Rosa Odilia Garza |
MERCEDES, TX. --
Rosa Odilia Garza Champion entered into eternal glory on July 5, 2014 in Houston, Texas.
Our precious Nana was born March 5, 1922 in Mercedes, Texas to Rosa Adame and Juan Pablo Garza .
Odilia was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Clarence, her sisters Lorenza (+Tom) Champion and Berta (+Amadeo) Lozano, and brothers Heroitio Isidro Garza, Alfredo (+Beatrice) Garza, Rodolfo (+Elisa) Garza, Juan Pablo Garza and an infant granddaughter.
She is survived by her daughter Cynthia Champion Izaguirre and her son-in-law Lazaro, granddaughters Victoria Coffman and her husband Jeremy, Nina Bolin and her husband Andrew, and Cecilia Izaguirre. Also surviving her are great grandchildren Molly and Clarence Coffman, and Caroline, Carina, and Bobby Bolin. Survivors also include her brothers and sisters-in-law S.A. and Viola Garza of Austin, Leonso and Emma Garza of Tucson, and Blanca Garza of McAllen. Additionally, she leaves many devoted nieces and nephews whom she loved deeply.
Odilia was a devout Catholic who cherished her faith and her church. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Mercedes where she served on the parish council and as a Eucharistic minister. After going to live with her daughter, she attended St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land.
She worked at the First National Bank in Mercedes for thirty-six years, starting as a bookkeeper and working her way up to teller, cashier, and Vice President. Upon her retirement she was on the bank's Board of Directors.
After retiring from her banking career, Odilia began her true life's work as a missionary in Canales, Mexico. For fourteen years, she and her dear friend, Sister Evelyn, served the people there both physically and spiritually. Then at the age of 78, she discovered she had the heart of a twenty year old and was inspired to build a church. And that's exactly what she did. But she didn't stop there, she was then instrumental in building a school and medical clinic in this little village. This ministry gave her life purpose, vigor, and immense joy. Even when her health prevented her from continuing this work, her heart remained with the people of Canales.
Nothing however, was more important to her than her family. She loved unconditionally and selflessly, and was in turn greatly loved by all those whose lives she touched. Nana was a Godly, spirit filled woman, a prayer warrior, and a true reflection of Jesus' love. She leaves us a legacy of faith, strength, courage, and everything good. She was the best person we've ever known.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day. 2 Timothy 4:7
Funeral services and place of burial will be announced by Garcia & Trevino Home of Mercedes.
Published in Valley Morning Star on July 7, 2014