Adalia Quintanilla Cortina was born in El Rancho San Isidro, General Teran, Nuevo Leon and went to be with the Lord on the 6th of March 2023. She was 17 years when she married Juan Cortina, the love of her life and a great man.
By herself, she raised 6 children after the death of her husband in 1969. She would tell the story how her wedding lasted three days back in the 50’s and would smile when she went back in time with her beautiful memory. The couple proceeded to start a family consisting of Rosalba, Juan Manuel, Alma Gloria, Carlos Cesar, Diamantina and Romeo.
They lived modestly and very happy in Port Houston for many, many years; until 1969, when her husband Juan tragically died of a sudden heart attack at a young age of 35, leaving the young widow alone with 6 children ranging from 3 to 14 years of age. There were so many obstacles, but Adalia being very determined and a hard worker made sure all her children had clean clothes, in school, and insisted they work very hard. That was a lesson that would never be forgotten and forever instilled in their hearts. She made sure there were always clean clothes, home cooked meals on the table, even if it was just rice, beans and freshly made corn tortillas. She leaves behind a great legacy for each and every one, and that was to “never give up or settle for less.” She did everything in her power to unite the family.
She was a wonderful grandmother, never differentiating one grandchild from another. She loved them all, every one of them. She gave from the heart even when she had very little to give. She was always ready to go to the grandchildren’s birthday parties or family festivities. Adalia was not dancer, not a scholar, or a good writer, but she was smart in her own way, and she knew basic math, but most of all, she had principles and respect for others.
She had a kind soul, but could slap you down with a certain look. She will be remembered for being a great disciplinarian and a delegator, always giving each and every child many chores to do on a daily basis. She adored her husband and was very loyal to him until her death. There was never a man in her life; it was her children and grandchildren that took up all her time. She remained a widow for over 54 years. She was always available for all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be missed, and life will never be the same.
In Honor Of
March 15, 2023
Wednesday, 10am-12 (noon)
St.Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
527 S Houston Ave
Humble, T× 77338
Gate Time 1pm
13747 Eastex Fwy
Houston, T× 77039
Funeral Reception to follow at 3pm
Humble Civic Center
8233 Will Clayton Pkwy
Humble, T× 77338