Edna Garcia Padilla, 93, prayed her first Rosary in heaven on May 24, 2021.
Public viewing will be from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM with the Rosary being prayed at 6:00 PM Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Robert Massie Riverside Chapel. Mass will be at 10:00 AM Friday, May 28, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Ft. Emilio Sosa and Ft. Francis Njoku, officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Robert Massie Funeral Home. Those honored to be her pallbearers are: John Ross Fuentes, JoJo Gradoz, Adam Padilla, Stephen Kaminski. Mason Perkins, and Amos Ramirez.
Mrs. Padilla was born to Ventura and Manuel Garcia on March 20, 1928 in Ozona. On December 26, 1953 she celebrated the sacrament of marriage with Alex L. Padilla, her best friend and partner in life until his untimely death on December 20, 2000.
To this union four children were born and remain to honor her legacy; Alex L. Padilla, Jr. and wife Doreen, Lisa Fuentes and husband John, Jane Gradoz, and Trisha Stoneman and husband Ron; in addition to her children, Edna is survived by her grandchildren; John Ross Fuentes and wife Laura, Olivia Kaminski and husband Stephen, Jerah Perkins and husband Mason, JoJo Gradoz, Jaymi Padilla, Sara Ladd and husband Travis, Adam Padilla and wife Emalie, and Kayla Bruce and husband Jonathan; her great-grandchildren, Izabella Fuentes, Christopher Ladd and Aida Ladd, Colton and Addison Bruce, Stella Perkins, Ava Kaminski, and Autumn Kaminski; sisters, Romy Guajardo, Mela Ubando; brothers, Joe Garcia and wife Becky and Larry Garcia and wife Sylvia; numerous nieces and nephews. Edna was proceeded in death by her parents, Ventura and Manual Garcia; husband and partner, Alex L. Padilla; sisters, Chonita Alvarez, Mary Hernandez, Emma Maldonado, and Margaret Perez; brothers, Manuel Garcia and Jesse Garcia; numerous nieces and nephews.
Edna was a 1953, graduate of the Shannon School of Nursing. As a classmate she was the one to do last minute alterations for her nursing sisters and was quick to bring to their attention if a uniform did not meet the professional standards of the time. Becoming a Registered Nurse and working in public health was an inherent choice as part of her strength of character she displayed early in life. Not only was she a caregiver, healer, person of an abundance of empathy but she led by example. As a health professional, Edna established the first Family Planning Program in San Angelo because of the need she became aware of through her work in public health. As members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Edna and Alex were instrumental in the development of the CCD program for the youth of St. Joseph's, as well as serving as Eucharistic ministers. They were active in all aspects of their church community with Edna serving on the Altar Society and she was proud of the fact that she organized the first Wednesday Adoration hour. She could often be found in quite solitude praying her rosary and when in need of prayers, Edna was unrivaled when it came to the belief of the power of prayer. As wife and mother, she became the family seamstress while working as a professional and supporting Alex and their children in whatever endeavors they undertook, it was never unusual to find her at the sewing machine because anything less than a perfect fit was unacceptable. Edna was a task master of an unequaled standard, yet she did not demand anything of others she did not demand of herself.
The family would like to thank Hospice of San Angelo for the excellent care they provided, and to the family and friends for their love and support.
In lieu of flowers donations maybe made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 301 W 17th St, San Angelo, TX 76903 or Hospice of San Angelo, 1933 University Ave., San Angelo, TX 76904
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