Celia Marie Dijkman
August 1, 1932 – April 30, 2020
Celia Franco Garcia Holmes Dijkman, a lifelong Dallas resident and 60-year business owner passed away peacefully at home on April 30, 2020 at the age of 87 with her immediate family by her side.
Celia was born on August 1st, 1932 to her parents Casto and Barbara Franco. She had four siblings, Steven Franco, Andrea Hernandez, Juanita Vela and Julia Lawless. Celia is survived by her sister Julia and her five loving children Miramar Cohn and husband Rick, Celso Jesse Garcia and wife Glenda, Barbara Martinez and husband Richard, Priscilla Stidham and husband Mike, and Kelly Garcia and wife Lori. Celia was not only an outstanding mother, she was an exceptional Grandmother to 14, a Great Grandmother to 21, and a Great-Great Grandmother to five. She spoiled them all and had pin-point accuracy of knowing each of their own unique personalities.
Celia checked the "I Do” box three times, at three different stages in her life, first marrying her high-school sweetheart, Celso Garcia, then later Bob Holmes, and in her senior years, Pieter Dijkman. Celia attended St. Ann’s Catholic School, and was a loyal alumni. She proudly graduated from Crozier Technical High School (aka Dallas High School), and would soon embark on a 60 year journey of running her business, Time Finance Company, Inc. From the halls of Crozier Tech to the skyscrapers of Downtown, Celia absolutely adored the city of Dallas. Downtown Dallas was her home. For 60 years her business has served the community, and built customer relationships, which continues as a successful business run by her children today. The echoes of "Is Mrs. Garcia in the Office?" can still be heard around Elm and Akard Streets. And if raising five children, and a huge family, along with running a business wasn't enough, she also devoted her time to volunteer at the Genesis Women's Shelter, was a Dallas Hometown Hero, and worked to help Hispanics gain amnesty in 1986.
Celia, most notably known as Grandma Celia, will be missed by everyone who knew her. She set the standard for what a woman is capable of in life. The key elements that she will always be remembered for are Living, Loving, Laughing, Dancing and her Red Lipstick. She was the Matriarch of 5 generations, and leaves a legacy that her family is very proud of. She lived a deeply faithful life devoted to her “Sweet Jesus” until her last breath, and we are comforted knowing that she is with Him now. She will never be forgotten.
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Celia Marie Dijkman
May 23, 2020
My wife Debbie and I loved Kelly’s Mom, Mrs Celia! She always had a story that made us smile. She and Peter were a delight. They used to come into my guitar shop which led me to meeting the whole family. I am so thankful that through her I got to meet the rest of her family. They have become my adopted family since moving to Texas 15 years ago.
We will miss Celia, but I know that she is holding a place in heaven for us when our time comes.
Lovely, lovely lady!
V Jean Evans
May 19, 2020
To the Family,
I just was informed of the passing of your family member. Mrs. Celia would come into the bank and we would talk and share stories of her wonderful family and her cooking skills. Always looked forward to the visit even when I was busy, I would take time because of the joy it brought me. Prayers for Peace for the Family and all friends, and those who loved her.
Blessings and Love to All.
Jean with Prosperity Bank - Abrams
May 11, 2020
I have known Celia longer than my husband of 30 years. My mom was one of her customers when I was 5 years old. I would go with her to make her payments and while she did that, I would be at the gift shop admiring all the toys I knew we couldn’t afford. Celia was also a madrina at my quinceañera, and about 5 years after that I saw her at an event (she had not aged a bit). Of course, now I was an adult and she didn't recognize me until I mentioned my moms name. This was the same day I met Kelly. Celia and I go far beyond her just being my mother in law. Celia was a huge part of our family and not just on weekends, not just holidays, it was everyday. From dinners, breakfast, shopping, her stopping by or just a phone call, she was always around. This is not your typical Mother in law, this was a second Mom. I imagine this is how it would be with my own Mom if she lived near by. I will miss taking her to our special Neiman Marcus Christmas lunches, we all looked forward to it every Christmas season. She was full of happiness and love all the time and oh- how she loved her family. She will always have a special place in my heart.
