OBITUARY

Maria Mercedes De Anda

February 16, 1931May 3, 2019
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Services for Maria Mercedes De Anda, 88, of Temple will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple with a Jehovah Witness Minister officiating.

Ms. De Anda died Friday, May 3, 2019 in Temple.

She was born Feb. 16, 1931, in San Benito. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Temple.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jesse Ruiz; and daughter, Luisa Aguilar.

Survivors include her daughter, Abigail Olivares of Temple; son-in-law, David Aguilar of Lake Jackson; grandchildren, Michael, Caleb, Josh and Matthew Olivares of Temple; and Jonathan and Joshua Aguilar of Lake Jackson and her brother, Pedro Hernandez.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple. Burial will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. in San Benito, Texas.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Michael Olivares
  • Caleb Olivares
  • Joshua Olivares
  • Matthew Olivares
  • Joshua Aguilar
  • Jonathon Aguilar
  • John Crew
  • David Aguilar

Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Memories

Maria Mercedes De Anda

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lupe daly

May 10, 2019

I was saddened to hear of your mom's passing,abby. I have happy,joyful memories of her visit to Illinois when I was a young girl. she had such enthusiasm for life. what a wonderful laugh she had. my mom said that she was a big help with my care when I was just a toddler in texas. that was her-always glad to help with no thought of reward.

Linda Pitts

May 9, 2019

My Tia Mercedes was a kind and giving soul. She didn’t have much but always offered what little she had. She was always smiling. Rest In Peace Tia.

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Biography

      Maria Mercedes De Anda was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Maria will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Maria was born on February 16, 1931 at Dolly Vinsant Memorial Hospital in San Benito, Texas. She was the daughter of ReFugio and Leandra Hernandez. Maria grew up in San Benito, Texas.

      Maria was raised with seven siblings. Amada, Ascension, Cuca, Meme, Lydia, Delia, Pedro. Maria was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Maria had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Maria was an active child who took part in soccer. In her spare time she liked gardening, cooking, baking, knitting, arts and crafts. Devout Christian. However, to Maria, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

      A typical teenager, Maria had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Oyama.

      Maria enjoyed her college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Maria was able to manage the balancing act. She earned her CNA.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those she knew, Maria enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during her lifetime. While growing up, some of her best friends were Baldemar Huerta (Freddy Fender). Later in life, she became friends with Maria, Josie, Josefina, San Juana.

       Empathic and loyal, Maria was committed to making her new family happy.

      Maria worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Maria was blessed with three children, Jesse, Maria Luisa, Abigail. Another blessing for Maria was the gift of six grandchildren, Michael, Caleb, Joshua, Matthew Olivares; Jonathon and Joshua Aguilar.

      Fortunately, Maria enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Maria worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was CNA. She was employed for Texas Home Health and the private sector. Maria always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Maria enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were gardening, knitting, cooking. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Maria found pleasure in sports. In high school, Maria ran track. In her college years, Maria continued to stay active by running track. Maria was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she had the chance to do so. Tops on her list was football.

      Maria’s faith was important to her. She was a member of Jehovah Witness.

      Maria enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Sterling, Illinois.

      Maria was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Chomper, a chihuahua dog and Gwera, a cat.

       Her new life involved relocating to Victoria, Texas. In retirement, she found new pleasure in taking care of her grandchildren and participating in activities. Even in retirement, Maria continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Maria was active in her new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

      Maria passed away on May 3, 2019 at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Natural causes. She is survived by daughter Abigail Olivares; grandchildren Michael, Caleb, Joshua, Matthew Olivares, Jonathon Aguilar, Joshua Aguilar. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home. Maria was laid to rest in Mont Meta Cemetery in San Benito, Texas.

      Simply stated, Maria was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Maria leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Maria Mercedes De Anda.