Services for Esparanza “Hope” Garza, 54, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Phillips & Luckey Chapel in Rockdale. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Rockdale. Dr. Steve Daniels with The Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will officiate.

Visitation is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home.

Ms. Garza died Sunday, Jan. 5, at Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock.

She was born July 22, 1959, in Hearne to Filimeno and Beatrice (Alonzo) Juarez.

She lived all of her life in Rockdale and graduated from Rockdale High School in 1978.

During high school, Ms. Garza worked as a candy striper at Richards Memorial Hospital, then as a nurse’s aide in Cameron.

She attended Temple College for two years, before working for Scott & White in Temple.

Ms. Garza started her family and moved back to Rockdale, where she worked for Duchess Double Quik.

She was a homemaker, worked in the cafeteria at Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations, as a lunch monitor at Rockdale Junior High, with Intercraft in Taylor, and for Sonic Drive-In, first in Rockdale and then in Cameron as manager.

Ms. Garza was a member of The Church of Latter Day Saints in Rockdale.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Maximo Domingo Juarez, on April 9, 1977 and her parents.

Survivors are two sons, Joel Juarez of Fort Worth, Buck Dakota Garza of Rockdale; four daughters, Diana Juarez Gill, Terry Lorraine Garza and Ben Rodriguez, Emily Francis Garza and Julian Gonzalez, all of Rockdale, Victoria Elizabeth Garza and Raul Garcia of Cedar Creek; two brothers, Filmeno Juarez, Jr. and wife Shelley of Temple, Buzz Juarez of Fort Worth; and a sister, Elizabeth Juarez Khan of Round Rock; also, six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Tovar, Juan Ramos, Raul Garcia, Ben Rodriguez, Julian Gonzalez and Troy Lindsey.

Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Phillip Gill, Evalia Garcia, Hannah Rodriguez, Harper Rodriguez, Jayla Gonzalez and Jaxon Gonzalez.

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