Margaret Ann Garza was found dead in her home in Round Rock, Texas, early Tuesday morning. The former beauty queen-turned-actress was just 31 years old.
Garza is survived by her parents, her paternal grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Garza’s Cause of Death Is Unclear
Emergency personnel arrived at a Round Rock home around 6:31 a.m., on Tuesday, where they found Garza unresponsive, according to Chron. EMTs responded to a call about a “woman not breathing” and identified the woman as 31-year-old Garza. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Patch.
At this time, Garza’s cause of death is unclear. An autopsy is said to be underway and a toxicology report may also be filed. Police are also investigating but it is unknown if there are any signs of foul play.
2. Garza’s Family Remembered Their Daughter in a Touching Obituary
The Garza family wrote the following as part of her obituary:
“She was the epitome of love, and she was so very loved by all. Besides God, her family and close friends were always first. She was a loving daughter and a true friend. Margaret was thoughtful, kindhearted, unselfish, and genuine. She had a beautiful smile, but beyond that, a beautiful heart. She always gave her time to anyone who needed her. She was either sharing a good time celebrating friends, comforting friends, or just there when someone needed a friend.
Margaret dared to dream big. She did things most people only aspire to. She loved pageantry, singing, acting, and modeling. …
She enjoyed life and worked hard to achieve her goals. Margaret attended Alexander High School in Laredo. She graduated from TAMIU with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. She was a driven, motivated and dedicated professional who believed in self-discipline and hard work. She recently obtained her broker’s insurance license.
Margaret enjoyed the simple things in life and knew their worth. Everything big and small was worth its weight in gold to her. She was beauty without presumption, intelligence with humility, and unyielding perseverance without rest.
Margaret was a self-proclaimed ‘Daddy’s Girl’ who loved every moment with him. She gained her love of nature, riding horses, shooting guns, and all things cowboy from her #1 Cowboy, her Daddy. And from her mama, it was having pride in a nice clean home, her love of cooking, and her respect for others. Margaret had a lovely bond with her mother. Above all, she and her mother were best friends. Both her parents loved, cared, and nurtured Margaret. Their love made Margaret the beautiful human being she was inside and out.
Margaret touched our hearts, empowered us, and inspired many people. She was a “Once in a Lifetime Kind of Woman” who left us too soon.”
3. A Vigil & Funeral Service Will Be Held This Weekend
Family, friends, and neighbors are set to attend a vigil on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9: 00 p.m. local time. The vigil will be held at Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services, according to Garza’s obituary.
A funeral mass for Garza will be held on Saturday at 9.30 a.m. local time at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Following the mass, the Rite of Committal and Interment will be held at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
4. Director Ryan Bazan Posted a Tribute Video to Her on YouTube
The video, titled “In Loving Memory ‘Margaret Ann Garza’ RIP Mi Buena Amiga,” was posted by Garza’s friend, Ryan Bazan. The video shows Garza talking about her life. You can see the video below.
5. Garza Was Crowned Miss Texas Belleza Latina in 2007 & Miss Belleza Latina International in 2008
In addition to competing in and winning beauty pageants, Garza has appeared in a number of TV shows. She had a role in the AMC series, The Son with Pierce Brosnan and the film Mercury Plains with Scott Eastwood.
Most recently, Garza landed a small role in the film The Pizza Joint starring Noel Gugliemi and Peter Dante which will be released later this year. In the film, Garza plays the role of “pool girl.” She will also star as a bridesmaid in the upcoming film Balance Beam.