Maria Antonieta Garza Cortinas,72, passed away Friday, June 25, 2021, after a 6-year battle with cancer surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born to the late Miguel Angel Garza and Josefina Garza Pacheco in Valle Hermoso, Mexico, December 2, 1948.
Maria graduated from Brownsville High School, obtained a cosmetology license, and was a successful entrepreneur. She loved running her own business and enjoyed lasting friendships with many of her clientele for years. She was gifted hundreds of elephants to decorate her salon.
She found her real joy in life spending time with her grandchildren, family, and siblings. She also enjoyed crocheting, sewing, antiquing, bargain hunting, and slot machines. She was fond of travelling, good food, and was a spirited dancer (sometimes at family gatherings and sometimes while cooking). Maria was a light and joy in the lives of all who encountered her, high spirited and energetic, vibrant, and beautiful. She made the world a better place; those of us whose paths crossed hers are blessed to have known such a vibrant star on life’s horizon.
Left to treasure her memory is her husband Lucio Cortinas, Her sons and their wives, Miguel Angel Garza Cortinas and Lori Ann Cortinas, Roberto Garza Cortinas and Marybel Ramirez-Cortinas, and Lucio Garza Cortinas Junior and Azucena Cortinas, Her daughter with her husband, Corina, and Gary Veazey. Also, the great joys of her life – five wonderful grandchildren Daniel Ramirez, Lucio Cortinas III, Lily Ann Cortinas, Wilhemina Trinidad Veazey, and Logan James Asher Veazey. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Miguel Garza, Margarita Gonzales, Enrique Garza, and Josie Maldonado.
Friends and relatives will be received on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at the Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Brownsville, Texas between 1:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 P.M.
A Mass of Christian Burial shall be celebrated on Wednesday June 30, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Following the mass, Maria will be laid to her final rest at Buena Vista Burial Park in Brownsville, Texas. Services are under the guidance of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Flower Shop. 657 Springmart Blvd., Brownsville, Texas. (956) 350-8485