Marina Santana Garza was born in Baytown Texas on April 26th 1929 to Eugenio and Maria Gutierrez Santana the eldest of 7 brothers and sisters, Mike, Henry, Eugene Santana and Hortencia Bowers, Armandina Gebbhard and Ofelia Yepez. She died May 24th 2003 at 1:10 am in her hometown of Baytown Texas with her son John Garza, daughter's Belinda Garza, Leticia Lancaster and youngest sister Ofelia Yepez by her side.
Marina graduated from Robert E Lee High School and went on to Lee College. Marina worked as a seamstress all her life and created many beautiful things with her hands, she was an accomplished crafts person. She loved dancing and enjoyed music, her son John remembers "She grew the largest roses I have ever seen even to this day". She loved life but most of all her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be missed for her girlish laughter and love for the beautiful things of life.