Virginia “Virgie” Torres Quinonez, 64, was born in Texas City, TX. on March 3, 1947 to Juan and Lorenza Torres. Virgie was called home on December 9, 2011 at Mainland Center Hospital with all of her family and friends by her side.
A woman of many success’ and a big heart that led her, she began her accomplishments as a graduate of Texas City High School c/o 1965. She would later receive a bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Houston in 1989. She went on to pursue her associate’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the Galveston Community College and an associate’s degree in Social Work from the College of the Mainland.
Virgie found many joys throughout her lifetime. Her two greatest joys being her grandchildren (they were her life) and being around her family and friends (this gave her energy). She enjoyed gambling with her husband, sewing, fishing and traveling with her children and grandchildren. When Virgie was at home she entertained herself with her novellas, movies on The Lifetime Channel and reality crime shows. Not surprising, she was very good at playing cards, crocheting, and cooking, these talents she so lovingly passed on to some of her children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews. Putting all her spiritual beliefs in the Catholic religion she chose to worship at St. Mary’s Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, a choice that led her to one of her more proud accomplishments, attending a Cursillo de Christiandad , a “little course,” designed to empower students to become Christian leaders in their own environments. Virgie will be most remembered for her giving heart. For her, putting a smile on someone’s face or laughter in their heart came easy. She often told stories of her hilarious life experiences… and she told them well. Somehow Virgie could turn the most miserable life experiences into the most funny and memorable moments. The happiness she created around her was genuine as was her love for life, no matter what it had to offer she lived it with a huge smile on her face.
She worked as a clerk for the Texas Dept. of Public Safety and was a secretary for St. Mary’s Church, later she became Supportive Housing Supervisor for MHMR and a Court Appointed Guardian and Caseworker for Galveston County Social Services, this is where she would later retire from in 2009 after 40 yrs. of service. Her career was her passion and she greatly missed it after retiring. Helping others was in her blood.
Virgie is preceded in death by her parents, Juan and Lorenza Torres. Brother, Juan Torres Jr. Sisters, Esther Garcia (Torres), and Theresa Collazo ( Torres). She is survived by her devoted husband and friend of 35 yrs., Miguel Angel Quinonez. Her children, whom she kept very close to her heart, Javier Quinonez, Martin Quinonez (Tabitha), Lorenza Quinonez Ruiz (Frank), Teresa Quinonez Santibanez (Mike). A loving sister, Eva Mendez (Manuel). Two caring brothers, Raymond Torres (Dora), and Jesus Torres (Karen). 13 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, her adored teacup Chihuahua, Reina. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She never met a stranger.
“Accept people for who they are, not what you want them to be.”
Pallbearers will be Javier Quinonez Jr., Ted Cantu Jr., Ted Cantu III, Enrique Torres, Juan Torres III, Blas Torres, Victor Torres, and Carlos Collazo.
The family of Virgie will be lovingly accepting family and friends for Visitation on Wednesday, Dec. 14th, 2011 at Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway Texas City, TX beginning at 5:00 PM with a Rosary service at 7:00 PM. Father Tom Ponzini will officiate the Funeral Mass on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at 10:00AM at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, 1604 Ninth Avenue North, Texas City, TX . Interment will immediately follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery 7801 Gulf Freeway Dickinson, TX. 77539
Virgie will be sincerely missed; surely she will never be forgotten for she is in our hearts forever.
“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1-2