Elvira C. “Candie” Garcia, 93, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. She was born March 4, 1926, in Rocky Ford, Colo., to Jose Guadalupe and Romana (Mejia) Blea.
As a young child, Candie moved with her family to Dodge City. She attended Dodge City schools and graduated from Dodge City High School. She then received her nurses training from St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.
On Sept. 28, 1951, she married Pete M. Garcia in Garden City, where they have lived since. Candie worked as a Registered Nurse at St. Catherine Hospital for 42 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Garden City, the Daughters of Isabella and the Finney County Senior Center. Candie enjoyed quilting, sewing, reading, playing Bones and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her six children, Debra Maestas of Garden City, Marc Garcia and wife Pat of Twin Falls, Idaho, JoAnn Farnsworth and husband Rod of Pahrump, Nev., Gary Garcia and wife Sandy of Hooker, Okla., Patrick Garcia and wife Anita of Garden City and Sally Swaim and husband Marty of Dodge City; a very close friend, Nancy Holt of Scott City; nine grandchildren, Kelly Tichenor, Tyler Garcia, Luke Garcia, Ryan Farnsworth, Arika Garcia, Geffrey Garcia, Emma Garcia, Sean Guy and Shalia Guy; and ten great-grandchildren, Kaden Tichenor, Kooper Tichenor, Teagan Tichenor, Gabriella Garcia, Monique Allen, Chance Farnsworth, Jersey Farnsworth, Gage Farnsworth, Jonathon Guy and Carter Guy.
Candie is preceded in death by her husband, Pete, who died on Oct. 31, 1983; her parents; a daughter, Cynthia Garcia; a brother, Joe Blea; five sisters, Carlota Bentancourt, Antonia Lopez, Zenaida Hernandez, Delores Fiquroa and Mary Sue Amaro; a son-in-law, Tommy Maestas; and a grandson, Torry Maestas.
A vigil service and rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Garden City. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, also at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. There will be no calling hours.
The family suggests memorials given to the Candie Garcia Memorial Fund to be used for a nursing scholarship fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.