OBITUARY

Maria Chavez

June 5, 1960July 3, 2019
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Maria Chavez, age 59, entered into rest on July 3, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. She was born June 5, 1960 in Ferris, Texas to Simona and Gilberto Leal. Maria was raised in Dallas, Texas and also in Immokalee, Florida. She later married Bernardo Chavez and the couple had six children. Maria worked as a Sales Associate for Sam's Club for more than twelve years.

In her spare time Maria enjoyed baking, spending time with her family, going to church, crafting, doing things with her children and grandchildren, and cooking. If she cooked for you that mean you were very special to her.

Her family and friends will always remember her as a hustler; she was a hard working, God fearing woman with a big heart.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bernardo Cano Chavez and grandson, Joshua Rivas.

Maria is survived by her life partner, Sergio Ramirez; children, Noe Leal, Maria Rivas, Jessica Briones, Simona Chavez, Socorro Chavez, and Bernardo Chavez Jr.; grandchildren Jacob Morones, Miguel Galvan, Jr., Myra Chavez, Maria Elizabeth Rivas, Abrianna Madan, Lydia Briones, Valeria Briones, Eduardo Garcia, Kelvianna Tubbs, Abigail Garcia, Noelia Madrigal, Moises Cantu, Andrea Garcia, Jose Castillo III, Joselyn Castillo, Samantha Rivera, Noah Saucedo, King Romeo Rivas, Jacob Chavez, Jeremy Chavez, Chanel Chavez, and Gabriel Chavez.

Maria had the biggest heart. She was the funniest person, a wise person, and always a happy person. She loved God and her devotion to serving the Lord was unyielding.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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Minnie Green

July 8, 2019

I thank God for giving me the opportunity to befriend Sister Maria Chavez as a Sister in Christ at the House of Refuge Pentecostal Holiness Church in Dallas, TX. Sister Maria was a very loving, caring and compassionate person. She shared her love and compassion with me over a year ago while visiting with me an entire day, on her off day from work, at a rehabilitation center while I was recuperating from knee
replacement surgery. Sister Maria came with gifts and a offer to go and sit outside of the facility. She obtained a wheelchair and we ventured outside of the facility looking for a place to sit, which was no where to be found. The perimeter of the facility was about a block. Sister Maria took me back into the facility and stayed with me until sundown. She never murmured or complained about our unfailing outside adventure. We just talked about her love for her children and grandchildren until it was time for her to leave. I will truly miss Sister Maria's candid character and down to earth personality. To Sister Maria's family, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalms 46:1 Draw upon Jesus for strength during this time of bereavement. Prayerfully, Mother Minnie Green

MITCHELLE Castillo

July 6, 2019

Tia Mary I don't know even where to begin. My only regret is not keeping in touch with you these past years but the memories I do have are near and dear to me and I will hold them in my heart forever. I just seen you a couple weeks ago when you pulled up in your little car I told you Tia you look like you going to the beach in that car you need a surf board strapped to top of it.. and you gave the boys a big box of cookies ❤️❤️
You were my go to person to hem my pants because I'm a shorty., Your upside down pineapple cakes were my absolute favorite. I remember i was about 9 years old and rode my bike from Ft. Worth Ave all the way to the projects just to be at your house and we were all scared because Dad was gonna be mad .lol
You drop me off around the corner so he couldn't find out. And how me and Mari charge those New kids on the block party hot line calls to your phone..lol
How you took my Dad in when we had no where to stay. I love you Tia more than I knew. Your passing has really hurt my heart💔
But I know that your flying high up there along with my Mom. Please give her a great big hug for me.
This is Not a good by but a see ya later.

Jo Ann Knipp

July 6, 2019

I have no words to say how much I loved Maria. She was my friend, my helper, my encourager, and my inspiration. I will miss her!

Claudia Leal

July 6, 2019

Tia, my beautiful and sweet Tia I can't believe your gone. I remember her always smiling joking around with my sister and I, I always loved being around her she would make us feel at home she reminded me so much of my dad and being next to her would bring me so much joy!! I'm just happy I got to have these moments with her I didn't see her often but when I did made my heart happy, and I also got to eat her delicious cookies!!! You will always be my favorite sweet Tia you will be missed say hello to my daddy for me❤️

Gwendolyn Hall

July 6, 2019

Sis Maria was a loving and sweet lady. She always invited me and my husband over after morning service to eat. There was never a time she didn't have a smile on her face. She'll be missed. An angel she was and is.

Sara Vejar

July 6, 2019

Mary my sister what I will remember about you. You always had that calmness about you how you had a way of looking at difficult situations. When I would make it difficult you would always be calm. I'm know there are many more things that you remind me of that are countless. And our childhood memories but that's just the way we were raised to love one another and always lend a helping hand to one another. I will promise you to do my very best to be there for your children and grandchildren. May you rest in peace with our heavenly Father.❤❤❤

Santos Torres 3rd

July 6, 2019

Well tia it hurts to be writing this way I know we did not talk alot after my mom Quana Torres passed. But I remember when I was young my mom and dad would always go to your apartment. we would cook and have fun watch movies and laugh the night away. Our family's together even went to Florida It was the best road trip ever we were packed out in the van lol. we laughed the whole way to Florida really the whole way. You are gonna be missed tia so much. Thank you for being a part in my life I will never forget you. Love you tia until we meet again, If u can tell my mom I said hello.

Virgnia Leal

July 5, 2019

When I married into the Leal family, Mary was only 8 years old, so our history together is long. We worked in the fields together, we celebrated many family events together, and she would just come over to say hello and to see how we were. I loved it when she would surprise us with a visit at Templo de Vida church, and in fact she was there this past Easter. I'll miss her home-made cookies and cakes, and her tacos. I'll miss those crazy things she would say that would make you laugh so hard. This world indeed will be a little sadder without her, but I have the hope of seeing her again because she was saved by her faith in Jesus Christ, and I know she is rejoicing in heaven with her mom, Buckwheat, her grandma Abrama, and all those that have gone on before. So I won't say goodbye, but "see ya soon in the rapture."

Linda Morales

July 5, 2019

When growing up we would go and visit and as we say hi She would be like hello Gloria hello Martha but are real names were Linda and coco even tho she already knew that was her way of joking around with us😢💋

Leora Leal

July 5, 2019

The Leal family is a very big family and I stopped counting the cousins when it got to a hundred. Naturally there were children always everywhere. Haha. One Christmas when I was about 17 or 18 my Aunt Mary said Lets make sure every child has a gift for Christmas. Being poor and sooo many children my first thought was" What? How? " How do you buy gifts for every single child that was there at grandmothers that year? I'm guessing there were at least 20 to 25 kids at the very least ranging from ages 3 to 12 Im guessing. I had no money and she had very little but she says"Dont worry just take me to the store , you will see. I watched as my aunt threw in dolls and trucks all kinds of toys that any little child would love and as we filled the cart and grabbed another I thought. "How, how are we going to pay? " She picked carefully looking at prices and as we checked out I was amazed at how the total would hardly go up as if God was in control of that cash register. She barely made it but managed to get every child a gift wrapped and all. I will never forget their faces light up as all these children tore into their gifts. Not just her kids but all of them as if they were her own. I learned a lesson that day. Where there is love and where there is faith, there is a way. My aunt Mary will be missed so greatly by all our family. No one can take her place . No one. God bless her children and may God bring His peace that passes all understanding to us all. Leora Leal

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