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Oralia G. Roach

July 25, 1931 — November 16, 2021

Oralia G. Roach, 90, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, in Laredo, Texas.

Yaya as she was lovingly known to family and friends was born in Rio Grande City, Texas.

A lifelong music lover, Yaya was the self-proclaimed #1 fan of the late Lydia Mendoza. One of her proudest moments was being asked by Mrs. Mendoza’s family to play guitar at the Tejano’s Legend funeral. Yaya and her choir also performed at many rosaries in Laredo.

Mrs. Roach is preceded in death by her parents, Adolfo Gonzalez and Maria Sanchez; and her husband, Robert Lee Roach; daughter, Oralia “Yayita” Roach; and sister, Gudelia “Lele” Gonzalez (Carlos Martinez+).

Left to cherish her memory are her nephew, Carlos A. (Adriana) Martinez, Jr., Nicolas Martinez, niece, Nelda I. (Bernardo Jr.) Navarro, Nelda I. Navarro and Bernardo Navarro III, nephew, Jorge L. (Sara) Gonzalez. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A rosary will be recited on Friday, November 19, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. in the Hillside Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A formal procession will depart at 1:00 p.m.

Interment will follow to the City of Laredo Cemetery.

A special thank you to Cristina Espinoza and Clarisa Rangel for the love and care you gave to Yaya.

For everyone’s safety, the number of visitors will be limited. Please continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and honor the family from a distance. You may express your condolences to the family on our website at

Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home, 310 Hillside Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

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