Laura Lynn Melendez


Laura Lynn Melendez
September 11, 1983 – October 27, 2016

A daughter, a sister, a mother to the children of her world, friend, and a loving family member has passed from this world, Laura Melendez, 33, of Bryan, entered into eternal rest from her illness on Thursday, October 27, 2016, in Bryan. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11am, Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Her family will receive guests during visiting hours 6 to 9pm, Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers in Bryan. The Rosary will be recited at 7pm with Reverend Monsignor John A. McCaffrey, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station.

Laura is the treasured daughter of Julia Ortega and Jose (Joe) Leal-Rosas, born on September 11, 1983, in Bryan. From the beginning of life, she would be challenged with childhood diabetes but would embrace this and become a sensational daughter, sports enthusiast and beloved mother of her children. Laura was blessed with a nephew; she loved as her own Joaquin. Her children, Isaiah and Abigail completed her world. She found her soul mate, in faith; Angel Villa and lived life to the fullest with travels she would have never expected as a single mom. Angel and Laura completed each other’s world. Laura is formerly employed with the St. Anthony’s Mother Day Out Program where she enjoyed loving children from start to finish. A true Texas Aggie Fan of all athletics. She was most fond of softball as she played from an early childhood through high school. Family gatherings that she took a major part in will be different due to her absence. Laura was determined to fight for her life knowing her medical condition and refused to let this prevent her from being a Karate and Gymnastics mom. Laura was self-motivated to live a full life as possible and she was true to her mother and brother to give the best she had to her family. Although, our angel on earth has departed this world her life and spirit continues to dance, dance, dance now in heaven. Laura would want us all to continue to dance in this life and to live life to the fullest.

Proceeding her in death are her father Jose A. (Joe) Leal-Rosas; her paternal grandparents Eduviges Rosas Rueda and James Rueda Sr.; her maternal grandparents Marcos and Susie Ortega.

She is survived by her son Isaiah; her daughter Abigail; her soul mate and true companion Angel Villa; her devoted mother Julia Ortega; her brother Gilbert and wife Patricia Ortega; nephew Joaquin Ortega; her paternal grandfather Wilfredo Leal from California; her aunts and uncles Joseph and wife Irma Ortega, David and wife Rose Mary Chavez. Angel’s parents Jose P. Villa and Margarita Gonzalez; sister Julie Villa and her children Kiana, Elize (Pinky), and Danica; her cousins Jessica Ortega, Krystal and husband Omar Gamboa, Kris Ortega, Selena Ortega and fiancé Joseph Lugo; along with numerous second cousins and extended family. Her close friends she considered as sisters Alesia Barrajas, Julie Hernandez, and Kristina Hernandez. As well as other close family members and dearest friends.

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  1. Julia, Angel, Abby and Isiah, and Gilbert….You are in our hearts and in our prayers. Nothing I can say will take the pain away but you do have memories and they will stay with you forever. I know that Laura is in God’s hands. I pray that God will give each of you strength,peace and love.

  2. I am so sorry for the loss of Laura. She was an amazing person and mother. We both graduated together. Class of 2002. May she rest in peace and I only pray that her kids, family and friends get thru this trying time.

  3. To Julia & family… With a heavy heart, I’m so sadden to hear of your loss. Massive prayers will continue for you & your family, now & in the months ahead. With heartfelt sympathy,
    Daphne Weedon

  4. My heart is so heavy with the passing of Laura. My condolences to her mother Julia, brother Gilbert, both her daughter and son and extended family. Laura had the sweetest personally and always smiling. I will truly miss her. Continued prayers for comfort and healing. Laura you will be missed, rest in peace my friend.♡♡♡

  5. So sorry for your loss our prayers are for you and her children that GOD give you peace knowing that she is in a better place and she is not in pain now you and her children have an angel watching over you

  6. Julia we are soo sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. She will be looking down from Heaven watchinh over you and her children. May God bless you always. RIP Laura.

  7. May you rest in Heaven now, my sweet child of God. My sincere condolence to her children, mother and everyone that is so dear to her. This is not the end, for one day we will see you again. God bless you xoxo

  8. Rest in Heaven Laura. You were a great person and a great mother. Your children will live on with the beautiful memories you created with them. Sending lots of prayers and hugs to your loved ones, family and friends. May the perpetual light shine upon you.

  9. Laura is resting in peace and she will forever be in our hearts. You and your family are in our prayers. God bless you! Emiel and Vivian Medrano (and Jacob).

  10. So sorry for your lost, my heart goes out to you on this sad, sad moment may the Lord comfort the whole family and give some peace on your hearts love you Julie

  11. Julia and family I’m so sorry to hear about your loss of ur beautiful daughter my prayers and love with u always

  12. Prima we are with heavy hearts that Laura has gone with our dear lord .But heaven has an angel an new angel .Laura will always be there watching over you and her children may the lord continue to have his arms around her family to comfort .Rest in Peace Laura we love you .you will always be in our hearts

  13. Laura was a student of mine when she was in the eighth grade at Stephen F. Austin. She was such a sweet and hard working student. Laura and I met again years later when we both worked at St. Anthonys. It was there that I had the chance to get to know her as a coworker and she would still always call me Mrs. Bell. That always made me smile. It was wonderful being able to see her again and to have met her children. Please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to Laura’s family. May Laura rest in peace.

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