Rafaela Garcia Sanchez, 89, surrounded by family, passed away on June 13, 2010.

She was born Oct. 24, 1920 to Jose M. and Natividad B. Garcia at La Mota Ranch in Falfurrias.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one infant daughter, Alicia Sophia Sanchez; one brother, Ernesto Garcia; one brother-in-law, Adan Martinez; and one sister, Beatrice Garcia.

She is survived by her only son, Juan G. (Elida) Sanchez of Bentonville; four grandchildren, John L. (Loretta) Sanchez of Alice, Ronnie (Bea) Sanchez of Agua Dulce, Andrew (Vanessa) Sanchez, and Yvette (Roland) Lerma of Bentonville; sister, Noemi Martinez of Robstown; brother, Jose L. (Lupe) Garcia of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Isaura Garcia of Alice; also raised as her own children from a very young age are her two nephews, Joe M. (Diana) Garcia of Converse, and Jerry (Janie) Garcia of Mathis; niece, Beatrice (Charles) James of Miami, Fla.;11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A prayer Service was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at the Templo El Sacrificio Liberacion Church in Alice. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Templo El Sacrificio Liberacion Church with Pastor Vela officiating. Burial followed in the New Collins Cemetery.

Roberson Funeral Home, Alice