Durango resident Josephine Garcia died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Durango. She was 91.
Known as “Josie,” she was born to Guillermo and Eloisa Martinez on Aug. 20, 1920, in Abiquiú, N.M.
She lived with her grandmother Petra until her grandmother died. Mrs. Garcia was 7 at the time, and she was sent to an orphanage, where she remained until she was 15. She was then sent to live with her maternal aunt, Henada. She eventually finished growing up in the home of her half-sister Virginia Vasquez.
In 1950, she met and married Joe Manual Garcia in Durango. They lived in Durango until Mr. Garcia’s death in 1989.
Mrs. Garcia had lived in Farmington for many years.
“She had a good heart and met a lot of people,” her family said. “Many of the people employed her as a housekeeper. She was very well known and she became involved in their lives and caring for their children.”
She enjoyed dancing, nice clothes, jewelry and shoes, her family said. She loved dogs and owned many in her lifetime, including Sunshine, her dog at the time of her death.
As her health deteriorated, her family said Mrs. Garcia was “rescued” by Amador and Bennie Tucson and Theresa Amato. The three will always be remembered as “Tia Josie’s” guardian angels, the family said.
Mrs. Garcia was also preceded in death by her significant other of 17 years, Mateo Loyo, who died in 2010.
No immediate family survives. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and a great-niece.
A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 254 East Fifth Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012, also at Sacred Heart. The Rev. Joseph Gallegos will be the celebrant.