Maria Elma Duran
December 3, 1940 – February 17, 2019
Maria Elma Hernandez Duran, 78 passed away peacefully, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease on Sunday, February 17, 2019, in Tomball, TX surrounded by family and friends. Maria was born in Shiner, Texas on December 3, 1940. She was the 2nd of 4 children born to the late Elaiza “Ella” and Cruz Hernandez. She graduated from Reagan High School in 1958. She worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company/AT&T for 38 years until she retired. She then worked for the Cy-Fair school district as an aide on a Special Needs bus for 13 years. She was also a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Maria married Alfonso “Al” Y. Duran on August 13,1961. They lived in the Oak Forest/Candlelight Estates area in Houston, Texas. Maria is survived by her beloved husband, Alfonso of 57 years; children Felicia Bruhn, husband Scott, and children Fisher and Logan; Gracie Hancock, husband Mike, and children Ashleigh and Alex; Greg Duran, wife Laura, and children Blake and Camryn; John Duran, wife Julia, and children Benjamin and Ruby Jewel; brother Victor Hernandez and wife Mary Alice; sister Irene Portales and husband Dr. Carlos Portales; sister Norma Davalos; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother-in-law Frank Davalos. Maria was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating (Tribute Gift) to the Parkinson’s Foundation at parkinson.org or the Leukemia Foundation at leukemiafoundation.org. Memorial Service and Rosary will be on Friday, March 1 from 5-8pm at Pat H. Foley & Company, 1200 W 34th St, Houston, Texas 77018. Mass will be on Saturday, March 2 at 11am followed by A Celebration of Life both at St. Rose Of Lima Catholic Church on 3600 Brinkman St, Houston, Texas 77018.
- Visitation Friday, March 1, 2019
- Recitation of Rosary Friday, March 1, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 2, 2019
Maria Elma Duran
March 12, 2019
Dear Felicia, Gracie, Greg, John & Al,
I still remember the first night I slept over your house on Du Barry. Felicia and I were 10 and 9 years young and met on the softball field. I came over to spend the night and basically never left…… all we did was laugh and giggle for hours and now years. Mom (Maria) kept coming in the bedroom (corner beds with colored walls) and telling us to go to sleep and be quite. I’m sure after the 4th time she was irritated but was as nice as she could be. She had no idea I would literally become another child of hers to love, raise and inspire. I cherished being with all of you because you showed me what a loving family was like. Thank you for taking me and my family in and sharing your lives with me. Maria, thank you for all the wonderful meals, unconditional love, discipline, advice, understanding and most of all…. taking me to church and never making me go home. I love you with all my heart and will always cherish our memories and having you as a mom.
Your loving daughter,
March 12, 2019
Another memory was on August 15,1977, myself and I do believe it was Denise had spent the night at the Oak Forrest house. When we woke on August 16,1977 Johnny and I went down the hall and opening the door to the living room. It was a room of shock. My Mom , Maria, I think Aunt Norma and Grand Ma Ella and Grand Pa Cruz Denise,Felicia,Gracie were all focused on the TV.. The King (Elvis) had passed. I have always remembered where I was when Elvis died... I was getting the crap scared out of me from the disciplinarian the previous night for not shutting up.
March 3, 2019
Dear Al, Greg , Felicia, Gracie, John and your families, I want to share my thoughts and memories of my beautiful sister, Maria. First, I will miss her dearly for the rest of my life. She loved as an older sister should love. Always giving of her time and herself. Always thoughtful and ready to help anyone without being asked. I knew I could go to her and she would help me without question. When I brought my baby girl home from the hospital Maria was there to give Michelle her first bath. Aunt Maria was thrilled to do that and Michelle was crying her little heart out but I knew my sister had everything under control. Aunt Maria took Michelle to her first baseball game at the age of 3 months and baby sat her many days and nights too. Maria was like a second Mom to her. My sister is now with Mom, Dad and Frank and they are watching over all of us here and having the best time with our Lord. So until we see each other again, love and kisses from your baby sister.
March 1, 2019
Just want to say thank you, Aunt Maria, for all the kind words offered last we spoke. The world is less nicer without you, may you make heaven even better...Your nephew Edward.
Felicia Duran Bruhn
February 27, 2019
Wow! What a lady! You had it all! Beauty , brains, family and a career. You raised four kids of your own , eight grandchildren and many of the neighborhood kids that were our close friends (Darren, Craig, Carla , Marc, Shannon and others). You wouldn’t let us bring home stray animals but you and daddy even let me bring home two of my friends to live with the six of us. That’s just how you loved. You had an open and a big heart. My memories of you will live forever in my heart. I miss you so much already. I find peace knowing that you are wrapped in Gods loving arms and are whole again like you were before the Parkinson’s started to slip you away from us. You are now our Guardian Angel. Please watch over all of us, especially Fisher, Logan, Ashleigh, Alex Michael, Blake , Camryn , Benjamin and Ruby. Rest peacefully Momma. Until we meet again. KISS KISS
Your loving daughter,
February 22, 2019
My sincere condolences goes out to my Uncle Al and Cousins, Felicia, DeAnna, Greg, and John. Aunt Maria was loved and will be missed. My prayers are with you all.