Maria P. Mendoza
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Maria P. Mendoza, 76, of Salinas, passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. She was born April 25, 1938, in Dallas, TX. Maria was a loving Mother, Aunt, Sister and Friend, as well as a very devoted Grandmother and Great-Grandmother.
Maria enjoyed gardening and playing bingo. She loved to be in the mix, whether she'd like to admit it or not. She looked forward to family trips, Sunday yard sales and keeping up with all her 'kids' and their business. Even though she was a simple woman, she appreciated painting her nails, getting her hair done and keeping up with whatever was "in".
We are all so grateful to have had her for as long as we did and she will be sadly missed. She was adored by all because of her blunt personality and humorous remarks. Maria overcame many difficult obstacles throughout her life and became a strong amazing woman from it. She will be remembered for her funny, sarcastic personality and the wild stories she would tell. We are happy to say that we have more positive and comical memories of Mom/Nana than anything else. Moreover, we are thankful that we were blessed with such a dedicated, caring person. She brought tears of laughter to us and always wanted everyone to love and take care of each other. We will continue to adore her as our beloved Guardian Angel, who will look down upon us.
Thanks are extended to her caretaker, Elizabeth Ruiz and special thanks given to her two best friends, Rosa Mena and Ben Hanly, as well as Martha Sanchez for always providing love and support to the family.
Maria is survived by her children, Linda (Joe) Castillo, Lizandra (Raul) Carbajal, Art (Crystal) Alvarado and Toby Govea; grandchildren, Frank Hernandez, Jr., Sonya Maria Hernandez, Joe, Andy, Israel and Alissa Castillo, Celina Alcala, Veronica Galvan, Miranda and Roy Govea, Isacc Acosta, Nadine Olivas, Cassandra, Anthony, Moses and Sandy Govea, Valerie and Mario Estrada, Alexandria Avila, Lizette and Toby Carbajal, Marissa, Anthony, Joseph, Roman, Alexa and Arianna Alvarado; brother, Elias Mendoza; sisters, Dora Ancheta and Gloria Castaneda. She was also loved by her 44 great-grandchildren. Maria helped raise Chico, Sonya, Honkey, Cassandra, Valerie, Mario, Lizette and Toby.
Maria was preceded in death by mother, Frances Mendoza; brother, Willie Mendoza and her sons, Roy, Jr. and Tony Govea.
At Maria's request, no services will be held. Cremation to take place.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Healey Mortuary & Crematory, www.healeymortuary.com
Healey Mortuary and Crematory
405 North Sanborn Road
Salinas, CA 93905
Published in The Salinas Californian on Aug. 15, 2014