AAMA Emeritus Board Member Maria Cristina “Cris” Garza, who served 22 years on the board of directors, died Saturday at her home in Pearland after a long illness.
 
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague and we extend our sympathy to her family,” said Beatrice Garza, AAMA president and CEO.
 
“Cris inspired us all with her bright spirit and commitment to the education of Latino children.”
 
 
 
In recognition of Cris Garza’s longtime service to AAMA, the board of directors renamed the multi-purpose building on the Gulf Freeway campus the Maria “Cris” Garza Student Center in January.
 
Arrangements are as follows:
 
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
The viewing will be at 5:00p.m., Rosary at 6:30p.m. and reception to follow the Rosary. The location is Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 6723 Reed Road Houston, TX 77087, 713.645.6673.
 
Friday, February 24th, 2012
The Funeral Mass will be at 9:00a.m. and the burial service at 11:30a.m. The location is VA Cemetary 10410 Veteran's Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77038, 281.447.8686.
 
In lieu of flowers Cris asked to please make donations to either Special Olympics, St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Optimist Club.