Carmela Perez Garza
1954 - 2020
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Carmela Perez Garza

Alice, TX - Carmela Perez Garza of Alice, Texas was called home to be with Our Lord on Monday, July 27, 2020 in Corpus Christi at the age of 66. Born to the late Roberto Perez and Emma Cantu Perez on April 23,1954, she was raised in Alice where she graduated from Alice High School in 1972.

Carmela was highly regarded as a dedicated, spiritual, and compassionate person. She never met a stranger, and always left everyone she spoke to with a compliment or a kind word. She was wholeheartedly devoted to everything she did including her career, but was most dedicated to her Lord, Jesus Christ, and to her family.

Carmela was passionate about her work with the Texas Department of Transportation (Alice Area Office). After 40 years of dedicated service to a career she loved, she retired happily in 2014. Carmela was also well known as a fiercely devout Catholic and as an active parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Alice. In her many years of devotion to the church, she served in many ministry roles that deeply impacted her church community. A member of Catholic Daughters of The Americas Court Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe #2426, she also devoted much time to serving others as a Team FLAME and Team ACTS leader, as a Lector and as a Eucharistic Minister, as a religious education teacher, as a member of the Cursillistas, and as the establishing founder of the Divine Mercy and Rosary Ministry prayer group in which she prayed every Tuesday and Friday without fail. Her summers were also dedicated to serving the youth of the church as a Vacation Bible School coordinator. As a highly respected spiritual guide for the youth, she served honorable roles as Godmother and sponsor for many baptism, communion and confirmation candidates, and as a witness and madrina in many weddings over the years.

Carmela was preceded in death by her parents, Roberto and Emma Cantu Perez; her mother-in-law, Teresa C. Garza; one nephew Aaron "Kirby" Garza; and her brother-in-law, Jose David Garza. After the passing of her mother and mother-in-law, she graciously assumed the role of Matriarch for which her families will be forever grateful.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Arnoldo "Tractor" Garza of Alice, daughter, Anna Lyta Leal (Robert, Jr) of Corpus Christi; son, Arnoldo "Bubba" Garza II (Jennifer Lopez) of Alice; sister, Thelma Bass; and niece, Edna Harris both of Fruitland Park, Florida; and two grandsons, Robert Arnold Leal and James Alexander Lopez. Carmela is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and her loyal canine companion, William "Will" Garza, who will miss her terribly.

Due to the pandemic of Covid -19 we are living during this time, we will be following guidelines given by our city and county officials and the CDC. However, we will have a public visitation on Saturday August 1, 2020 at 11:00 To 12 :00 P.M. at Rosas Funeral Home. The recession of the Divine mercy and a holy Rosary will be at 12:00 noon. Funeral procession will depart at 2:30 P.M. to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where a mass will be celebrated at 3:00 P.M. Burial will follow at the Alice Cemetery.

The family ask that you keep them in your prayers throughout the services and their time of grief, to stay safe and healthy. Family is reserving the services of attendance for immediate family members. They have kept everyone in mind and encourage everyone to view the services via live stream Via Facebook on Rosas Funeral Home Inc.

Funeral arrangements entrusted with ROSAS FUNERAL HOME, INC




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Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times from Jul. 29 to Jul. 31, 2020.
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August 13, 2020
I’m absolutely heart broken to hear you have passed away My Dearest Carmela. She was my God mother and I will never forget that day ! The most truly special day of my life when I made communion and confirmation at the age of 27 with My lord and savior by my side and you Carmela. I didn’t even know you were sick till I got a call you passed away . I keep seeing your beautiful smile. And I hear your beautiful voice. I know your in heaven ! I know your at peace smiling having a good time , praying and staying active like you were here in earth. I’m very sad that I will never see you again here on Earth. But I look forward to the day I see you again. Please pray for me and my family that I will enter Lords kingdom and you will be there ready to welcome me w open arms and your beautiful smile ! I loved you and I will always love you. I will miss you very much. Love always , Tiffany Renee Perez
Tiffany Perez
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August 7, 2020
Queenie May you begin to Rest In Peace. I will never forget you as the most beautiful little girl with long golden blonde hair always with a smile. We grew up in the same neighbor hood and groups of families I treasure those Cherished memories . Our condolences to your families
Diana Garza Rosas
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August 4, 2020
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August 1, 2020
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August 1, 2020
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August 1, 2020
Our condolences to the Garza family may she Rest In Peace
Luz n Lubi Tellez
August 1, 2020
She was a beautiful person with a sweet soul.She loved God and showed it everyday. Her smile was so uplifting and brought joy to everyone. Carmela, rest in peace. You will be missed but never forgotten.
Joe Y & Debbie Garza
Debbie
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August 1, 2020
From my family to yours. Our condolences go out to you with prayer of comfort.

