Obituary of Theresa Garcia
Theresa M. Garcia, of Espanola, New Mexico died at home on December 30, 2022, shortly before her 81st birthday.
She was born January 13, 1942, to Pedro and Frances Garcia, of El Guache and was the fifth of eleven children.
Theresa was loved and will be missed by a large extended family.
Theresa was steadfast and driven in all the things she did. She was born during the polio pandemic and lived with the effects of paralysis, but never allowed it to impede her. With her disabilities she should have been cared for by others but instead she took care of all those close to her.
As a child the doctors reported that she would never walk, talk or live a normal life. She defied the odds as a child and learned to both walk and talk. She attended school, she loved to dance, and kept an immaculate home. Theresa used her stubborn streak to accomplish tasks which should have been beyond her ability. She never gave up and quietly accomplished everything she put her mind to.
She lived with Dorothy and Henry, her sister and brother in law, for fifty five years. While they may have taken care of her by providing her a home and place within their family, she in fact cared for them, their children and grandchildren. Her sweet rice, grill cheese sandwiches and chicken noodle soup made everyone recover quickly from a cold, but although she would lovingly watch over and care for everyone in the household you could not expect her to relinquish control of the TV during her daytime soaps.
She loved having a baby in the family and lovingly helped with their care. During the years of her final illness, she continued to light up and anytime they were visiting. She was an example of unconditional love, patience and kindness to her family.
She had a love for music and dancing. In her early twenties, she would go to the local dances with her brothers and cousins. In later years she continued to enjoy the music and dancing and looked forward to weddings and parties, where family would break out the instruments.
Theresa went to live with her sister Dorothy in 1968 and shared a close relationship with her younger sister. They were like two peas in a pod, only 13 months apart in age. They were fiercely loyal to one another and shared the joys and hardships of life. Theresa quietly cared for Dorothy and helped Dorothy throughout their lives and Dorothy returned the favor caring for Theresa’s needs throughout the years of her final illness. They were sisters, best friends and partners in crime.
Theresa was preceded in death by her parents Pedro and Frances Garcia, her siblings Helen Salazar, Rosie Quintana, Eileen Sandoval and Pete Garcia. She was also preceded in death by her brother in laws Augustin Salazar, Steve Quintana, Julian Torres and Raymond Sandoval.
Theresa is survived by a son, Joseph Pedro Garcia, her siblings Loyola Trujillo, Dorothy Quintana and husband Henry, Olivia Byrd and husband Steve, Lucille Torres, Floyd Garcia and partner Robin, and Joyce Ferran and husband Leroy. She is survived by many cousins, nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces who were special to her. She is also survived by her nephew Bertram Quintana and wife Lisa Quintana, niece Yvonne k. Quintana and husband Marvin, grand nephews, Bertram J. Quintana, Tanya Quintana, Ernest Quintana, Nicolette Vigil and Enrique Vigil, who she shared special relationships with, having helped raise and care for them like her children and grandchildren.
Serving as her pallbearers are her grand nephews, Bertram, Ernest and Enrique and nephews Robert Pedroncelli, Gabriel Sandoval and Leonard Emery Ludi. Honorary pallbearers include her nephews David Garcia, Craig Garcia, Adam Ferran, Leon Ferran, James Ludi, Raymond Sandoval Jr., Isaac Salazar, Eugene Trujillo and Steve Quintana.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Theresa Garcia, please visit Tribute Store