Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary

9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA


Maria Jesus Nuño

June 16, 1950March 21, 2020

Our beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother, Maria De Jesus Nuño, age 69 of Leon, Guanajuato, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020. She was born to the late Servando Rivera Sr. and Aurora Rivera on June 16, 1950. Maria spent her childhood years in Leon, with her siblings. She was the third oldest of seventeen children. As the eldest daughter, Maria helped with taking care of her younger siblings, being a second mother to many of them. At the age of seventeen, the family moved to the United States to make a better life. The family migrated throughout the United States, working as farmworkers. During her time in Michigan, Maria earned her GED, and received an Academic Migrant Scholarship to attend Michigan State. Unfortunately, the family moved to California and her dreams of a college education went away. She continued to help her family by working in the fields and for General Motors. Mom met the love of her life, Enrique Nuno in 1980, celebrating forty years together. Sharing many wonderful experiences and making wonderful memories, which we can share for years to come. Our mother’s passion for learning led her to Bakersfield College where she took courses in Licensed Vocational Nursing and Cosmetology. She chose to continue her education with cosmetology. She was able to co-own a salon in Arvin, Ca. She spent 37 years doing the work she loved, cutting hair and building relationships with the community. Although, there are many memories in going to work with our mother, one of the fondest one is cutting an elderly woman’s hair and getting paid with two big russet potatoes. When asked why she took that as a payment, mom’s response, “That is all she had. Besides, with these two potatoes I can make tacos de papas, chorizo and papas, or mashed potatoes.” Mom always thought of her clients first. Despite her hectic schedule, family and friends were Maria’s passion and delight. She found joy in raising her three children. Always looking out for their best interest. Her biggest fulfillment was becoming a Grandmother to both Adelyna and Arely. She enjoyed spending time with her two “Sunshines” as they danced, joked, laughed, and baked together. Her short time with them will never be forgotten and they will remember their “Gamma” by the many videos, photos, and stories we tell them of her. Maria is survived by her husband, Enrique Nuno, her daughter Ana Rivera, her son Abraham Rivera, (Luz Acosta-Rivera), youngest daughter, Alexandra Nuno-Ontiveros, (Adalberto Ontiveros Jr.), her two beautiful granddaughters, Adelyna Aurora Ontiveros and Arely Natalia Ontiveros; and a number of other loving relatives and close friends. Our family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her last months. Due to the circumstances we are facing as a community; burial services will be held privately on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, at 9101 Kern Canyon Rd. Thank you for your understanding and know that a Celebration of Maria’s Life will be held at later date.


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Alexandra Nuño Ontiveros

April 1, 2020

We knew this day would come (it comes to us all). There’s this part of me that doesn’t want to accept it, wanting to pretend you’re at work, running errands, visiting a friend, or in Vegas. Anywhere but gone. But it isn’t so. Because I can’t call you, and hear your voice. No plans to see each other or errands to run for you, no hugs, no kisses, no more I ‘love you’s. I hurt, I cry, I recover, and move on, and then it starts again. I’ll love you from the deepest part of me and long for you forever. My babies, your babies, will know you and how deep you loved and cared for them. There hasn’t been a day that your name was failed to be mentioned. You’re mentioned and remembered in every opportunity. There’s still so much to thank you for and yet no time to share it. Today we lay you to rest. I know I’ve shared it with you before, but I’d like you to know it again, I love you, I thank you, I’ll miss you for always. Thank you for being my mom. The greatest mom I know.

Rosie Rivera

March 30, 2020

Nidia Benavides

March 29, 2020

Fuiste para mi una amiga, como una hermana Especial en mi vida. Te ganaste el cariño de mucha gente por tu bondad y sencillez también fuiste buena Hija, Hermana, Esposa, Madre, y una Gran Abuelita. Te me fuiste en un abrir y serrar de ojos. Un día antes de tu partida, me hiciste unos encargos lo cual fueron entregados a tu Esposo. Puedes estar tranquila. Fuiste mi amiga y estilista por 30 años cuando yo llegue aqui a Arvin. Hoy mi corazón esta triste y mis ojos no han parado de llorar. Te voy a extrañar mucho pero se que un tiempo no muy lejano nos volveremos a encontrar Amiga. DEP

-Tu Amiga, La Cuata<3

María Alejandra Tapia Rivera

March 28, 2020

María Jesús Nuño en estos momentos de tu partida el corazón llora en silencio y el alma se llena de dolor has sido una increíble mujer, un gran ser humano, una gran madre y esposa, se queda entre los que te queremos lo vivido y compartido y por ello serás una mujer inolvidable. Siempre te recordaré robando sonrisas con esa magia tan propia de Ti y agradeceré a Dios que haya cruzado nuestros caminos haciéndonos familia. Sé que Dios te recibirá con los brazos abiertos y tus padres, hermanos y todos nuestros familiares que ya están con Él estarán felices de volverse a encontrar.

Lafleasha Owens

March 28, 2020


You are so blessed to have an abundance of family and many genuine friends to love and support you during this difficult time. Thank you for giving us a snapshot of your fabulous mother. Your words painted a vivid picture of her amazing character. I appreciate you for sharing! Praying for continued strength!


Claudia Santos

March 28, 2020

Mari Chuy, as my Mom and I called her, brought light to any room with her happy and outgoing personality. Throughout High School and College, you’d probably find me at her beauty salon with Alex.
On many Tuesdays, I remember inviting myself to join her and Alex on whatever adventure they were up to. Summer vacations in Pismo beach happened quite a bit, too. Her contagious laugh is something I will forever remember.
Her faith in the Lord was strong, and the miracles we witnessed throughout her hard moments were celebrated by all.
She was not afraid, but she did not want her children, husband, and granddaughters to suffer. She fought, but the Lord was ready to bring her Home. I am convinced that she will forever be your Angel, Nuno family. 💖
I love you.

Corrine Rojo

March 28, 2020

Our thought and prayers are with all of you. We are lost for words and it hurts us more that during this time we can't be there physically to show you all how much we love and care for you all. My fondest memory of Maria is her love to feed anyone who came to her home! She always had something to offer and if not she was willing to serve something up right quick. She never took no for answer. It warmed her heart to make others feel happy. I was blessed to know her and even more blessed to b an extended part of her family. She was a fighter and now she returns home restored with no more pain. Her spirit will live on through all those she loved and those who deeply loved her. Rest in peace Maria aka mama Nuno until we meet again.

Martin Mendoza

March 27, 2020

Want to assure all of you that I'll be around to talk and look in on your Dad. That picture of your Mom is perfect. It captures the love and zest she had for life, and you four are her life.

Aurora Nuno

March 27, 2020

I will miss my Tía Chuy very much. I miss her laughter and smile. She will always hold a special place in my heart.💕