On Saturday, June 8, 2019, Christina Garcia passed away peacefully in her West Seattle, Washington home. Her life, nearing 97 years, was a reflection of honesty, hard work and devotion to her family and friends. These admirable qualities will endure as shining stars for all that knew her.
Christina Rocha, first of nine children, was born to Isabel Vargas and Valeriano Rocha in San Antonio, Texas on August 31, 1922. As a young child she lived in Pennsylvania where her father labored in the coal mines. Due to their grandmother’s failing health, the family returned to Texas to attend to her needs. There, in the Rio Grande Valley, the family formed a base despite many seasonal migrations to different states where they worked at vegetable farms, in fruit orchards and in cotton fields. Christina met her future husband, Merced Garcia in Elsa, Texas. They were married in Elsa, Texas in 1950. There, they harvested citrus crops and picked produce for vegetable farms and continued to make annual trips to work the hops fields and apple orchards of the Yakima Valley in Washington State. Son, Rene and their first daughter, Diana were born while living in Texas. Soon after, they moved permanently to the Yakima Valley where Christina began working as a warehouse worker, packing apples for Stand Orchards. During those years, three more daughters, Sally, Stella and Elma, were born. They later would purchase a thirty-six acre farm in Naches Heights. The farm was operated by the family until Merced passed away in 1994. Christina permanently moved to West Seattle where she has lived near her daughter, Diana, and husband Troy. Her life has been one dedicated to hard work and family. In a sense, she was a quiet leader, a humble role model whose simple approach to life has provided an admirable direction for all to follow. Her famous phrase, “just one more push” lives paramount in the lives of her children who have learned the value of hard work and family above all. Christina was an avid gardener, quilter, baker and a good neighbor. We will all miss the love she offered her family and friends.
Christina, the oldest of nine, is survived by three siblings, Ismael Rocha, Chicago; Henry of Indiana and Elvira Alaniz of Texas and five children: Rene Garcia, wife Carmen, of Naches Heights; Diana Garcia and husband Troy Locati of West Seattle; Sally (Garcia) and husband Richard Goldberg, Boston, MA; Stella (Garcia) and husband Geoff Nilsen, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico; and Elma Cannavino (Garcia) and husband Jim Cannavino of Mill Spring, North Carolina and Ocala, Florida; grandchildren Erica Garcia and Damen Garcia, Yakima; Niccolo M. Locati, New York City; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Shaw & Sons (201 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901) on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:00 am.