Maria E. Apperson
1943 - 2020
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Maria E. Apperson

Born: February 18, 1943; Elsa, Texas

Died: November 15, 2020; Sterling

STERLING – Maria E. Apperson, 77, of Sterling, died Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the Citadel of Sterling.

She was born on February 18, 1943 in Elsa, TX, the daughter of Carmen and Elena (Hernandez) Castaneda.Survivors include her son, Paul (Cathy) Apperson of Sterling; her brothers, Alberto Castaneda and Jose Lopez Jr.; grandchildren, Paul J (Megan) Apperson and Carissa L (Christopher) Gascoigne; great-grandchildren, Gavin J. Apperson, Lucille E. Apperson, and Braxtin M. Gascoigne; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Carmelo Castaneda Jr.; and her sisters, Similda G. Sanchez, Dominga C. Castillo, Encarnation C. Martinez, and MariaDiane C. Sanchez.

Maria Apperson, known as Nena, held many jobs in her 77 years, from working in the fields picking tomatoes, to working at the Miami Hotel, nursing homes and hospitals from here to Iowa to Louisiana. Then, she had managed Bargain Junction to Insurance Liquidators. Then, she had done cleaning for The Candlelight Inn, Gate City Steel. She had helped her brother Al when he had owned Burrito On Wheels. She loved to cook, she had done weddings, quinceanaras, family parties and tamales at Christmas. She was the best seamstress in town, she could make anything from dance costumes to pageant costumes. She will be greatly missed as a mom, grandma, sister and Tia.

There will be a celebration of life in the summer of 2021.


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Published in Sauk Valley News from Nov. 17 to Nov. 20, 2020.
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November 17, 2020
I am sorry for this loss. She was always there for us. She gave with all her heart. I have so many memories of Nena. From piercing my ears to het and Minga dropping my daughter off at school. She was one in a million. RIP my friend. Thanks for all you did. ❤9xeFx
Mindy Castillo Todd
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November 17, 2020
Paul we are sorry to hear about your mom. We will keep your family in our prayers.

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