Maria M. Torres passed away on October 21, 2019 at her home in Royal Oaks. She was 92. Maria was born to Nicolas and Felicita Mendoza on December 24, 1926 in Monterey, Mexico. When she was 17 years old, she moved to Texas, Ohio (where she met her husband Rafael of 50 years), and then to Royal Oaks, California. They had 5 children and Maria enjoyed her many travels with her husband. She worked in the cannery for Green Giant for 27 years, while raising her family.
Maria was a strong, family-orientated woman who was reliable and very proud of her citizenship. A note-worthy achievement was when she and Rafael were baptized in the Jordan River, where they renewed their vows. Maria is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rafael, son John Torres, and Brother Rogelio Mendoza. She is survived by her daughter; Silvia Torres, her sons; Joe Torres, Rafael Torres Jr, and Hector Torres, her sisters; Sara Reyes and Eloisa DeAnda, as well as 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
Rosary and Mass will be held at Assumption Church on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10 am. Burial will take place at a later date. The Torres family would like to thank all the wonderful, compassionate people of Hospice of Santa Cruz County. They did a magnificent job of caring for Maria. Thank you Katherine, Diana, Laura , Joni, Rory, Cathy, Kelly, Rodger, Maria, Blanca, and Amy.
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