Marta Jean (Ayers) Garcia, 60, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 10, 2016 in Turlock, California. She was born on September 1955 at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, to Elbert Forrest “Bud” and Jean (Miller) Ayers.
Marta graduated from Sandpoint Senior High School in 1973. She served over six years in the United States Army, parting in 1980 as a Veteran with an Army Commendation Medal.
Marta graduated from CSU Stanislaus in 1991 and taught for 15 years, primarily first grade at Carroll Fowler Elementary School in Ceres, California.
Marta lived in Turlock, California for 35 years where, in 1987, she married Jerry G. Garcia, originally from Yuma, Arizona. They enjoyed water and snow skiing, camping, golfing, and many laughs. Marta’s hobbies included playing piano, reading, sewing, and quilting.
Marta is survived by her farther Elbert Forrest “Bud” Ayers and his wife Nancy of Blaine, WA; mother Jean Martin of Priest River, ID; father-in-law Challo Garcia of Yuma, AZ; husband Jerry G. Garcia of Turlock, CA; daughter Katrina Edwards and her husband Cory of Madera, CA; son Nathan Garcia and his wife Teresa of Klamath Falls, OR; sister Lorna Low and her husband John of Priest River, ID; brother James Martin and his wife Kristina of Bozeman, MT; sister Julie Baker and her husband Gordon of Boise, ID; sister-in-law Debbie Towe and her husband Rodney of Hilmar, CA; brother-in-law Junior Garcia of Yuma, AZ; and three grandsons, Tyler, Logan and Quaid Edwards of Madera, CA. Marta is preceded in death by her step-father James Martin of Sandpoint, ID and her mother-in-law Pearl Garcia of Yuma, AZ.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Allen Mortuary, 247 North Broadway, Turlock, CA. A viewing will be held 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and the funeral service will be at 1:00 pm with a Celebration of Life reception following. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society via the Marta Garcia Memorial Fund, PO Box 845945, Boston, MA 02284-5945, (800) 344-4867, www.nationalmssociety.org. Online condolences may be noted at www.allenmortuary.com.