Oralia "Lala" Lopez DiendaJuly 1, 1937 ~ July 15, 2017 (age 80)
Oralia Lopez Dienda, a long-time resident of the San Angelo area, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, the 15th of July at her home surrounded by her family. She was born July 1, 1937 in San Angelo to her parents, Santiago Lopez and Acension Castorena Lopez. She graduated from nursing school as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She practiced her vocation at Shannon Medical Center, Blood Bank Center, Nursing Homes and at other private practices such as Dr. Arledge, Dr. Martinez and Dr. Calo. Oralia touched many lives with her healing hands and caring heart until she could no longer work due to health issues. Oralia, known to many as "Lala" or "Honey" fought and survived breast cancer at the age of 35 which gave her many more years with her family and friends. She was very strong, and courageous in dealing with the health issues from the lasting effects of the treatments she had received until the very end. She endured many years of dealing with the pain that developed but she never allowed it to stop her from any family functions and activities, which she loved and enjoyed. She was a devoted and dedicated wife to her husband Henry Dienda with whom she fell in love with and married in 1960. They were happily married for 56 years and had four children together. Oralia enjoyed traveling with her family making many wonderful memories for all. She enjoyed playing dominoes in her leisure time. Bowling was one of her favorite activities in which she enjoyed torching the pins with her amazing spin she put on the ball. She enjoyed tea parties with her nieces and granddaughters teaching them drinking tea etiquettes and she also collected teapots. Oralia was an active member of her Baptist church community where she enjoyed singing with the choir. Another of her favorite hobbies was singing. She also sewed and would make special blankets for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Ricky Dienda, her parents, Santiago and Ascension Lopez and her brother Jim Lopez Jr. She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her spouse Henry Dienda, her daughter Susan D Castillo and her husband Roy of Princeton, TX, her son Steven L Dienda and wife Barbara of Corpus Christi, Tx; her daughter Rachel L Dienda of San Angelo, Tx; her grandchildren Lesley Herrera, Roy S. Castillo, Matthew Castillo, Jessica Ramirez, Brandi Dienda, Paula Dienda, Sterling Dienda; her great-grandchildren, Victoria Herrera, Manuel Herrera, Jeremiah Herrera, Konrad Ramirez, Karissa Aguilar, Kaleb Hurst, Kara Hurst and Claire Castillo. The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice for their care, love and support. Special thank you to Dr. Owens and his staff for their care and compassion. Visitation will be on Monday from 3:00 pm till 9:00 pm at Gutierrez Funeral Chapels/North. A "Sharing of Memories" moment will be held at 6:00 p.m. A service will be held at 7:00 pm with pastor Dallalio officiating. A procession will depart the funeral home at 9:30 Tuesday morning for a graveside service at 10:00 a.m. at Johnson's Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Services have been entrusted to Gutierrez Funeral Chapels/North.