Maria Castillo Ximenes was born in Floresville, Texas and was 83 years of age when she passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. Maria died of an injury incurred in a fall while hospitalized at Woman's Hospital. She and husband Vicente Ximenes shared a loving relationship for 66 years. Maria was the anchor of the family of four college educated children. A chance meeting at a Saturday night dance was the start of a life of dedication to family and country. Maria was an Air Force wife and the one who put her husband through a UNM Master's Degree in Economics. Maria traveled with Vicente as an officer and member of the American GI Forum in their quest for civil rights for the Mexican American. Maria and Vicente continued their work in civil rights in Washington, D.C. and the White House. Maria was present at the White House Ceremony for the EEOC appointment and the Cabinet Committee on Mexican American Affairs. Maria devoted her life to keeping the family together. "Do not forget to pray" was the conclusion of a conversation with the family. Maria is survived by husband Vicente; son Ricardo Ximenes and wife Pat Ximenes of Los Lunas; daughter Olivia Ximenes and husband Patrick Harrington of Cody Wyoming; Ana Maria Ximenes and Steve Baroch of Castle Rock, CO; granddaughter Teresa Ximenes and husband Mike Merrill of Dallas; great granddaughters Chloe Ximenes Merrill and Madison Ximenes Merrill of Dallas. Oldest son Steve Ximenes is deceased. The rosary will be recited at French Lomas Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE at 7:00 pm Thursday Oct. l, 2009. A Catholic End of Life Celebration will be at her residence at Carter Hall, La Vida Llena, 10501 Lagrima de Oro, NE. Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 24, 2009 at 2:00 pm.
10500 Lomas Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Published in San Antonio Express-News on Sep. 30, 2009.