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  • "To the Ortegas, I will always remember the great fiestas..."
    - JM Flores
  • "May the Father of tender mercies be with you during these..."
    - Jaye W.
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Passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 30, 2012 in her home surrounded by her devoted husband, Felix P. Ortega and the love of her family. She lived a remarkable life. Maria was born in Floresville, TX, the eldest of ten children. She moved to San Antonio with her eldest children, Arturo and Carlos, where Maria met her husband, Felix. Together they lived and worked in San Francisco, France, Germany, the Virgin Islands and northern Virginia. She and Felix were founding members of the Washington, DC chapter of the League of United Latin Americans Citizens (L.U.L.A.C.). Maria retired from USAir. She used her flying benefits regularly to visit all of her children and grandchildren. She was a wise and generous woman. There was always a place to rest or a plate at the table for anyone who needed it. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Felix P. Ortega, Jr. of San Antonio, TX; her five children and their spouses, Arturo Ortega and Carlos Talamantez of San Antonio, TX, Frances and Jim Lukeman of Camp Lejeune, NC, Felicia and Darrin Payne of Springfield, VA and Isabel and Ricardo Perez of Bastrop, TX; eight of ten siblings, Chavela and Santiago Gonzales of Floresville, TX, Delores Kieke of Floresville, TX, Santiago Gonzales of San Antonio, TX, Elida and Alfonso Flores of Floresville, TX, Mary Devora of San Antonio, TX, Janie Rodriguez of Floresville, TX, Lupe MaGuire of Fairfax, VA and George and Alice Gonzales of Floresville, TX. Her memory lives on in her 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial Rosary, Monday, October 8, 2012, 7 p.m. at Porter Loring Chapel. Memorial Mass, Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 10 a.m. at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, 10703 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX 78230. Inurnment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. You are invited to sign the guestbook at

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 3, 2012
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