Maria DeJesus Ortega

November 18, 1949December 11, 2018
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Maria DeJesus Ortega, age 69, of Temple, Texas passed away on Tuesday December 11, 2018. Maria was born November 18, 1949 in Mexico.

A visitation for Maria will be held Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 3220 South 31st Street, Temple, Texas 76502. A rosary will occur Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM, 3220 South 31st Street, Temple, Texas 76502. A funeral mass will occur Monday, December 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 707 S 6th Street, Temple, Texas 76504. A burial will occur Monday, December 17, 2018 at Bellwood Memorial Park, 8575 Airport Rd, Temple, Texas 76502.

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  • Visitación Sunday, December 16, 2018
  • Rosary Sunday, December 16, 2018
  • Misa de Entierro Cristiano Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Entierro Monday, December 17, 2018

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Elda Flores

December 16, 2018

Ivone Beltran

December 15, 2018

We thought of you in love today, but that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and days before that, too. We think of you in silence, we often speak your name. Now all we have is memories and your picture in frame. Your memory is our keepsake, with which we’ll never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts.”

Salma Hernandez

December 15, 2018

Salma Hernandez

December 15, 2018

Ricardo Hernandez

December 15, 2018

Stephanie Cantu

December 14, 2018



      To Maria DeJesus Ortega, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Maria, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Maria really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

       Her parents were Lazara Hernandez and Teresa Nieto. Maria was raised in Cuidad Acuna Coahuila Mexico. Even as a child, Maria had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Maria was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Maria managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Maria was raised with five sibilings. She had an older sister, Catalina Vasquez, older brother, Roberto Gonzalez, younger sisters, Rosa Flores, Dolores Cantu and Loula Hernandez.

      All of Maria's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Maria experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. She took part in volleyball. Maria's memorable achievements included she helped her widowed father raise the family after her mother's death.

      Maria never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Maria to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Maria delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Maria was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Maria utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. Her sister's were her best friends. Maria loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Maria very easy to approach. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Maria related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Maria was blessed with four, two daughters, Mayra and Florencia and two sons, Ricardo and Genaro. They were also blessed with eight grandchildren, Ricardo Lazaro, Teresa, Salma, Stephanie, Genaro, Anali, Brandon and Jesus. Maria had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Maria's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Maria had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      Maria enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Maria liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were she watched horror movies, dancing, listening to music, singing, knitting, talking and telling stories about when she was young. Maria was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Maria felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn’t the best, Maria loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Maria relished the opportunities where she could make an impact, and she would often push herself to play above her abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Maria never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Maria was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were boxing.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Maria just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included going to visit her hometown.

      Maria passed away on December 11, 2018 at at home with her daughter. She fought a 13 year battle against cancer. She is survived by her children Mayra, Ricardo, Genaro and Florencia, her grandchildren, Ricardo Lazaro, Teresa, Salma, Stephanie, Genaro Jr., Anali, Brandon and Jesus. Services were held at Our lady Guadalupe Catholic Church. Maria was laid to rest in Bellwood Cemetery in Temple, Texas.

      Maria brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Maria DeJesus Ortega lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.