Maria Julia Garza Pineda, 85, of Caldwell, went to see her Heavenly Father on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at her home surrounded by family and friends. Mass of a Christian burial will be performed on Friday, September 14, at 10 am in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Bernard Hung as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home on Thursday, September 13, from 5 to 8 pm with a rosary recited at 7 pm.
Maria Julia Garza was born in George West, TX on November 22, 1932 to parents Pascual and Eluteria (Silvera) Garza. Maria married Esteban Pineda on November 9, 1954 in Littlefield, TX. Maria loved to sit outside on her front porch waiting for her children and grandchildren to stop by. When they did she would make them their favorite dish. She enjoyed cooking and always had food in her kitchen for family and friends. Sundays after church her house was the gathering place for her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed to quilt and cross stich, and also enjoyed to listen to music and dance in her younger years. She was well known throughout the town as the Tamale Lady. Maria made the best re-fried beans you ever had. It will never be Good-Bye but “Que Dios Te Bendiga” her favorite saying….
Maria was preceded in death by her loving husband, Esteban Pineda; a daughter, Eva Torres; sons, Cruz Garza Pineda and Adam Leal; a grandson, Clayton R. Pineda, great grandson, Joshua Batiste, sister, Ramona Garza Pineda.
She is survived by her sons, Joe Pineda and wife Paula, Ruben Pineda and wife Ellen, Rudy Pineda and wife Yvonne Mitchell, and Enrique Pineda Sr.; her daughters, Mary Carillo and Tomas Navarro, Janie Luna and husband Moses, Sylvia Menjivar and husband Cruz, Yolanda Arteaga and husband Jose, and Dianne Covington and husband Sonny; a brother, Cesar "Charlie" Garza; grandchildren, Pete Anthony Ybanez, Jose Arteaga Jr., LaQuinton Daniels, Enrique Pineda Jr., Esteban Campos, Christopher Campos, Rosemary Martinez, Michelle Ybanez Culp and husband Robert, Donna Ybanez Castillo and husband Gilbert, Monica Ybanez Serna and husband Angel, Lisa Martinez, Angie Martinez Zamora and husband Cirilo, Chasiti Pineda Pecos, Catina Pineda, Cassandra Pineda, Tiffany Campos and Derrin Hall, Elizabeth Pineda, Brandy Burch, Rachel Vega Jackson and husband Maurice, Bethany Covington, Ashley Garcia Feazell and husband Nick, Drelle Jenkins, Sandy Torres Guzman and husband Anthony, Sandra Torres Guerrero and husband Michael, Liza Torres, Kimberlee Arteaga Sepulveda and husband Arturo, Yolanda Leal, Stephanie Pineda, and Rondi Jenkins Prowell and husband Randall; special niece, Agrapina Pineda Sanchez; Fifty-eight great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will include, Pete Anthony Ybanez, Jose Arteaga Jr., Esteban Campos, Christopher Campos, Tristan Pecos, Damion Hernandez, LaQuinton Daniels, Phillip Culp, and Jonathan Culp.