AMALIA “MAYA” T. GARZA
NOVEMBER 17, 1943 – MARCH 4, 2020
Our beloved Amalia “Maya” T. Garza entered the arms of our Heavenly Father on March 4, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.
Amalia “Maya” Garza, daughter of the late Cayetano Tijerina Jr. and Dora P. Tijerina was born November 17, 1943 in Laredo, Texas. She attended public schools and was a graduate of the Martin High School Class of 1962.
In 1962, she married the love of her life, Jose “Che” Garza. Their marriage was blessed with five children.
A devoted public servant, Maya was an employee of Webb County. Maya had the warmest spirit, the kindest heart, and eyes that could light up a room. She could dance her way into your heart before you knew it. As an avid reader, she captivated her family with her wonderful stories. In the same token, she listened to others with her heart and was always willing to embrace anything you shared with her. Be it significant or trivial, any encounter you shared, she loved you for it, just the same. Though her nature was soft, she lived and loved passionately. Her attention to detail radiated in all that she touched, whether it was crafting wreaths, Christmas ornaments, or teaching her daughters how to cook and bake family recipes.
Maya had a fondness for travel, to explore and better understand different cultures. While she traveled the world, Las Vegas and Queretaro hold a special place in her heart.
Maya always looked forward to her monthly reunion planning meetings with her friends from the “Mighty Tigers” Class of ‘62.
The family would like to thank Dr. Arturo Garza-Gongora for his medical care and friendship.
She is preceded in death by her parents as well as by her father and mother in law: Jose and Delia Garza.
Left behind to cherish her memory is the father of her children; Jose “Che” Garza; children: Gilberto Javier (Julie) Garza, Selina Garza, Lisa (Alex) Ramos, Cordelia “Cordy” (Ivan) Perez, Adriana “Ardy” (Rolando “Bubba”) San Miguel; grandchildren: Ethan Ford Garza, Zachary Joseph (Krystal) Garza, Garrison Quinn Garza, Samantha (Rafael) Ruiz, Alejandro “AJ” Ramos Jr., Fred Ramos, Matthew Jacob Perez, Gilbert Elliot Perez, Ivan Jr (Lorena) Perez, Rolando (Beatrice) Perez, Alejandro (Monica) Perez, Rolando “Trey” San Miguel III, Tara Elyse San Miguel, Triana Lisa San Miguel, Taylor Angelina San Miguel; great-grandchildren: Jasper, Gavin, Anissa, Bella, Mekhi, Jackie, Jayden, Jacob, Brian, Alexa, Andrew; siblings: Tito (Aminta) Tijerina, Dora (Ken +) Hickle, Estela (Heriberto +) Avalos, Fernando (Antonio) Tijerina, Raquel (Enrique) Valdez, Isaura (Rafael +) Garcia, Cayetano (Rosalinda) Tijerina III, Carlos (Juanita) Tijerina, Linda (Alberto “Bimbo”) Garcia, Guillermo (Cynthia) Tijerina, Leticia (Robert) Henry, Hector “Tati” (Patricia) Tijerina, Omar (Rosaura “Wawi”) Tijerina, Patricia (Rolando) San Miguel, as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
The family will receive condolences on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 4 until 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd.; Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
The procession will depart at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020 to St. John Neumann Catholic Church for a funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m.
All services will conclude after the Mass for a cremation at a later date.
Pallbearers will be: Alex Ramos, Ivan Perez, Bubba San Miguel, Alejandro “AJ” Ramos, Fred Ramos, Matthew Perez, Gilbert Perez and Trey San Miguel.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, TX 78041, 956.722.8850