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Ana M. Garcia

October 9, 1988 ~ November 7, 2022 (age 34) 34 Years Old

Obituary

This world was blessed with Ana Maria Garcia 34 years ago in Tacoma, Washington to Asotolu Lili’i and Saul M. Garcia. She was the 8th in line out of eleven siblings. Ana Maria married her childhood sweetheart and soulmate, Krista Garcia, 9 years ago with 23 years of love and friendship. 

As a military family, Ana Maria spent most of her early years on the islands of Hawaii where her cultural foundations began to flourish. From there she and her family moved to the Westside of Denver where the harsh realities of being a woman, caretaker, and a person of Samoan/Mexican descent. Ana Maria raised her younger siblings, JoAna, Stephen and Leilani Garcia. Ana began working at the age of eleven to provide a better quality of life and taught her siblings that education was the way out. Ana continued to work hard, and never stopped caring for her younger siblings. Her love of social justice and mental wellness moved her to pursue a psychology degree in Human Development and Family Relations. Ana graduated from Colorado State University at Denver, with honors.

Ana Maria loved adventuring new territory, immersing herself in different cultures, and traveling the world. Some of her favorite places included Florence, Italy, The Dominican Republic, the Hawaiian Islands, and Mexico City. Her fearlessness and fervor for the world fueled her boundless creativity. This was embodied in her photography, culinary skill, paintings, crafts, gardening, and party planning. For Ana, reading was more than just a passion. You could always find her lost in the pages of a new book!

Ana Maria strongly believed in giving back to her community. She spent countless hours mentoring inner city children, organizing food and clothing drives, feeding the homeless, providing transportation for the less fortunate to Thanksgiving dinners, creating and running after school programs and clubs, helping children find their roots with Multi-Cultural Night, healing generational trauma, fighting systemic oppression, and above all Ana Maria empowered her students, her community, and everyone around her to believe in and love themselves. 

Ana Maria approached life with understanding and care. Everything she touched was enveloped in a love that only the brightest of stars could emit. Ana was one of the most selfless, kind, brilliant, and powerful women to walk this earth. Ana’s wisdom flowed as graceful as honey and as fierce as the crashing waves of bold oceans.

Above all, Ana Maria Garcia devoted her life to sharing every single one of these aspects of her life with her loving wife, soulmate, and best friend, Krista Garcia. Together they cultivated a love that glued our entire family together. Together they taught all of us how to connect with ourselves, to listen, to steadfast our faith, and challenged us to love radically. Their connection to higher power sustained not only their relationship, but their entire family for through God all things are possible.

 

“Adventures with you are my absolute favorite, Krista Garcia”

Ana Maria Garcia

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