Rebecca Imelda G. Canales from Rio Grande City, was 76 when she passed away peacefully on May 3, 2023 at her home. Becky was born on December 29, 1946 to Mr. Hernan R. Garza and Mrs. Hermenegilda “Hila” Lopez Garza. Her parents were prominent pioneers and successful business owners in Rio Grande City, Texas. She attended local Starr County schools. Becky grew up working alongside her parents at their theater (Teatro Mexico) that hosted live performances by Pedro Infante, Pedro Armendariz and many famous Mexican actors and singers of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Aside from the Teatro Mexico, the family owned and operated H&H Drive In, which kept them entirely busy.
On April 14, 1968, she married Lino Canales Jr. from Rio Grande City, Texas. They met when he was managing Starr Grocery for Pedro “Pete” and Ramona Diaz. Becky, alongside with her husband, later opened their own chain of grocery stores called El Chaparral Supermarkets Inc., locally and throughout the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas.
In 1986, Becky and Lino started the Starr County Town Crier, which Becky managed with the support and assistance of their four children. Throughout their years of service to the community, Becky was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church, a member of Texas Delta Theta Master of Beta Sigma Phi, where she earned the highest degree of that organization, the Torch Bearer degree.
Becky was a skilled businesswoman, an entrepreneur, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her childhood as well as her last weeks were spent listening to her favorite music by Pedro Infante and Javier Solis. Her legacy will live on in the family that she raised and loved with all her heart.
Becky was preceded in death by her siblings: Hernan Ernesto Garza, Celia Garza Villarreal, Concepcíon (Concha) Garza Gavilan, Hernan Regino Garza, Jr., Hortencia (Tencha) Garza Peña, and Alicia Garza Rosa.
Becky is also survived by her loving husband Lino Canales, Jr. children, Lino Canales III (Belinda), Maricela Garcia, Jorge Eduardo Canales (Rachel) and Javier Hernan Canales (Idani), her grandchildren Adrian Gabriel Garcia Jr. (Nora), Javier Hernan Canales Jr., Yahida Diaz, Fabian Lino Canales, Viviana Anahi Canales, Clarissa Canales and great-grandchildren, Abrielle, Adrian Alexander, Daniel and Natalie.
The family is most grateful to her wonderful caregivers, Ruth & Maria, for their great help in making Becky’s last years comfortable and happy.
Gone yet not forgotten.
Although we are apart,
Your spirit lives within us
Forever in our hearts.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sanchez Funeral Home of Rio Grande City, Tx