Amalia Garcia Ayers, age 44, of The Colony, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, after a two-year battle with cancer.
A bilingual Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at First Methodist Carrollton, 2201 Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX. It will be livestreamed to http://facebook.com/fmcarrollton/live and http://youtube.com/firstmethodistcarrollton/live.
Amalia was born on March 15, 1976, in Baytown, Texas to Oscar Garcia and Irma Quintanilla. She spent most of her childhood in Baytown, until her parents separated and she moved with her mother to Brodhead, Wisconsin. She graduated from Brodhead High School in 1994. Not long after, she met and married her husband, Chris, in Bellevue, Ohio on December 7, 1996. They were blessed with two children, Gabriella, age 23, and Wyatt, age 20. Amalia and family continued to live in Bellevue, Ohio, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lourdes College of Sylvania, Ohio, in 2010. Amalia relocated with her family to Texas in 2010. She started her teaching career at Lee Britain Elementary, Irving, Texas in 2010 and switched districts in 2016, teaching at South Ridge Elementary, Lewisville, Texas. Amalia and her family were active members of First Methodist Carrollton, where she served on the missions committee and in many other areas. She was an avid reader and book club enthusiast.
Amalia was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Randolfo & Amalia Quintanilla, her father Oscar Garcia, paternal grandparents Juan & Olivia Garcia, and brother-in-law Paul Ayers.
Amalia is survived by her husband, Chris Ayers, their children, Gabriella & Wyatt, her mother, Irma Quintanilla, and Chris’ parents, Dottie & Jim Pickering of Bellevue, Ohio, and Ed Ayers of Columbus, Ohio. She is also survived by her sisters Irma (Felix) DeLeon, Amparo (Jesse) Maldonado, brothers Luis Salinas and Gavino (Jessica) Garcia and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to support breast cancer research via the BSW Dallas Foundation. Please designate for the Amy T. Selkirk fund to support the research being done by Amalia’s doctor. Give online at https://dallasfoundation.bswhealth.com/ways-to-give/donate (select “Other” in the designation field and type Amy T. Selkirk fund in the next line) or mail to the Sarah Burdi, CFRE Director, BSW Dallas Foundation, 3600 Gaston Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75246 (write “Amy T. Selkirk fund” in the memo line or with accompanying note).
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