Anita Rojano Crixell, whose generosity, strength and beauty were surpassed only by her all-encompassing love for her family, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, surrounded by family.|
Anita Rojano was born in 1930 in Brownsville, Texas, one of two children of Indelacio Carlos Rojano and Annie Sue Wood.
In 1951, Anita met Frank Crixell Jr., and after a brief courtship, the two were wed. Their union produced seven children – affectionately dubbed "The Magnificent Seven" by Frank – and Anita showered them with love through their formative years, the vast majority of them spent being raised Catholic at the family home on West Washington Street in Brownsville.
After Frank's death in 1997, Anita moved to her retirement condo at Valley International Country Club where she lived the rest of her days happily playing host to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for rousing games of "Chickenfoot," one of her favorite pastimes, and heaping helpings of her renowned home cooking.
Her burgeoning family, spread across Texas and as far away as Georgia and southern Mexico, delighted in visits, chats and calls with its beloved matriarch, whose ever-present smile, inimitable laugh and tender heart never faded.
To the children who survive her, Anita passed on some of her best qualities: Susan Ann received her intelligence and intuition; Mary Catherine her caring and gentle nature; Frank Stephen her quiet strength and incomparable work ethic; Amy Ruth her strong will and determination; Charles Alexander her passion for prose; James Patrick her positive nature and quick wit; and Joan Elizabeth her sweetness and charm.
Anita Crixell touched the lives of all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Frank Crixell Jr., and his parents, Marcella and Frank Crixell Sr.
She will forever be mourned by her seven children and their spouses, Susan (Dale) Duke of Austin, Cathy Klein of The Woodlands, Steve (Lisaann) Crixell of Spring, Amy (Gordon) Lipscomb of Brownsville, Charlie (Sharon) Crixell of Spring, James (Gina) Crixell of Brownsville, and Joanie (Brett) Butler of Austin. Other survivors include: her brother, Charles (Pearl) Rojano; her eighteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Anita's family would like to take this opportunity to thank her caregivers, Lupita and Edith, for the care and comfort they bestowed upon her; and her dear friend Antoinette for her loving kindness, enduring friendship and never-ending support.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 8th in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home. The family will begin to receive friends starting at 5 p.m. with the recitation of the holy rosary scheduled for 7 p.m. this evening at Darling-Mouser.
A Liturgical Funeral Service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9th at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1914 Barnard Road in Brownsville. Committal services will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.
Family and friends are invited to view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences to the Crixell family at www.darlingmouser.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, Texas 78520, and (956) 546-7111.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Aug. 8, 2014