Maria Luisa Castaneda

October 11, 1924May 9, 2018

Beloved to all who knew her, Maria Luisa, led a long productive life. Many friends, relatives and family members sought shelter at her home throughout the years. All were welcome there. She was truly the pillar of our Family.

She leaves behind daughters, Catalina Chavez and Graciela Melen (Bill), sister, Julia Guel (Prisciliano), grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends to join countless others already in the heavens, including her parents, Salvador Castaneda and Concepcion “Mama Concha” Gamboa, her husband, Francisco Chavez, her son, Jose Luis Chavez, her brothers, Salvador, Jesus, and Rafael, and sisters, Enriqueta and Teresa, and nephews, Mario and Miguel Guel.

A Special Thank You to all the caregivers that had a hand in caring for her throughout the years and more recently to the loving caregivers from Harbor Hospice at Pax Villa.

Please join us in celebrating Maria Luisa’s life on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at the Valley Memorial Gardens, 3611 N. Taylor Road in Mission, Texas.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, May 17, 2018

Maria Luisa Castaneda

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Amanda Flores Lee

May 17, 2018

Mi Querida Madre. Como te Quiero mi Madre. Lo mejor de mi Vida fuiste Tu. Los mejores consejos fueron de ti. Mi fuerza siempre fuiste, y mi bendicion en esta vida fuiste Tu. Mi madreSigues conmigo ahora, con tu Amor, consejos, fortaleza y bendiciones. Gracias por darme todo lo mejor de ti, que por ti soy quien soy. Te Amo para siempre Mi Querida Madre y se que para siempre tu me iluminaras con tu Amor.

Criselda Flores Rajkovic

May 17, 2018

My Grandma was the heart of our family. Each one of us had our own bond with her... mine was being the oddball of the family. I must've drove her crazy at times but she loved me all the same. She had a great sense of humor and was also very giving ... she loved her family.
I will miss our talks, our laughter but most of all her beautiful smile. My memories of Grandma I would love to share but there's too many , I was lucky to have her in my life and look forward to the day we meet again.

Cinda Rajkovic

May 17, 2018

I met Grandma over 10 years ago with her granddaughter Cris , to whom I am now married. She always welcomed me into her home as if I was family from the start. I was raised with a family that saw their grandparents maybe once a year. The bond Cris has with her Grandmother is unbreakable even with death, and I am glad I met her and was a part of that love.

Edmundo Luis FLORES

May 15, 2018

Maria Luisa Castaneda, was very proud to have been born in Pontiac, Michigan (1924).
Throughout the years, her home was shelter to countless relatives and friends. She opened her home to everyone;
She worked tirelessly, Never complained and always found comfort in serving others and loved spending time with family.
When she was able, Maria Luisa loved playing “BINGO!” and watching a Cubs game or the "Price is Right!"
Maria Luisa taught us to have FAITH in GOD and to be good to others.
Even with work, she Always met us at the door with open arms and love in her heart.
We celebrate her life knowing her spirit will live on...