Maria Antonita (Tonia) Cortez(1950 - 2013)

Maria Antonita (Tonia) Cortez June 13, 1950 - September 25, 2013 Tonia passed away at the young age of 63 on September 25, 2013 with her family by her side. Tonia was born June 13, 1950 in Ciudad Juárez Chihuahua, Mexico to Juan Antonio and María Lucia González. Tonia came to Bakersfield from El Paso, Texas the summer of 1966; from there our Big Sister had a major role in our up bringing. Tonia is survived by her husband, Pedro Cortez; sons, Pedro Jr. and wife Alejandra Cortez, Alberto and wife Victoria Cortez, and Saul Cortez; Brothers, Raul and Mike and wife Christine Gonzalez; sisters, Irma and husband Guillermo Rubio and Delia and husband Joe Fabela; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Tonia was preceded in death by her father, Juan Antonio Gonzalez. Tonia was a loving wife, amazing mother, caring grandmother, a faithful daughter, generous and kind aunt, and caring and loving sister who took on the role of a mother figure to her brothers and sisters at a very young age. Our most beloved big sister you have left us but you will always be in our thoughts and in our hearts. We thank you because you made it special for us. You were always there as we grew up and continued to be there whenever we called on you. May God bless you and keep you, because we know that one day, we will see you again and rejoice. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe (601 E. California Ave.) on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. For additional information, please call Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200. Basham Funeral Care www.bakersfield.com/obits

Funeral Home

Basham Funeral Care - Bakersfield
3312 Niles St.  Bakersfield, CA 93306
(661) 873-8200

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 1, 2013