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Maria Castillo Ximenes

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“Dear Ximenes Family: Do not grudge your Maria her rest, she has--atlast--become free, safe, and immortal and ranges joyous through the boundless...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Nina R. Santiago

“Ana,Steve and family - May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish and strength in the companionship of those who share your loss....Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Pam Adamski

“On behalf of the French Family of Companies we express our deepest condolences ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: French Family of Companies

“Thinking of you, Ana, and your family in your time of loss. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Melanie Jordan Sparks

“To the entire Ximenes Family, We join with so many others who knew Maria in offering our deepest sympathy on her passing. Although it is little...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Ta, Margaux & Pedro Morey

“Ana, Olivia, Ricardo and Mr. Ximenes, Our deepest condolences on your loss. I remember how important Mrs. Ximenes was in your lives. May God...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Antonio Flores

“My prayers are with you. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Melody Wallce

“Our thoughts are with you at the loss of your mother, Maria. She must have been very proud of you Ana and Steve for all you do in the world. With...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Patricia Fiske

“Sincere condolences to the Ximenes family from Matt & Zigrid Rush (friends of Ana & Steve) in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Matt & Zigrid Rush

“My condolences to your family, I only knew Maria briefly through her granddaughter Theresa but what I remember was a very lively and passionate...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Monica Clifton

“I met your Husband in Washington thru my step-father Tom Tellez when they started EEOC. I was just a kid but I want to thank you for making it easier...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Anthony P. Sanchez

“She has meant so much to you over the years. I remember well Ana and Steve's wedding day and the very traditional dancers and music that were...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Rosalie Hill Isom

“We are deeply grieved at the news of Maria's passing. She made an impact on our lives when we started as novices in our overseas work. We shall...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Henry/Josephine Cruz

“Vicente, I was so saddened to learn of your loss. What a great woman Maria was but then again, "behind every great man is a great woman." I have...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Patricia Palafox


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XIMENES---Maria Castillo Ximenes was born in Floresville, Texas and was 83 years of age when she passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. Maria died of an injury incurred in a fall while hospitalized at Womans Hospital. She and husband Vicente Ximenes shared a loving relationship for 66 years. Maria was the anchor of the family of four college educated children. Marias mother died at childbirth and an aunt raised her through early childhood and high school. A chance meeting at a Saturday night dance was the start of a life of dedication to family and country. Maria was an Air Force wife and the one who put her husband through a UNM Masters Degree in Economics. Maria partnered with Vicente in the Agency for International Development's goal for better relations between the U.S., Ecuador, and Panama. Maria traveled with Vicente as an officer and member of the American GI Forum in their quest for civil rights for the Mexican American. Maria was a major contributor in the construction of the American GI Forum National Headquarters in Albuquerque. When President Johnson called them for the appointment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Maria and Vicente continued their work in civil rights in Washington, D.C. and the White House. Maria was present at the White House Ceremony for the EEOC appointment and the Cabinet Committee on Mexican American Affairs. In 1973 Maria returned to Albuquerque to begin a less hectic life style. Maria devoted her life to keeping the family together. Do not forget to pray was the conclusion of a conversation with the family. Maria is survived by husband Vicente; son Ricardo Ximenes and wife Pat Ximenes of Los Lunas; daughter Olivia Ximenes and husband Patrick Harrington of Cody Wyoming; Ana Maria Ximenes and Steve Baroch of Castle Rock, CO; granddaughter Teresa Ximenes and husband Mike Merrill of Dallas; great granddaughters Chloe Ximenes Merrill and Madison Ximenes Merrill of Dallas. Oldest son Steve Ximenes is deceased. Maria is a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and Our Lady of Fatima Ladies' Guild. She is also a member of the CCC Alumni Association. Maria lived at La Vida Llena life care community. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the Vicente Ximenes Scholarship, UNM Dept. of English, Humanities Bldg., 325, MSC 03-2170, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. The family has a tradition of support of bi-lingual education and civil rights. The rosary will be recited at French Lomas Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE at 7:00 pm Thursday Oct. l, 2009. A Catholic End of Life Celebration will be at her residence at Carter Hall, La Vida Llena, 10501 Lagrima de Oro, NE. on October 24, 2009 at 2:00 pm. Please visit our online guestbook for Maria at RememberTheirStory.com

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