Mar 152013

Sally Louise Garcia, 78, a lifelong collector of angels, was in turn collected by them on Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Payson, surrounded by family and friends. A memorial service was held March 11 at Rim Country Health in Payson.
A former Holbrook resident, she was born in Stevens Point, Wis., to Madge Dunham and John Miller.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, with a B.A. degree in English. Her proudest career accomplishments came later in life as a Home Health Aide and Certified Nursing Assistant (H.H.A. and C.N.A.).
She loved cats and classical music with equal delight. Quilting was her passion, and she was always generous with dazzling designs for newlyweds and the newly born. It pleased her greatly to share her quilts with the public at the Navajo County Fair.
She was predeceased by her parents; brothers Don and Jack Miller; and daughter Elena Luisa Garcia.
Survivors include her son, John J. Garcia, and daughter-in-law, Ginger Lavan of Rochester, Minn., as well as her daughter, Rita R. Garcia, and son-in-law, David Velk of Yellowstone, Wyo.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that her memory be honored by donations to the Black Hat Humane Society of Ganado.