Bobbie Jean Garza

November 15, 1936, April 14, 2018

Bobbie Jean Garza

Bobbie Jean “Bobino” Garza was born on November 15, 1936, the youngest daughter to John and Laura Bobino. Early in Bobbie’s life, she fell seriously ill and had to have a kidney removed.   Many people thought that Bobbie would not live to be 20 years old. She defied these odds and went on to wed Joe Garza Jr. on August 21, 1964. This was truly a match made in heaven. Joe had a work ethic and friendly demeanor that was unmatched and Bobbie was a fighter who had a fierce love for her husband, her children, her family and friends. Bobbie loved and cherished her children, Melissa and Michael and being their mother was her greatest joy in life. She always supported them whether it was helping Melissa with her love of dance and twirling or Michael’s many years of playing baseball. Bobbie never missed their performances or games as this gave her great joy.

Bobbie’s love of her family carried over to the way she cared for and loved the many children she kept over 50 years. A testament to the loving care that Bobbie gave these children was apparent when she continued to care for the offspring of the original children she kept. Many of the adults and children she watched continued to visit with Bobbie and Joe throughout their lives. Blake and Laken McClelland were frequent visitors and had a special place in Bobbie’s heart. Bobbie truly was the heart and soul of the Garza home.  

Of all the children she kept, the one that held the most special place in her heart was her granddaughter, Alexandra. Being Maw Maw to Alex was a role she cherished. In Alex’s early years, Bobbie enjoyed Alex spending the night, buying all the fun toys and wanting her to have all the wonderful things life could offer. Towards the end, Alex and Maw Maw enjoyed talking about Alex’s life in Austin and her new dog, Ollie. The love they shared was very special.

Like many women of her era, Bobbie loved baseball. Bobbie was a devoted and loyal fan of the Houston Astros and painfully endured watching them lose for many years. Even though she was quite ill, Bobbie watched every Astros game she could and was overjoyed when they finally won the 2017 National Championship.

Bobbie, loved her special four-legged friends, including her grand-dogs Max and Lucy. Max was by her side when she died.

Bobbie is survived by her two children, Melissa (Dennis) Sample and Michael Garza; grandchildren, Alexandra Garza, Kayla Sample and Donovan Sample; Sisters, Johnnie (Wally) Kaspar; Annie Ruth (Marvin) Laurent and brother Tommy (Brenda) Bobino. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe Garza, Jr.; parents, John and Laura Bobino, and sister, Doris Craus.

Bobbie is also survived by the countless nieces, nephews, and neighborhood children she loved and cared for during her life.

A rosary for Bobbie Garza will be recited at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2018, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas followed by a viewing for family and friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701 or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box, 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284.


Special Thanks

Melissa and Michael would like to extend our sincere thanks to Kindred Hospice. The love, support, care and kindness Kindred Hospice showed for Bobbie during the past 5 months is something the we will always be grateful for. We especially appreciate everyone who came to our house to care for and treated Bobbie during her final journey of life. They are: Stacy Durin, Meosha Cruse, Kristin Wilson, Amber, Kat, Victor, Greg Edwards (chaplain), Ron Harris (chaplain) and everyone who answered our after-hour calls. Thank you all for being a part of our lives, giving your hugs, encouragements and prayers to get the family through this process. We couldn’t do it without you. Each one of you have a very special gift you share in our community. Thank you. You will forever be in our hearts.

Michael and I would also want to thank Monsignor Jerry and Deanna Hinterberger for visiting Bobbie weekly giving the sacrament, encouragement and prayers. It was their encouragement and visits that help us get through this journey.

Above all else, we will always remember Bobbie as the very special, gentle, kind, loving person that always had a smile on her face and who would never let you leave her sight without saying “…I love you more”.

The family appreciates your kindness and invites you to celebrate her legacy and life.



Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Monday, April 16, 2018
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
700 Jefferson Beaumont, TX 77701
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (5)

  • Velvet Kaspar

    17 April 2018 at 18:52 | #

    Love and hugs to all the family of Aunt Bobbie and Uncle Joe. They were true Christians who spread their love to everyone they met.They will truly be missed by all. ❤️


  • My condolences to you and your precious family...Bobbie was such a sweet lady. May perpetual light of Christ shine upon her...

    16 April 2018 at 21:03 | #

    Mavis Fore


  • Lisa Martin

    16 April 2018 at 18:41 | #

    Melissa and Michael, I just wanted to say how much I love you both and how much I loved your mom and your dad. The world is not nearly as bright today as it was when your mom's beautiful light shined on it.. She is truly one of the most beautiful women I have ever known and I am truly a better person for being blessed enough to know and love her. I can still hear her sweet voice telling me "I love you too darlin". I will treasure and hold all of my memories of her and of your family close to my heart forever. Please know I am praying for you all during this time. Love you, Lisa


  • Christy Williams

    16 April 2018 at 16:26 | #

    Melissa, I am so sorry to see this about your Mom, but know you are comforted knowing she and Joe are back together again. They were both wonderful people, and I am glad I got to know them. Prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.


  • mike cacioppo

    15 April 2018 at 00:33 | #

    Melissa & Michael I am so sorry for your loss. Both of your parents were so wonderful people & so wonderful to me. love & prayers mike cacioppo


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