Maria Sayles was born September 20, 1918, in Craiova, Romania, to Dumitru Popescu, a head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and Elena Staaiculescu. Maria arrived at Ellis Island in 1950. She resided in New York City, Stockton, NJ, Houston, TX, Pagosa, CO, Santa Fe, NM, and La Jolla, CA, where she died of natural causes January, 28, 2012.
Maria was married for 44 years to Philip A. Sayles Jr. and is survived by her daughter, Carina C. Sayles, and grandchildren, Wells and Olivia Hartman.
Maria was a member of the Daughters of the King of the Episcopal Church and active in the Institute for International Education, the Houston Ballet, the Alley Theater, and the Santa Fe Museum of Art.
A memorial service will be held at St. James by the Sea in La Jolla at a later date.
Memorials may be made to The American Boychoir, www.americanboychoir.org.