Olga Gallegos
1926 - 2016
BORN
1926
DIED
2016
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6900 Lawndale Street
Houston, TX
Olga Ramirez Gallegos
1926-2016
Olga Ramirez Gallegos, born August 4, 1926 in Houston, TX, went to be with the Lord on October 24, 2016 at the age of 90 after a short battle with lung cancer.
Olga worked at the Pentagon during World War II. During the 1970's, Olga moved to Brownsville, TX with her husband who served as Fire Chief. She formed the first Firefighter's Ladies Auxiliary in Brownsville. Upon her return to Houston in 1980, Olga served as an Administrative Aide to State Representatives Ben Reyes, Al Luna and Roman Martinez. She also served on the HISD School Board for 16 years (1987-2003) having served in numerous positions on the board, including that of president in 1998. Olga was also a past member of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees. She received numerous recognitions and awards for her community activities including the Fiestas Patrias Mexican-American Award and the Metro 2000 La Familia Award.
Olga was an active member of the Harris County Democratic Party and served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in New York City and an alternate delegate with the Texas Challenging Delegation to the 1968 convention in Chicago. She was the first Hispanic Precinct Judge in Precinct 64 in Magnolia Park neighborhood in Houston. She would want everyone to know that she voted by mail ballot for the upcoming General Election. She was a member of the American Legion Post 472 Ladies Auxiliary. Olga was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and aunt to many Houston Firefighters. She was "Mom" to many of her children's and grandchildren's friends and always gave them advice or told them stories about how things were in the early days. Olga will be remembered as an exemplary Hispanic role model, a source of strength and inspiration to others.
Predeceased by parents, Elias and Isabel Ayala Ramirez; husband, Mario Gallegos, Sr.; son, State Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr.; daughter, Lillian Gallegos Villarreal; grandson, Robert Gallegos; great-grandson, Alex Holiman; 12 siblings, brother and sister in-laws, and her beloved pet, Guera. Survived by children, Maria Gallegos (Sam), Olga McGee (Jack), Joel Gallegos, Michael Gallegos and Cynthia Gallegos-Trevino; daughter-in-law, Theresa Gallegos; son-in-law, Johnny Villarreal, Sr.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Joe Ramirez, Sr.; brother and sister in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers (Grandchildren): Juan Emiliano Gallegos, Michael Rodriguez, Mario Gallegos, III, Adrian Trevino, Johnny Villarreal, Jr., and Adrian Garza. Honorary Pallbearers: Joel Gallegos, Michael Gallegos, Joe Ramirez, Sr., Jack McGee, Johnny Villarreal, Sr., Sam Moses and Joe Louis Rodriguez.
The family wishes to thank everyone for your prayers, support and kind words during our Mom's illness and at this difficult time. We also thank longtime physician, Dr. Cynthia Williams, home health caregivers, Alex Azofeifa and Luiz Toliver, and numerous other doctors and nurses that assisted in her care.
Visitation will be held at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home, on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. with the Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral services will also be at Forest Park Lawndale Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a reception afterwards at American Legion Post 472, 7599 Ave. C. Obituary, pictures and memorial guestbook available online at www.forestparklawndalefh.com.
Donations may be made in Olga's memory to Gallegos Elementary School, 7415 Harrisburg Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77011.


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Published by Houston Chronicle on Oct. 27, 2016.
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The Olga Gallegos Family wishes to express our sincere thanks to everyone who left messages of condolences for your thoughtfulness and kind words. Thank you for remembering and honoring our mom. Gogi Gallegos McGee
Olga McGee
November 3, 2016
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
Dalea Lugo
October 28, 2016
Another WW II Icon has been called home. She was a member of the "Greatest
Generation" who lived thru the great depression and persevered to graduate from high school and then go to work in Washington D.C. and then return home to raise her family and serve the community. Our condolences go to her family and my wife Beatrice and I have very pleasant memories of her as we made our bus trips to different places the last one to Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Key Largo. She was truly a role model and we pray that she rest in peace.

