Yolanda Garza Mercado

April 26, 1948November 11, 2020
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Yolanda “Yoli” Garza Mercado was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the age of 72. She was born in Corpus Christi, TX on April 26, 1948, but lived her life in Houston, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, Isidro & Juana Garza, her brothers Isidro Jr, Filo, George, Lionel, and Balde, her sisters Lydia G., Marieita, Paula, and Lydia Z.

Yolanda was raised on a small ranch on the outskirts of Corpus Christi. She grew up working hard with all her siblings at the “rancho” starting at 5 years old. Her experiences working at the rancho instilled a hard work ethic and laid the foundation of her strength that she carried throughout her life. She got married and moved in the 60’s. She was no longer a small town farm girl but now a city gal, calling Houston home. Yoli was a devoted stay at home mother of 3 for many years before making a career as a printer at a court reporting firm. She held many titles that she was proud of Mom, Grandma, Wella, and sister just to name a few, but she will always be remembered by the love she showed everyone who was blessed to know her. Birthday parties, school events and family get-togethers were her favorite things to do along with going shopping with Bonnie or her sisters. As the matriarch, she was the rock, the guiding light, and her legacy will live through her family, forever. She held everyone close to her heart, her love was infectious, she was as genuine as they come and always wore her heart on her sleeve. Yoli’s life was a direct reflection of her passion for the gospel and her unmeasurable love for God. Her kind, forgiving, nurturing and courageous spirit was deeply rooted in her faith and it was evident by all she encountered. Yoli was an angel walking amongst us who got called back home.

She is survived by her husband Martin Mercado, her daughter Yvonne “Bonnie” and her husband Johnny Gonzalez, her son Eugene “Gene” and his wife Cindy Barrientos, and her son Cal “Gordo” Barrientos. Her grandkids Bert (Yvette), John Robert, Christopher (Stephany), Lexi, Alyssa, Kasandra, Aiden, Caleb, and Jacob also great-grandchild Ethan. As well as her sisters Maria; Susana & (Adan); Victoria & (Romualdo); Hermila & (Danny); Sally & (Norberto); Elva & (Carlos); Zulema & (Pete) & Brothers Gilbert & Oscar.

Visitation for Yolanda will be held Friday, November 20, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Brookside Funeral Home, 13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, TX 77039. A Rosary will be recited from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A Funeral Service will occur Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. The burial will follow from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM at Brookside Memorial Park.

The family has requested due to the safety with the current pandemic, that any children under the age 10 not attend. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Garza family.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born and a time to die, A time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted, A time to kill and a time to heal, A time to break down and a time to build up, A time to weep and a time to laugh, A time to mourn and a time to dance, A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, A time to get and a time to lose, A time to keep and a time to cast away, A time to rend and a time to sew, A time to keep silent and a time to speak, A time to love and a time to hate, A time of war and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


  • Bert Chavarria
  • John Robert Gonzales
  • Christopher James Garza
  • Joel Zárate
  • Jesse Puebla
  • George Herrera
  • Aiden Barrientos
  • Ethan Chavarria


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Diana Borunda

November 21, 2020

Our Beloved Friend Yolanda, As You Are Laid To Rest. Know that our LOVE For You Is STORED IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER. The thought of not seeing you one more time or to hear your joyful voice, brings tears to our eyes. As we sit here and mourn for You, it's tears for the beautiful memories you left us. Yoli until we meet again mi amiga hermosa, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.
To Martin, and Bonnie, Gino , Cal, Grandkids & Great Grandchild & ALL Yolanda's FAMILY , OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES.
With our sincere LOVE,
Diana(Deedee)Borunda & Martinez Fam.

Janie Adame

November 20, 2020

I will always remember u being kind to me every time I saw u and that I will always remember that u were a nice and sweet lady and thank u for taking care of my brother Martin and u will be missed by many people Rest In Peace sweet lady

Demetrio Moralez III

November 20, 2020

Hello Family,

My condolences go out to all my family especially to my family in Houston. May Gob Bless you all through this difficult time. I will always remember Tia Yolanda coming to Corpus and all the family parties I would see her at. She always had a smile on her face and very lovable. She always asked how I was doing and the family. She had such a beautiful kind heart. May you Rest in Paradise Tia and say hello to my Welo Filo for us.

Demetrio Moralez

Jane Mathis

November 20, 2020

My son, Jonathan and I met Yolanda the day after we moved to our neighborhood. We were friends immediately and I felt I had Always known her. She was especially kind to Jonathan, an adult with significant Autism.
Yolanda brought food to us often (incredible cook she was!) and we shared so many wonderful times together. There was hardly a day we didn’t wave and chat from our driveways or call or text to check on one another.
Yolanda was a caring and generous friend and loved her family with all her heart.
We were so blessed to have had Yolanda in our lives the past few years and we will cherish our memories of her forever.

Martin Mercado

November 20, 2020

To my beautiful wife, Yolanda. I don't know how to begin but I just want you to know first of all, I want to Thank God for giving me 26 wonderful years with you. I am going to miss you for the rest of my life! The only comfort I have is knowing that you are not suffering any more. I wish I could of been with you to fight this with you. I want you to know that you are and will always be the best part of my life. You will always be in my heart. Thank you for all the beautiful memories that will be with me forever. I am going to miss you for the rest of my life but I know you will take care of me from heaven like you are going to take care of the rest of the family. My sweet Yolanda ♥ see you again one day, your husband Martin, I love you and always will. Rest in Peace my love!

Vicki Treadville

November 17, 2020

Mama Landa,

I will always look upon our Sunbelt days with joy in my heart. You taught me so much and I am forever grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing you. You was a friend I could confide in and I never knew hunger as long as you were around. I find peace knowing you are safe in His arms. Until we meet again.
-Little Vicki

Bert Chavarria

November 16, 2020

Grandma, .
There are so many memories and we have all been blessed to have so many years with you by our side. Everyone that you came in contact with instantly felt your love and joy. You always faced the day with a big smile and you were always grateful for everything in your life. Your positive attitude was infectious and it shined so brightly. Any time I was down or had things on my mind you were the one to go to. You would always say be strong and this way of uplifting us. The thing that I will miss the most is how you would hear my truck and be waiting at the door, before I even got out the truck, to greet me with "HELLO" and a big hug. I'd give anything to hear that 'hello' and to have that big hug again. You were a great daughter, sister, tia, friend, mother, great-grandmother, wela but to me you were an AMAZING grandma!

Its so hard to say goodbye but there's comfort in knowing that you are in a better place and that we will see you again one day.
Your heart was as big as this whole world and that is why God wanted you in heaven with him. We will miss you deeply and we love you always
Bert Chavarria


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