Gabriela Vargas Garnica

March 18, 1918October 24, 2018

On Wednesday, October 24,2018, Gabriela Garnica, who was a loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loving family. Gabriela was 100 years and 7 months old.

Gabriela was born on March 18, 1918 in Stockton, CA to Trinidad and Sefarina Vargas. At the young age of 9, she lost her mother tragically in a car accident. A few years after, her father decided to move the family to Mexico. Gabriela knew that one day she would come back to her hometown of Stockton, and for that reason she never forgot her English language. While in Mexico, she met her husband, Alfredo Garnica. They married, had a few children, and then came back to Stockton in the 1940’s where she would go on to have the rest of her children.

Gabriela had a heart of gold, was a person of faith and lived life serving others. Her children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life. Gabriela had an amazing sense of humor and was always looking to make people smile. She always talked about how “you need to have more patience”, “be kind to one another”, and “work hard, but don’t live to work”. The legacy of Gabriela’s kind spirit will be missed but will never be forgotten.

Gabriela is preceded in death by her sons Carlos Garnica, Joe Garnica, and Sergio Garnica. She is survived by her children Yolanda Rueda (Tom), Alfred Garnica (Esther), Lupe Garnica (Sherilee), Trinie Garnica (Theresa), Mary Flock (Laddie), Angie Aguilar (Syl), Albert Garnica (Peggy), and Isabel West. In addition to her children, she is survived by generations of loving grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 31st, from 2pm-6pm and Funeral Service on November 1st at 10am at DeYoung Memorial Chapel, 601 N. California Street. Committal Service will be held at Cherokee Memorial Park.


  • Andres Castro Jr.
  • Rudy Castro
  • Thomas Flores Jr.
  • Richard Garnica
  • Albert Garnica
  • Fredo Garnica
  • Anthony Urrea
  • Gilbert Diaz

Gabriela Vargas Garnica

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Donald "SANTA SMURF" Murphey

November 5, 2018

I am better Known as DONNY MURPHEY, Michaelle & David’s Cuñado! Tía GABRIELA was the PREMERA TÍA to All of Us MURPHEY’s... TOO! We Were Invited and Attended MANY “TIA GARNICA’S” Christmas Eve and BIRTHDAY 🎂 FIESTAS! My Big Brother and I Had the HONOR of Being “SANTA” At GARNICA Christmas And Escorting Tia’s Long time BFF, Patty Murphey, to all the Parties! And for this Honor, we Never went Home without TIA GABRIELA’S World Famous TAMALES!
Many THANKS & PRAYERS 🙏 and Our Best Wishes To TÍA GABRIELA and All the VARGAS/GARNICA FAMILY! MOMMA MERF will Surely Meet Her At The GATES OF HEAVEN, with a Murphey Hug 🤗

Eva Daniel

November 4, 2018

My wonderful Grandmother on her last birthday here with us on this earth.
She will be missed by many!
Until we see each other again.

Gloria Diaz

October 30, 2018

Gloria Diaz

October 30, 2018

Hi, my name is Gloria and and I'm one of the granddaughters. I moved away from home nearly 30 years ago and I've been single most of my life. So when I did come home with a date, it's a surprise to the family. My fondest memory of grandmama is when I brought my then-boyfriend home for Thanksgiving. He was a 6 ft tall, 270 lb white boy, as compared to Grandma and me, we were both short and petite. When I introduced her to him she had a stunningly shocking look on her face. Sized him up, from head to toe, and said "Mija, he's going to crush you!" Who knew Grandmama had those kinds of thoughts! And such a good sense of humor! We will miss her forever!

Marisol Rodriguez

October 27, 2018

Siento mucho por el dolor por el que están pasando por la reciente pérdida de su ser querido. Por eso les escribo para que sepan que la Biblia da esperanza. A mí me han consolado mucho las palabras de la escritura de Juan 11:25-Jesús le dijo: “Yo soy la resurrección y la vida. El que ejerce fe en mí, aunque muera, llegará a vivir”.
Que maravillosa esperanza el saber que podrán disfrutar de estar con Gavriela otra vez. Tengan la seguridad de que Jehová Dios, mediante su hijo Jesuscristo, así lo cumplirá.


Grandma in her 90s - getting ready for another birthday party.


Grandma's Saturday Adventures


Elysia & Anthony at Grandma’s 100th birthday! (She was looking at another camera)