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Celia Marie Dijkman

August 1, 1932April 30, 2020
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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.


  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 4, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, May 4, 2020


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Rob Hunter

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

Lori Garcia

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.

Jonmichael Garcia

May 10, 2020

Grandma Celia,

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.

Nellie Monjaras

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.❤

Nellie Monjaras

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.

Nellie Monjaras

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.
The Race...
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.

Barbara Martinez

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

Kelly Garcia

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.


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