Wasilla resident Margaret Ann (Maggie) Garcia died Sunday, April 9, 2000, of cancer at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 78.
Funeral Mass will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wasilla at a later date.
She was born Sept. 17, 1921, in San Antonio, Texas, the eighth of 13 children of Henry and Helen Sievers.
Mrs. Garcia moved with her husband, Eloy, to Alaska in 1947. They homesteaded near Wasilla where Schrock Road was later built.
Mrs. Garcia was a devout Catholic. She was a founding member of Sacred Heart Parish and was active in the St. Jude's Guild. She prayed for everyone in her family daily. She also volunteered for many years at the Alaska Crippled Children and Adults thrift store in Wasilla and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
In retirement, the couple enjoyed motor-homing Outside each winter. In 1990 they resumed living in Wasilla year round.
The family said, "Maggie was always busy. Every grandchild received a handmade afghan. She kept us all supplied with crocheted slippers. She never missed any of our birthdays. She maintained beautiful flower beds, including many wildflowers. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and working crossword puzzles. She liked betting on the Nenana Ice Pool and gambling a little in Las Vegas on trips Outside. She was a quick wit and fun to play games with. She was an avid reader. She always made Christmas special with a great variety of homemade cookies and candy."
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Maria.
Mrs. Garcia is survived by her husband of 59 years, Eloy; children, Jim, Judy, Eloy, Chris, Jesse and Greg; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to the charity of choice.
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