Maria Dolores 'Dali' (Trejo) Moreno December 3, 1959 - March 25, 2021 Oceanside, CA Dali was an amazing woman that loved God, her family, music, dancing, and singing. She always had a song in her lips. At every wedding she would be the first one on the dancing floor dancing to one of her favorites: Mambo #5. She was a loving wife to Chuck Moreno, her "Lovey", a devoted mom to Deanna, her "Nana", and a guiding light to her brothers and sisters. She was respected, admired, and loved by all that knew her. Dali's story began on December 3, 1959, the second oldest child to Peter Joe Trejo and Maria (Zendejas) Trejo. She was born in Tijuana, Baja California. In September 1972, together with her parents and seven brothers and sisters, they moved to La Colonia de Eden Garden, Solana Beach. Dali graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 1978 and was proud to be a Falcon. Shortly after graduating High School, Dali went to work for the Chicano Federation, where she met one of her best friends, Yolanda Moreno. Yolanda introduced Dali to her brother Chuck, and Dali fell in love. She knew she had met the love of her life. They married in Las Vegas in 1995. Together they created a family when Deanna was born in 1992. They purchased a home in Oceanside. They filled it with love, (with lots and lots of Raider memorabilia), and made it a safe and loving home. Dali will be remembered by her renowned potato and pasta salads. It was a favorite of many of her nieces and nephews. No holiday gathering was complete without her salads, beautiful smile, and special hugs and kisses. She will also be remembered by her no-nonsense personality and unique life-skill advice.In July 2013, Dali was able to enjoy a special Maui vacation with her husband and daughter. Together they created beautiful and unforgettable memories while enjoying one of God's beautiful islands. On many occasions, Dali would recall the beautiful smells of the island, the warmth of the ocean water, and the beautiful cascades. After 35 years of service, Dali retired as a Payroll Specialist from Motherload Bookkeeping. Her decision to retire in March of 2021 was to be able to enjoy family time and enjoy the final stages of planning Deanna's wedding. Deanna will be able to hold dear to her heart the fact that Dali was present when together, they chose the perfect wedding gown. Loved ones that cleared the path to heaven for Dali are her father Peter Joe Trejo (1999), and her mother Maria Trejo (1980). Loved ones that will miss Dali until they meet again are her husband Chuck Moreno; her daughter Deanna; her sisters Martha (Trejo) Conrey and Maria Guadalupe "Mia" Trejo, and her sister Dionicia "Nicha" (Trejo) Dzwigalski and brother-in-law Chris Dzwigalski; her brother Pete Trejo and sister-in-law Soledad Trejo, brothers Daniel Trejo, David Trejo, and Longinos "Kinos" Trejo and sister-in-law Patty Trejo as well as her 18 nieces and nephews. Dali passed away suddenly on March 25, 2021 at the age of 61 in Oceanside, CA.
Services will be held at St. Patrick Church in Carlsbad, CA at 10:00 AM on April 22nd, with interment to follow at Eternal Hills in Oceanside, CA.
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Apr. 18, 2021.
It seems like such an impossible task to talk about you, and what an amazing person you were, when I’m dealing with such a heavy broken heart. You were a devoted wife, a loving mother, a beloved sister, and a loyal friend who was taken away from this world way too soon.
We have to remember that your life here on earth was already a gift to us, and we might’ve been taking that for granted. You were our walking miracle. From having a difficult time with your vision and constant headaches, to being diagnosed with a brain tumor requiring a risky surgery and intense radiation, you had already endured so much but you were a fighter and a survivor. We forget that we could have lost you back then after being diagnosed with your first brain tumor when I was 7 years old, however God blessed me with another 21 years of having you as my mom, so for me, I am thankful for the extra time I got to have you in my life even though I wish I could’ve had more.
After a long recovery process, you gained a unique sense of style and personality. If you knew my mom then you knew she had a true love for her turtlenecks and cable knit sweaters and wore them for just about every occasion considering she had them in every color. She didn’t care what anyone else thought about her because that’s what made her comfortable and genuinely happy. She had such a beautiful soul inside and out. Oh, how she loved to listen to music. Everything from oldies, old school jams, 80s, Mexican, and yes even Christmas music. You could always find her singing a song and she did her very best to try and make you sing along with her whether that was in the car, at a party, or simply sitting at the dinner table.
My mom had such a joy for the small things in life that most people don’t have the time to stop and pay attention to. If she heard an airplane flying in the sky you better believe it was her mission to try and find it and she wouldn’t stop until it was found, for her it was an accomplishment. She would always say how lucky she was to still have her eyesight and was able to see all the beautiful things such as a sunset, full moon, the leaves change on the trees or a hummingbird fly around. I’m sure she would want all of us to take the time and slow down to enjoy the little moments.
Mom, I just want you to know that I am everything I am today because of you. You were my best friend and my #1 supporter in everything I did. I miss you so much and I’m not sure how I’ll ever move on without you, but what gives me the strength is knowing that you will be watching over me, dad, and our family. I promise to take care of dad and continue to make you proud. I will always be your “Nana”. I look forward to the day we can all be together again.
I love you mom!
May 18, 2021
Maria was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. She always had a fond memory of Deanna to share whenever I saw her. She was so very proud of Deanna! And she would always ask about my Grandsons, It will be very sad not to see her at the front desk of Motherlode Bookkeeping. My deepest sympathy to Chuck and Deanna. Those holes in your hearts will eventually mend somewhat but Maria will always be there with you.
April 21, 2021
Where do I begin, but more painful, where do I end? As each memory, thought, and feeling I hold dear and close to my heart includes you: You were there when I was born... You walked with me when I started grade school... You played with me... You sang and danced with me... You fought with me and for me... You listened to my fears, and celebrated my joys... You cared for and loved my children as your own... You visited me often.... You called me every Sunday afternoon... Where do I end?????? We had a special bond, and not having you present, in the now, is excruciatingly painful. However, the now, is but a moment, and I know without a shadow of a doubt, that we will see each other soon and have an eternity to continue our special sister bond. I am forever thankful for your caring heart. I am so proud of you and love the way you display your uniqueness which is visible in your love of music, family, and life. Your husband and daughter are perfect examples of your caring and never ending love. Love you Sister!!!!
April 20, 2021
Dear Trejo Family May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. My deepest condolences Maria Dali always new how to make me laugh and smile I will cherish those memories RIP Dali
April 20, 2021
Maria was a loyal and committed employee at Mother Lode Bookkeeping for over three decades. She was a payroll expert and was able to provide our clients with her knowledge and expertise. She enjoyed sharing her gift of song among us here at the office. Thank you, Maria, for your dedication and service. You were a friend to all and you are missed!