Garcia, Margaret Margie Rivera
�was called home to our heavenly Father on July 7, 2009 at the age of 75. She is preceded in death by her parents Alex and Josephine Rivera. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 51 years, Felipe and her only daughter Elizabeth Anne Villa. Grandchildren: Jose, Felipe, Raphael, Joshua and Sophia and her first great-grandchild Aurora Annelise Villa. She is also survived by her sister Josephine Delfino and brothers Pete Rivera Eva and Ralph Rivera also including many loving family, cousins and friends. Margie was born in Ray Kearny, Arizona where she graduated from high school and went on to major in education at Arizona State University. There she met the love of her life and were married June 8, 1958. She began her teaching career in Phoenix, AZ at Isaac Elementary School. She continued to teach as she moved with her husband to Los Alamos, NM, Las Vegas NV, Honolulu, HI and Los Angeles, CA. Eventually returning home to Phoenix, AZ where she retired from teaching after 42 years. She was a member of The Vesta Club, Los Conquistadores, NEA, Newman Club and Future Teachers of America. Her legacy of love will live on forever in her grandchildren and those of us that love her. A Celebration of her Life will be held on Sunday, July 12 with Visitation from 5:00-9:00 pm, with Rosary at 7:00 pm, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. A Funeral Mass will be held in her honor at 10:00 am, Monday, July 13, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. Graveside Service will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ.