Alicia Ester Varela Galvan, 88, entered eternal rest on February 8, 2019. She was born to Salvador Moncada Varela and Angela Gonzalez Varela in San Antonio, Texas on May 15, 1930. She is preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Guadalupe Alicia Galvan.
Alicia is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Robert (Bobby) Maurice Galvan Sr., her son Robert (Bobby) Maurice Galvan Jr., her daughter in law Deeanne Svoboda Galvan and her granddaughter, Jacqueline (Lexi) Alicia Galvan as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She went to high school in San Antonio at Our Lady of the Lake and college at St. Mary’s of the Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana where she earned a degree in English (Magna Cum Laude). During her time in college, she earned her pilots license and soloed many flights including one across Lake Michigan.
After she returned home from university, she taught school for a couple of years before moving to Miami, Florida. In Miami, she began working for Burdines’ flagship department store. She rose to head buyer for Burdines and traveled all over the United States in that capacity.
In 1965 she moved back to Corpus Christi and married the love of her life, Bobby Galvan Sr. She worked many years along side Bobby at Galvan Music Company as well as King Furniture Company and Union Loan and Jewelry.
She was an avid reader and a charter member of the Sebradores de Amistad Club. She also enjoyed her time participating in the Parlanchinas club as well as the Pan American Society. She was also fluent in three languages and a true intellectual and loved discussing politics.
She was a lifelong devoted Catholic, as a member of the Society of Mary and a dame in the Order of the Holy Sepulcher. She enjoyed spending time with her family and will be missed by many.
A visitation will be held from 5pm – 7pm on Tuesday February 12, 2019 at Seaside Funeral Home, 4357 Ocean Drive, with a rosary to be recited at 6pm.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am on Wednesday February 13, 2019 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Entombment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.