OBITUARY

Maria I. Enriquez

November 21, 1921September 11, 2020
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Maria Isabel Enriquez, daughter of Isabel Chapa and Tomasa Cortez, born November 21, 1921, in Kingsville, Texas passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 at her home in Austin, Texas.

Maria married Ignacio Torres and raised three children while traveling the country as a military wife. Maria later moved to California and received her Early Childhood Education Certificate from College of the Desert and became a daycare director. In her 50’s she married Gilbert Enriquez of Corona, CA and became a pastor’s wife. Her passion for the Lord grew so she became a student at Seminario Teologico Bautista Hispano. She committed herself to missionary work, starting churches, leading worship, teaching Sunday school and working in child care. She continued her missionary work after Gilbert succumbed to cancer in 1990.

Maria was an excellent cook. When she wasn’t cooking, baking or babysitting her great grandchildren, she enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, quilting, and jewelry making.

Maria is survived by her daughter, Grace Garza (Santos); her son, Richard Torres; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Tony Reyes, David Reyes, and Eliseo Reyes.

She is preceded in death by her brothers, Demetrio Reyes and Tito Reyes; her son, Ignacio Torres; her husband, Gilbert Enriquez; the father of her children, Ignacio C. Torres; and her granddaughters, Grace Marie Torres and Dorothy Torres.

We know through faith that Maria is resting peacefully in Heaven. We are going to miss her presence here on earth so much. Maria was a warrior for Christ and led by example through her love for others. We know she is singing and rejoicing with her loved ones among the chorus of angels!

Family and friends are invited to the public viewing from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Weed-Corley-Fish, 2620 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704. Funeral Service will begin at 2:00 pm.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Austin and Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home for their hospitality.

Currently, due to the substantial public risk, city and state government mandates that social gatherings of limited amounts may occur with strict social distancing protocol. Current COVID protocols for Travis County, guests must wear protective masks at all times while inside the funeral home facility and practice the recommended six foot social distancing. Weed-Corley-Fish South will limit our capacity to 60 guests at a service while enforcing all distancing and hygiene standards. We appreciate your understanding.

  • FAMILY

  • Grace Garza (Santos), Daughter
  • Richard Torres, Son
  • Tony Reyes, Brother
  • David Reyes, Brother
  • Eliseo Reyes, Brother
  • Sixteen Grandchildren
    Thirty-Three Great-Grandchildren
    Five Great-Great=Grandchildren

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Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Daniela Harris

September 20, 2020

Grandma , you will be deeply missed! There are so many fond memories that I cherish for ever, that I can’t single out just one. The love you had for your family and God was incredible, so much that you shared the love of Christ with your son; my dad who then shared it with us. I know that you’re both rejoicing and reunited in heaven and will watch over your family every moment. I’m so blessed that I was able to visit with you recently when you saw your grandkids again and met for the first time your great great granddaughter Isabella. The way you smiled at her and said “ You’re so beautiful “ is a memory I will always hold close to my heart. You are now with our holy father and your son, may you both live in eternal piece together. Give my dad all my love , I love you both so much grandma.

Erin Page

September 15, 2020

She will be missed dearly I am lucky I got to meet this sweet lady she was so sweet

Felicia Hernandez

September 15, 2020

Grandma Maria would always brighten up a room with her beautiful smile. She was so witty, creative, and was adored by so many people. Grandma was always smiling even when she wasn't feeling her best. I will never forget the moment she held her great great grand daughter for the first time. I will never forget how she took such good care of my daughter when I began college. I will never forget when she hopped on the bus with me to go all the way to a north Austin movie theater to see "Grease" for the first time. I will never forget her storytelling. There are so many more memories I will always cherish forever. I will never forget Grandma Maria.

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