Maria Teresa Garcia

April 20, 1943May 9, 2018
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Our beloved Maria Teresa Garcia passed away peacefully on May 9th, 2018, at the age of 75. She was born and raised in Mexico and relocated to the United States in her teenage years, where she met her one true love, a man who cherished her above all, her beloved husband David Garcia. Their love was a sight to behold, even after 53 wonderful years of marriage, and what so many people strive to achieve. Teresa worked many jobs in her life but was truly blessed to find her true calling later in life as a teacher’s aide for preschool children. She often referred to these years as some of the happiest in her life. Upon her retirement, a new chapter of her life began when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, a long and grueling battle that she faced valiantly. Throughout this ordeal and despite the struggle and agony she endured, she always had a smile on her face. Without question, she was a survivor who refused to give up. She is survived by her husband David Garcia and their three daughters Patty, Sandy, and Cindy; her grandchildren Rachel, Cecilia, Yvonne, David, and Sabrina; great grandchildren Maximus and Iden; as well as those that she welcomed into her family, Fernando, David, Saul, Ashlyn, Andres, Alex, Sandra, Iris, and Diane. Throughout her life, there were many whose lives were touched by Teresa’s sweet and loving soul, including lifelong friends David, Irene, Geneve, Lydia, and countless other relatives and friends. You will always be the matriarch of our family, our definition of hope, love, and compassion, the glue that will forever hold us together. Every single one of us will embrace your teachings and values on family, love, and life. We will never forget the special moments that defined and molded each and every one of us into the people that we are today. Your legacy will survive, flourish, and thrive through each one of us. We were so fortunate for the opportunity to spend time with you the week before your passing, a blessing that we were not privy to know at the time, but we will forever cherish in our hearts. You left with your heart full of love and joy, letting each one of us know how much you loved us and how special we were to you. We have so many funny stories about you, and through the tears we laugh and smile at remembrance of your lively spirit and playful sense of humor. You have always been so strong, and your strength is now within each of us, carrying us through this difficult time. You will always live within our hearts, our memories, and our stories. We are incredibly grateful for the years we’ve spent with you. Thank you for showing us that you are still here for us. Although we all feel incredible loss, it is so important that we remember how lucky we are to have known you.

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  • Memorial Service Thursday, May 24, 2018

Maria Teresa Garcia

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Lysandra Saldana

May 24, 2018

To my Tia you will be truly missed. This is a difficult day unfortunately, us that have lost you have to mourn but we have to know and believe you are resting. Tia I love you from the bottom of my heart.

Your sister Carmen loves you so much and so sorry that she cant be strong enough to be there for you or your family today. She wants to send you and everyone a big hug and kiss. She will pray for all of you always and she is glad that you can be at peace. May we always hold you in our hearts.

Rachel Quigley

May 23, 2018

Tia Teresa, Thank you for your love and unending support through my youth. I could not be the woman I am now with out you! You are the Wind Beneath My Wings. Rest with our Lord, and I know I will see you again!

Cindy Munoz

May 18, 2018

Maria Teresa Garcia
April 20, 1943 – May 9, 2018
Please join us in honoring the life of
Maria Teresa Garcia
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 10:00am
Memorial services will be held at the following location:
Stone Mortuary
355 E. 9th St.
Upland, CA 91786

Her final resting place will be at
Riverside National Cemetery at 12:30pm
22495 Van Buren Ave.
Riverside, CA 92518

Reception will be immediately following to be held at
The Muñoz residence
Direction to location will be provided at the service.

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near
Still loved, still missed and always dear”.