Mr. & Mrs. G’s co-founder loses battle with cancer
SAN ANTONIO - Funeral arrangements are set for an East Side businesswoman and staple of the community. Addie Garner, the co-founder of Mr. & Mrs. G’s Home Cooking and Pastries, died at her home on Monday.
Mrs. G and her husband, William Garner, started the cafeteria style soul food restaurant nearly 30 years ago. A funeral is set for September 21 at Second Baptist Church at 11 a.m.
“It’s like the dining table. It’s where everyone meets,” Deborah Thomas, the G’s daughter, said. “Dad sits in the corner giving out candy. Mom would be walking through talking to the family, making everyone feel at home."
A customer, who goes by the name of Becky, said she had been going to Mr. & Mrs. G’s for years. She stopped by on Tuesday for lunch and was sad to hear of Mrs. G’s passing.
"Mrs. G didn't see a color. There was none. You were a human being,” Becky said. “The community has lost a lot.”
Three years ago, Mrs. G’s health started to deteriorate. She was no longer baking her famous pastries, but she would still come to the restaurant daily.
"She was a very giving person,” Mr. G said about his late wife.
The couple has been married since 1986. Last November, Mrs. G was diagnosed with brain cancer. She lost her battle on Monday.
"One thing that I'm going to truly miss about her when I go into the restaurant is her smile," Tony Hendricks, longtime family friend, said.
"She was a staple there,” Mr. G said.
Mrs. G's family said although there will be a huge void at the restaurant, they will continue on with her legacy by keeping the restaurant’s doors open.