Carmela was a dear friend/co-worker to me and she will be dearly missed. I will never forget her beautiful and kind demeanor. She befriended everyone. She was very dear to my heart. I will miss you Carmela! Love you. We will see one another again in Christ Jesus. It’s not goodbye it’s “I’ll see you later”.
America Garza
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August 1, 2020
Gay Gonzalez
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August 1, 2020
Our Heartfelt Condolences to Arnold, Ana Lisa, Bubba, the Garza and Perez Family. In Life's journey we are fortunate to meet some very fine and special people. We feel very fortunate and Blessed to have known Carmela. She will Dearly be missed by ALL.
God Bless
Baldemar & Sylvia Navejar
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August 1, 2020
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—-they must be felt with the heart!” Helen Keller
May our hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as we celebrate a life cut short, but well lived. Carmela your smiling face and helping hands will truly be missed by all.
Tu Prima, Imelda
Imelda M. and Omar Cantu
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July 31, 2020
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July 31, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Garza and Perez family. Rene and I are so sorry for your loss. There are no words that can comfort you in this difficult time. Carmela always greeted us with a smile and a hug. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rene and Gracie Gonzalez
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July 31, 2020
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July 31, 2020
Dear friend so very sorry to hear about Carmela. Thoughts and prayers Tractor for you and your children.
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July 31, 2020
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July 31, 2020
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July 31, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Our sincere condolences for your loss
Corina Perez, JW Sinor, Ciara & Kelly Lillie
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July 31, 2020
Loving you Carmela is something we all enjoyed to do.
Your beautiful smile, your joy, laughter, smiles and waves. Those are just a few things that we will all miss. You were like a breath of fresh air when you enter a room. Never once did you not care about anyone you met. In our hearts you will remain and one day when we think of you or hear your name a smile will appear on our faces because of all the joy you have planted in this world.
You was the prime example of a joyful worker here on earth for God but He has decided your work here is done and there’s one thing for sure, we can’t stand in God’s way.
May your soul forever rest in God perpetual light. For now we will say a gentle goodbye. We love you then, now and forever. In our hearts, minds and souls, we will always be together.
Tractor, Bubba, Anna, Pixie and all of the Garza family you will be in Walle and my prayers. Sending gentle hugz and our ❤.
Walle and Myra Chapa
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July 31, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Garza family. Carmela will be missed by so many. I can still remember being complimented often as a youth during my years as an altar server Carmela was always so proud at how seamlessly I would work with Fr. Ray and my peers during mass. She worked a lot with my mother and the other Catholic Daughters of Our Lady. As she is now resting with our Lord and savior I know she will be watching over all of us who are left behind.
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July 31, 2020
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July 31, 2020
Garza and Perez family, our heart felt condolences to all of you. The few times we visited with Carmela and Arnold we were impressed by their humor, friendship, and the great love they shared. Our hearts are saddened by Carmela’s passing may she RIP. We are blessed to have crossed her path. What a lovely lady! Charlie & Mary (Lupita Valadez) Melendez
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July 31, 2020
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July 31, 2020
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July 31, 2020
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July 31, 2020
My sincere heartfelt condolences. I will miss you dearly.
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July 31, 2020
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July 30, 2020
Tractor, Anna and Bubba, My brother, sisters and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you as we all mourn the loss of our sweet, Carmela. Sweet memories of her will forever shine in our hearts. May you all find peace, comfort and healing in our Lord, Jesus Christ. We love you much, Richard, Lynette, Annette and Janette Perez
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July 30, 2020
