Julia Garza

Julia Garza Obituary

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Age - 81

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October 7, 2023

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Robert Lee, TX

Julia L. Garza, age 81, of Robert Lee, Texas, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 6, 2023, at Robert Lee Care Center. She was born on July 17, 1942, in Robert Lee, the beloved child of Luther Lara, Sr. and Sara Ybarra Lara. Julia was the matriarch of a large and loving family, a wonderful and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was the heart and soul of the family, known for her meticulous planning of events, parties, and holidays. With a sharp mind and a big heart, she delighted in seeing her plans come to fruition. Julia was renowned for her culinary skills, particularly her spicy dishes and her famous salsa, made with love and her favorite pequin peppers. She crafted delicious flour, corn tortillas and Spanish rice that were cherished by all. While she had a big heart, when she put her foot down, you knew it, and her infectious laughter could light up any room. Julia was always impeccably dressed and had a special affinity for sparkles and bling. She never left her house without perfect makeup and stylish clothes, and her love for garage sales was well-known. Julia's true joy in life was her grandchildren, with whom she shared countless cherished moments. She was a devoted member of Bethel Baptist Church in Robert Lee. Julia was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of forty-two years, Alberto Garza; her brother Joe Lara; her sisters Mary Ochoa, Vivian Flores, Conchita Espinosa, and Frances Garcia; her brother Ynez Lara; and her granddaughter Tamara Lynn Doss. She leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories to be carried on by her daughters: Christine Abalos and husband Manuel, Elsa D. Wood and partner Tracie, and Sara Cruz and husband Rey; son Caesar Delapena; grandchildren: Cynthia Skipworth and husband J. P. , Angela Abalos, Charles Abalos, R. J. Cruz and wife Kristin, Brian Abalos and wife Brittny, Julia Cruz-McCormick and husband Brandon, Jennifer Rene, Albert Delapena and wife Jalina, Christina Delapena, Austin Delapena, and Jesslin Wood; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, siblings Luis Lara and wife Yolanda, Janie Munoz and husband Jimmy, Jimmy Lara and wife Martha; and numerous other loving family members and friends. In addition, she leaves behind her cherished fur baby and companion, Julio. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6-8pm on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at Bethel Baptist Church in Robert Lee. Funeral services will be held the following day, at 10am, on Friday, October 13, 2023, also at Bethel Baptist. Burial will immediately follow at Robert Lee Hispanic Cemetery. Honoring the family by serving as pallbearers are Brian Abalos, R. J. Cruz, Jonathan Skipworth, Casey Skipworth, Mason Abalos, Dalton Abalos, Brandon McCormick, and Billy Arthur. Charles Abalos, Gabriel Abalos, Albert Delapena, and Austin Delapena will serve as honorary pallbearers. Julia's legacy of love, laughter, and meticulous planning will forever be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten. The family would like to thank Robert Lee Care Center and the doctors and nurses at Shannon Hospital for their love and care.

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