Josephine Ortega Garcia

September 2, 1929July 8, 2019

Josephine Garcia, 89, passed away in her home surrounded by her family on July 8. She died from natural causes. The youngest in the family, Josie, as she was known, was born September 2, 1929 in Mendota, Texas to Jose Samolia Ortega and Maria Carrillo Ortega. She is predeceased in death by her older brothers, Gregorio Ortega, Francisco Ortega, Jesus Ortega, Jose Ortega Jr., Esidro Ortega, Ramon Ortega, and Salvador Ortega, all of Texas. Josie is survived by her cherished husband of 65 years Aurelio Galvan Garcia, her two daughters, Maria (J. Thomas) Floyd, Debra (Lonnie) Cross, six grandchildren, Lisa Ruwaldt, Toby Ruwaldt (Yen), Adam Cross (Julie), Tyler Cross (Lorlie), Vincent Cross, Matthew Floyd, and three great-granchildren, Courtney Baker, Nolan Cross and Josie Cross. She also leaves behind numerous beloved nephews and nieces. Josie moved to Canadian, Texas as a child and in early 1952 she met Aurelio from Pampa, Texas, through a childhood friend. They began a courtship through letters while Aurelio was deployed to Korea. Aurelio came home one more time before they married September 15, 1953. In their early years, Aurelio and Josie lived in Texas while Aurelio worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. Aurelio joined the Navy and they lived in numerous states from the west coast to the east coast. Her favorite place to live was Escondido, California. Aurelio’s last duty station brought them to Virginia Beach in 1974. They had always planned to return to their beloved Texas but Josie’s desire to stay close to the grandchildren kept them in Virginia Beach. Josephine was an active member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in her younger years and the Legion of Mary. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Fleet Reserve Association, and the Oblates of Saint Benedict, Latrobe, PA. Josie was happy to serve as room mother for her daughters when they were in grade school, and was happy to help with school activities with her grandchildren. When a grandchild was home sick from school they were always certain to receive a get well toy and visit from her. Josie’s happiest childhood memories were of riding horses on her parent’s ranch in Canadian, Texas. She had chores to do starting before sunup and ending long after sundown. She loved singing along with Tom Jones, the Beatles and Elvis Presley. She loved playing Michael Jackson songs and dancing with her grandson.


  • Aurelio Galvan Garcia, Husband
  • Jose Samolia Ortega, Father
  • Maria Carrillo Ortega, Mother
  • Maria Floyd, Daughter
  • J. Thomas Floyd, Son-in-law
  • Debra Cross, Daughter
  • Lonnie Cross, Son-in-law
  • Lisa Ruwaldt, Grandchild
  • Toby Ruwaldt and wife Yen, Grandchild
  • Adam Cross And wife Julie, Grandchild
  • Tyler Cross And wife Lorlie, Grandchild
  • Vincent Cross, Grandchild
  • Matthew Floyd, Grandchild
  • Courtney Baker, Great Grandchild
  • Nolan Cross, Great Grandchild
  • Josie Cross, Great Grandchild
  • Josie was also predeceased by her older Ortega brothers, Gregorio, Francisco, Jesus, Jose Jr., Esidro, Ramon, and Salvador.


  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 12, 2019


Josephine Ortega Garcia

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Paul Ortega

July 11, 2019

I will miss your smile and voice say hi to my dad when you see him
Love you tia