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Helen "Granny" Villegas

Obituary for Helen "Granny" Villegas

August 10, 1921 - October 8, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 97


Helen "Granny" Villegas went to Our Lord on Monday, October 8, 2018. She was 97 years of age when she passed. Helen was born in Matagorda, Texas on August 10, 1921 to Santana Cortez and Maria Ignacia De La Garza Cortez. Helen went to Boling High school in the Coastal region. She went on to attend Southwest Texas State, where she met the love of her life, Victor Villegas.

Helen was a teacher, dance instructor, sales person and most important to her family, a Mother. Patient, loving, intelligent, active and witty, led her to meet many notables in Politics, including Ann Richards, Lloyd Doggett and many former mayors and council members. She met Bill Clinton while on the tarmac of an airfield, where she put her arm around him, bought his six foot plus build down to her and gave him an earful. Never shy nor one to back away from a good discussion, she would carry herself well with specifics and factual support, while charming her listener.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, loving husband, Victor Villegas, children, Judy Ruiz, David Villegas, Thomas Richard Villegas and granddaughter, Marlise.

Helen is survived by her children, Hector V. Villegas, Steve Villegas, Cindy Werland, Dan Villegas, Julia Holladay, Albert Villegas and Kathy Howard.

Helen came to be known simply as Granny to her family and to her 19 grandchildren and many, many great grandchildren, for her love, attention and hospitality to all. Those lucky grandchildren who can remember the bountiful Thanksgivings, children's tables, half time croquet and football games, cupcakes, lemon meringue pies, breakfasts and garage sale adventures are blessed to be able to pass on those stories to future generations. From her first grandchildren whom she would baby-sit to the most recent additions of great grandchildren, she was a most loving person. Helen was very proud of her family and her home.

With a renowned appetite for and infamous recitations of her affinity for those donuts and chocolates, the way to Granny's heart was helped along by bringing one or the other, when you wanted her full attention.

As an avid Longhorn fan, she took no fashion advice from anyone except the Texas Longhorns, coming to be known as the Longhorn Lady in her Barton Hills neighborhood and the senior centers she resided in later in life. She now gets the best seat in the house as she reunites with Dad, Judy, David and TRV in the big living room to watch those Longhorn and Cowboy games.

The Family wishes to thank the staffs of the senior centers and nursing homes she was a resident of. We want to thank all of the loving and attentive aides and Austin Hospice, who helped Granny, make her last years more comfortable.

Funeral arrangements are at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress Ave. She will have a viewing at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Rosary at 7:00 p.m., October 11, 2018 and Funeral Mass at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 126 W. Oltorf at 10:00 a.m. October 12, 2018 with burial to follow at Assumption Cemetery.

When Granny was no longer able to get up and you asked how she was, she would smile and say "I am still kicking, just not that high".

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Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home South

2620 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
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