Maria Soares Avelar

April 20, 1920May 18, 2017

Maria Soares Avelar age 97, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 18, 2017. She was a native of Vila Flores, Flores, Azores. Maria lived in Tracy for 20 years. She had lived in Turlock for the last 33 years.

Maria is survived by: her son, Helder (Sandy) Avelar of Manteca, 4 grandchildren: Eric Souza, Jessica Valim, Max Avelar, and Zach Avelar, 3 great-grandchildren: Manuel Valim, Mariah Valim, Dominic Valim.

Maria was preceded in death by her husband, Eduino Avelar in 1991, and her parents: Justino, and Isabel Soares.

Services: Visitation- 2:00 to 8:00 PM, Wednesday May 24, 2017 at Whitehurst-Norton-Dias Funeral Service: 286 W. Main St., Turlock.Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass-1:00 PM, Thursday May 25, 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, 1200 Lyons Ave., Turlock. Maria will be laid to rest at Turlock Memorial Park, 575 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock, California.

Whitehurst-Norton-Dias Funeral Service: 286 W. Main St., Turlock, CA, is entrusted with all of the arrangements. (209)634-4904


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Vigil & Rosary

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Mass of The Christian Burial

    Thursday, May 25, 2017


Maria Soares Avelar

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May 19, 2017

Cuanto lamento que esten pasando por esta dolorosa experiencia. Siempre recuerden que Dios siente y entiende nuestro sufrimiento. Llega a ser refugio y fuerza en tiempo de angustia nos asegura Salmo 46:1. Espero que el Dios de todo consuelo les de paz en su corazón (2 Corintios 1:3-4).

Whitehurst Norton & Dias Funeral Service

May 18, 2017

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.