Otillia Ann Gregory
1925 – 2024

 Otillia Ann Gregory, age 98, was born December 14th, 1925, in East Bernard, Texas and passed away peacefully on February 14th, 2024.  Born to parents Joseph J. Eicher and Justina (Olsovsky) Eicher, she was the 7th of 9 children. In 1946 she married Archie H. Gregory at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg Texas, after he returned from military service and together, they raised seven children. They had been married for 65 years. Together they enjoyed polka dancing and served as the king and queen of a group known as P.O.L.K.of A. in 1999.

  Otillia was a very active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters and recently received an award from this chapter for 45 years of service. She was also active as a Eucharistic Minister and for many years brought communion to the sick and homebound. She worked for many years at the Mount Carmel high school in the student cafeteria alongside of her very dear friend Georgia Ann Ethridge. They were the cafeteria ladies.

 Otillia’s hobbies included crocheting, knitting, and praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 pm every day. She enjoyed walking and could pray the rosary as she made her way through the neighborhood at a very fast clip. She really enjoyed hosting her family along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren to Sunday dinner and especially at any holiday.

 She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Justina Eicher, Husband Archie H. Gregory, Brothers – Henry, Joseph and Frank and sisters Mary, Rose Ann, Cecila, Georgia, and Mildred.

She is survived by her seven children Dan, Joan, Loretta, Irene, Josef, Darrell, and Donna as well as 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Mass celebrant: Father Thomas Vellappallil

1st Reading: Lynn Rose McConnell

2nd Reading: Parker Gregory

Gifts: Brandi Gutierrez, Stacey English, Amanda Johnson, Jasper Gregory

Pall Bearers: Jacob Morales, Shelby English, Kevin New, Tyler Gregory, Joshua New, Rhett Gregory, Danny New, Gregory New, Josef Jasper Gregory

Service Information

Monday, February 19, 2024
Visitation and Rosary
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel
8706 Almeda Genoa Rd
Houston, TX 77075

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
1 p.m.

Mary Queen
Friendswood, TX

Interment to Follow
2:30 p.m.

Forest Lawn Cemetery
8601 Almeda Genoa Rd
Houston, TX. 77075


  1. Rosemary (Mathis) Epperson on February 19, 2024 at 4:22 pm

    Dearest Gregory family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sweet mother. She and your Dad were quite the fun loving characters to be around, wonderful to converse with; always so upbeat and oh so proud of their family. May she rest in everlasting peace with her beloved Archie. Sending my love and prayers to all the Gregory’s. Sincerely, Rosemary (Mathis) Epperson

  2. Teresa Silva Ryan on February 19, 2024 at 4:25 pm

    Dear Gregory family, What an amazing legacy of faith and service I’ve witnessed knowing your parents and watching them share their time, talent and treasure with so many generations at OLMC and Mt. Carmel high school. My mom, Mrs John Silva, will always treasure serving and being in Catholic Daughter and parish activities together. I am blessed to have known her and shared beautiful memories together over the years, especially at the birth of her grandchildren. Scott and I regret missing the mass In celebration of her life but pray for God’s peace and comfort for all of you.
    Teresa Silva Ryan

  3. Rene Kieltyka on February 20, 2024 at 9:31 am

    Dear Gregory family, what an amazing woman Ms. Otilia was! We loved seeing her every Sunday at church and her faith was never ending and a legacy to all who knew her! My girls enjoyed visiting with her every Sunday and I believe she helped instill a love of God and faith in them. They admired how strong her faith was and loved to hear stories of her family. She sat in front of us for many years until it got too difficult to walk the long aisle of Mary Queen. They looked for her at the end of mass and could not wait to hug her neck. What a beautiful soul she was and she will be remembered fondly! We pray for God’s love and peace to give you all comfort!
    Rene, Abby and Samantha Kieltyka