Angracia Josephine “Jo” Olivarez, 76, of Amarillo, Tx, passed away on January 28,2022 in Houston, Tx.
Josephine was born on April 16th, 1945, to Jessie and Tomasa Galvan. She was born and raised along with her nine siblings in Mt. Calm,Tx. Josephine graduated from Axtell High School class of 1963.
Josephine married Jesse Olivarez on December 11th, 1965. Together they had three children. Monica, Lynette and C.J.
After moving to Amarillo Josephine became involved with her church and her kids’ activities. Josephine made many lifelong friends while at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.
She loved everything involving her family and was always her kids’ biggest fan. Birthday parties, sports games, scholastic achievements, and Sunday family dinners she was always there for kids. Jo was young at heart and loved a family game of kickball at the park. She also looked forward to going back home to Mt. Calm Texas during Easter. Josephine was an amazing cook and always made sure no one left her house with an empty stomach. Jo loved Bingo and reading. She took great pride in making original birthday cards for her siblings every year, drawing cartoon pictures, and leaving personal messages.
Jo worked as hard as she played. She worked for Asarco from 1981 until she retired in 2008. Friends from Asarco lovingly called her Lil Jo. She then went to work for Walmart for 9 ½ years where once again she made many new friends with her laughter and loving heart.
In 2018, she moved to Sweeny, Tx where she enjoyed water aerobics and the Beach. She started a new job which kept her busy and once again she was able to share her incredible sense of humor and knowledge to the younger generation.
To know her was to love her.
Josephine faithfully served our Lord and savior throughout her life. We rejoice knowing she was welcomed with open arms and familiar faces on that Friday morning.
Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, and her two sisters, Rose Mary Ramirez and Beatrice Galvan.
Jo is survived by her three children, Monica Garcia of Amarillo, Tx, Lynette and her husband Shane Williams of Sweeny, Tx, and Corbet (CJ) and his wife Mikie Olivarez of Amarillo, Tx; her three brothers, Barney, Pete, and John Galvan; and her surviving sisters, Gloria Martin, Virgie Lyndecker, Elena Jones, and Janie Galvin. She was known as Grandma Jo to her 13 grandchildren, and Nana to her 17 great-grandchildren. She welcomed her first great-great-grandson in 2021 and anxiously awaited a new great-grandbaby girl arriving in March.
Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 6th, 2022, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Boulevard. We will have Mass celebrating her life at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 7th, 2022, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 2300 North Spring St. Amarillo, Texas 79107. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.