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Mary Ann Tantillo

May 24, 1943 December 7, 2018
Mary Ann Tantillo
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Mary Ann Willett Tantillo passed away peacefully with her husband by her side in Houston, Texas on Friday December 7, 2018. She was the firstborn of twelve children to Bob and Marion Willett arriving May 24, 1943. Her work ethic and sense of service were shaped by her mother and cadres of nuns, first the Sisters of Loreto and then the Ursulines.

She accepted the duties that came with being the logical assistant to the hardest working woman she knew, her mother. But early on she felt driven to see the wider world and to find her place in it. In 1961, soon after graduating high school from Ursuline Academy near St. Louis she moved away from home to attend college in Springfield, IL. While studying she took a part-time job as a secretary in St. John’s Hospital. She met nurses and observed patient care. A spark was lit.

She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971 with a degree in Nursing and a Masters in Education in Allied Health from Baylor College of Medicine in 1983.

The medical facilities she worked at included: Metropolitan Hospital in Detroit; Bexar County and Baptist Hospitals in San Antonio; MD Anderson, Memorial Hermann, the VA, and St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston. She also served as First Lieutenant nurse at Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth from 1973 to 1974.

In 1976 she married Robert Tantillo and gave birth to her son Matthew in February of 1978. During her free time she spent countless hours engaged in genealogical research that was not just a passionate hobby but a second job for over 40 years. She retired from nursing in 2006 after 20 years at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Mary Ann is preceded in death by her parents, Marion Bair Willett and Robert Willett Sr.; brothers, Danny Willett, Bill Willett, and Terry Willett. She is survived by her husband, Robert Joseph Tantillo; son, Matthew Thomas Tantillo; sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Tantillo) Moritz and husband David Moritz; sisters, Barb Willett, Kathy (Willett) Jannott, Peggy Willett; brothers, Robert Willett Jr., Mike Willett, Tom Willett, Tim Willett, Larry Willett; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at Methodist Hospital Cancer Center for their excellent care. To everyone at Houston Hospice for the comfort, love, and respect that was provided to Mary Ann and the family, we can’t thank you enough. To all the friends and family, thank you for being there and helping us through this difficult process. We love you and Mary Ann loves you.

Mary Ann (Willett) Tantillo lived 75 years, Steadfastly. Fully. Lovingly.

The Rite of Committal Service will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 7801 Gulf Fwy, Dickinson, TX 77539 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mary Ann’s name to Houston Hospice or the charity of your choice.


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