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OBIT: Paulette Garcia, 93, of Mason City


This news story was published on March 29, 2017.
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One of North Iowa’s most beautiful icons boarded the train to eternity on Friday March 25th, 2017. Paulette Garica entered all our lives when she traded the idealistic warmth of the Spanish Riveria along with the lush Mediterranean coast for harsh climes of North Iowa as she followed her ❤ .

Paulette (born February 6, 1924; died March 24, 2017 at the age of 93) was a friend of my mother and that friendship was my introduction to this beautiful woman with “movie star” looks. I had already known Manuel and because of that I enjoyed her extraordinary magic acts in the small kitchen of the Past Time Garden before her talent reached the Hoi Polloi.

Paulette loved food and with very limited resources she transformed the simplest ingredients into a gourmet meal. She personified the axiom; “There are no secrets in a small town.” Much like the star that led the wiseman to the manger…..there had to be one that illuminated this small nondescript brick building nestled directly across the street from a junkyard.

It didn’t take long before a patronage of varying ilk, far removed from the “junker’s” lined the bar waiting for a table…..thus a cult following circled this beautiful woman who virtually lived in her small kitchen where she fed the multitudes who flowed through the portals to pay homage to the Queen.

Paulette Garica personified what typified what an immigrant really was. She was a “War Bride” who followed her husband home….and the contribution she made here became legendary as she introduced our community to something that was commonplace to her……it was called Good Taste.

Thank you Paulette from one of many who enjoyed the magic you preformed. May your memory be eternal……this country needs millions more “immigrants” exactly like you…….!

Peter Children

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6 Responses to OBIT: Paulette Garcia, 93, of Mason City

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    Lionel Foster Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Paulette was such a shining light, and friend, in so many people’s life, including mine. We’ll all miss her terribly.

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    Jerry and Roxann Young Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    A very fine lady, I’m glad I got to know. Our condolences to the Garcia family.

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    Stephanie Warne Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    A wonderful lady. A wonderful group of kids. So sorry for your loss. And Pete’s obit is perfect!

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Hear Hear !!!…

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    She will be missed. I know the family and she raised a fine family.