Maria Elena Sanchez Mayo, daughter of Joe García Sanchez and Elvira Castillo Sanchez, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2023, in Fargo, North Dakota, with family members by her side.
Maria was born July 28, 1938, in Lockhart, Texas. She graduated from Lockhart High School. She then married Humberto “Gilbert” Mayo in 1958. Together they have eight children: Sonia Mayo, Maria (Dean) Jetty, Gilbert Mayo, Jr., Christopher Mayo, Timothy Mayo, Sandra (Scott) Montoya, Gabriel Mayo, and Samuel (Cody) Mayo. Maria loved and cherished 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. They all were precious to her, and each one was her “favorite”. Her most blessed time was spent being surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She found joy and happiness amidst the chaos of having a large family.
Maria will be remembered for her mothering heart, her beautiful spirit, and her loving kindness. As a woman of great faith, Maria’s light shined thru her manners, speech and smile.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Christopher, great-grandson Santiago, and her siblings: Virginia Sanchez Leija, Yolanda Sanchez Hernandez, Angela Sanchez Islas, Mercedes Sanchez and her in-laws Manuela and Francisco Mayo, Sulema Mayo and Jesse Mayo.
Maria is also survived by her siblings: Joe (Geneva) Sanchez, Elvira (Antonio, deceased) Trevino, Emma Sanchez Robinson, Marcos (Isabelle) Sanchez, Esperanza (Armando) Balandran, Alfredo (Mary Lou) Sanchez and Rudy Sanchez. Siblings in-law, Maria (Juan, deceased) Vasquez, Frank (Julia) Mayo, Ofelia (Michael) Van Dusen, Dora (Julian) Duron, Rosa (Jesse) Degollado, Joe (Amelia, deceased) Mayo, and many nieces and nephews who she loved dearly.
The family is planning a Celebration of Life in Fargo, North Dakota on May 13, 2023. There will also be a Celebration of Life on June 17, 2023, in Lockhart, Texas, her final resting place.
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