Consuelo Rea “Connie” Avila, 97, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at her home in Garden City.

She was born Nov. 18, 1921, in Gordon, Texas, to Pedro and Maria (Segovia) Rea.

She married Ignacio R. “Buck” Avila on Jan. 7, 1942, in Garden City. He died on Sept. 21, 2006.

She grew up in St Paul, Minn., and moved to Garden City in 1939. As a young adult, she worked for Garden City High School.

Connie and her husband were active in the community in mentoring kids in the Garden City boxing program. She also enjoyed dancing, painting, garage sales and following Buck in softball.

She is survived by her son, Robert Avila of Wichita; two grandchildren, Kristi Kells of Garden City, and Brandon Avila of Derby; three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Avila, Destiny Avila and Breyanna Avila; and three stepgreat-grandchildren, Halle Rico, Lucas Rico and Kendyl Rico.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers and a sister.

Vigil service will be 7 p.m. Monday, and funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.

Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Garnand Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to St Jude Children’s Hospital, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846. Condolences may be posted at