Margie (Margarita Villalpando) Alvarez


Margie (Margarita Villalpando) Alvarez, age 67, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, godmother and
friend, earned her heavenly wings on Sunday, February 11, 2024. She was born on April 1, 1956 in
Lockhart, Texas, to Jose (Joe) Villalpando, Sr. and Juanita (Natal) Villalpando.
She is survived by her three (3) sons and their spouses: Kevin Ortiz (Suzanne) and Patrick Ortiz (Wendy) from Lockhart, Texas and Robert “Robbie” Ortiz, Jr. (Misty) from Nada, Texas. She is also survived by two (2) brothers Andrew Villalpando (Ogden, Utah) and Joe Villalpando, Jr. (Lockhart, Texas), one sister Mary Ester Auwen (Tyler, Texas), the father of her sons Robert H. Ortiz, Sr (Dale, Texas), nine grandchildren: Anthony Javier Garcia, Aslynn Amanda Garcia, Alyssa Leigh Garcia, Kevin Victor Ortiz, Atiana Giselle Ortiz, Elias Giovanni Ortiz, Osiah Gaven Ortiz, Selah Ann Ortiz, Anaya Rose Ortiz, numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Margie always had a place for family members and friends to stay and helped you get back on your feet. She enjoyed all types of music and she loved to dance. She had many favorite musical artists but her all time favorite was the King of Country Music, George Strait. Her favorite color was red, and she loved to decorate her home with Oriental décor. She loved the color red and Oriental décor so much, that she painted her bedroom “lipstick red” adorned with Oriental pictures and fans. She was an avid fan of theDallas Cowboys and it was always a comedy show during the football season, especially with her sisters during the Thanksgiving Day Games, the playoffs and Super Bowl, to witness the loyalty that Margie and her sisters had for their favorite individual NFL teams was hilarious. It was always more entertaining to watch Margie and her sisters trash talk on their football teams than to watch the actual game. She loved to sew and make quilts. Her goal was to make each of her great nieces and nephews a blanket and gift the blanket to them within the first three months of their birth; this goal was completed. She acquired this skill and talent from her mother, who also handmade a quilt for each of her grandchildren. What a beautiful and special gift to have, a handmade quilt from your grandmother and a handmade quilt from Great Aunt Margie. She loved fishing, loved to cook and she loved her dogs.
The family also looked forward to spending New Year’s Eve at her house. She would transform her garage to a makeshift dance hall. She would decorate the garage with Christmas lights, a disco ball, table and chairs and enough room for a dance floor for all to dance to their favorite songs and if her nieces or nephews didn’t know how to dance, not a problem, Aunt Margie would take you out on the makeshift dance floor and give you a quick dance lesson. Easter was another holiday the family looked forward to; she loved to hide the decorated Easter eggs and candy and then there was the annual “Cascaron” Confetti Egg Fight and her rules; there were no rules. Another hilarious and fun time to watch while she was on a mission to crack a confetti egg on every family individual. If you showed up with a nice hairstyle and you told everyone not to crack a confetti egg on them, that person was the first target for Margie.
Margie attended Lockhart schools and was a member of St. Mary’s of the Visitation Catholic Church, Lockhart, Texas. When she couldn’t attend mass at her home church, she would attend mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Martindale, Texas.
Margie worked as a sales associate with Bill’s Dollar Store in Lockhart, Texas and later became employed with ArtCarve Class Rings in Austin and later accepted a job with Starkey Industries in Austin, Texas. She decided to leave the workforce to enjoy her time and enjoy life.
Margie was preceded in death by her parents Juanita (Natal) Villalpando, Joe Villalpando, Sr, her infant son Victor V. Ortiz, brother Victor Villalpando and sisters: Rita Villalpando, Carmen (Villalpando) Gonzales, Julia (Villalpando) Jennings, Diana (Villalpando) Zapata, brother-in-law Filemon Gonzales and sister-in-law Laurie Villalpando.
Serving as pallbearers are her nephews Steve Sanchez, Lex Jennings, Jr., Chris Jennings, Chris Cathey, Sr., Daniel Zapata and Jonathan Zapata.
A visitation will be held at McCurdy Funeral Home on Monday, February 19, 2024 from 5:00PM till 9:00PM. The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will also be held on Monday, February 19, 2024 at 7:00PM at McCurdy Funeral Home.
Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at St. Mary’s of the Visitation Catholic Church, Lockhart, Texas, with the burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
A heartfelt and sincere thank you for your words of love, support and comfort to the family during this time of loss.


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