Domingo & Beatrice Marquez
October 28, 2016
I am so deeply sorry about Aunt Olga, Please know my thoughts and prayers are with yall. So sorry I could not be there. I love each and every one of you............. Karen
Karen
October 28, 2016
Our heartfelt sympathy to all the family members. She was a loving and caring person to everyone that new her. We will cherish our memories of her. Love from Victor & Rosalinda Tijerina
October 28, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss of your Mother. My deepest condolences to you and the entire family. When I think of your Mother, I remember the numerous times Lillian's college friends would gather at your parents home in Houston. Your mom and dad were the coolest parents. They always welcomed us college kids intonthere home and were interested in listening to our adventures. They were always willing to share some advice in a way that made you listen. Heaven has another angel. She is now back with her husband. May she Rest In Peace.
Alice Hess
October 28, 2016
Gallegos Family,

May your days be filled with the greatest memories from Aunt Olga. Our prayers are with you during these hard days ahead. We love you and are sadden by your loss.


From Uncle Oscar M. Gallegos Family
Oscar L. Gallegos
October 28, 2016
Gallegos Family,
May your family be filled with the loving memories that you all shared with Aunt Olga. I'm so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during these hard days ahead.

Love Uncle Oscar M. Gallegos Family
Oscar L. Gallegos
October 28, 2016
As a teenager Mr. and Mrs Gallegos housed about 15 girls before and after our softball games. (Magnolia Rubies) I remember meeting all of my team mates at their house. Not once did I hear her complain of all the noise that we made while we invaded her home. I will be ever grateful for their kindness and the love and encouragement they gave us. My prayers and love go to their family. Annie Chavez Espinosa.
Annie Espinosa
October 28, 2016
Mrs. Gallegos,
A beautiful and generous woman with a warm heart for her family and friends. May you rest in peace with Lil and give Senator a hug for me.
-JJ, JoMarie and Jaycob
October 27, 2016
Rest In Peace.
Her Legacy will never be forgotten.
As I child I knew Ms. Olga and family thru Rosita Partida (who was like a grandmother to me and a mentor). I was childhood friends with Mario and Gogi. I have the fondest memories of your family. My deepest condolences for your loss.
Mary Flores-Price
October 27, 2016
Strength and prayers to the entire Gallegos family. Ms. Gallegos lead by example and with honor. Houston will miss her.
Christian Navarro
October 26, 2016
I am so sad that Aunt Olga has passed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Family as you try to deal with her loss. She was an inspiration to all and will be greatly missed.

Donna Junell and Family (Harker Heights, TX)
October 26, 2016
To her children and grandchildren: May this poem I found give you some peace...
Sincerely, Mellie Aguilar and family

If I should go tomorrow it would never be goodbye,
for I have left my heart with you, so don't you ever cry,
The love that's deep within me shall reach you from the stars;
you'll feel it from the heavens, and it will heal the scars.
October 26, 2016
My deepest heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your beautiful mother! My condolences to the Family. May God be with you all in this difficult time. May she rest in peace. Prayers and blessings! Xoxo!!!!
Laura Cisneros
October 26, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss - Sending you my thoughts and prayers
Natalie Palomino
October 26, 2016
Dear Gallegos family,

please know our sorrow for your loss and that you're in our thoughts and prayers.

May God bless your family during this most difficult time.
Lillie R. Aranda
October 26, 2016
My deepest condolences to the family. What a beautiful legacy she leaves behind. Maya ll the beautiful memories help to ease the sadness of today and give you hope in your time of grief.

And Ms. Gallegos thanks for all you did for all the HISD students.

Love,
Mary Castillo

Proud Milby BUff class of 1961
Mary Castillo
October 26, 2016
Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may the blessing of love be upon you, may its peace abide with you ALL, may its essence illuminate your heart's, Now and forever more.
Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on US your (family and friends) for strength, and always remember how much we love you. Tia Olga will be missed.
Our sincerest condolences,
A. Alonzo and Family
October 26, 2016
Grandma, the past few days have been difficult to process and understand. I still want to pick up the phone and dial your number, or show up to your house and see you sitting on the sofa watching TV. I will cherish and keep every second we spent together, I will remember every story, and reflect on ever life lesson you shared with me. I Love You Grandma.
Jesus Adrian Garza
October 26, 2016
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