Julia "Jules" Monclova entered eternal life on Sunday, January 1, 2017 surrounded by her loving family, she was 79. Jules was born on Monday, August 30, 1937 to Jesus Portillo and Theresa Cobos Portillo in Alpine, Texas.
Rosary was held on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and was recited by Rosella Salmon. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 with Father Robert Kolbi officiating, burial followed at Holy Angels Cemetery in Alpine, Texas.
Those paying tribute and honoring Jules by serving as pallbearers where: Rodolfo Monclova, Reymundo Monclova, Jr., Paul Rodgers, Jimmy Morris, Sam Dutchover, and Fernando Sanchez. Serving as honorary pallbearer was Andrew Rivera. Those honored with offering the readings during Mass where: Amanda Rodriguez, Elizabeth Monclova, Selena Monclova, and Andrea Sanchez.
Jules worked for the Physical Plant Department at Sul Ross State University in which she later retired with twenty years of service to the University. Jules was known for her love of family, her trips to Las Vegas to play the slot machines at the casinos. Jules had a love of baseball, her favorite player was Lance Berkman. She was known to ride around Alpine in her Ford F-150 while drinking her coke and smoking her Marlboro Lights cigarettes, she also enjoyed playing bingo when games where being held in Alpine. Jules enjoyed cooking meals for her family as well as playing the Texas Lottery. She will be missed by all who knew her and remembered as a strong person who loved life.
Preceding Jules in death are her parents, her husband of 54 years Pablo "Papi" Rodriguez Monclova and her son Rodolfo Portillo Monclova, and two brothers David Portillo and Luis Portillo.
Those left to cherish the memory of Jules are: her two sons Jose Luis "Guy" Monclove of Alpine, Texas, and Randy Monclova of Alamogordo, New Mexico; her two daughters Belinda Abbate of Houston, Texas, and Corina Marquez of Sanderson, Texas; her four sisters, Gloria Gallego of Alpine, Texas, Berta Garcia of Monahans, Texas, Elma Schodts of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Chavela Portillo of El Paso, Texas; her three brothers Jose Portillo of Monahans, Texas, Jesus "Chuy" Portillo of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Armando Portillo of Monahans, Texas, 13 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews as well as her many beloved friends.