Rachel Gloria Garcia
August 22, 1940 – September 10, 2020
Rachel Gloria Garcia, age 80, of Houston, Texas passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Rachel was born August 22, 1940 in Houston, Texas.
Rachel “Gloria” was a gift from God. The time we all had with her was truly a blessing. She was a daughter, a sister, a mother, an aunt, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a great-great grandmother, a godmother, a friend, and now our angel.
She was that kind of mother that “mothered” all. A mother to her children, grandchildren, grandchildren’s friends, and a mother to her friends and their children. If you met her, you never forgot her. She was easy to talk to, often friendly, sometimes silly, and always genuine. She never shied away from her true feelings.
Gloria’s strong willed spirit was something special. When life brought her challenges, she pushed harder. When the pain became unbearable, she prayed longer. When an ordinary person might have given up, she rose up stronger. Gloria was a survivor. It was all she knew how to do. Her motto was, “I gotta keep on going. I gotta make it.” And by the grace of God, she did! We were blessed to have had her for 80 years.
Gloria enjoyed the simple things in life. She loved her many warm cups of coffee, her daily walks, her evening novelas, family barbecues and any invitation to eat out and get away for the weekend. Whether by city bus, scooter, or by her own two feet and a cane, she was a lady on the go! Nothing could keep her from enjoying the next action-packed movie and snacking on her pickle, popcorn, and hotdog. No cold morning could keep her from the city’s parades. No amount of money left in her own purse could keep her from collecting other purses at every thrift store in town. And no amount of hearing loss could keep her from feeling the beat of the music and dancing!
Gloria loved her family and her family loved her. We will always remember her independence, her relentless strength, her faith, and her “back in the old days” stories. We will treasure her wisdom, her hard-truths, her hugs, her smile and her friendship. We are grateful to have bonded with her in our own unique way.
Now that she has reunited with her Heavenly Father, we will celebrate her life. She is now in the most perfect place with perfect hearing and two perfect feet. She is together again with all that have gone before her; her mother, her father, her brothers, her sons, her grandchildren and her best friends. Gloria will forever be our angel, our mom, our grandmother. We love you and we already miss you so much.
Mom - You were always by my side to give me support, confidence, and help for as long as I can remember. You were always the person I looked up to; so strong, so sensitive, and so loving. For as long as I can remember and no matter the circumstance, you were always our home; always full of laughter, sometimes full of tears, and always full of love. For as long as I could remember and still today, you are everything a mother should be. All I have become is because of you. I am so ever grateful to have called you my mom. I love you.
Dear Mom, I am going to treasure all our happy memories that we shared together all these years . The days I am going to miss most are our grocery store shopping , walking in the malls and going to church on Saturday. Mom, you are an inspiration to me on how to be a strong person. Luv ya always your little one.
A visitation for Rachel will be held Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:30PM at Funeraria Del Angel, 5100 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77022. A funeral service will occur Friday, September 25, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1505 Kane St, Houston, TX 77007. A committal service will occur Friday, September 25, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Historic Hollywood Cemetery, 3506 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009.
Due to the COVID -19 we still encourage everyone who will be joining us to please continue to wear your mask at all times and continue to practice social distancing. Thank you for understanding.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.funerariadelangelhoustonN.com for the Garcia family.
- Rosemary Martinez, Mother (deceased)
- Manuel G. Martinez, Father (deceased)
- Manuel Martinez, Brother (deceased)
- Roy Martinez, Brother (deceased)
- Raymond Martinez, Brother (deceased)
- Ruben Martinez, Brother (deceased)
- Pete R. Martinez, Brother (deceased)
- Rogelio Martinez, Brother (deceased)
- Roger Martinez, Brother (deceased)
- Sonny Martinez, Brother (deceased)
- Robert Rodriguez, Son (deceased)
- Albert Rodriguez III, Son (deceased)
- Narcizo Garcia, Husband
- Joanne Lopez (Juan Lopez), Daughter
- Mary Anne Rodriguez, Daughter
- Gloria Rodriguez, Daughter
- Rose Garza (Artemio Garza), Daughter
- Alice Rodriguez, Daughter
- Richard V. (JoAnn Martinez), Brother
- John Manuel Martinez, Brother
- Mrs. Garcia also leaves behind 25 grandchildren, over 35 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
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9:30 am - 10:30 am
St. Joseph Catholic Church
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Historic Hollywood Cemetery
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Rachel Gloria Garcia
September 25, 2020
Gloria was always such a loving and caring woman. We remember all of the good times we had when we would go to her Daughter's Home-Alice Cordova. She so enjoyed the time spent with friends, family and especially the kids. I can see where her kindness and loving nature transcended to Alice. Please know that you will always be in our memories and above all rest in peace sweet lady.
