SAN DIEGO, Texas - Maria Estella "Bebe" Garcia Barkley born January 1, 1922, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday October 25, 2007 at 2:33 a.m. "La Bebe," as she was known by many, graduated from San Diego High School in 1939. She attended Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas, but left to marry James "Jimmy" Haught. She lived in Reno, Nev., Hebbronville, Texas, and Laredo, Texas. After Jimmy's death she moved back to San Diego, Texas to live with her parents and worked for the State Department of Public Welfare.
She married Robert W. Barkley, an independent landman from Austin, Texas. She moved back to Duval County where she was very active in local politics.
She worked as a legal secretary for then County Judge Archie Parr and later for the Duval County Conservation and Reclamation District. She served as Democratic Chairwoman for Duval County, she was a member of the Catholic Daughters, the Guadalupanas and was an avid supporter of the San Diego Vaquero Booster Club and post high-school education.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lorenzo and Estella G. Garcia, her sister, Olivia (the late Oscar) Gonzales, her brother, Luis Felipe (the late Sarita) Garica, her younger brother, Lorenzo Amando "Chacho" Garcia, and her first husband, James Haught.
Survivors include her only daughter, Laura Estelle Barkley (Atlee Martin) Parr; a grandson and numerous other friends and relatives.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2007, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that evening at Garza Funeral Home in San Diego. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2007 at St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church in San Diego. Burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery.
At the family's request, in lieu of flowers please send donations to the academic scholarship fund in memory of Maria Estella Garcia Barkley to: Texas Women's University Institutional Development, P.O. Box 425618, Denton, Texas, 76204; Del Mar College Foundation Center for Economic Development, Room 114 Corpus Christi, Texas, 78404; or Office of Development, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, MSC 173 700 University Blvd., Kingsville, Texas, 78363.
Arrangements entrusted to Garza Funeral Home of San Diego.