Lifelong Galveston resident Patricia Garthar Parma passed away Friday morning after a brief illness.
Mrs. Parma was born August 31, 1932 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Galveston, the only daughter of George Callan Garthar and Patricia Baulard Garthar. She attended Ursuline Academy for twelve years, graduating in 1949 at the head of her class, and earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She returned to Galveston and applied her library sciences degree, first for five years as a librarian at the University of Texas Medical Branch, later at a similar post at the Transitional Learning Center in Galveston.
On October 5, 1957, Pat married Benjamin G. Parma Sr. at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Galveston; together they raised five children. Pat still found time to work as a tour guide at the Bishop’s Palace for more than twenty years.
While born and raised in the Cathedral parish, Pat is best known as a stalwart parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and active supporter of Catholic education. At Sacred Heart, she served on the parish council and was a longtime member of the Altar Society, serving as both an officer and member. She was active in the Home and School Association at both Ursuline Academy and Sacred Heart School; she was a dependable participant in the fund-raising activities supporting those institutions, as well as O’Connell High School. She served as school librarian at both Sacred Heart Catholic School and St. Patrick’s Catholic School. She also was a dedicated servant of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and was a regular volunteer for Perpetual Adoration at Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart. She was a lifelong member of the Ursuline Alumni Association and participant of the Julia Circle group.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband of 54 years, Ben Parma Sr. She is survived by her five children, Angela P. Garcia and husband, Daniel, of Clear Lake; Ben G. Parma Jr. and wife, Juliet, of Mountainside, N.J.; Andrew P. Parma, of Pearland; George F. Parma and wife, Kathye, of Clear Lake; and Rita P. Hesse and husband, John, of Pearland. There are also 13 grandchildren who were especially dear to her: Christina M. Ramirez and husband Kevin, of Austin; Monica M. and Claire M. Garcia, of Clear Lake; Emily J. Parma of New York; Ben Parma III and Stephanie Parma of Mountainside, New Jersey; David J., Kevin A., and Elizabeth M. Hesse of Pearland; Christopher F. and Michelle M. Parma, of Clear Lake; and Ann Marie and Matthew P. Parma, of Pearland.
The family will receive visitors beginning at 4:30 pm, Sunday, October 13th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 6:30 pm, led by Deacon John Pistone.
The funeral will begin at 11:00 am, Monday, October 14th, at Sacred Heart Church with Father E.J. Stein, OFM, celebrating the Mass of the Resurrection. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation in support of Holy Family Catholic School, O’Connell High School or otherwise in support of Catholic education, or Masses for the repose of her soul.