Cathy and Marty Crowl
September 25, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting grandma through her daughter Priscella. One day she needed a ride and Priscella asked if I would pick her up because she wasn't near by, so I pulled up at Fiesta and saw the most colorful tiny woman and told her Priscella sent me to get you. She didn't trust me fully so she told the manager I dont know this lady but my daughter sent her to get me. I tell you just in case you see me on the news. I busted out laughing. Then before I took her home she said firmly You take me to Popeyes and tell Priscella to pay you back, she is good for it. LoL the rest is history. I am also touched by that she gave Priscella my wedding gift Febuary of last year to hold for me. I know I will love it because you gave it to me grandma. Rest easy and know that me,Diana, Danielle and Bryon will pick up where you left off for Priscella and the kids ❤Stormy.
Alice & Michael Cordova
September 24, 2020
I would ALSO like to send an Appreciation note to Our Father Albert Rodriguez. He has been there for Our Mother 95% of the time when she was ill and in a hospital. He always left a prayer card when he was present in the hospital. I do Appreciate the Love, Empathy, Compassion, and Sympathy he demonstrated throughout the years. They did in fact love each other in a Spiritual way throughout their lifetime here in this journey of Life. THANK YOU DAD! I LOVE YOU ALWAYS! Your daughter Alice Rodriguez Cordova.
Alice and Michael Cordova
September 24, 2020
I would like to share a few words of Comfort to All those who have come to Celebrate Our Mother's Life today. Thank you to ALL those who had a hand in Supporting our family throughout the years. You know who you are. It would be too long of a list to recite at this moment. The words I will be sharing with All of you are not my own. They were written by Celine Dion. These words do in fact sum up the FAITH our Mother and I believed in our Savior. I have Always changed one word in the entire song to fit my belief that this should have been the best Spiritual Song for all on this planet. Please do listen to it as I have always heard these powerful words to our Savior. It will be displayed in my next message as I am running our of space to voice my memory of this song I sing to our Lord and Savior. Thank you All for reading this message.
September 23, 2020
I didn’t have the pleasures in knowing my own grandmothers, but this woman will forever in my heart be my grandma. The memories I have of you grandma, well I will never forget them. Thank you for the long talks, laughter, and joy rides we would have on the Northside. I know you loved my driving lol. To the happy memories and till we meet again in heaven.
See you soon grandma.
September 21, 2020
To my dearest grandmother, you were truly a gem; a one of a kind. Thank you for your love and wisdom. Even though our time was cut short, my brother and I will forever cherish every memory & moment we’ve had together. You’re finally reunited with your momma, like you talked about, my dad and every other relative. We love you and will miss you dearly.
Rest peacefully and till we meet again 🤍🤍
September 21, 2020
My condolences to the family. This is A women i can truly call Grandma. She was one of the most energetic women i have ever met in my life. She was always on the go and nothing or no one could stop her. She truly accepted me into the family and took care of me and my family when she wasn't even asked to. She showed me things throughout life and always told me to just pray about it. She will truly be missed. RIH GRANDMA LOVE YOU.
September 20, 2020
Condolence and prayers to the entire Garcia family. Praying that God strengthen and comfort you. Rose Garza you we’re committed to your mother and may God ease you’re pain.
September 19, 2020
I am very honored to have met this lady. She had a heart of gold. She took in and raised several children that needed a home. I will miss her.
September 15, 2020
Ms. Rachel, thank you for always making me feel welcomed. Your beautiful smile and kind words I will never forget. I am sorry that we did not have enough time together. But the time will come that we will all be together again and share many good times. I know that wherever you are you are already having a great time with your loved ones. Luv you
September 14, 2020
Granny, I miss you and think of you everyday. I pray you never leave my side and continue to watch over me and and the rest of the family. Fly high. I’ll see you in my dreams. I love you
September 12, 2020
To my mother thank you for always showing us unconditional love I will miss you I will always love you mom🙏💜🙏💚