Mary “Beth” Garcia passed away age 68, June 23, 2022 at Renown Regional Medical Center. She was born May 12, 1954 in Hazelton, PA, second daughter to John Valagene and Dorothy (Mizenko) Valagene. Beth graduated from Hazelton High School in 1972. After graduation she married husband, Richard Garcia in a small and intimate ceremony in Hazelton on November 22, 1975; they recently celebrated 46 years of marriage this last November.
Rich and Beth travelled and lived in many parts of the western United States, living their life full of adventure, friends, and good times. In 1981 they settled in Sparks, NV and have made Nevada their home. It was here that Beth turned her lifelong compassion and kindness of others into her career as a Registered Nurse for over 25 years. In 1991, Rich and Beth adopted their only shared daughter, Ciara. Together they loved attending University of Nevada basketball games, Reno Aces baseball games, and going to Lake Tahoe every summer. Beth was also an avid pet lover, and there were always furry paws running around her house. Her last dog, Tiny Bubbles, brought her joy and happiness during her last few years of health battles.
Beth is predeceased by her father, John Valagene and mother Dorothy Valagene. Beth is survived by husband, Rich Garcia, daughter Ciara Holder, step-daughters Michele Garcia-Ramey, Laura Garcia, and sister Denise Masley. Beth is also survived by grandchildren, Taylor Garcia, Ryan Garcia, Cillian Holder, Caffrey Holder, great-grandchildren Ryleigh, Jordyn and Rhys Garcia, and nieces Missy Steck and Sheila Masley.
A viewing for Beth will be held at La Paloma Funeral Services on Friday July 1st, 2022 at 9:00 am followed by Catholic mass at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Beth’s burial will then take place at 12:30 pm at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery. Finally a reception will be held outside at the Gazebo lawn at Thunderbird Resort Club from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.
The family requests any flowers be sent to La Paloma Funeral Services at 5301 Longley Ln. Ste. E-180, Reno, NV 89511.