May 10, 2020
I love and miss you dearly. This night I came home with money in my bank wanting to treat you and my family to dinner and a bottle of cab at salt grass, but you refused to let me cover the full bill and insisted on paying the whole thing, but settled on paying half with me (unknowingly letting me cover the tip as well).
I will always remember how you told me “one day, when I’m gone, you’ll be up on stage singing and you’ll be all hot and sweaty.. and you’ll feel a cool breeze on you. That cool breeze will be me.”
Here’s to you, here’s to the full and loving life you lived, here’s to one day feeling that cool breeze on my face.
(P.S. I am the first guy that was not fired by grandma. Therefore, I am the favorite!)
Alma (Lety) Escalante
May 8, 2020
I came home one day from work to find a letter in the mail from Mrs. Garcia, I called her the next morning (it was a Friday) to let her know I was visiting her later that day. I arrived about noon, she welcomed me in& proceeded to show me her beautiful Christmas tree. She also showed me the wall with all kinds of beautiful family pictures . Anyhow we ended up going to Cheddars and stayed there for a couple of hours just talking and catching up. I called her back in March 2019, asked her if she would like to come to Abruzzo's Italian restaurant to hear the live music by Mr. Simpson (who sings like Frank Sinatra). She said another day. Mrs. Celia loved the way Mr. Simpson sang, when she went with us to Ballini's on Oak Lawn Ave, about 2 years ago. I remember that they were about to close , so we sat near the bar and she picked up a conversation with one of the bartenders, a young Italian looking guy. I mean they were in some kind of very very interesting conversation. Mrs. Celia had a very positive and loving personality, and treated everybody with kindness. I will dearly miss her. My sincere condolences to her beautiful family. She will forever be in our hearts.
May 8, 2020
Many years ago Mrs. Garcia received a phone call from a 9 and 10 year old little girl, both applying for a job. She asked them why would they need a job? They responded that Christmas was around the corner & they needed money for gifts for their adoptive parents. At first she giggled at their innocence, but it touched her heart & she found a way to meet their needs and then never let go.
From that moment, we began a mutual sense of loyalty and faithfulness and a bond that could not be broken.
I will miss you dearly, Mrs Garcia. Thank you for allowing us to enter your heart as you also entered ours. I will continue to wear the red lipstick in your honor and with confidence. I will practice all the lessons of love, strength, courage and humility as I have learned from you. I will keep your memory alive by sharing our wonderful memories with my children while we enjoy your favorite rocky road ice cream. Thank you for loving me and all my family. You touched every single one of them in a very special way.I will miss you, but I know that you are resting peacefully in heaven.
Thank you for being the mother I never had.❤
May 8, 2020
Mrs. Garcia always introduced me as “mi hija de corazón” which means “my daughter of the heart.” She played the role of a loving mother and filled that void in my life. She and Papa Bob (husband at that time) represented my deceased parents on my wedding day. She loved my sister and I as if we were her own. She loved to attend our baby showers, birthday parties & as many events as she could. She made herself available when we needed a shoulder to cry on & lifted our spirits when we failed. I thank the Lord for sending such an amazing, caring, compassionate, and selfless woman to guide us in our lives. She was a very strong and courageous woman. I witnessed it, firsthand, many times. She stood up for what she believed in.They say love is thicker than blood and she showed that to be true. After learning that we were orphans and our adoptive parents were senior citizens, she immediately offered help with guidance and took on the challenge to help us through the teenage years.Mrs. Garcia provided us with a job and helped guide us in the right direction. She loved us and embraced us with spiritual love.
