Christina Soliz Dalrymple, age 80, passed away October 10, 2021. She was born on December 15, 1940 to Pedro and Celia Soliz in Mission, Texas. When she was three years old, her family moved to Corpus Christi, where she attended school and graduated from Roy Miller High School. A blind date in high school with Robert led to a four-year courtship, and the two wed on June 10, 1962 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Together they were blessed with four children.
Christina was vastly creative and expressed her artistry in many ways. She was an avid seamstress, learning her skills at a young age from her mother, and would later create clothing, intricate costumes, and elegant formal gowns for her family members. She brought her love of art and music into the family household by teaching her children to appreciate and express themselves through the fine arts. Her influence resulted in all her children learning to play a musical instrument.
In addition to art, Christina was always passionate about education. She continued her college studies while raising her children and ultimately obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Art from Corpus Christi State University in 1989 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Science in Art from Texas A & M University – Kingsville in 1992 and 1993, respectively. She shared her magnificent artwork with family, where it now hangs throughout all their homes. Most importantly, as a first-generation college graduate, Christina instilled the value of a formal education in her children, who have all gone on to earn post-baccalaureate degrees in education, law, mathematics, and medicine. Their success is a direct result of Christina’s influence, and the immeasurable impact of her legacy is far-reaching.
Along the way, Christina’s entrepreneurial spirit led her and Robert to open El Mesquite Bar-B-Q, which the entire family helped operate for forty years. She managed all financial aspects of the business, while still raising a family and obtaining her degrees. Through her steadfast dedication to all facets of her life and her full engagement of family in the business, Christina modeled a powerful work ethic for her children to follow.
The greatest joy of Christina’s life was giving special gifts to her family for every occasion, whether it was creating them herself or shopping to find the perfect item. Christina loved and adored her husband, children, and granddaughters and always looked forward to planning family gatherings and celebrating every holiday, birthday, and special occasion, near and far.
Christina is preceded in death by her parents, Pedro and Celia Soliz, and her sister, Elida (“Lita”) and brother-in-law Ramon (“Ray”) Garcia.
Left to cherish Christina’s memories are her loving husband of 59 years Robert L. Dalrymple; her four children, Ruth Dalrymple (Grace Langford), John Dalrymple (David Soza), Susan Dalrymple-Hyde (Lawrence Hyde), and JoAnn Dalrymple (Regan Ellmer); and her two nephews, Rene Garcia (Theresa) and Carlos Garcia (Carmen). She was blessed with two beautiful granddaughters, Ava and Quinn.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021, at Reid Chapel, Seaside Memorial Park, Corpus Christi. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. that same evening. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park. The family respectfully requests attendees mask for the safety of all.
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