Marie Velasquez, beloved and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on December 29, 2005. Marie will be remembered for her love, exceptional zest for life, her compassionate and positive spirit, her moral strength, and her wisdom. As an avid gardener, Marie loved to be surrounded by nature and enjoyed the hummingbirds that visited her lovely gardens. Marie loved to cook and her vast cookbook collection is a tribute to that passion. Marie was an inspiration to us all and she significantly touched all who knew her. She is survived by her three daughters, Ophelia Kriel, Pat Chesebro, Isabel Stringfield, and Isabel's husband, Chuck; and grandchildren Chris Stringfield, Kevin Stringfield, Rick Ott, Desi Kriel; and brothers and sisters, Andrew Saldana, Mary Ann Saldana, Margaret Nunez, and Chilo Saldana. A memorial gathering to celebrate her life for friends and family was held on Tuesday, January 3, 2006, at Torrance First Baptist Church in Torrance, CA.

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  1. My Dearest Sister, I can picture you in God’s heavenly garden, seeing all the beautiful flowers. I can see the joy in your face. Just like you found joy in your earlyly flowers, that you planted and enjoyed so much. Love you always Margaret

  2. I knew Marie, while she shared her life here with my uncle Alex, she was a very unique person, I am so sorry for your lost, may the strength you need be given by all the prayers that will be said for you and your family. From my family to yours God Bless all of you and we will keep you in our prayers.

  3. My prayers go out to you girls and the rest of the family. Aunt Marie has been a part of my life for so long, I am going to miss her greatly. I know that all who knew her will miss her beautfil spirit as well.

  4. I will miss Aunt Marie, her laugh, smile and her always making sure that i had plenty to eat when i went to her house. I will hold onto those memories forever. My Prayers are with you all. Love Always Matthew

  5. Mary Ann and Joe, I am are very sorry to hear about your loss.My prayers and condolences to both of you and your families.

  6. I will miss the sharing of photos, sitting on Marie’s porch drinking coffee and enjoying the beauty of nature around her house in Bastrop. Most of all I will miss her thunderous laughter and her awesome smile. Your Uncle Boy and I will keep in touch. Remember to cast all your anxieties on Him, because he care for you. Love you all.

  7. I was saddened to find out about Marie’s passing. My most heartfelt condolences to her family. Marie was a truly exceptional lady. My brothers and I appreciate her care and devotion to my father (Alex Ruiz)when he was alive. I will never forget the way she welcomed my brothers and I into their home. We spent many enjoyable times at their home. Marie never ceased to amaze me, she was always into something, whether it was cooking or gardening. I will treasure the memories that I have of Marie.

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