BEATRICE GARCIA - "BELLITA" age 97, of Fullerton, Ca departed this life to be with the Lord on July 31, 2011. She was born in Mission, Texas on April 27, 1914 to Graciano Gutierrez and Paula Cantu. As a young adult she devoted herself to studying the Word of God and became a teacher and leader. She was a wonderful seamstress and enjoyed using this talent sewing dresses for her family and friends.
She married Patricio Garcia on May 12, 1940. After the accidental death of their two young children Ruben and Ramiro, in 1946, they consecrated their lives without reservation to the work of the Lord. Sister Bellita served in several positions of leadership in the women's auxiliary group, the "Dorcas" serving in positions of secretary, treasurer and vice president from 1949 through 1964. Bro Pat and Sister Bellita have been recognized as Pioneers of the Apostolic church and were well loved by everyone.
Together they worked in the ministry of the Apostolic Church in Yuma, Az, and Edinburg, Texas. In 1953 they moved to Los Angeles, Ca where they continued to serve the Lord in ministry and established several churches where the Lord gave them much fruit. They also worked full-time in a wheel shop to help support the family. They celebrated 65 years of marriage in May of 2005. In September of 2005 Rev. Patricio was called to be with the Lord. Together they ministered over 45 years, well into their 80's. Even in her 90's she was conducting a once-a-week Bible study, for 3 years, at the Senior Center in Placentia. She was a woman of prayer and great faith and gave her love freely to everyone she met.
Surviving children: Ruben, Elizabeth, and Alice: 9 Grandchildren: Eddie, Stephen, Tim, Trisha, Rick, David, Alan, Leslie, and Kristy: and 4 great grand-children; Jake, Allison, Katlyn and Kimberly.