Maria Luisa Mares
August 18, 1955 – May 6, 2020
It is with a great deal of sadness that the family of Maria Luisa Mares (Mary) announces her passing on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at the age of 64 years after a 9-month battle with leukemia. Mary was born in El Paso, Texas on August 18, 1955 to Manuel and Viviana Licón. She is survived by her husband, Carlos, her children, Maria Dolores (Lola) De La Rosa (Guillermo), Juan M. Martinez, Jr. (Johnny), grandsons Manuel (Manny) Nuñez (Melissa), Angel Rodriguez II, and Gabriel Rodriguez, her great-grandson, Ricardo Nuñez (Ricky), her siblings Bertha Morales (Monse), Luis Antonio Licón (Pita), Jose Manuel Licón (Pat), Arturo Licón (Nellie), Jesus Licón (Linda), Ramon Licón (Irma), Yolanda Kashiwabara, Martha Mendoza, Norma Rangel (Ruben), Ricardo Licón (Jay), Cristina Morales (Albert), Guadalupe Rosales (Marcelo), and Eduardo Licón (Yolanda), along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1974 and also earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Office Information Systems from the El Paso Community College in 2002. Mary worked for the El Paso Community College from 1975 until 2011 where she was known as “Mandy” by her coworkers. Her career included assignments at the Logan Heights, Valle Verde, and Transmountain Campuses. She retired after 36 years of service as a Certification Specialist in the EPCC Veterans Affairs Office. Mary enjoyed helping our veterans achieve their educational goals. She loved and treasured the many dear friendships she made throughout her life. A strong-willed person, filled with faith and with her Lord’s help, Mary overcame bouts with breast cancer in 1992, 2011, and kidney cancer in 2012. Every fight only served to strengthen her love for God, family, friends, and the gift of life. Every day she was given was a victory over cancer, and she made sure to enjoy each day and time spent with family and friends. Every year she looked forward to participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life events and sharing her journey with others touched by cancer. Watching her son Johnny take part in the Special Olympics each year brought her great joy. Mary loved her Lord and was a devout Catholic and an active member of St. Raphael Parish. She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Viviana Licón, Juan Martinez, and their two sons, David and Michael. We lost our family historian but gained an additional saint to watch over us. She was our “go-to” person. She will be immensely missed. Her daughter, Lola, explains her mom’s life saying that the Lord granted her to live to see her children, grandkids, and great-grandson be born. Every year a different event and with our Lord’s help, she had strength to enjoy her life as she could. In an unfinished memoir, Mary wrote: To the people who are going through this cancer journey, “Never give up Hope.” Always have faith, hope, and love to carry you through your cancer journey, and a lot of prayers. God is always with you, and He listens to your prayers. She will be forever in our hearts! A special thank you to the doctors and staff at Texas Oncology, Healthy Horizons Clinics, and the Oncology team at The Hospitals of Providence-Memorial Campus.
Visitation will be Friday, May 22, 2020 from 5pm to 8pm at Funeraria Del Angel Central, 3839 Montana Ave. Graveside Service will be Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 11am at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. www.FunerariaDelAngelCentral.com
- She is survived by her husband, Carlos, her children, Maria Dolores (Lola) De La Rosa (Guillermo), Juan M. Martinez, Jr. (Johnny), grandsons Manuel (Manny) Nuñez (Melissa), Angel Rodriguez II, and Gabriel Rodriguez, her great-grandson, Ricardo Nuñez (Ricky), her siblings Bertha Morales (Monse), Luis Antonio Licón (Pita), Jose Manuel Licón (Pat), Arturo Licón (Nellie), Jesus Licón (Linda), Ramon Licón (Irma), Yolanda Kashiwabara, Martha Mendoza, Norma Rangel (Ruben), Ricardo Licón (Jay), Cristina Morales (Albert), Guadalupe Rosales (Marcelo), and Eduardo Licón (Yolanda), along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
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Maria Luisa Mares
May 23, 2020
As kids we visited quite often. Either my Tio loaded up the familia in the station wagon and head to Cruces or my dad took us to El Paso on Sunday afternoons. At times, my dad would drive his private school bus and load all my cousins in the bus and head to Western Playland. As we grew into teenagers, we would share photos and write each other letters, an idea inspired by you which Norma did also. You and Norma were my first "best friends." Prima, thank you for being an inspiration with your strength and devout love of God. All you ever wanted was unity in family; siblings and cousins together. Always willing to be a part of the crowd and enjoy life; laugh and love. I'll miss you lots, prima. Rest in peace.
May 8, 2020
Carlos, Lola , Jonny & Family’s of my dearest friend Maria.
My sincere condolences