Rosemary was born in Beeville, Texas. She was raised by her late grandparents, Paula and Alejandro Garza, also of Beeville. She attended Our Lady of Victory Catholic School thru 8th grade and graduated from A.C. Jones High School. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Houston and her Jurist Prudence degree in 1982, also from the University of Houston.
Rosemary began her career working for the Harris County District Attorney’s office as an Asst. District Attorney. Ms. Garza was very involved with the Bar Assn. From 1988-1994, she served on the Board of Directors of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Assn. She served as President of the Mexican American Bar Assn. of Houston from 1992-1993. From 1994-2000, she served on the State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee.
She was on the Board of Directors of the College of the State Bar from 1993-1996.
Some of her numerous honors include the 2005 Recipient of the Houston Bar Foundation Outstanding Contributions to Houston Volunteer Lawyers by an Individual. More recently, she served as Vice Chairperson on the City of Houston Civil Service Commission.
Apart from her advocacy for families. Rosemary was dedicated to children, who were always captivated by her calm and caring personality. She exemplified this through her Board membership from 2003-2009, at the Amigos Por Vida charter school in Houston. She was a strong advocate for the Mexican American community. Many of her holidays were spent not at parties, but by serving the poor at the Bistro Vino Restaurant.
Funeral services were held on Friday Aug. 12, in Beeville, Texas, at ll a.m. with a celebration of a Catholic Mass at Our Lady of Victory Church at 708 N. Avenue D. Services were also held on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. at Compean Funeral Home, 2102 Broadway, Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests that donations be made to the Amigos Por Vida School, 5503 Camino Del Rey, Houston, TX 77081, where she served as Board Member for six years.
Rosemary is survived by Guadalupe Garza, Alex Garza, Salvador Garza and Jessy Garza of Beeville and Lipa Salter of New Port Richey, Florida.
Rosemary will be dearly missed by her family and numerous friends.