Maria Lorisa Gallego- daughter, sister, mother, and friend to all went to be with the Lord on Sunday June 12, 2022.
Lorisa, as she was known by those closest to her, was born on December 1, 1943 to Ben and Amelia Gallego in Alpine, Texas. After attending Alpine Centennial School she combined her affectionate personality with her love of feeding people, working in the Sul Ross State University cafeteria for more than twenty years. She then moved onto Alpine ISD cooking for all four of her grandchildren as they attended school and ended her career filling empty bellies and warming hearts at the Alpine Sunshine House.
Lorisa knew that the bond between family and friends is strengthened by good food. She prided herself in the dishes and baked goods she would make for those she cared about. Most weekends you could find her driving up and down Gallego Avenue in her Crown Victoria (in the later years her blue Mercury) delivering her famous arroz con pollo to a benefit enchilada dinner or taking twenty pounds of potato salad to the Parish Hall for a quinceanera or one of the many church functions she loved being involved in. And if you saw her rolling through stop signs or not obeying all the posted road signs, it was just to keep from spilling whatever delicious treat she had sloshing around in her back floorboard.
She made the best Chile Macho in Alpine and she knew it. It was a painstaking process for her to roast the chiles and combine the ingredients by hand, never using a food processor. So, rest assured that if you were ever hand delivered a recycled pickle jar filled to the brim with the Barrio’s Best Salsa, you were loved. Lorisa had an infectious laugh, she radiated love and that love found it’s way into her cooking. Every dish she made, she made with her whole heart. Most Sunday afternoons, her children, grandchildren, and extended family gathered around her table to tell stories and eat her cooking. These days found her most at peace.
Lorisa is survived by her children Cynthia Ann Ramos and Larry Gallego. Grandchildren: Salomon Ramos, Felina Molinar, Michelle Ramos, and Sara Ramos. Great grandchildren: Audriena Ramos, Gabrielle Ramos and Salomon Ramos Jr. Siblings: Elidia Leyva, Irene Espinoza, Ruben Gallego, Berta (Dean) Celaya, Jimmy Gallego, and B.J. Gallego.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Amelia Gallego and her brother Jose Ben Gallegos.
Rosary for Maria Lorisa Gallego will be held at 7pm on Friday June 17, 2022 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Funeral will be held at 10 am on Saturday June 18, 2022 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with burial at Holy Angels Cemetery following the funeral.
Services have been entrusted to Alpine Memorial Funeral Home in Alpine, Texas.