By Teresa Ohlrich Johnson
It is not by accident that New Braunfels is a great place in which to live. The character of this city has been shaped in part by volunteers whose sense of service has given us beautiful parks, food banks, youth programs, Rotary Clubs, Wurstfest, and given visitors a charming, historic place to vacation. The Braunfels Foundation Trust is recognizing Lucille Garcia as one of those extraordinary volunteers and is naming her a Living Legend of New Braunfels for her many contributions.
Lucille Davis Garcia was born in New Braunfels, the ninth child of Willie and Lillie Ramsey Davis. Raised in New Braunfels, she attended Booker T. Washington School through the eleventh grade. She attended Hicks Beauty School in San Antonio and after graduation was employed at a local beauty shop for sixteen years.
Lucille married Jesse Garcia and together they began their family and their long records of volunteerism in New Braunfels. As the parent of four children and, like her fellow Legend Iris Schumann, Lucille got her start with the numerous volunteer opportunities in the New Braunfels Independent School District. Her membership in PTA began in 1968 and she was recognized by the Lamar PTA with a Life Membership Award and by the New Braunfels Independent School District with their highest volunteer honor, the Silver Unicorn Award in 1972.
A common thread running through the fabric of our Living Legends is their wide-ranging interests, and Lucille Garcia is cut from the same cloth. She volunteered with the American Red Cross Organization for more than twenty-five years at the Eden Home. Additionally, Lucille served as Board Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Eden Heights. She was the Treasurer for the Community Service Center and served on the Board of the New Braunfels Housing Authority for over thirty years. She has served on the Board of Directors of her fraternal organization, the Grand Court of Calanthe, and on the Comal County Historical Commission. A lifelong member of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Lucille has been the church secretary since 1969.
For all of her volunteer efforts, however, her association with Teen Connections is undoubtedly how Lucille is best known. Teen Connections is a non-profit organization founded by Lucille and other community leaders in 1981 to provide a safe and secure alternative to the “streets” for homeless, abused, or at-risk youth. At their very first meeting at the old First Federal Savings and Loan Building in downtown New Braunfels, Lucille was elected Treasurer of the Board of Directors. Additionally, Lucille founded the Connection’s Thrift Shop devoting countless volunteer hours from 1984 to 2000 managing the Thrift Shop, Her devotion was recognized when the Thrift Shop was renamed in her honor. In 1989, Lucille became an employee of Connections and remains on staff as the receptionist at the Counseling Center.
The Chamber of Commerce awarded Lucille the President’s Award in 1987 for her involvement in youth activities and placed her in the Hall of Honor in 1991. Lucille has been the recipient of several proclamations from the City of New Braunfels including the most recent in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day March.
Lucille and Jesse have four children, Esther Ramsey, Brenda Spriggs, Marian Garcia-Perez, Jesse (Bubba) Garcia, Jr., and three grandchildren.
. Like her fellow Living Legends, Lucille is proud and grateful for her heritage, and she never let it deter her from participating in her community’s volunteer opportunities. The Braunfels Foundation Trust is grateful of and proud to recognize Lucille Garcia for her selfless service to our community.