In Memory of Rosie Mirabal Garza

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is saddened by the loss of Rosie Mirabal Garza. She was a loyal benefactor to the campus and to many community organizations.

She paid tribute to her family’s roots in journalism and publishing by writing a book about their contributions as Hispanic journalists in South Texas in the early 1900s. In recognition of those contributions, the Garza and Mirabal families established a scholarship endowment at the University for master’s degree history students when the book was released.

In addition to the scholarship fund, Mirabal Garza served the University in many capacities including 18 years on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Foundation Board of Trustees. She held the position of secretary of the Foundation’s executive board and was named a Trustee Emeritus.

Mirabal Garza was an active leader in many organizations at the local, state, and national level. Her interests included the arts, health, religion, and education and she devoted a great deal of time to supporting and advocating for these areas. She was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Roman Catholic Order of Knighthood as well as the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

“Mrs. Rosie Mirabal Garza, a generous spirit, has left a lasting legacy,” said Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Her support of the campus through a graduate scholarship, service to the Foundation Board, and support of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library Special Collections have left a meaningful impact on the Island University campus, and we are honored to have had her in our lives.”

A funeral mass takes place Tuesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 5620 Gollihar Rd.