She was the role model we needed to become good wives, mothers and selfless women who can help those in need without expecting anything in return. I know I am not half the woman she was but just knowing that I learned many valuable lessons from Mrs.Garcia, is sufficient enough.They say there is a purpose for everything. Mrs. Garcia often asked me, “Why do you think we crossed paths?” When Mrs. Garcia and I met, we both knew we were destined to be there for each other. We shared so much with each other. We shared happy moments as well as sad ones. My happiest memories are of Mrs. Garcia and the huge role she held in my life and allowed me have in hers. The part we took in each other’s weddings symbolized the love, honor and respect we held for each other.
There were times where we both faced near death experiences. After facing that, I vowed never to leave her side.
May 8, 2020
A Mother’s Heart
They say a mother’s heart is not only for those whom she births but also for those whom she cares for deeply and gives love to unconditionally. Mrs. Garcia is what I, and many of her longtime faithful customers, addressed her for many years. Thank you for all you did for me and my family. You were an amazing and inspirational woman for myself & many others. Your kindness touched many, many lives and who can forget your contagious beautiful smile. You dedicated your life to your loving family, Jesus and your business of 60 years. Your dedication and devotion to helping those in need will never be forgotten.
Who would've thought that two little girls who came to your office and raced to sit on your lap would spend over 35 years by your side? Who would’ve imagined that from that moment you would become a huge part of our lives? You supported & celebrated all our accomplishments. You arranged work schedules so that your employees could pursue their college dreams. You were the mother figure, friend, mentor, and motivator that we needed as young girls to succeed in life. You inspired us to become the women we are today. I thank God for blessing me with your presence and that he kept you in our lives for a very long time. One of the many memories we shared and I giggled about was the time I gave birth to Miranda. I was hospitalized due to complications after the delivery. Shortly after, Mrs Garcia was admitted to the same hospital with pneumonia. We were on opposite sides of the hospital and I was not allowed to walk far, so I pleaded with the nurse to wheelchair me over to Mrs. Garcia. We were determined to visit each other and always found a way. Once were we both released Mrs. Garcia generously gave me time off work to be with my daughter as she fought for her life in the NICU dept. I will forever be grateful for that.
May 7, 2020
Beloved mom, I thank my God every time I remember you. (Philippians 1:3) I am so thankful that God chose you to be my mom. I will always cherish the memories that I have of you throughout my life. Since I was a small child, you always made me feel loved. You were not only my mom but a treasured friend. Proverbs 27:9 states “A sweet friendship refreshed the soul” and you did this for me. I was able to share with you the good times and the times that tested my faith. You always supported me in my adventures and endeavors. You were so giving and generous to family, friends and strangers. I witness you many times helping people out financially without expecting anything in return. You had a servant’s heart in your ability to help those in need. Mom, I witness you through the years show compassion to those hurting emotionally or physically. People were always welcomed in your home. You forgave those that hurt you and then were there when they needed you. You are an example of Colossians 3:12-14 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” When I married Richard you welcomed him into our family with open arms and treated him like a son. When April and Rick were born you were so excited and acted like they were your only grandchildren even though you already had other grandchildren. I saw you support and love all your grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Thank you for your example of your sincere love and faith in our Lord. You loved your Sweet Jesus and Blessed Mary and were faithful in your morning and evening prayers. You were always young at heart and joyful. You have left a huge hole in my heart but I know someday we will meet again in heaven. All my love and admiration, Barbara
May 6, 2020
Mom, I Love You Dearly. I always will. There are not words enough to describe nor to thank you for the great love and care you provided.
I will miss you more than I can say. Especially running to you with news of the latest developments in my life with anticipation of the joy or guidance you would always return to me. I will miss the wisdom, the laughter, and even the tough love. And oh those loving eyes and smiling face.
When the one person who loves you the most...the most completely, the most genuinely, the most wisely, the most unconditionally, and the most unceasingly...is no longer with you, it is a magnificent loss. Yet, even now, I am at peace.
I am at peace because of the significant blessings we indeed realized during the last few years, and during your last days, and even prominently immediately after. I know that our Father in Heaven has been watching over us, holding us, guiding us, providing for us, and even preparing us. And all of this only for our own well-being. He is a good, good Father. And again I have peace.