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July 30, 2020
Tractor, Anna and Bubba: My Brother, sisters and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you as we all mourn the loss of our sweet Carmela. Some of our fondest memories of her were when we were young and we spent our Easter Sundays at the ranch together. We will always remember how fun and happy she was when she was riding her horse, Cotton Candy. She will be greatly missed but memories of her will always shine in our hearts. We love you much, Richard, Lynette, Annette and Janette Perez
Annette Perez
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July 30, 2020
Tractor, Anna and Bubba, my brother, sisters and I are so sad for you at this time as we all mourn the loss of my dear, sweet cousin, Carmela. We will always hold the sweet memories of her near and dear in our hearts. We will always remember the great times spent at the ranch with the family and Carmela riding her horse, Cotton Candy...she was so much fun and very sweet to us...Her light will always shine. She will be greatly missed. We love you...Richard, Lynette, Annette and Janette Perez
Annette Perez-Gonzalez
Family
July 30, 2020
Mary Melendez
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July 30, 2020
Dear Tractor, Anna Lyta, Bubba and Family. Charlie and I are so sorry for your loss of Carmela. We have so many beautiful memories from our trips to Texas. The last time we saw Carmela was our trip to Texas in 2018. She always made sure to come visit us or we would go visit her. We love you all. We love and miss you, Carmela, our beautiful cousin. May you rest in peace
Charlie & Terri Perez
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July 30, 2020
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July 30, 2020
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July 30, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. She always greeted you with a beautiful smile & was always asking for my family. Tractor, Anna Lyta & Bubba I am so sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace.
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July 30, 2020
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July 30, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the family. May the lord embrace You (Bubba) and your family through this most difficult time. R.I.P Mrs. Garza!!
Love,
Mr. & Mrs. Orlando Perez & Fam.
Benavides, TX
Linda Perez
July 30, 2020
RIP and God Bless
David & Diana Cardona
Friend
July 30, 2020
In these times of need when a family member and friend leave us with a void in our Heart, it is better to remember the good times. Her Smile and Joyful self came from the Heart. She will always be remembered by that Smile, Our Prayers and Love go out to you and the other family members. She may be gone from earth but she will Live on in our mind and in our Hearts.
Adrian Lopez
Family
July 30, 2020
My love Carmela how I miss you, and want to thank you for being such a bright light filled with the Holy Spirit
you are the true essence of Grace and I will miss your hugs dearly thank you for always teaching us about the Holy Spirit in
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Being a perfect example of how to keep that fire lit and burn so bright and thank you thank you for teaching us all about the Divine Mercy, I actually picked up the diary you said you read of St. Faustina, You will forever be my sister in Christ and you truly left your mark on this Earth and you will Dearly be missed until we meet againLOVE
Jennifer Marie Ybarra
Friend
July 30, 2020
I was so sorry to hear about Carmela's passing. She was always so friendly and sweet. I always felt good after stopping to say hello to her. My condolences to her family.
Rosa Linda San Miguel
Friend
July 30, 2020
HEY NEIGHBOR! Is how we would call each other when ever we ran into each other.
Carmela was a special friend & will be missed.
R. I. P. Neighbor
Blessings to the Tractor family.
Joe & Norma Munoz
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July 30, 2020
Words cannot express the sorrow at hearing of Carmela’s passing. I have nothing but warm and happy memories of a life-long family friend. Both families were such friends of my parents. Carmela, you are with our Lord and rejoicing!!! Tractor, may your faith comfort you and the rest of the family.
Gloria Ann Cardona
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July 30, 2020
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July 30, 2020
We want to express our condolences to the Garza family on the passing of Carmela. She was such a wonderful person who had such a positive attitude at all times. May she rest in peace, love you all.
Joe A and Byrdi Gonzalez
