Maria Anna Avery Was born May 19, 1935 in Czech Republic as Maria Anna Reinl. Surviving the trials of the WWII war years, she grew up in Wurzburg, Germany. Maria immigrated to US as the wife of Robert J. Avery, and resided in Lakewood, WA for nearly 45 years. A strong and savvy businesswoman, she studied and became a Realtor and Certified Appraiser. Maria loved being surrounded by her flowers while enjoying the sun on her front porch. On October 1, 2013, Maria, well loved and surrounded by her family, passed on peacefully after a courageous fight against cancer for seven years. She leaves a legacy of strength, hard work, and unlimited family love. Maria is survived by her three children, Paul, Juanita, and Robert II, her daughter-in-law Patti Avery and her son-in-law Negesse Gutema, her grandchildren Doniae, Athena, Mya, Aiyanna, Sossina, and Danyeh, and great-grandchildren Shikyra, Heaven, Elaun, Myana, Dallas, and Janayla. We will lay Maria to rest on Saturday, October 5th, at 1PM. A memorial service will be held at the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Oct. 4, 2013