This is Lydia Galvan. She was born on Sept. 11, 1948, in San Juan, Texas. Her hometown was San Juan, Texas. She died in McAllen, Texas, on March 13, 2002.

She was a beautiful and kind mother and wife. She instilled in us a love of Halloween and would read us Georgie the Ghost books at bedtime. She’d delight in scaring her kids by telling ghost stories and creepy experiences from her youth that she swore were true. She was known for her delicious strawberry cakes, popcorn balls and made the best turkey gravy on the planet. She was taken way too soon but taught me that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. So be fearless and live life to the fullest.

Cynthia Galvan




Felipe Galvan and Lydia Galvan (right) in McAllen, Texas, in 1970.

Nelia Baca, sister (seen left), and Lydia Galvan in 1968.

From left to right: Angie Galvan, Felipe Galvan, Cynthia Galvan, Lydia Galvan and Yvette Galvan in Mission, Texas, on Oct. 24, 1998.