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July 30, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the Perez/Garza family. The family of Abel Balboa Sr. will forever be grateful and thankful to her for her willingness to do the State flag presentation when our dad Abel Balboa Sr. Went home to be with the Lord!!! She had already retired but I wanted her to do it because my dad had retired from The Texas Highway Dept. and my dad loved her. She was always very good to my dad!! She did and for that we will always be so grateful and thankful!! May the comfort of the Holy Spirit embrace her husband, children and family!!! Her heartfelt acts of kindness and love will forever be cherished!!!
Lydia Balboa Resendez
Classmate
July 30, 2020
I have always called her "Carmelita", ever since we were kids growing up friends. Our parents were the best of friends and my heart is full of wonderful memories. Tractor, Arnold and I are so very sorry for your loss. Carmelita was a very special human being and we know she will be dearly missed by so many who were blessed to know her. Please take care and may our great Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Arnold & Carol Benavides
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July 30, 2020
My Sincere Condolences to the Garza families and Perez families in the passing of Carmela, God Bless your Soul and May you Rest In Peace , Carmela you left this World a Better Place,
Alfredo Garcia
Classmate 72
Alfredo Garcia
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July 30, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mr.&Mrs. Sam Smithwick
Friend
July 29, 2020
WHEN I MET MRS.Garza she was a very happy loving lady.She was so kind in speaking. I will miss that big smile you had at all times. May you RIP and you will never be forgotten.
Mr & Mrs Homer Solis Sr
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July 29, 2020
Condolences to all of her family. Carmela was a beautiful person, inside and out. She always had a smile and such a beautiful glow round about her. Being that I no longer live in Alice, I went to a funeral about a year ago and Carmela and I stood together at the services. My heart hurts but I know that she is walking the streets of gold with our Lord. May she rest in peace. Till we meet again, my friend.
Edie Lindsey
Friend
July 29, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Garza family. Carmela was a great person, always ready to help wherever needed. She was my helpful parent when I taught her children in Ben Bolt and helped us on our trip to Washington DC. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. May she now RIP!
Connie Rodriguez
Friend
July 29, 2020
Carmela always had such a beautiful smile and a heart full of kindness! Her smile will forever be in my thoughts.
Her precious soul will always be with us. I know She is praying for us all. My deepest condolences to the family. May the perpetual light shine upon her & grant her peace.
Rebecca Schmidt
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July 29, 2020
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Tractor to you and your family
Carmela was a wonderful person. Our prayers for you and your family.
Imelda ortiz
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July 29, 2020
“When the person you are closest to is gone, hold on to their memories and know that they are always with you.”
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July 29, 2020
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July 29, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Condolences to Perez Garza family.
Samuel Morales
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July 29, 2020
Our sincerest condolences to a beautiful and spirited lady. May she Rest In Peace and be happy in her forever home. On behalf of the Flores and Lucio families.
Maricela Flores
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July 29, 2020
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OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO CARMELA'S ENTIRE FAMILY. OUR PRAYERS CONTINUE FOR YOU ALL OF YOU. HEAVEN HAS GAINED AN ANGEL. REST IN PEACE PRECIOUS CARMELA.

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GRACE LOPEZ
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July 29, 2020
OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO CARMELA'S ENTIRE FAMILY. OUR PRAYERS CONTINUE. HEAVEN HAS GAINED AN ANGEL. REST IN PEACE PRECIOUS CARMELA.
GRACE LOPEZ
Friend
July 29, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to Arnoldo Garza and family. May God bless her in his eternal reign.
Juan Andres Garza
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July 29, 2020
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July 29, 2020
I had been praying for Carmela to overcome this disease. God’s will was to have her in his kingdom. I am so saddened that she has left us. She touched so many lives. Praying for your whole family but especially for Carmela who was so beloved.
Zenaida Sanchez
Friend
July 29, 2020
My most heart felt condolences for Carmela’s family ; Bubba, Anna , Mr . Garza and extended family . I was honored to have known her during my career as an educator for Ben Bolt ISD . May the Lord help heal your hearts .
Carmen Hornsby
Acquaintance
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