OBIT: Tina Moran

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Ernestina “Tina” Rodriguez-Mendoza Moran (Maw) earned her angel wings on earth serving for her Lord, family, and friends her entire life. She was able to put them on in the early morning hours of November 13, 2018.

Maw was born to Marcial and Eloisa Rodriguez on November 11, 1948 in Sheffield, Texas. At three years old, she went to live with her aunt and uncle, John and Lucy Mendoza, who she called Mom and Dad. They raised her as their own. Maw was a very proud graduate of Iraan High School. She insisted on attending her class reunions, even when her health was not so great.

She married the love of her life, Joe Moran, on September 23, 1971. They spent 47 years at each other’s side.

Maw worked many years as a dental assistant for Dr. Joe B. and Mary Logan. The Logans pretty much adopted the entire Moran family, and they still remain close and loved today. After Dr. Logan’s retirement, Maw went to work as a teacher’s aide at Ozona Primary School. This was her true calling because of the love she had for children. She touched many of their lives in special ways and was proud of every one of them.

Maw was well known for her cooking. Whether it was a meal for her family, visiting friends, or a church potluck, she poured her heart into everything she made, and everyone could taste it. She never met a stranger and claimed all of her children’s friends as her own. 

Her parents, her mom and dad, her brother, Robert Rodriguez, two sisters, Olga Sanchez and Eva Rosales, and her son, Joey Moran, preceded her in death. 

She is survived by her husband, Joe Moran, of Ozona; brother, Leonard Rodriguez, of Iraan, Texas; sisters, Patricia Soto, of Odessa, Linda Diggins and Suzie Klinger and husband, Dick, of Mesa, Arizona; Mary Mejia and husband, Rudy, of Joshua, Texas; and Mellie Bernal, of Iraan, Texas; her daughters, Marilyn Luce and Rodney Moore and Marcia Gonzales and husband, Steve, both of San Angelo; and sons Jon Moran, of San Angelo, Jason Moran and wife, Gina, of Robert Lee, and Justin Moran and wife, Melinda, of Whitehouse. Maw also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, brothers- and sisters-in-law, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, a loving and supportive church family, and countless dear friends to cherish her memory.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren Joe Don Moran, Kepler Acosta, Jake Gonzales, Selena Moran, Zac Myers, and Austin Moran. Honorary pallbearers are Haleigh Moran and Canyon Moran.

Visitation will be at Kerbow Funeral Home in Ozona on Thursday, November 15, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The service will be Friday, November 16, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ozona, with Pastor Mark Fricke officiating. The burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Family requests memorials in Maw’s name be made to the American Kidney Fund and the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.



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