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SOFIA CARMEN GARCIA ROMA - Sofia Carmen Pena de Garcia, 87, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Starr County Memorial Hospital in Rio Grande City, Texas. She was born on July 17, 1925 to Loreto and Santitos Pena of Roma, a pioneer family in Starr County. Her parents, and her sisters Socorro P. Ramirez and Mary E. Pena preceded her in death. Her four daughters survive her: Edna (David+) Gonzalez, and Nelda (Cesar) Gonzalez of Rio Grande City, Texas, and Linda Rivera and Yvonne Salinas of Mission, Texas. She also leaves behind her very much loved grandchildren: Maricela Gonzalez, Deyna De Leon, and Kristina Silva of Mission, Hiram Gonzalez of Pharr, Dennis Gonzalez and Karina Gonzalez of Rio Grande City, Sara Hubbard of Austin, and Cesar Eli Gonzalez of Washington, D.C. Also a part of her legacy are her nine great grandchildren. Sofia is also survived by her brothers Leonel (Angie) Pena of Rio Grande City, and M. J. (Leticia) Pena of Edinburg, her sisters Raquel (Osbaldo+) Vela of Roma, Felipita (Noel) Escobar of Escobares, and Gloria (Romeo) Flores of Zapata. Mrs. Garcia, as she was fondly called, was a retired schoolteacher. In 1943, when most of the male schoolteachers were drafted to war and the State of Texas found itself with a significant teacher shortage, Mrs. Garcia took a state administered exam at the Starr County Courthouse, passed it, and was granted a permanent emergency teaching certificate at the young age of eighteen. She taught in Los Saenz, Roma, and La Grulla, Texas until she married Eudocio (Bocho) Garcia+ in 1949. Sofia stopped working for ten years to raise her family. When she resumed her teaching career, she continued her education on a part time basis until she received her BS degree from Pan American College in 1967. While teaching, she continued to attend classes and eventually got certified to teach Special Education, a job she dearly loved. She retired in1985 from Florence J. Scott Elementary School in Roma, Texas. She spent her retirement doing the things that pleased her most, gardening, cooking, and baking for her family. Many of her former students still visited her regularly and praised her as an excellent teacher and role model. Mrs. Garcia was a great source of inspiration to her family and will be dearly missed. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Sanchez Funeral Home in Rio Grande City, Texas from 1 to 9 pm with a rosary at 7 pm. Burial mass will be at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in Roma at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 27, with interment immediately following at the Queen of Peace Cemetery. Sanchez Funeral Home of Rio Grande City is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on Mar. 26, 2013
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