Charis LeTourneau Garcia Guzman
July 20, 1978 - November 23, 2017
Charis Elisabeth LeTourneau Garcia Guzman was born on July 20, 1978, in Longview, Texas, and passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017, also in Longview. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Lake Shore Baptist Church, 5801 Bishop Drive in Waco. Family and friends will gather at Mutualista Hall after the service.
Charis attended elementary school in Longview and later moved to Austin, Texas, where she attended middle and high school, graduating from Crockett High School. She also attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, before starting a successful career in the banking industry. Her most recent and last place of employment before her death was with Bank of America where Charis held several important positions, including Underwriter III, Senior Underwriter, and National Accounts Production Manager. In these positions she developed extensive expertise in her field and was readily recognized for her accomplishments and productivity. In addition to her work, Charis was enthusiastically involved in fund raising for cancer research and other worthy endeavors. She no doubt was good at and enjoyed her job, but she had always aspired to become a medical doctor, for which she had all the necessary attributes and intelligence to accomplish had she been given the opportunity.
Although her career and work accomplishments were impressive, Charis considered her marriage to Samuel Leon Guzman, her beloved husband of 17 years, and their sons, Samuel Leon Guzman, Jr. and Benjamin Paul Guzman, as her major accomplishment in life and her treasure. Charis received all of her Catholic sacraments at San Jose Catholic Church in Austin. She and Samuel were married at San Jose.
A Rosary was held Thursday, November 30, and a funeral on Friday, December 1, both in Austin.
Survivors of her immediate family include her father, Louis Garcia (Waco), and mother, Linda Vann (Austin); father-in law, Samuel Guzman (Austin), and mother-in-law, Sheila Guzman (Austin); brothers, Jason LeTourneau, Michael Wakim and Alex Wakim (Cedar Park), and Brayson Garcia (Waco); one sister, Angel Lopez, from Scottsbluff, Nebraska; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends from Austin, Longview, Houston, and Waco.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Richard H. LeTourneau; and grandmothers, Louise LeTourneau (Longview), Abuelita Rosie Galvan (Austin), and Lina Gaitan Garcia (Waco). Her grandparents who are now in heaven will welcome her with open arms.
Charis was a loving and caring young and beautiful woman who sought to accomplish great things in life and tried to always be there to help others. Her family and friends will miss her greatly and are heartbroken at her passing, but know that she is at peace and in the hands of God in heaven.