Obituary of Socorro Lopez Garza
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt peacefully passed away at her home, in the arms of her husband –Armando- on January 12, 2021. At the age of 90, Socorro lived a full life blessed with many happy memories and was married to her husband for over 61 years.
She was born on August 28, 1930 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She had five sisters and four brothers, one older and eight younger and all were raised by a single widowed mother Elvira Gonzalez Lopez.
Socorro immigrated to the California in1955 where she settled in the town of Sunnyvale. This is where she met her soul mate, Armando P. Garza, while both were working at the Schuckl Cannery in Sunnyvale. They dated for a year and a half then fell in love and were married on October 17, 1959. The same day they were married. They left for Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico Armando’s hometown. After six months they moved back to Sunnyvale where they planted their roots and raised their family. Socorro and Armando were blessed with a wonderful married for over 61 years and shared each other passion for family and traveling and dancing. Their travels together took them to many places and countries. As an immigrant, one of her proudest moments was when she became a United States citizen.
Together, they faced their first challenge as a young married couple with the loss of their firstborn Son, in their first year of their marriage. During that challenging time, they had a very good friend Alberto Rojas – bring his nine month old baby daughter Maria Rojas Aranda to visit Socorro and Armando who immediately embraced her as a family member. They both had the joy of observing Maria grow into a beautiful young lady, wonderful wife and loving mother. Maria maintained a beautiful relationship with Socorro, whom she considered to be her “Godmother”. Through Maria, they embraced her 3 children Andres, Alberto and Ana. As they all grew up, Socorro and Armando had the privilege of knowing Maria’s grandchildren Matthew, Olivia and Wyatt as well. Socorro also had the honor of babysitting Andres, Alberto and they maintained their relationship over the years, and introduced their own children later when they became adults.
They would later give the world 2 wonderful children a daughter Elvira, and son Armando II. She was a devoted mother who adored her children, driving them to school every day. She also raised a puppy Junior, and she loved her 6 year old pug.
Socorro was extremely talented. She loved to cook and try new recipes and cherished her time cooking. She was also a seamstress, meticulous embroiderer, and loved crocheting. Socorro spent many hours in the evening sewing, crocheting, and embroidering making scrafs, blankets and tablecloth. Her craftsmanship was flawless: every stitch perfectly uniform and balanced, every edge trimmed and neat.
Also known as “Tia Coco” and “Coco” Socorro was always the life of the party with her nieces and nephews and grandchildren both here in the U.S. and in Mexico. She often had those kids marching around the house and singing. One of those singers, her Niece & Goddaughter Letty Guerrero continued as an adult always to visit and call her. She loved Mariachi music and would always give a good loud gritos to those songs that were important to her and her life.
Socorro is survived by her two Children: Elvira (Husband Chris) and Armando II (Wife Martha), and four grandchildren: Amy Garza, Veronica Bautista, Matthew and Steven Garza. Her children and later grandchildren were the joy of her life. Although Socorro is no longer with us, her memories will live on for generations to come.
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