Lucy Beatrice Garcia Robles
Lucy Beatrice Garcia Robles, 86, of Louisville, Kentucky, lost her battle with cancer on November 16, 2014. Born in San Antonio, Texas on February 15, 1928 to Teodoro and Ignacia Zertuche Garcia. She lived most of her life in Texas City, Texas and moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 2005 to be closer to family.
Lucy was a 1947 graduate of Texas City High School, the same year of the Texas City Disaster. Although she had been awarded a scholarship to attend college, she put that on hold to volunteer under Mayor Curtis Trahan as an interpreter and to identify bodies killed in the massive explosion that devastated the town. Lucy was active as a basketball and softball player. While playing softball for the Monterrey Club, she was introduced to the love of her life, Genaro “Gene” Robles, by her dear friend and cousin to Gene, Rosie Carreon. She married Gene on December 23, 1951 at Lady of the Snow Catholic Church in Texas City. They lived in Dover, Delaware for several years and moved back to Texas City following Gene’s discharge and the birth of their first daughter.
Upon return to Texas City, Lucy worked for Bay Radio for nearly 20 years and purchased the business in 1972, renaming it Lu-Don, Inc. She ran her business until 1979 when she went to work for Mainland Center Hospital in the accounting department. She retired from Mainland Center in 1994.
Lucy was very active in the community. She served under several mayors being appointed to different committees as well as served for many years on the Aide & Guidance Committee, HUD Committee, Business and Professional Women’s Association, the Texas City Business Women’s Breakfast Club, and the Board of the Texas City Chamber of Commerce. Lucy worked with Chief of Police Rankin Dewalt on teaching substance abuse in the 1960’s to area schools. She served as the President of the Kohfeldt Elementary and Levy Fry Junior High School PTA and later became a life member. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for over 50 years where she volunteered for many years on the finance committee as well as for Fatima School.
As soon as she and Gene got settled into their new home in Louisville, Kentucky, she quickly became active in her community. She met twice weekly with her friends for poker, once a month for Bunco, and made many day trips with her faithful friends.
Lucy loved quilting and collecting Waterford crystal. She began collecting miniatures when Gene gifted her with her beloved dollhouse over 30 years ago, which remains in the family. She loved entertaining and hosting family and friends for holidays and parties.
It has always been said that Lucy never knew a stranger. She was very outgoing, a true friend, generous, loving, and extremely proud of her family. She is survived by her three daughters, Sonya Cotton and Velda Schalk of Louisville, KY and Lisa Jordan (Scott) of Bend, OR; her five grandchildren, Craig Cotton (Tammy) and Carly Cotton of Louisville, KY; Tara Jordan of Bend, OR; Kevin Jordan of Portland, OR, and Christopher Schalk of San Antonio, TX; five great-grandchildren, Tori Jude of Mt. Sterling, KY, Grant Jordan of Bend, OR, and Ethan, Nolan and Will Cotton of Louisville, KY. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.
She is preceded in death by the love of her life, Gene, whom she was married to for 62 years and lost on August 12, 2013. Lucy is also preceded in death by her parents, Teodoro Garcia and Ignacia Zertuche Garcia, her brothers, Joe Efren, Mario, Ramiro and Elias, and her sister, Olivia.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Cotton and Craig Cotton of Louisville, KY, Ron Schalk and Christopher Schalk of San Antonio, TX, Scott Jordan of Bend, OR, and Kevin Jordan or Portland, OR. Honorary Pallbearers will be Adolph Robles of Victoria, TX, Roger Valdez or Santa Fe, TX and Richard Rodriguez of Texas City, TX.
The family would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers, especially all her friends and neighbors for their visits, prayers and care. They would also like to thank the amazing staff at Hosparus of Louisvilleand the wonderful caregivers from Home Instead.
The family will receive friends from 5 - 8:00 pm, Friday, November 21, 2014 at Carnes Funeral Homes at 3100 Gulf Freeway in Texas City. Mass will be Celebrated Noon Saturday at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City with the Rev. Tom Ponzini officiating. Lucy will be laid to rest at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas, next to her beloved Gene.
Donations in honor of Lucy may be made to Hosparus at https://16788.thankyou4caring.org.