Zenaida "Sandy" Garcia-Tully

December 21, 1946April 23, 2021
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On Friday, April 23, 2021, Zenaida "Sandy" Garcia-Tully; a loving wife and mother of three, passed away at the age of 74 at her home in Henderson, Nevada. She was born on December 21, 1946 in Los Angeles, California to Albert and Adela (Gomez) Placencio. Known to her friends and family as "Sandy"; she was raised in Central and Silver City, New Mexico, with her nine siblings.

As a young child, Sandy was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family; she enjoyed playing "Jacks" with her sisters. Sandy was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. She carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Sandy was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those she knew.

During her high school years, Sandy had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. She was constantly offering her support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which she participated. She did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to her. In this way, Sandy had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. She was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being “the life of the party.” Teachers and classmates knew Sandy as an excellent listener. She placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for her just around the corner. She graduated from Cobre High School.

Following high school, Sandy was ready to start her new life and family. Her new life involved relocating to Southern California, and then to Las Vegas, Nevada; where she met and married Andy Garcia, and raised three beautiful children. While she remained friends with Andy throughout their lives, the couple parted ways.

Sandy met David in an internet chat room in 2000, and the couple were married on July 27, 2001 in Selby Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Compassionate and devoted, Sandy worked hard to make her new family happy, as she and David, blended their lives and families. She was always generous with her time and this meant that David came first in Sandy’s book. She was always caring and made certain that she considered David’s feelings. Sandy did her best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. Like most marriages, there were always challenges to face. It was during these times for David and Sandy that he would address her as his "Latin American Firecracker".

The most important areas in Sandy's life were her family and her home. She worked tirelessly throughout her life to ensure the stability of her home and the lives of her children. She experienced success in her work life over and over again by taking different jobs from time to time to help support the family. Sandy took pride in seeing her family blossom.

Sandy enjoyed traveling, and because she was so well organized, she would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. Her gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Sandy were always enjoyable. Her favorite vacations included: trips to New Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Many things can be said about Sandy Garcia-Tully. Known to her friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and a decisive woman; her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth, and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Sandy was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. Sandy leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives she touched will miss her dearly.

Sandy is survived by her husband, David; three children: Ramon (Karolyne) Placencio, Jose (Christina) Garcia, and Dolores Garcia; two sisters: Yolanda and Hope; five grandchildren: Brandon and Justin McBride, Melchiah, Autumn, and Gianna Garcia; one great granddaughter, Jade McBride; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Sandy will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral Services will be on Friday, May 7, 2021 beginning at 10:00 AM, both at Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary, 800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV 89015. Sandy will be laid to rest at Palm Henderson Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19, all current government restrictions will be in place and all guests in attendance will be required to wear a mask.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Garcia-Tully family.



  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021


Zenaida "Sandy" Garcia-Tully

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Paul and Robin Guido-Nenninger

May 7, 2021

The Nana...we love you! We'll miss you! Despite our differences you and I had many things in common. Both of us were blessed with beautiful children and grandchildren. Our 2nd chance at love blessed us both with husbands that love us like no other. The family times filled with the amazing food, laughs, and sense of family we all share. Paul and I will always remember how you made him blush calling him David Hasslehoff. We are family and you will forever be in our hearts. You are truly a beautiful, and loving woman and will be missed by all of us. Your walk across the bridge will be difficult for all of us. In my heart I know you'll be there when our times come...what a party that will be. Rest in Peace .

Shasha Duncan

May 6, 2021

My dear Aunt Sandy
I will miss you forever!! I’m so glad I got to visit you the last time with lynn and my mom. You were always so funny and nice. I’m very sad that you aren’t here anymore but guess what? Now you are in Heaven with gramma and grandpa and my beautiful daughter Ashlyn. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to your funeral because I just had back surgery. I’ll miss all the scary stories you’d tell us as kids at night. I love you with all my heart
Shasha. Love you Ramon,Joe Angel, and Princess ❤️❤️❤️

Mike Halverson

May 6, 2021

Your love as a mother and grandmother will never be matched. I was so lucky to know you the few short years I did. You'd always make me feel welcomed, and knew how to make me blush lol. You will be forever missed, and your memory will live on forever. I know you're resting peacefully now. I promise to love and adore your daughter and grandchildren until my dying days. Rest in peace Sandy

PeaJay Harris

May 3, 2021

I've always loved Mama Sandy. I always joked around saying that we had a love-hate relationship. lol. When Joe and I first met, I used to come over to hang out almost every day. She'd always greet me with a smile and then say to Joe in the back, "He's here again?!" lol But when I didn't come over, she'd always ask Joe, "Where's PeaJay?!"

