We lost a wonderful instructor and a caring and remarkable friend on September 19, 2011, when Deeta Reyes, Medical Assisting Instructor at Remington College – Houston Campus, died suddenly. She was 59.
A devoted spouse and mother, Mrs. Reyes is survived by her husband, Jose Reynaldo Reyes, Sr., and three children (Jose Reynaldo Reyes, Jr., Tranceto Elizabeth Reyes, and Timmi Marie Reyes).
Mrs. Reyes earned her degree in medical assisting from Texas College of Medical and Dental Careers in 1988. She spent the next 18 years working in the medical field as a medical assistant, assistant manager, office manager, and lab teacher, joining Remington College in 1999 as a Medical Assisting (MA) instructor. She was employed with Remington College at our Houston West Campus for 7 1/2 years. She also worked for a short time at the Houston Southeast Campus.
Mrs. Reyes had several passions, but one very close to her heart was her mission work overseas. She and her husband, Jose, traveled to Honduras several times during the year to assist the locals in setting up churches, schools, and clinics, and in helping to provide clean drinking water for the villagers they worked with. True to her giving and compassionate nature, she would often tell others that “She never met a stranger.”
“Deeta Reyes was an amazing woman and teacher and will be missed, not only by family but also by her coworkers and especially her students,” said Houston Campus President LaShundia Brooks.
Health Sciences Department Chair Trina Collins added, “Deeta was an incredible woman with a gigantic heart. She believed in putting others’ needs above her own. Each MA student who entered the college in their first module was taught by Mrs. Reyes. She gave our students the foundation they needed to be successful in the Medical Assisting program, and her nurturing spirit will forever impact the lives of those students. A wise person once said, ‘To teach is to change a life forever.’ When I read that quote, I think of Deeta Reyes.”
Remington College’s Chief Academic Officer Mike Lanouette remarked, “Mrs. Reyes was a dedicated, caring teacher whose mission was to help students learn the skills needed to pursue and be successful in their careers and in their lives. Her presence will surely be missed.”
Remington College President and CEO Jack Forrest said, “Mrs. Reyes was appreciated and admired by her students and everyone in the Remington family and will be missed. Her efforts to help her students improve their lives and futures is a demonstration of her selflessness, and the good she has done will live on.”
The tribute poem that follows was written by one of Mrs. Reyes’ students, Francine Miller:
The life of the dead will always be in the land of the living
You will always be remembered by the people you have touched
You were a soldier on the Battlefield of Life.
You are loved and will be missed.
You lived in all of us.
Your smile, your dance, and your encouraging words.
Oh, how spiritual you were to want the best for us.
You would want to help and comfort your fellow man.
We love you dearly, and you will be missed by all that you have touched.
Thank you for encouraging me to hang in there and dare not quit.
For I have just started the race of the swift and the path that you have come from.
I will show you proud.
Thank you for being the person you were and still are.
You have impacted my life immensely,
And I will always be grateful for all the things you have done.
I love you and still care about the great warrior of my life for fighting and winning the race of life.
Thank you for encouraging me to do better as a person and as a student of Remington College
South West Campus.
The family of Mrs. Reyes has set up a memorial donation account through Chase Bank. Anyone wishing to make a donation should send it to Remington College – Houston (West) Health Sciences Department Chair Trina Collins or Campus Executive Assistant Tiffany Boatman, in the name of the Deeta Reyes Memorial Fund.
As Francine Miller so eloquently wrote, the legacy of Deeta Reyes will live on in those who knew her and were touched by her kindness, compassion, and teachings. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of our friend and colleague, Deeta Reyes.