Elodia Garza passed away at the age of 82 on Sunday, February 20, 2022.
Public viewing will be from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM Thursday, February 24, 2022 at Robert Massie Riverside Chapel with rosary being prayed at 6:00 PM. Mass will be said at 10:00 AM Friday, February 25, 2022 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Reggie Odima, officiating. Burial will follow at Lawnhaven Cemetery under the direction of Robert Massie Funeral Home.
She was born on February 19, 1940 in San Angelo, TX to Elias Sr. and Soledad Menchaca. She was the second oldest of ten children. Elodia was a 1958 graduate of the original San Angelo Central High and pursued a career in Nursing at the old Shannon Hospital in Labor and Delivery soon after. For the next several decades she helped deliver babies and assisted a multitude of Physicians in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Elodia was passionate about her profession and had the opportunity to work with Dr. Christensen, Dr. Cornelison, Dr. Jennings, and Dr. Mueller where she was loved by all her patients until she retired in 2005.
On July 3, 1964, Elodia married Albert Garza, Sr. and he preceded her in death after 47 years on October 13, 2012. They had four children, Cindy Garza, Lisa Garza, Albert Garza Jr., and Paul Garcia. Elodia and her husband were members of the Pan American Association and La Amistad Club in San Angelo. Together they enjoyed golfing, dancing, going to the casinos, and traveling with family. Best of all, they had the chance to see their family grow several generations. Elodia was very proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved her family. Those that knew Elodia knew that she also loved to shop, and never passed up an opportunity to do so. She was known to have a green thumb and had the ability to revive Ivies while giving them an environment to thrive. She was a devoted Catholic and a woman of faith.
Elodia is preceded in death by her grandparents, Ramona and Reyes Muela; her parents, Elias Sr. and Soledad Menchaca; brother and sister-in-law, Elias Jr. and Peggy Sue Menchaca.
Elodia is survived by her children, Cindy Gutierrez and husband Tony, Lisa Garza and husband Sammy, and Albert Garza, Jr. and wife Delma, all of San Angelo, and Paul Garcia and wife Mary of Schertz; her four sisters Enriqueta Rios and husband Martin, Amanda Gonzales and husband Manuel, Ramona Garcia and husband Chindo, and Christina Suarez, all of San Angelo; her four brothers Sam Menchaca and wife Marilyn, Reyes Menchaca and wife Angie, and Buddy Menchaca and wife Debbie, all of San Angelo and Eddie Menchaca and wife Sharon of Odessa.
Elodia was consumed by the love of family and was known as "Gigi" to her 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren Matthew Gonzales, Diego Garcia, Joaquin Garcia and Eddie Mata, husband of Rachel Mata; great-grandchildren Joshua Mata and Brandon Garza.
The family wishes to extend thanks to Meadow Creek Nursing Home and Kindred Hospice for providing services and taking good care of our Gigi.