Julia Campos Garza, 70, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at Grandview Health Care and Specialty Center.
She was born in Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on April 12, 1938, to Felipe and Belen Campos, the fifth of seven children. She was raised in El Rancho Tigre in San Benito. On Feb. 26, 1960, she married her husband of almost 49 years, Ramiro Garza.
In 1964, Julia and Ramiro Garza settled in Prosser, after many years of migrant work, where they raised their seven children. She worked for several years at Twin City Foods. After living almost 30 years in Prosser, she moved to Grandview to be close to her daughters and grandchildren. Her strong faith in Christ was instilled in her family and she stressed and supported her children's education. She was a loving and caring wife and mother that always put her family first.
She enjoyed reading the Bible, cooking, playing baseball, playing checkers and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Iglesia del Calvario in Sunnyside for 45 years and an active member of the Women's Ministry.
She leaves behind her husband, Ramiro Garza; children, Ester and Alfredo Gonzalez, Ludi and Salvador Gonzalez, Inez and Amelia Garza, Ner and Alice Garza, David and Rachel Garza, Maui and Meegan Garza, and Anita and Wayne Murphy; 28 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Noe Campos, Lazaro Campos; and sister, Josefina Valdez.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Felipe and Belen Campos; and siblings, Luis Campos, Juan Campos, Agustina Sanchez and Noemi DeLeon.
Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., with an evening service at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Iglesia del Calvario, 1810 Morgan Road, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at East Prosser Cemetery in Prosser.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.