And if He handled all of those things just for our preparation and your honor, how much more is He blessing you now, in His presence? I believe completely that you have entered into 'paradise'. The exact one that Jesus assured the thief of when he said to him, 'on this very day you shall enter into paradise with me'!
When I miss you, I try to remember that, and my sorrow is put away and I again have peace, and at times, even a sense of happiness...for you..for your well-deserved reward.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing." --2 Timothy 4:7-8
Mom, I will miss you for as long as I live, will cherish every memory and will always be exceedingly grateful to you, and for you.
I Love You Dearly.
May 6, 2020
In Loving Memory to My Momma In-Law Celia, thank you for making me the riches man on earth for these reasons! Not many if any can make claims to having two wonderful mothers, my birth mom and my precious Mother In-Law Celia! From the moment we met, you greeting me with these words, “Welcome to the family, Mi Casa es tu Casa!” In the last few days there were many reference to Celia, many know her by Grandma Celia as being the Boss! Well not knowing this after meeting Celia, I somehow knew that I needed to ask Celia for her Blessing to marrying her lovely Daughter Barbara! Which she said yes and also corrected me from calling her Mother In-Law to my Momma In-Law! I admire her determination, resilient and perseverance in raising a family and being a business owner. Because this week there many reference to Celia accomplishment but one in particular was her helping Hispanic women by being role model and mentor. So with all due respect to the family, I would like to make a minor correction in that Celia also was my role model and mentor. Because there were no Hispanic male role model. Hence Celia, was my role model and mentor. This was only the start of my journey being newly married, paying for school, nights and weekend and having two wonderful blessing in April and Rick was not an easy task. Celia always told me she earn her degree through the school of “Hard Knots” using Celia principles of determination, resilient and perseverance from 1979 to 2006 by graduating in 2006 with my MBA. Celia, in closing if you could pass this message to your Sweet Baby Jesus! If roses grow in Heaven Lord, Please pick a bunch for me. Place them in my Momma In-Law Celia arms and tell her they’re from me. Tell her that I Love Her and miss her and when she turns to smile, Place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for a while. Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day. But there is an ache within my heart that will never go away. Love always, Richard
May 6, 2020
As many of you know, today we laid my sweet grandmother to rest. Many of you knew her from the lake house, family gatherings, and parties. I have loved the stories many friends have sent telling me a personal story about her and the time they spent with her. She was a magical lady.
Typically, in all honesty, it takes me a minute to process any major life changes, and for the past 4 days I have been searching to find the right words to share with everyone. How can I imagine a world where I can’t talk, see, or learn from her anymore?
Today as I looked at my kids, the words I have been searching for came to me clear as a Summer day.
If I need to talk to Grandma, I just have to talk to my mother, my aunts, and my uncles. I will hear her voice through them and their stories. And they have plenty of “advice” to give whether it’s asked for or not.
If I need to see my Grandma, I realized that when my little Isla dances like no one is watching I will see my grandmother. That when I look into my son’s eyes I can see her joy. Her zest for life was childlike until the age of 87!
Lastly, I wondered, how would my kids know their Granny? They would know my grandmother through me. By the stories I tell, by the sweets I sneak them late at night, by the movie and popcorn nights we will have, and most importantly by the man I portray to them based on many lessons I learned from her.
You will always be loved. You will always be missed. You are now our guardian angel. We love you grandma!
May 5, 2020
As I sit recalling the precious memories I have of you, my favorite quote comes to mind.
People will forget the things you do, and people will forget the things you say. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelo
To you it didn’t matter that I was the 8th grandchild, or that we lived in other states/cities from time to time, or that my children are now some of your younger great grandchildren. You always made it a point to be present! You traveled hours upon hours (giving up reviving the Dallas Hometown Hero award) to be at my 1st Balket Folklorico recital. I asked you why. Your response. April, I told you I would be here. I couldn’t miss this! That stuck with me then and is something I still treasure today. As life happened, your love & goal to be present never waived. It only grew to include Gene and the girls. Thank you for instilling the importance of being present!
