Mrs. Garza was born March 16, 1939, in Kenedy to Jose Salais Sr. and Paulita Ramos Salais. She was a lifelong resident of Kenedy, having worked most of her adult life at John Paul II Nursing Home; where she retired and spent her last days. She was a lifelong member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Manuel C. Garza Sr.; two sons, Manuel (Maria) Garza Jr. and Joe Richard (April) Garza; six grandchildren, Geoffrey, Sarah, Jacob, Bekah, Adah and Elliana Evangeline Garza; five brothers, Dan, Joe, Raul, Rey and Jesse Salais; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Diane Garza.
The family received friends at Eckols Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a Holy Rosary recited at 7 o’clock that evening.
The funeral Mass began at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment followed in the Loma Alta Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dan, Jose Raul, Rey, Jesse and Jaime Salais.
Honorary pallbearers were Jaime DeLaGarza, Jimmy DeLaGarza, Juan DeLaGarza and Robert Salais.