Senior of the Month 

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"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”   Mark Twain 

Seniors of the Month   

June 2023  ---  Amelia and Memo Garcia

Congratulations  Seniors of the Month

Amelia and Memo Garcia

Memo and Amelia Garcia have been married for 68 years. They met while picking cotton  on the Pete Bickley Farms.  Memo was born to Guillermo Sr. and Amelia Garcia on January 8, 1935 in Canutillo, Texas.  He was the third of seven siblings.  Amelia was born to Trinidad and Natividad Meza on April 6,1934, in Meoqui, Chihuahua. She was one of 12 children.  For Memo and Amelia, hard work has always been a way of life.  They always put the best they had into everything they did to successfully raise four children, build their home, and create a life in La Union. 

Both Memo and Amelia had to quit school early in life so that they could work and help their parents.  For Memo, there weren't any opportunities to be on a basketball team or attend high school dances and games. He spent much of his time working alongside his father in the fields. Amelia started cleaning houses and cooking at an early age.  One of her fondest memories is of going to the river to help her father dig up the sweet potatoes he had planted.  He would then build a fire and bury sweet potatoes in the ashes so they could have lunch. 

Memo worked many years on the Bickley Farms. He worked as a custodian and maintenance man at White Sands.  He also spent many years working as a diesel mechanic at Border Steel and eventually returned to the farm and worked for the Ludwig family on their farm. Amelia worked at Mountain Pass Cannery and during the summers she taught her children the value of hard work in the onion fields.  Both Memo and Amelia have been very active members of Our Lady of Refuge Church.  They helped organize and worked at the annual church bazaar for many years.  Memo was on the board of directors of the La Union Water Association for several years.  His favorite pastimes include reading, working with his hands and gardening. He made it a point that there were always books in the house to read.  Amelia's passions were sewing and cooking. Traveling and getting to know different places was also something both mom and dad enjoyed very much.  Somehow or another, dad and mom managed to save up money to take us on an occasional trip.

Memo and Amelia have four children: Rosie, Lucy, Memo III, and Gerardo (Chacho).  They have four grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Thank you Memo and Amelia for your many contributions to La Union and its residents.  You are what gives La Union it's fine character!

Amelia & Memo Garcia's Beautiful Family

Amelia Garcia

Memo Garcia