Rebecca “Becky” Ortiz, 65, of Port Wentworth, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022.
Rebecca Jo Tanner was born March 4, 1957 to Daniel and Donna Tanner in Toccoa Falls Georgia. Her parents went to Bolivia as missionaries when she was two years old, along with a younger sister, Ruth. When she reached second grade, Becky and her sister Ruth attended Tambo Mission Boarding School. The Tanners served for 8 years as missionaries with a one-year furlough in between. While in Bolivia, two more sisters, Gloria and Miriam were born and another sister, Anita was born during their furlough to the states. Becky and her parents returned stateside in 1968 where her last sister, Donna, was born. She lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, the oldest of 6 sisters, where that summer at Vacation Bible School she gave her heart to the Lord. Later that year, the Tanners moved to Tampa, Florida where her father pastored a Spanish church. During Becky’s High School years, this beautiful girl caught the eye of a young man, Joseph Ortiz.
The Lord in His providence led Joe and his mother Delia to move from from New York city and became members of the church that her father pastored in Tampa FL. As teenagers Becky and Joe were both l involved with church youth events. 1975 they trained together in evangelism ministries with Campus Crusade for Christ. In the in the Spring of 1976, Becky and Joe attended a Taccoa Falls Bible College campus preview weekend. That Spring they fell in love and began dating. Becky moved to Toccoa in the fall and became a student at the college. Joe couldn’t stand being away from the only woman he ever loved. He moved to Toccoa and became a student with his purpose of one day asking for her hand on marriage. They married November 4th 1978 in Savannah GA. Since that time they have raised two children now married adults, Edward Joseph Ortiz married to Lindsey Hiatt Ortiz. They gave Becky and Joe two wonderful grandchildren Edward Ace Ortiz and Meadow LeAnn Ortiz. They also had Candace D. Ortiz married to Jonathan Bruce who gave them a beautiful grand daughter Eliora Katarina Ortiz.
For 44 years Becky was a faithful follower and servant of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that transformed her to the wonderful wife and ministry helper at every level of church ministry a Godley woman could minister in. From choir ministries at Bloomingdale Alliance and Meldrim Baptist churches , to street evangelism, to children and youth ministries, to hospital waiting room prayer outreach ministry and over seas ministries Becky was ready willing and able to serve the cause of Christ anytime anywhere. As a grandmother who was affectionately known as “Titi” her grandchildren loved her and they were the moat important people in her life. Teaching them about God, His son Jesus and the importance of knowing, trusting and living out God’s word. She went to be with her Lord and Savior as we prayed hand in hand. We who know the Lord will see her again, all because of the wonderful all sufficient love and grace of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. To God be the glory.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Bloomingdale Alliance Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Following the service, she will be laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery in Meldrim.
Arrangements are entrusted to Families First Funeral Care of Savannah, GA.
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O My Sweet Sweet sister I miss you sooo much.you were a wonderful big sister to me and I have such good memories of you and us and family times. You were so strong in all you went through and I have taken the song “You are my hiding place” that you loved to listen to as my go to song now. You were not only Beautiful on the outside but also the inside, you loved your family and friends and were an awesome mom and grandmother and wife and sister and daughter , you showed Christ in all you did . I Love you and we will see you soon, until then.
Your Sister, #5 🙂
Anita “Tanner” Callan
David & Miriam Wise
You are so such a beautiful sister!
You are missed and loved beyond
You will always be remembered…
We will meet again ..
David and Miriam
Oh Becky! How can it be that you are in heaven so soon? We will all miss you so, so much! We hurt deeply, but we know you are in a better place and we will see you again. You are singing with the Angels! You are perfectly whole, no pain, no sorrow and you are with our Savior!
I am so thankful for you and the example you have always been. Wishing we could have had more time, but grateful for the time we did have. Miss you so much!! Love you so, so much!!
I am broken!! But I know you are in a place we can not even imagine the beauty of it. I hate that this has happened so soon. It hurts beyond any words. I will always have a soft place in my heart for you. I look forward to the day I get to see you again. You got there befor I did, don’t give up on me, I will see you when my chores are though. I will see you soon. I love you so much!!
My dear Becky you are so loved by everyone. My heart hurts more than I ever thought possible.
How wonderful it was to have you as a big sister. You were a precious gift to all those that knew you and now you are in the presence of our Lord Jesus that you loved so much!
I will remember your love story. Your love for the Lord, Your love for His Word, Your love for Worship, Your love for your family, Your love for Joe, Your love for your Children, and your love for your “babies”.
I will see you again.
Matt & Angie Trull
Becky was a very lovely lady, and her devotion to her family and to her Lord was obvious for all to see. She will definitely be missed by all. Joe and family, we are praying for you!
I’m so sorry to hear this. Becky was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
My condolences go out to the Ortiz family. Becky and Joe were always very pleasant people to be around. Becky will surely be missed by her family and friends. And my wish is that the same family and friends, comfort Joe in his sorrow.
Mr Joe, we are praying for peace and comfort. We all know she is walking the streets of gold and in the arms of Jesus. The Sizemore Family
Kenny Grant Sr
Becky was a sweet soul whose love for the Lord and His people was evident to everyone. I know that she is embracing and being embraced by the Lord she loved. The family remains in my prayers
Charles and Van Reid
Truly sorrowed to hear of Becky’s passing. Our prayers go out for the Ortiz family during this time of mourning.
Tim & Leslie Malchak
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family Joe. As believers, we rejoice with you in Becky’s homecoming. May God comfort and bless you.
Roger & Tyra Thompson
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family Joe, may God hold you close and give you and family comfort in knowing you will be together again in a later time.
Joe l’m so sorry. I know Becky is a better place that we are. My family and will keep you in our prayers. God bless you and your family. At this time of sorrow. We love you Joe. Please let us know if we can help in anyway
Joe & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time 🙏🙏🙏 Becky is an Angel looking out for her family from Heaven. She is at peace with the Lord.
Much love and prayers to all the sisters. Your family is amazing. I fully trust that our gracious Lord is tending to your hearts.
Ed and Donna…be at peace. You raised Becky in the fullness of our Lord. Well done! She has her reward. Love and miss you both. Praying peace over your hearts 💕 💞
My sincere condolences to Joe and the entire Ortiz family. Becky was such a joy to know and work with. Her love for the Lord shone through in all she did.
Dear Joe Ortiz and Family,
We offer our condolences to you at this time, we understand how sad it is, and makes us long for Heaven to be with our loved ones again in Christ. The great reunion is coming, it is our hope in Jesus Christ. For now, we have memories, and friends who help us along and lift us up in prayer. From old friends here in Tampa to old friends in the Bronx New York city Spanish Assembly, we send our prayers on your behalf and our love in Christ.
Mr. Joe, Eddie, and Candice
My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Mrs. Becky had a very positive influence on my youth. I think of our times together very fondly, think of them often, and will cherish those times forever. I love you all and I am very sorry for your loss.