Emma Holland
Emma Holland
Emma Holland

Obituary of Emma C. Holland

Guillermina (Emma) Carter Holland left her earthly home on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Port Isabel, Texas. Emma was born on June 25, 1936, and lived her entire life in the Port Isabel community. Emma is preceded in death by the following beloved family members: her benevolent husband of 39 years, Uvaldo Holland, Sr., her precious and ever-present daughter, Judith (Judy) Marie H. Sanchez, her parents, Antonio (Tony) Carter Sr. and Hortencia M. Carter, her nephew, Anthony Carter, her father and mother-in-law, Enrique Holland Sr. and Isidra Barrientez Holland, her motherly sister-in-law, Anna Maria Holland Ochoa and her brother-in-laws, Enrique Holland, Jr., Gonzalo Holland Sr., Rodolfo (Rudy) Gonzalez Sr., and Lauro Torres Ochoa. Left to miss her peaceful and prayerful presence are Emma’s siblings: Rachel Gonzalez, Victoria (Vidal) Holland, Margarita (Oscar) Garza, and Tony (Lydia) Carter Jr. How Emma cherished her time and conversations with them! Likewise, Emma loved being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was the highest ideal of these to Uvaldo (Dorothy) Holland Jr. and Mark Anthony (Ana) Holland, and her son-in-law, Augustin (Guti) Sanchez. Emma’s doting love will also be missed by her 5 grandchildren: Edyth Marie (Johnny Jr.) Galvan, Joseph Joel (Dafne Ortega) Sanchez, Ashley Ann Holland, Kassandra Nicole Holland, and Robert (Rebecca) De Leon Jr. In her final days, nothing brought more light to her eyes than being around her 8 great-grandchildren: Jalen Jude Galvan, Kaleb Rian Galvan, Luke Edan Galvan, Leon Augustine Sanchez, Ian Joshua Zak, Mason Robert De Leon, Matthew Sylus De Leon, and Livia Belle De Leon. The foundation of Emma’s life came from her family and the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church where she was schooled. It was in 6th grade when she enrolled in public school and became a lifelong Tarpon fan. Her Tarpon pride did not diminish upon graduation from Port Isabel High School in 1954. Emma then became a cashier and a bookkeeper at the Central Power and Light Company in Port Isabel. In 1961, Emma married her life partner, Uvaldo Holland, Sr. and left her career and began her life as a full-time housewife and mother. Emma’s kindhearted nature emerged as she mothered and mentored not only her children but relatives, neighbors, and anyone in need of her counsel. This and her deep faith made her the perfect candidate to be a “madrina” (godmother). She stood by and showed up for each and every one of her godchildren. Emma was the mother, the grandmother and the godmother present for any important event, be it a play, a program or any activity. Emma’s love showed in her presence. Emma’s zest for life showed in her activities. She loved to dance with her husband, Uvaldo. She cheered on her Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoons. Emma looked forward to her outings with her amazing group of friends, also known as the “Golden Girls”. The “Golden Girls” were known to never miss a baby shower, bridal shower, “pachanga”, or any other function. Emma was so grateful for the “comadrismo” the “Golden Girls” provided. Emma C. Holland’s memory, love and examples of faith remain with all of us. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. at Thomae Garza Funeral Home in San Benito, Texas. The Resurrection Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 705 S. Longoria St., Port Isabel, Texas. Interment to follow at the Port Isabel Cemetery. Serving as her pallbearers are her loving sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons: Uvaldo, Jr., Mark, Guti, Johnny, Joseph, Robert, Jalen and Kaleb. Honorary pallbearers are her younger great-grandsons: Ian, Luke, Mason, Matthew, and Leon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 705 S. Longoria St., Port Isabel, Texas 78578. You may sign the online guestbook, light a remembrance candle, or send words of comfort to the family of Emma C. Holland at www.thomaegarza.com. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Home and Crematory, 395 S. Sam Houston, Blvd., San Benito, TX 78586.
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Tuesday
7
June

Visitation

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Thomae-Garza Funeral Home
395 S. Sam Houston
San Benito, Texas, United States
9563991331
Tuesday
7
June

Rosary

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Thomae-Garza Funeral Home
395 S. Sam Houston
San Benito, Texas, United States
9563991331
Wednesday
8
June

Funeral Mass

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church
705 S. Longoria St
Port Isabel, Texas, United States
956-943-1297
Wednesday
8
June

Interment

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Thomae-Garza Funeral Home
395 S. Sam Houston
San Benito, Texas, United States
9563991331
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