Maria Emma Carrizales, 89, was born October 19, 1932, in Mission, Texas to Florencio Rios and Rafaela Gonzales. She passed away Sunday morning, February 20, 2022, in her home surrounded by her loved ones.
Maria was married to Juan Antonio Garcia at the tender age of 15. From this union she bore 10 children: Rafaela Wilson, Maria Socorro Garcia, Esther Garza, Juan Antonio Garcia, Jr., Emma Busch, Pete Garcia, Joe Garcia Rendon, Nabu Livingston, Ismael Garcia and Noe Garcia. They lived in San Juan, Texas but would migrate to Wyoming in late spring to work in the beet fields for a few years. They eventually settled in Powell in 1959. They divorced in 1963. She continued to raise her family alone for the next 5 years. In 1967 she and Esteban Carrizales were married in Powell and moved to Emblem where he and his son Felix leased and farmed land from Smokey Grabbert. Her extended family included Esteban’s 6 grown children: Felix Carrizales, Eustolia DeLeon, Irma Alaniz, Esperanza Flores, Florencio Carrizales and Fran Trevino. Sadly, she lost her husband Esteban in 1977 in a tractor accident. She moved to Lovell with three of her sons where she continued to reside until her passing.
Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She supported and showed an interest in everything they did. She was so proud of all their accomplishments. One of her highlights was when her great-grandson Xavier Mangus took her flying this past March! In September she was excited to be able to attend her granddaughter Kendra’s marriage to Kevin Hill and was looking forward to her granddaughter Natasha Yates’ Nursing graduation in May. Natasha knows her grandma will be there in spirit cheering her on.
Maria loved roses, she planted a rose bush for each of her children and enjoyed tending them with such love and care. She was a caring soul and had so much love for all. Maria was a woman of great faith and taught her children to embrace life with a smile and a prayer. Her faith in God gave her the strength to endure her trials and tribulations, and she had many. A couple of days before she passed away, and surrounded by her family, she informed us all that she was leaving but would continue to watch over, protect, and pray for all of us. She will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved. . .especially her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, sister, her children Juan Antonio, Maria Socorro, Joe, three grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
She is survived by her three sons, four daughters, three stepchildren, along with 22 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren and the numerous grandchildren from her extended family.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lovell at 11:00 AM with a viewing starting at 10:00. Burial will be at the Lovell Cemetery following the funeral. Arrangements are being handled by Haskell Funeral Home.
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