Maria Dolores Fresquez, born January 14, 1936 in Socorro, Texas, died Nov. 3, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer. Maria was brought up on the family farm in Socorro, graduated from Ysleta High School, and attended Texas Western College at El Paso, where she met Louis Howard Keeler, her husband of 20 years. They moved to Los Angeles and raised their two children there. Maria was a caring, loving woman who devoted her entire life to caring for others; always putting the needs of her children, grandchildren and others ahead of her own. In life she loved to travel, taking her grandson Brandon with her to spend summers with her daughter and her family in Juneau, going on cruises with her sisters, ballroom dancing, singing, reading, roses, volunteering at the elementary school and St. Vincent de Paul, and keeping current with politics. Even in death, her caring of others continued with her donation of her corneas so that two others could have the gift of sight.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan Angel Fresquez and Manuela Cortez Fresquez and her brother-in-law, Jose Luis Enciso
Maria is survived by her daughter Susan Christine Thompson (Gary) of Juneau, son James Martin Keeler of Blythe, Calif., and grandchildren, Lucas Thompson and Brandon Keeler. Maria is also survived by her 10 siblings: Estanislao Fresquez (Dominga), Ines Fresquez Enciso, Juan Fresquez (Alicia), Sister Catalina Fresquez CCVI, Luis Fresquez (Cecilia), Vicente Fresquez (Beth), Margarita "Daisy" Zaske (Robert), Monica Mucchetti, Marta Fresquez, Ana Barry (Mike) and is also survived by numerous nieces & nephews, aunts & uncles, and cousins.
A rosary service was held Nov. 5 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word at St. Joseph Chapel in San Antonio. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today at La Purisima Catholic Mission, 321 N. Nevarez, in Socorro, with the Rev. Fr. Marcus McFadin presiding. Her ashes will be interred at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau in a private ceremony at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made in Maria's memory to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, 4503 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209-6297.