Maria "Chita" Rios Calderon
January 2, 1927  -  August 26, 2018

Maria ''Chita'' Rios Calderon, 91, of Valentine, Texas passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in New Braunfels, Texas at Kirkwood Manor surrounded by her family.

The Most Holy Rosary will be prayed on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Valentine, Texas. Christian Burial Mass will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. followed with burial at Evergreen Cemetery.

Maria was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico to Pedro and Severina Rios on January 2, 1927. Later she become a US citizen. She had two brothers: Juan Rios, wife ''Maria'', Jose Rios, wife ''Maria''; three sisters: Genoveva Tarango, husband ''Manuel'', Emma Marquez, husband ''Fred''; and Francisca ''Pancha'' Perez.

Chita's 7 grandchildren: Michael, Adrian and Matthew Pena; Mark, Gabriel and Veronica Calderon and Demetrio Serrano and 6 great-grandchildren: Evan Barton Calderon, Alyse, Bella and Naomi, Nicholas, Luke and Evelyn Pena, Julian and Fabian Serrano.

Maria was preceded in death by her husband WWII Veteran, Ricardo ''Richie'' Calderon, and daughter Elva Calderon Serrano.

Maria was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her love for everyone was unconditional. She was well known for her hospitality and her kitchen was always open for whomever showed up at her door. She was a devout Christian and was devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anyone who needed prayers could count on her promise to pray for them.

Pallbearers are her grandchildren, Mark, Gabriel and Veronica Calderon, Michael, Adrian and Matthew Pena and Demetrio Serrano. Honorary Pallbearers: nephews Charles Flippen and Ted Sanchez.


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