Love you, always! ❤️
May 3, 2020
I grew up living across the street from Tia Celia. I was a shy kid growing up and I remember her many compliments to me and all the other kids how good looking and precious we were. I admired her ambition and her ability to take risks as a woman in the business world. She had the self confidence to do anything she set her mind to do. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family. Let us all rejoice in what she has given us all.
May 3, 2020
My Beautiful Tia Celia, A Life so Beautifully Lived and a Heart so Deeply Loved. You have always been such a Blessing to me and my Family . I will always hold dear your unconditional Love and care for my Mother, your baby Sister, Juanita Vela and all your Siblings and Family.
A fond memory of mine was my part-time job at Time Finance while attending my first year at El Centro College. What a delight it was when spontaneously you would treat all to Hot Peanut Brittle from the Peanut Shop upstairs, or a Juicy Becks Hamburger! Your unwavering kindness alway present.
Your spirit lives within us, always in our hearts
All my Love to You Forever
May 3, 2020
From Preston and Areli
You changed our lives forever, more than even you will know. I wish I chose to spend more time with you when I was younger, but I will cherish every moment of these last few months. I’m so glad that I decided to name my daughter after you. You taught me so many things in such a short time, and you loved Areli as if she were your own granddaughter. You will forever be our “superwoman”.
Carrie Garcia Sanders
May 3, 2020
Have a Family.
Study and Learn.
Know your streets.
Grow a date tree.
Stop and enjoy the beauty around you.
Push to succeed.
Control your destiny
And look good doing it!
These are just a few of the lessons we will take with us forever and pass on so that her legacy continues for years after she is gone.
May 3, 2020
Its taken 3 days to even start to put words to my feelings. I think about a world without you in it and my heart crumbles. Yet, as I listen to others share stories and experiences I realize each of the lessons have been with one thing in mind....to prepare us for the day you wouldn't be here.
Thank you and love you always
Tanya (little wheel)
May 3, 2020
My mom found this going through things.
She was my biggest inspiration. Your Rosebud will always love you and I loved every second I got to spend with you. 🥀
Oh all the nights I spent with you, all those breakfasts we cooked together, our lunch dates, our shopping dates, how we could spend 3 hours in dollar tree, all of our rides to downtown. All of our pizza visits, our dinners with our margaritas as I got older. (When I was little shed only give me sips) Or how I would ride my bike to visit you on our days off of school since you lived two streets over. Our weekly phone calls.
I’m going to miss you so so so much.
May 3, 2020
Grandma Celia Dijkman
8-1-1932 ... 4-30-2020
They say when you marry someone, you’re marrying their family too. Well I have been #blessed and the luckiest to have been welcomed into Rick’s family for all these years. I have always believed love flows down from our parents. That it is impossible to love them as much as they love us. I believe our Mothers possess the closest example we have to what God’s love should feel like on this earth. That has never been more true than with Rick’s beloved Grandma Celia. She passed away Thursday evening surrounded by 5 generations of love that she created.
Grandma Celia had a special gift. She had the ability to give each person individual attention to make you feel seen, heard, appreciated, and loved no matter how many people needed her. Even though she had plenty of children, grandchildren, etc she made me feel like one of her own. I lost both of my grandmothers not long after I first met Grandma Celia, and having another strong matriarch figure in my life gave me back those pieces of my heart. She made me feel as though she was taking on the role for what I felt I was missing out on with my own grandmothers not being there for some of life’s milestones, including loving on my children.
I was lucky to meet Rick so young because it gave me Grandma Celia for half of my life.
Rick, Isla, Asa, and myself love you and are so glad you are not suffering anymore. I prayed for my grandmothers to greet you in Heaven, and Isla will continue to dance her way through life embracing joy just the way you did. ❤️
May 3, 2020
I had her in my life for almost 36 years yet it doesn’t seem long enough.
