Rosa Espinoza Rabago, a long-time Galveston resident, passed away peacefully at Harbor Hospice in Houston on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Rosa was born on December 21, 1945 in San Antonio, Texas to Benigno and Hilaria Espinoza, where she was raised. In her youth, she enjoyed dramatic arts, singing, and literature. When she was 14 years old, she became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and fully embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ. She later met Marco Antonio Rabago at a local dance and after only four hours, Marco proposed and they were married within the week. Last November, they celebrated 50 years of “stormy bliss”, as Rosa loved to say. Family and faith was at the core of her life. She served in many capacities in church, but most of all, she enjoyed interpreting and translating, as Rosa was gifted in both the English and Spanish languages. She found joy in lifting others with her smile, her encouraging words, her wit and humor, and with her delicious home-cooked meals.
Rosa is survived by her husband, Marco Antonio, her sisters Carmen Elliott , Amada Rodriguez, Guadalupe Bunge (Charles), her three children, Lucinda of Taylorsville, Utah, Maricruz Velasco (Fernando) of League City, Marco Antonio Jr. (Care) of Galveston, and seven grandchildren, Asiel, Katriel , Joel, Gabriel, Daniel, Trey, and Melanie. She is preceded in death by her sister Lucinda, her parents, and her brothers Rodolfo and Miguel. Rosa touched many people’s lives and will be dearly missed by all.
The Rabago family would like to thank her care givers at Friendswood Health Care Center, Hermann Memorial Southeast Hospital, and Harbor Hospice.
A viewing and visitation will be held at the Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 23rd Street, Galveston, on Tuesday, July 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 19th at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3114 77th St. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston.
Please feel free to join the family in wearing bright colors as we celebrate her life. This was her expressed desire. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charitable organization of your choice to honor Rosa’s legacy of giving.