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Thelma Garcia, 84, Fallbrook, CA (1937-2021)

Thelma Irene Patton Garcia of Fallbrook, CA and formerly of Columbia, KY, passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021 at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA. She was 84 years old.

Mrs. Garcia chose cremation, and a celebration of life service will be held at 11amCT on Friday, August 27, 2021, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Friday, August 27, 2021, after 10amCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.

She was born on March 8, 1937 in Cincinnati, OH to the late William H. and Ethel Brown Patton. She was also preceded in death by her husband Sgt. Major Don Garcia who was retired from the United State Marine Corps with US Embassy assignments worldwide.

Thelma was a member of the Egypt Christian Church, Order of the Eastern Star and U. S. Embassy Wife's Club. She was an entrepreneur and owned her own floral design company, but the joy of her life was being a loving wife to Don and mother to Tom and Tim.

She is survived by her two sons Thomas Anthony Garcia (Daria) of Fallbrook, CA and Timothy William Garcia of Ashville, NC; three grandchildren Michael, Marina and Marissa; a brother Rev. Paul Patton (Carol) of Columbia, KY; three sisters Helen Meredith (Marvin) of Kingsport, TN, Shirley Hansford (William, deceased) of Liberty, KY and Wanda Frederick (Gary) of Cincinnati, OH; several nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two brothers Nathaniel Patton and Herman Patton, and three sisters Dorothy Patton, Linda Sue Patton and Hilda Ellis.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift honoring Thelma's legacy may be shared with Christian Care Communities, 12710 Townepark Way, Louisville KY 40243 or

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

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Thelma Garcia, 84, Fallbrook, CA (1937-2021)

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