Otila I. Reséndez

November 27, 1939 - May 29, 2024
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Otila Isabel Reséndez Cuéllar passed away on May 29, 2024, surrounded by her family.  She was born to Enrique Reséndez Tijerina & Otila Cuéllar López on November 27, 1939 in Laredo, Texas.

Otila was extremely blessed by God, being raised by loving and extraordinary parents, aunts, and uncles.  She received a Catholic education beginning with the Hermanas Mercedarias del Colegio América, followed by the Ursuline Sisters at Ursuline Academy.  She earned her baccalaureate degree in Education from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio where the Sisters of Charity encouraged growth in Christian values with a zest for learning; recognizing her responsibility of “to whom much is given, much is required.”

Otila was known as “Miss Reséndez” by two generations of students during a passionate 35+ year career as a primarily 6th grade teacher at Ursuline Elementary, later renamed St. Augustine Elementary.  On her own initiative, she asked a parent of one of her students to design a new building for Ursuline Elementary which was to include a science lab to challenge and inspire her students and better prepare them for their coming years.  To this end, “Miss Reséndez” would acquire more than 1,000 books in her personal collection, requiring of her students 20 book reports per school year.

A dedicated daughter, Otila left an indelible impression on those who called her sister, niece, aunt, great-aunt, cousin, friend, and teacher.  A consummate educator, a devotee of Our Lady of Grace, Otila’s loving spirit and compassionate heart captivated everyone who had the chance to know her.  Otila leaves behind her younger siblings Enrique L. (Laura) Reséndez, Clotilde (Delfino) Reséndez de García, & Roberto R. (Tere) Reséndez; her nieces and nephews Laura (Fernando) Salido, Adriana Reséndez, Cristina (Jorge) García, Delfino (Gina) García, Enrique (Anna) Reséndez, Lorena Stanfield, Eduardo (Kitty) García, Enrique (Alma) García, Alberto García, and Ana Isabel García, 18 great nieces and nephews, along with her cousins whom she dearly loved, and the “Ursuline girls” of her monthly luncheons.  Though she will be greatly missed and is leaving grieving hearts, she leaves us feeling loved with great memories and lessons taught.

The family’s profound gratitude goes out to Drs. Joaquín (+) & Carlos Cigarroa, Dr. William Wu, Dr. Benson Huang, Dr. Timothy Cleland, Dr. Rodolfo Zaffirini (+) and the physicians and nursing staffs of San Antonio Methodist Hospital Metropolitan, Laredo Rehabilitation Hospital, Las Alturas Nursing & Transitional Care, and Laredo Medical Center.

A visitation service will be held at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services (1320 Trey Dr.) on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 from 5-9pm (7pm Rosary) and a Catholic Mass at 11am on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at San Martín de Porres (1704 Sandman Street), Laredo, Texas. Interment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province (www.osucentral.org/donate-now).

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Rosary 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Time: 11:00 am

San Martin de Porres Catholic Church


1704 N. Sandman
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Donation Information

Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province

Phone: (314) 821-6884

353 South Sappington
St. Louis, MO 63122
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Born: November 27, 1939
Died: May 29, 2024

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Felipe Arroyo, Jr. posted on 6/4/24

Miss Resendez was one of the best teachers I ever had. I met her in the 6th grade at Ursuline Academy. My sincerest condolences to her family. May She Rest in Peace.


Juan José Álvarez Siller posted on 6/3/24

TOP 3 teachers I ever had. The world was a better place with her in it.


Brannon Wood posted on 6/2/24

With all the pieces of my heart, our deepest condolences. The world is a sadder place without Ms. Resendez in it. She truly cared about not only her students but all the students at Ursuline. She called it as she saw it and was straight forward, never mincing words or beating around the bush. No matter how hard we tried there was no pulling the wool over her eyes. She kept me walking the straight and narrow with her ability to read a person. She always seemed to know I was fixing to do something foolish and get in trouble before I did. She did so out of love for us and support, wanting us to set higher expectations and achieve realistic goals at the moment. I thank her for all the paddlings and being hard on me when I needed it. A big piece of her is what helped me become the man I am today. It was an honor and a privilege to have known her and share her knowledge and wisdom with me from my childhood and through my younger adult life. Thank you Ms. Resendez for everything, Love Brannon Wood.


Elena Riojas de Cabeza posted on 6/2/24

Querida Familia Reséndez; Reciban mis condolencias me uno a su pena, ahora Tilita ya está con Dios Nuestro Señor descansando y con su corazón lleno de regocijo. Elevaré mis oraciones por ella. Los abrazo con mucho cariño.


Alicia C Valdez posted on 6/2/24

My children and I are saying a prayer for Otila. She touched so many lives in her time as an educator. May she rest in Eternal Peace.


Monica Guajardo posted on 6/2/24

“Miss Resendez” will live forever in our hearts and the most wonderful memories of our 6th Grade teacher. What an awesome example she will always be of true and loving vocation and dedication to her profession and her family and friends. Our most heartfelt condolences to the Resendez Family. May Miss Resendez rest in the peace of our Lord.


Javier de Anda posted on 5/31/24

Roberto, our deepest condolences go out to you and all your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult times. May our Heavenly Father grant you the strength needed to surpass the loss you have just endured. If there is anything you need we are here for you.