Amelia Garza, 77, of Bryan, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. A visitation will be held from 5-8 pm, with a Rosary to begin at 6 pm, on Monday, October 18th, at Hillier of BRYAN. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 am, on Tuesday, October 19th, at Santa Teresa Catholic Church. Graveside service will follow at Bryan City Cemetery, with a reception to follow at Santa Teresa Catholic Church.
Amelia was born on March 9, 1944, to her parents, Leofilo and Paula Aguilar. Amelia grew up in Laredo, Texas, with her six siblings. She attended school until the 8th grade when she left school in order to work and support her family. She spent her life working from a young age, until she had to go on disability for trouble with her circulation. That didn't stop her from caring for her husband until he recently passed. Amelia met her husband, Alvaro Garza, outside of a bar after enjoying a band that was playing there. They were married for 45 years, together raising all six of her children. Together they lived a life filled with fun, love, and many memories, enjoying every year of their 45 years of marriage.
Amelia left a lasting impression on everyone she met, she had so many great friends that could tell so many stories about her! She always had interesting conversations and a fun-loving spirit. She was always ready to have a good time! And always willing to be brutally honest. She enjoyed coloring and doing puzzles, especially when her family was with her around the table. She had a passion for coloring books, poems, and quotes she could write down or read over and over. Amelia had a collection of poems, quotes, as well as a love for hummingbird figurines. Going to the casino was one of her more favorable hobbies and preferred organizations to donate her money too!
Amelia was a devout Catholic, who punctually attended Sunday services and sometimes Saturday. She was a member of Santa Teresa Catholic Church, and was a generous donor of the church, St. Jude's, and the American Red Cross, amongst many others.
Family was always the most important aspect of her life. Her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids were her greatest joy. She enjoyed going on family trips to the casinos and on cruises together. She taught all of her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids valuable life lessons including to always be hard working, strong-willed, and responsible, and most of all, to always keep your word. She taught them to be independent and always on time too. Her family will miss Amelia as her role of matriarch in the family held such value it can never be replaced.
Amelia will be missed by her children, Julia Perez and husband Arcadio Contreras, Maria De Lourdes Perez, Arturo Perez and wife Michell Perez, Daniel Gilberto Perez and wife Elva Perez, and Ashley Ann Saavedra and husband Cesar D. Saavedra. She will also be missed by her loving grandchildren, Ashley A. Saavedra and husband Cesar D. Saavedra, Juan Benavides Jr. and wife Karina Benavides, Thomas Vandiver Jr., Maria Vizcaya and husband George Vizcaya, Benito Antonio Contreras, Ana Leticia Santos and wife Renee Santos, Dagoberto Contreras, Mario Alberto Contreras, Cristina Perez, Daniel Gilberto Perez II, Maira Elena Perez, Soleda Perez, and Emiliano Perez; and loving great-grandchildren, Cesar Daniel Saavedra Jr., Gianna Lizzett Saavedra, Juan Benavides III, Mateo Benavides, Luciana Contreras, Diana Bella Perez, Marisol Vizcaya, Mirka Vizcaya, Hiedi Vizcaya, Nevaeh Contreras, Joseline Contreras, Jeweliana Contreras, Patricia Contreras, Sofia Contreras, and Natalia Floriano; her siblings, Julia De Leon and husband Eduardo De Leon, and Daniel Aguilar and wife Dora Aguilar.
Amelia will be gracefully reunited with her parents, Leofilo and Paula Aguilar; her husband, Alvaro Garza; her daughter, Jane E. Hill; her brothers, Teofilo Aguilar, Carlos Aguilar, and Juan Aguilar; and her sister, Lucy Rodriguez.