, Albert Estrada, William Estrada, and Mary Carmen Estrada. She is survived by her brother, George Estrada and his wife Donna; sisters, Josephine Estrada, Pilar Shankle and Maria Winn and husband, Bob; and sister-in-law, Olivia Estrada. She is also survived by her nephews and nieces: Michael Minoia; Marylee Worsham and husband Dan; Ann Soletto and husband, Herb; Larry Siller and wife Kathy; Gary Siller and Sandy Sanderson; Barry Siller and wife, Anne; Terry Siller and wife, Cathy; Al Estrada, Jr. and wife, Mary; Suzanne Estrada; Cathy Corbett; Gwen Terry and husband, Neil; Vicki West; Bill Estrada; Emily Fisher and husband, Bryan; Jeane Roberts and husband, Chris Roberts; Stan Shankle and wife, Nelly, Greg Shankle and wife, Barb, Steve Shankle and wife, Lara, Tom Shankle and spouse, Greg, Jimmy Shankle and spouse, Tammie, Joe Shankle and wife Jennie; Sharon Fremin and husband, Ross; and Bobby Winn. She is also survived by her great-nephews and nieces: Tiffany Hammond and husband, Matthew; Amanda West and husband, Jody; Elizabeth Jones and husband, John; Jill Worsham, Danny Worsham and Kyle Worsham; Stephen Soletto and Bryan Soletto; Chrissy Siller and Jimmy Siller; Chance Siller and Alexandra Siller; Aubrey Siller, Parker Siller, Carli Siller and Kelom Siller; Ryan Siller and Jennifer Siller; Emma Estrada and Adan Estrada; Beau Lobodin and Bianca Lobodin; John Corbett and Stephen Corbett; Kristen Ward and husband Ron; Erin Cornelius and husband Brent; Christopher and wife, Kim; Cristina Bailey; Melissa Estrada; Kyle Fisher; Katie Fisher Taylor and husband Jake; Blake Roberts and wife, Shelby; Ashley Roberts; Matt Roberts, Jack Roberts, and Caleb Roberts; Nick Shankle and Natalie Shankle; Shane Shankle and wife, Haley, Jamie Shankle and Casey Shankle; Tori Shankle and Maddie Shankle; Spencer Shankle; Mandie Morris and husband, Tyler; Megan Shankle, Austin Shankle and Carson Shankle; Lauren Fremin; Cailey Winn and Bobby Winn; and many other great great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway, Galveston, Texas at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018 with a Rosary to follow at 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, with Father Orrin Halepeska officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Steve Shankle, Larry Siller, Barry Siller, Kyle Fisher, Matt Roberts, and Jack Roberts.
The family deeply appreciates the friends and relatives who accompanied Mary Rose on her many visits to M.D. Anderson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Galveston Island Meals on Wheels, Holy Family Catholic Church, MD Anderson, or the charity of your choice.