Monday night, when she was still somewhat responsive, we had the best 10 minute conversation. I’ll replay those minutes in my head forever...I’m so thankful God gave me that time to say goodbye.
There are 63 of us in my immediate family. 63! And yet she loved each one of us deeply. She had the exceptional gift of making each of us feel loved, valued, and knew all the details of our lives. She attended all the graduations, all the birthday parties, all the weddings and baby showers. She was at the center of every family event.
She had the best sense of humor. Oh, how I will miss that laugh! She loved dancing! She would dance anywhere! She loved a good mariachi band and would sway those hips for as long as her lungs let her! She loved red lipstick, high heels, and beautiful jewelry. She was absolutely stunning from birth to death.
She’s been devoted to her Sweet Jesus her entire life and taught us all to do the same. She was surrounded by her family as she took her last breath. We prayed her into Heaven singing Amazing Grace. I can only imagine the greeting He gave her when she entered the gates of Heaven! I know she is dancing, listening to music, and catching up with all the loved ones who went before her.
I will miss her so so much. Life will never be the same, but I’m so blessed to have her blood in my veins and in my children’s veins. I’m a better wife and mother because of her. She taught me the value of hard work from a very young age. She owned a business in Downtown Dallas for 60 years! All while raising 5 children. She is the epitome of grit.
I’m so thankful for all the memories with her. I’m thankful my children were able to feel her love. I’m thankful she lead by example and showed me the foundational values of what it takes to raise a family.
She is now at peace. I can’t wait to hug her again one day.
May 3, 2020
O Lord my God,
The life of my mother was a true gift from you. She received love as your child and I am grateful that she poured out that love to me and all the family that she treasured. Thank you my Lord.
Momma has left the legacy of her love and perseverance. The ways she touched our lives will remain and I will keep those memories alive.
Through it all, her love and caring for her family remained her focus in her life, and in so many many ways she was able to show that love to us.
Momma you will remain the Love of my life. I will love you forever and always. Hugs and Kisses
May 3, 2020
I am beyond blessed to call this beautiful soul my Grandma. She is light, love, and laughter. Watching her live her life was inspirational. The greatest thing I learned from Grandma was to find joy. She looked for a smile everyday of her life, finding God's blessings in the simplest of things.
She'd smile when she noticed a beautiful tablecloth, sweet music in the background, the taste of oatmeal cooked perfectly, a pretty pair of earrings, a forgotten lego that reminded her of her great-grandson.
This translated bigger. It meant she always looked for the beauty and joy in other people. She believed in the goodness of all of us. Life gave her many opportunities to see the negative in people, but she always had faith that people were good. She forgave mistakes and she loved unconditionally.
Grandma, you are the most inspirational woman I have ever known. I love you forever. Your legacy will live on for generations to come.
May 3, 2020
Grandma Celia~just saying her name reminds me she created some of my sweetest childhood memories-- ice cream for dinner, french fries dipped in gravy, pallets on the floor of her bedroom for weekend slumber parties, the most beautiful Christmas tree I had ever seen decorated in crystal ornaments and white lights, endless hours playing with my cousins at her house. Later, working as a "paid intern" at Time Finance-I was amazed by her leadership, her incredible work ethic, her high heels, and that red lipstick.
Grandma Celia taught me to dance through life's ups and downs and just when I thought I had seen the depths of her love, I had my daughter. My heart was overjoyed as I saw Whitley's huge smile as she danced with her "Great Granny" so many times, she learned from Great Granny's generous heart, and about sharing a beautiful love with everyone. Even in the final months of Grandma's life, Whitley danced for her and Grandma was still calling to make sure I was doing ok and to let me know she was always praying for me. Whitley told me last night that she can't imagine the world without Great Granny. Truthfully, I can't either, and I'm forever grateful that God chose her to be such an amazing force in our lives and we will forever love her.
