BENAVIDES, Texas - Odilia M. Garcia, 84, a lifelong resident of Benavides, Texas, died Monday, October 15, 2007 in a Corpus Christi hospital after a short illness. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and attending church. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and one sister.
Survivors include her brothers, Guadalupe M. (Lela) Garcia of Benavides, Texas, Ramiro M. (Elvira) Garcia of Freer, Texas, and Amador M. (Pauline) Garcia of Alice, Texas; her sister, Criselda G. Ramires of Benavides, Texas; her sister-in-law and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at Garza Funeral Home in San Diego, Texas, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at Santa Rosa De Lima Catholic Church with Father Andrew Hejdak as celebrant in Benavides, Texas. Burial will follow at the Benavides Cemetery in Benavides, Texas.
Arrangements entrusted to Garza Funeral Home of San Diego.
AGUA DULCE, Texas - Juanita Lauris Witt Kelly, 91, passed away October 16, 2007 at her home. She was born May 18, 1916 in Noodle, Texas, to Walter Clay Witt and Lespie Herring Witt. In 1924, she moved with her family to South Texas. After short stays in Robstown and Kingsville, the family settled in Bishop in 1926. Juanita attended schools in Bishop and graduated from Texas College of Arts and Industries in 1939.
The Herrings and Witts were in the cotton ginning business in several South Texas locations. She spent her high school and college summers keeping books at an uncle's gin. She married Harlan Kelly on October 1, 1939 and moved to Agua Dulce. They began a farm life together that was to last 60 years, raising two children and being involved in church and community. She spent the early years as a schoolteacher at Agua Dulce ISD and was a dedicated member of the Agua Dulce Baptist Church, serving in numerous capacities including many years as church secretary. She was a lifetime member of the Agua Dulce Parent Teacher Association and was a member of the Alpha Study Club since 1942. Harlan died in 2000 and she continued to live on the family farm until her death. Before her health declined, she looked forward to daily lunch with friends at the Agua Dulce Senior Community Center. In the fall, she spent Saturday nights by the radio listening to her beloved "Javelinas."
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Cecil Clay Witt and Alvin Lawrence Witt; and husband, Harlan Kelly.
She is survived by a son, Carroll and wife, Linda of Agua Dulce and a daughter, Nita Peck and husband, Michael of George West. Also, grandchildren Vickie (Bryan) Haynie of Liberty Hill, Joy (Jessie) Brown of Agua Dulce and Cody and Kyle Peck of George West. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Taylor and Sarah Haynie and Audrey Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews. Special Honor is extended to her many friends at the Agua Dulce Senior Community Center.
The family extends love and immeasurable thanks to long time primary caregiver, Linda Kelly and to A. J. Johnson and to the staff of Legacy Hospice Care, Horatio Guerra and Laurie, Michelle, Jennifer, Julie, Peggy, Gloria, Susanna and Monica.
Viewing will be held at Holmgreen Mortuary in Alice on Wednesday October 17, 2007 from noon to 9 p.m. with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at Agua Dulce Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2007 with the Reverends Hayden Harris, Joel Galloway and Michael Carper officiating, with burial to follow at Restland Cemetery at Bishop. Pallbearers will be Hicks Harris, William Westbrook, Jesus Zamora, Manuel Ortiz, Stephen Simnacher, and Jay Behrens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of Agua Dulce Baptist Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, Inc.