I'll always remember her straight-forward personality, her love of family included those of us that were adopted in, like myself, and her kindness. And of course, her amazing tacos! :)

I love and will miss you, Mama Sandy. May you rest in peace. Say hello to my Aunt Lou and Uncle Wince that I lost last year in heaven and tell them PeaJay sent you. God bless. Amen.

Bobby Alvarado

May 3, 2021

Joe your mom was mother friend chef.
I remember she was everyone’s mother she did her best to make everyone happy. Just can’t believe she’s gone. I could remember looking at all of her kids she was proud of everyone and talking about how happy she was

Ramen, Joe , Dolores
God bless your mother, Sorry for your lost

Your mother was a wonderful woman
I would be happy to be her son 😔

Cynthia Mace

May 3, 2021

Im still in shock, Sandy was my 2nd mom. I spent many summers and over nights with Sandy's daughter and She would always spoil us. As I sat here reading Dolores' memory of Cabbage I could all the sudden hear Sandy's Voice..... Well kind of, it was Sandy doing the infamous' Cabbages Voice. "Cabbage would banter with me, Cabbage would cause trouble and Cabbage would make a scene no.matter where we were. For those that know or know about "Cabbage", you may also remember me yelling at Cabbage at the restaurant in jokers wild, Standing in our booth while Sandy and Dolores is laughing and the gentleman that can with us was not only super confused (due to plaungage barrier) but was horrified that someone would act such a why in public. Sandy sure did bring out the wild in crazy in me.
I miss her and those times before and I will definitely miss them even more now. My heart and condolences go out to the family, I love you guys and I am here, I can do whatever needed for you just let me know, I will be there at the drop on a hat.

Preston Young

May 2, 2021

Sandy, you will be so missed. While we had our differences, there was one thing I could never deny. One thing everyone knows. One thing I will remember forever.

You loved my children, Melchiah and Autumn.

Your Grandchildren. You were certainly the best Nana they could ask for, you were loving kind and caring. Strict when they needed it and rewarding when they deserved it. You gave them your all and I will never forget how well you treated them.

I am so grateful for everything you did and the love you shared to both me and my children, we were blessed to have you and you will always be in our thoughts.

For 20 years you've been in my life, good times, great times and all the other times. I've always had love for you even when we were at odds. From when I met you as a 17 year old punk to now as a 37 year old man. I am grateful for the support, advice and guidance you gave me as I learned to be a parent... and a good one. You helped me be a good one countless times.

I love you ma'am.

Dolores Garcia

May 2, 2021

My mama was the most loving mother to her kids and grandkids. She's helped me raise my son, and watched him and my daughter when I've needed her to. She's never told me no. They were spoiled rotten by her and I wouldn't have it any other way. She always went above and beyond for them. I remember I've used to take her shopping and she'd tell me "let's get something to eat". She then would remind me "I've used to take my mom shopping and she's treat us to lunch, now I can do the same for you". I remember calling out for "CABBAGE!" During our shopping trips cause I'd lose her in the store walking in circles trying to find her. I believe at one point I've even had them page "Cabbage, your party is waiting for you at the front of the store, Cabbage, your party is waiting". She appeared embarrassed but giggling non-stop. She was always there for me, my brothers and her grandkids. Good times and bad. I'm happy I was there for her through her final moments holding her hand, she wasn't alone. I thank my mama for everything she has done for all of us, I miss her and love her so much❤ I love you mama! Rest peacefully, sleep like a winter bear❤❤❤

Burt Salaiz

May 2, 2021

Sandy was beautiful how she was close to my mother and that when they got together and got our family as one. Sandy kids became my brothers and sister. I will always remember how much this woman did for us. Cooking of course was a big thing when I was there. The famous cheese and eggs sandwich, Mexican food of course, but the Taco's mmmmmmm. Always enjoyed my brother Albert and mine company no matter how long we stayed over. She never made us unwelcome or uncomfortable. I will always love you Sandy, you are like a second mom to me. Now please say hi to my mom, my brother and you finally get to meet my twins 😊. Now I will always see that mushrooms cloud in the sky. I love you mom

Christina Garcia

April 30, 2021

We love you and miss you dearly Patty Cake Grandma.