Lydia Garza

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April 27, 1934 – March 5, 2019

Lydia Garza, longtime Moses Lake resident, passed away to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in her home, surrounded by her family in Moses Lake.

Lydia was born on April 27, 1934 in Congregación Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to Cleotilde and Amelia DeLeon. She was one of 11 children.

On July 15, 1956 she married Edelmiro Garza in Cape Charles, Virginia and they made their home in Moses Lake in 1959. Together they were devoted to their six children: Mary Brucker of Moses Lake, Edelmiro Garza Jr. of Federal Way, Rolando (Lynn) Garza of Moses Lake, Paula “Polly” (Jon) Newman of Federal Way, Lydia “Lilly” (Ramon) Garcia of Moses Lake and Sandra (Ricardo) Lopez of Kent. They have seven grandchildren: Jacquelynn “Jake,” Eric and Marcus Garcia, Matthew and Grace Garza, Lydia Serrano and Sarah Riojas, and five great grandchildren with one on the way.

Lydia was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially cherished her role as “Wella.” Lydia loved to love on people. She sewed and cooked for her loved ones. Her hands were never idle. She worked tirelessly for her entire family and later in life volunteered at the Senior Center which suited her servant heart. Lydia’s real and abiding passion was her family. Lydia sought to instill in her children a zest for life and a commitment to each other.

She absolutely loved to travel with her family, especially their family cruises to Mexico and the Caribbean. It was on these cruises where she fell in love with the ocean, the beach and all of the many adventures that she enjoyed with her family. For Lydia, watching her children enjoy their time together was priceless.

Particularly special was the family’s weekly Sunday lunches where she shared her love of food, not only with her children but many friends and extended family. Her family will carry on this tradition in honor of their mother.

Lydia is survived by her husband Edelmiro of 62 years, her six children and her many grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Cleotilde and Amelia DeLeon, her sister Velia Powell and brothers Alonzo DeLeon, Eleazar “Charro” DeLeon, Federico DeLeon, Noe DeLeon and Israel DeLeon.

Her surviving siblings are Arturo (Anita) DeLeon of Homestead, Florida, Cleotilde Jr. (Elena) DeLeon of Homestead, Florida, Amelia (Mike) Alvarado of Moses Lake and Robert (Anna) DeLeon, also of Moses Lake, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Lydia was affectionately known as everyone’s “Wella” and will be missed by all of her family and friends. This world was blessed to have her and her memory will live on through her children, her grandchildren and family, all of whom she loved and touched deeply. The family asks that you spend time with your children, take a walk on the beach with your loved ones and make a toast to enduring relationships lifelong and beyond. That is what Lydia would wish for all us.

Please join us for her celebration of life. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, March 9 at Sendero Life Center at 2227 W. Peninsula Dr. at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Guarding Angels Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of Pioneer Memorial Gardens.

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