May 2, 2020
My great grandma is definitely great I remember one time when we were at her house and I was on the floor and she had a Gabriel statue. I picked up what was supposed to be a horn. It looked more like a flute. I put it to my face and whistled. She was amazed and thought I could actually play it even thought it had no holes. She told that story so much so I thought I would tell it. Thank you for reading. (:
May 2, 2020
Grandma Celia was such an inspirational and strong woman, I feel incredibly lucky to be related to her. So many of my memories from childhood revolve around her house, her amazing stories, and her general zest for life. I'll always remember her dancing her favorite "salsa meringue!", and watching her telenovelas with her. Such cherished memories for me, and it amazes me to think how many peoples lives she touched, influenced, and made an impression on. Love you forever Grandma.
May 2, 2020
Her laugh, especially over the past few years... She really did get sweeter with age. I remember a time when Grandma Celia had no trouble putting us in our place (well in all honesty we, certainly, earned it). But as trepidation waned and I became less of child and more of an adult I sought her wisdom, her validation was something that really gave me confidence. In fact, some may know this account but the year was 2003 and I needed her counsel on a romantic affair. I'm so happy I followed Grandma's advice it changed my life. In a time of prevalent uncertainty I find solace in knowing that her spirit is within us and I know, with certainty, that she's ascended to Heaven and her soul rests in a place far greater and much more vast than this world. We love you Grandma.
Francis Gonzalez Luna
May 2, 2020
I will forever be blessed for having Tia Celia as my aunt. She always had a welcoming hug and a sweet kiss for me when we had a chance to see each other. She was always so loving and caring. I had the good fortune to see her many times while living across the street from her as a child. I recall the early mornings when she would go to work dressed in her professional attire and heels. In school, when I began my studies of business, I would always come back to visualizing her and recalling her accomplishments as a businesswoman. She had true grit and spunk that inspired me! You will never be gone from my heart. Rest in peace with all my love!
Kelly Lorraine Garcia
May 2, 2020
My sweet, sweet grandma how I love you. Fly high with the angels and be good up there! You’ll be so dearly missed.
Such a precious, gentle, and forgiving soul. An inspiration. Ambitious, successful, and oh-so full of grace. Always smiling. Always with red lipstick and curled hair. Truly an angel on earth and now an angel in heaven.
She was there for all my recitals, my graduation, when I was getting ready for prom, Christmas Eve dinners, and even Christmas eve-eve dinners. She would never turn down a lunch date or an extra-large Whataburger strawberry milk shake.
She left the world in the way she would’ve wanted. Surrounded by all of her family singing Amazing Grace to her. As my Aunt Miramar put it, we took her all the way to the gates of heaven.
Grandma, your little one loves you so so much. Tell everyone in heaven I say hi and as dad says “put in a good word to the big man for me.”
May 2, 2020
Celia was my sister's mother in law who gave me a chance to work for her when I was very young. What an amazing opportunity to learn work ethics and diversity from her. Something I still carry with me today. She and Celso were also my parents best friends and were so fun to see the 4 of them and other couples have coctail parties. I got to experience first hand her fathers amazing cooking talents and discover new foods.
One of my first memories of Celia was when there was the first grandparents meeting to discuss what they were to do about this teen pregnancy. I was sure Janine would be in huge trouble and be sent away. Instead we gained a huge extended family that still exists today, and my parents (John and June) gained new best friends. ..... RIP sweet lady.
May 1, 2020
Celia was an inspiration for me at the very early age of 14. She was the most impressive, inspirational, determined woman I had ever met. Beyond that, she was incredibly loving and caring, and had a fabulous sense of humor. I’d like to think I got most of my strength from her, actually I’m sure I did! Rest In Peace beautiful lady, I always loved you.
May 1, 2020
Celia was the most driven and independent woman I have ever known. She truly loved her family and had a big and generous heart. My life is enriched from our relationship.
May 1, 2020
You made a huge impact on all of our lives, and will forever be missed & though of. All of us Love You!