Elida Garza Salazar
October 7, 1927 – March 21, 2020
Ninety two years ago, Elida Garza Salazar was born on October 7, 1927 in San Saba, Texas and the world as they knew it would never be the same. It became a brighter, happier, more loving place, the birds rejoiced in song, the oceans roared and the skies open up and the sun was brighter. Over the years so many lives changed for the better but sadly for us on March 21, 2020 our beautiful mother was called back to God’s Almighty Kingdom. All though our hearts are broken at the moment we can be at peace knowing she is no longer in pain. She is walking, dancing in the heavens with Daddy, reunited with her parents, siblings, daughter-in-law, Lydia and her grandson “Ronnie” among the Angels in God’s divine presence.
Elida Garza Salazar was known to show her never ending love for others through her delicious cooking. She was equally known for being a devoted Catholic woman, as she went to mass every Sunday at San Francisco Javier Catholic Church in Austin, Texas and prayed her rosary every night. Once she couldn’t drive to church, Olga and Jose Rios brought Sunday mass right to Elida in the comfort of her home. Also, her love for football especially the Dallas Cowboys. “Go Cowboys!”
She is preceded in death by her parents, Alberto Garza, Zapopa Calderon Garza; her husband, Melecio Salazar Sr.; her brothers, Claudio, Salvador, Vicente, Jesus, Miguel; her sisters, Amelia Garza Rocha, Emilia DeLeon; son-in-law, Gordon Wayne Dobey, Sr. "Butch;" daughter-in-law, Lydia E. Salazar; grandson, Ronald Christopher Koby "Ronnie;" as well as other extended family members.
Elida is survived by her sister, Tomasita “Tomé" Garza Castro; her children, Melecio G. Salazar Jr. and wife Rowena, Ramon G. Salazar and wife Olga, Alberto Salazar, Dora Rolfzen and husband Richard "Rick”, Estella Pendergass "Star" and husband Tod and Veronica Salazar-AlDaas; her beloved dog, Brownie “Mijo” Salazar.
Many treasured grandchildren, David and Raquel Salazar, Blanca and Andy Ivener, Jennifer and Melinda Estrada, Bobby and Maggie Balandran, Gilbert "Gibby" Salazar, and Mark Salazar. Raymond Scott and Kristen Salazar, Erika and Heather Salazar. Cecilia Salazar. Melecio “Shawn” and Lilly Rolfzen, Melissa and Steve Baker, Ella and Ahren Forehand, Allen and Crystal Rolfzen, Ben and Amy Rolfzen. Salena and Jersey Yates, Gordon Wayne “GW” Dobey and Lindsey Gooding. Janelle Baughn and Jan Flemming. Veronica Hernandez and Danny Short.
Several sweet great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren. Tons of beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins and countless beautiful friends. J. Manuel Ayala, Fidel Lemus and Claudia Pinales were special people to Elida who treated her like a mother.
Honoring Elida and serving as Pallbearers will be Tod Pendergass, Fidel Lemus, Jerry Garza Castro, Edward Garza Castro, Raymond Scott Salazar, Gilbert "Gibby" Salazar, Danny Short and Jan Flemming.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress Avenue.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am on Thursday, March 25, 2020 at San Francisco Javier Catholic Church, 9110 US 183 with Reverend James Martin, CSC officiating.
Interment will follow at Maria de la Luz Cemetery.
- Rosary Wednesday, March 25, 2020
- Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 26, 2020
- Interment Thursday, March 26, 2020
Elida Garza Salazar
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Vicki Lyn James
March 25, 2020
Mama Salazar as she has been known to me for years was one of the most precious loving Christian ladies I had the privilege to call my friend. I will surely miss her wonderful tamales that we had at Christmas and Thanksgiving. When I lived next door I always knew when she was cooking because I was close enough to catch the smell coming from her kitchen. I know she is running free of pain in heaven and hugging all her relatives that have gone before her. Mama Salazar I will never forget you and the years we shared RIP dear lady.