Filomena Garcia, 97, of Arkansas City, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022.
A Mass of Christian burial is at 10 a.m. Monday, May 16 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Winfield, under the direction of Miles Funeral Service. Interment will follow at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at the church.
A memorial has been established in Filomena’s name for the Cowley County Humane Society. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
Born July 5, 1924 in Arkansas City, she was the daughter of Felix and Rafala (Ramirez) Hernandez. She was raised and received her education in Arkansas City.
She met and married Alfred Garcia in 1943 in Arkansas City while he was stationed at Strother Field with the Army Air Corps during World War II. Following the war, the couple made their home in Arkansas City their entire lives.
Filomena spent her life as a caregiver. She worked for 19 years as a nurse’s aide at the Arkansas City Hospital. After retiring, she continued as a caregiver for many family and friends. Filomena and Alfred celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1993 by renewing their vows and having a big celebration with family and friends.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the American GI Forum. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and collecting dolls, doll houses and miniature furniture. She also enjoyed teaching others to cook, especially making tortillas from scratch.
In addition to her parents and husband, Filomena was preceded in death by five sisters; one brother; two sons, Arthur Garcia and Ruben Garcia; and a daughter, Shirley Tapia.
Her family includes her sons, Alfred Garcia Jr. and wife, Mary, of Arizona, and Alexander Garcia and wife, Vivian, of Arkansas City; her daughter, Teresa Krusor and husband, Mark, of Winfield; her son-in-law, John Tapia, of Winfield; her brothers, Bonifacio Hernandez, of California, and Joe Hernandez, of Wichita; her sister, Toni Hall, of Arkansas City; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and a great-great-grandchild.