SANTA ELENA,TX – Otila G. Garza entered eternal rest on March 27, 2018. Otila was born in Donna, Texas on December 19, 1929 to Raul and Otila G. Gonzales. Otila’s mother died in August 1930 and she was raised by her Uncle and Aunt Amado and Maria G. Saenz at Santa Ana Ranch. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Noe G. Garza. She was also preceded in death by her parents Raul and Otila Gonzales, and Amado and Maria Saenz; sister Olivia Govea; brothers Alejandro and Antonio Gonzales, Feliciano and Ramon Saenz. She is survived by her siblings Canuta “Nena” Cantu, Ofelia Gonzales, Matilde Guerrero, and Guadalupe Gonzales.
After Otila graduated from San Isidro High School, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas. She was a school teacher for 40 years at San Isidro and loved every one of her students and Colleagues. She dearly enjoyed teaching and after retirement became a member of the Starr County Texas Retired Teachers Association.
On August 12, 1960, Otila married the love of her life Noe G. Garza and together lovingly raised 4 sons; Noel (Claudia) Garza, Abel (Esmeralda) Garza, Joel (Lisa) Garza, and Onel (Rebecca) Garza. She adored her grandchildren Matthew, Christian, Abel Jr., Emily, Troy, and Stephen. She really enjoyed baby-sitting them as they grew up and lovingly nurtured them.
Otila’s goal was for her dear sons to be well-disciplined and each attain a professional education. The good Lord blessed her with the petitions she asked for each to accomplish their professional goals. She was always very prideful of her sons.
Being a school teacher was the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of Otila’s life. Nothing gave her more satisfaction than knowing that she touched the life of a student positively in some way. Her belief that teaching not only involved instruction but also guidance, motivation, challenge and inspiration. Her teaching and guidance made such a positive impact not only on her sons but all students in San Isidro.
Otila was a deeply religious wife and mother who had incredible faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Her leadership at the San Isidro Catholic Church and later at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission inspired her sons and friends to take note of her devotion.
The Garza family would like to sincerely thank the doctors at DHR hospital especially Dr. Arauco Brown and Dr. Noel Oliveira whose teams were there for her every day. We would also like to thank the Bridges Assisted Living for their care, as well.
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 2, 2108, from 3-9pm with a 7pm rosary at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 10:30 am at San Isidro Catholic Church in San Isidro, TX. Burial will follow at the Garza Ranch Cemetery in Santa Elena, TX.
Services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.