Julia was born in Beeville, Texas, on August 17, 1929. She married Jose Medina Torres in April of 1948 in Falfurrias, Texas. She is predeceased by her husband Jose "Joe" Medina Torres; her parents, Fransisca Arguijo and Juan Villarreal; her brother, Ray A. (Olga) Villarreal.
Mrs. Torres is survived by her daughter Diana (Monseis) Salazar of Beeville, her son, Reynaldo Torres of Corpus Christi; grandchildren, Joseph G. Salazar and Melissa (Chris) Anderson both of Austin, Texas, Ami (Johnny) Fernandez, of Beeville and great grandchildren Joshua J. Salazar, Robert and Juliana Hernandez and Paige and Patrick Anderson.
She graduated from A.C. Jones High School in 1948 and began her career with the late Carlos B. Reyes. In 1962, she began working for Hazel Parchman, then Bee County Clerk. She worked as a deputy clerk for twelve years. Upon Mrs. Parchman's retirement, Julia was encouraged and supported by Mrs. Parchman to run for the office she was vacating. She was elected for a first term in 1975. Her public service spanned forty years; she retired in December 2002 after serving seven four year terms.
Her greatest legacy is her commitment to public service. This was exemplified by running her office with efficiency, profitability and knowledge. Citizens from all walks of life would enter her office knowing they would get help with whatever they needed; it did not matter whether the questions were related to court matters, taxes or her office, she helped with whatever they requested of her. Her Hispanic heritage as the first county-wide office holder contributed immensely to her desire to be available to one and all.
She was an avid shopper, and the highlight of her work week was traveling with her two constant companions, Alice Olivares and Eloisa Flores on weekends. The family referred to the trio as the "Golden Girls". Together they traveled all over the state of Texas, and their escapades could fill a novel.
Visitation will be held from 4-9 p.m. at Oak Park Memorial Funeral Chapel on Friday, Sept. 20, with a rosary to be held at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Fr. Richard Gonzales officiating. Interment will follow at Beeville Memorial Park.
Serving as pallbearers are Joseph G. Salazar, Joshua J. Salazar, Chris Anderson, Juan "Johnny" Martinez, Juan "Johnny" Vela and Johnny Fernandez.
Oak Park Memorial Funeral Chapel