Carlota Galindo
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A funeral Mass for Carlota M. Galindo, 88, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Killeen. Burial will follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

Mrs. Galindo died Feb. 11, 2018, at her residence in Killeen with her family surrounding her, after a short illness. She was born March 21, 1929, in Panama City, Panama.

Mrs. Galindo was truly a woman of her faith and love. Her number one love in life was her family. In 1947 she met her husband, William A. Galindo, in Panama. The two quickly fell in love and were soon married. The two then departed for Puerto Rico and thus unfolded the legacy of the Galindo family.

Her husband was in the U.S. Army. Therefore, throughout the years, they made their home wherever he was stationed at the time. Mrs. Galindo always knew how to make each new house into a home. She enjoyed cooking for her family and sewing. Her daughters have fond memories of dresses she made them as they grew up. She is most remembered by her infectious smile and her zest for life.

Her family holds dear all the memories they have of her always singing and dancing. Her sons recounted that, despite all the times they got in trouble for being mischievous, how much their mother loved them unconditionally and how grateful they were for having a mother that cared enough to instill in them the traits and morals that molded them into the adults they are today.

Mrs. Galindo also enjoyed being outdoors, gardening and tending to her prized plants and flowers. Like any other woman, she also enjoyed going shopping for clothes and shoes. Her daughters have fond memories of her preparing for a long day of shopping at her favorite stores and having lunch together. Her daughters, Irma and Elizabeth, were the care givers for Mrs. Galindo, their “Mami,” and feel privileged and honored to have been able to care for their mom with the dignity and unconditional love that she deserved.

All of Mrs. Galindo’s family will forever treasure the memories they have of her on family holidays. She loved celebrating holidays with her family, playing musical instruments and eating her favorite foods. Mrs. Galindo instilled in each of her children and grand/great-grandchildren the importance of family, and for that we are forever grateful.

Aside from her undying love for her family and friends, Mrs. Galindo always exemplified a beautiful aura of peace and faith wherever she went, no matter what trials she faced. Her devotion to the Lord served as an inspiration for her family and all those whose lives she touched. Mrs. Galindo was such a strong woman who endured so many trials but always held on to her faith, and to be a witness to that is simply a miracle.

Mrs. Galindo radiated love everywhere she went and for that reason alone, she will be terribly missed as our matriarch, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her love and the happy memories she left behind will be carried by each one of us, forever. Te queremos mucho, hoy, mañana y siempre.

Mrs. Galindo was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Galindo-Toledo.

She is survived by two daughters, Irma Alvarez of Killeen and Elizabeth Galindo of Austin; three sons, Luis A. Galindo of Killeen, Edward Galindo of New Mexico and Ruben Galindo of Puerto Rico; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, along with several family members in Panama.

A visitation is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday with the rosary being recited at 7 p.m. at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements.

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