FREER, Texas - Antonia R. Garza, 85, a longtime resident of Freer, died Friday, Febraury 9, 2007 at her daughter's residence in Zapata, Texas, after a long illness with her family at her bedside. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Freer and enjoyed quilting and sewing for all her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel "Red" Garza; her son, Manuel Rumaldo Garza; her daughter, Blanca Estella Garza; a grandson; her parents, Cristobal and Dominga Rodriguez; three brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by two sons, Julian R. Garza of Uvalde, Texas, and Juan A. Garza of Freer; four daughters, Genoveva Garza, Ludivina G. Cordaway and Diana L. Garza, all of Zapata, and Rubelina G. Ulmer of Fort Worth; four sisters, Romana R. Gonzalez of Falfurrias, Jesusa R. Castillo of Alice, Lucinda R. Sendejo of San Diego and Genoveva R. Garza of Freer; two brothers, Guadalupe "Wally" Rodriguez of Benavides and Julian Rodriguez of Alice; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation was held from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, February 12, 2007 at the Garza Funeral Home in Freer with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Freer with burial at San Manuel Cemetery in Concepcion, Texas.

Garza Funeral Home of Freer in charge of arrangements.