Julia Ortega

Julia Ortega
March 4, 1953 – June 23, 2019

Our energetic, bubbly, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter, and hairstylist, Julia Ortega, 66, of Bryan, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Bryan. A visitation will begin at 9 am, with the (ROSARY RECITED AT 10AM) FOLLOWED BY THE funeral Mass, both in St. Mary’s Catholic Center, Friday, June 28, 2019. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Rev. Msgr. John A. McCaffrey will officiate services. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers.

Julia, a Bryan native, had every reason to remain in Bryan as a life long resident, was born on March 4, 1953, to Marcos and Susie Ortega. She was a great mother providing the best life she could for her children and later her beloved grandchildren. She was a kind spirit to every one she met, full of unconditional love. Julia will be remembered for her continual smile she had for all. Julia was proud to be a Fighting Stephen F. Austin High School Bronco and a member of the final Senior Class of 1972 to graduate from SFA. Her passion in becoming a hairstylist began here at SFA in Cosmetology. Julia was employed with Vogue Hairstyling Salon and was a stylist for thirty years. Her work family, Julia always held close to her heart. Those who knew her will miss Julia’s love of all. Julia was Catholic in faith and attended Mass regularly at the catholic churches in Bryan and College Station.

Her daughter Laura Melendez and her parents all precede her in death.

Julia is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert and Patricia Ortega; her most beloved three grandchildren, Joaquin, Isaiah, and Abigail; her brother Joseph Ortega and wife Irma; her sister Rose Mary Chavez and husband David; her nieces and nephews Jessica Ortega, Krystal and husband Omar Gamboa, Kris Ortega, Selena and Joseph Lugo; other relatives and close friends.

Julia’s family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the staffs of Legacy Rehab and Nursing, CHI – St. Joseph Regional Health Care CCU, and doctors who provided such care for Julia.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to you upon the passing of Julia. May God surround you with his grace and give you comfort

  2. Rest in peace, our beloved friend. You have always been and will always remain in our hearts. You were a true friend and you were always a fun, loving and happy person to be around. We will miss you dearly.
    To the Ortega Family: we will keep you all in our prayers for continued strength from above. We send our love and blessings to the entire Ortega Family.

  3. Our sincere deepest condolences to the family of Julia.She was such a beautiful person.Her smile was contagious. She loved her family.She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.May she rest in eternal peace forever and ever.

  4. My condolences to her family. May you be blessed with brighter days ahead. Julia always had a smile on her face.

  5. Julia and I have been friends forever. We went to school together. We took cosmetology together in school. I have some great memories of my friend. My heart is sad right now. Julia was a great person . Loved her laugh . Blessings to the Ortega family in your loss RIP my friend I love you and I will miss you and you will always be in my heart.

  6. Our sincere sympathy to entire Ortega family and Rosemary & David Chavez for the loss of your loved one. Julia was a true, kind hearted person who had great admiration not only for her family but friends. She will be missed.

  7. My sincerest condolences to my sweet friend Julia! May you Rest In Peace my dear! May the Lord wrap you tight in his arms and lift you in his beautiful spirit! You and a Laura are now united again. ❤️

  8. We want to extend our sincere sympathies. Julia was one strong and courageous woman with a heart of gold. We send our love and prayers to the entire Ortega family . May she rest in heavenly peace.

    Javier and Dora DeJesus

  9. My condolences to the family members. I know she will be missed but she is resting in the arms of her creator. Rest in peace Julia.

  10. My deepest condolences to the family.
    Julia was a beautiful person with a beautiful smile. May she rest in peace.

  11. My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Ortega family. May GOD embrace you with his strength and comfort during these most difficult days. RIP Julia.

  12. My deepest condolences to all the family & all her loved ones. Julia had the sweetest heart,she loved everyone,her laugh would travel as her daughters did!! I will miss you Momma Julia I love you & Laura so much! Give my her a big hug for me up there! Fly high my beautiful angels!

  13. Our Condolences to Julia’s Family. SO Sad to hve heard bout Julia. Also known as one our ‘Bud Light Ladies’. Fun to be around her & always looking Glamorous. God has wrapped his arms around her to be in a better place w/no more pain.

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