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Obituary for Maria Auxillo Sanchez
Longtime Dixon resident, Mrs. Maria A. Sanchez, passed away Friday, December 10th, 2021 at the age of 95. She was born on June 7th, 1926 in Jalisco, Mexico to Juana Caballero and Agapito Pinedo.
In year 1964, Maria came to California from Mexico. She took care of her family, including watching her grandchildren and helping her daughters around the house and cooking. She also babysat for others. In 1995, Maria studied and became a U.S. Citizen. She voted proudly every occasion afterwards.
Maria A. Sanchez loved to cook and be a hostess for the many people who would stop by her house. Her cooking and hospitality was legendary. Maria loved flowers and plants, and because she had a wonderful green thumb, Maria's house and yard was always filled with wonderful, thriving plants. Maria also had many pet parakeets who would sing and talk to her. Her house was always filled with love, light, and happiness.
Maria was a devoted volunteer and community member of the St. Peter's Catholic Church in Dixon for decades. She was a helper of First Communion, Visiting the Sick, Eucharistic Minister, Cleaner, Linen Washer, Member of the Legion of Mary, and much more. It has been said that where there was a need, there was Maria. In fact, she was awarded the Dixon Senior of the Year Award in October 2005 largely from her dedicated work for St. Peter's. Due to her involvement and care for the church and its parishioners for so long she viewed and was considered by so many, including its priests and lay persons, honorary family. Maria cherished these friends and relationships.
Maria had an inner strength fueled by her faith which never wavered that saw her through the hard times in her life. She was strong to keep thriving in a new country with limited English when her husband died just 5 years after their daughter was born. She was adaptable with the many changes of life. The difference in technology from when she was born to now is mind blowing. The first time she used a telephone she was terrified of the voice (operator) coming out of it and thrust it at her son instead of speaking. She obviously got over this fear, as she was attached to her cell phone and used the most minutes on the family plan within the last decade. Maria was incredibly generous. Food, prayers, hugs, and rosaries, were all given away countless times. Her family members especially remember trying to refuse taking money she was trying to give them, only to find that money later snuck into their purse, coat pocket or somewhere in their car. She was so sneaky about it!
She was preceded in death by her husband Salvador Sanchez (1/21/71), and 8 of her siblings. Actually, she was only 1 of 5 of the 10 siblings to make it to adulthood. She leaves behind her sister Dolores Caldera of Santa Fe Springs, CA, and her children Ramiro (Gloria) Pinedo of Guadalajara, Mexico, Carmen (Enrique) Lopez of Dixon, CA, and Esperanza (Steve) Bradley of Corning, CA. She was blessed with 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and godchildren. Whether you called her Mama, Grandma, Abuelita, Nina, Tia Chilo, Doña Maria, Amiga or something else, if you've spent time with Maria A. Sanchez, she's touched your life in a wonderous way.
There will be a visitation and rosary held at Milton Carpenter Funeral Home in Dixon on Sunday, 12/19/21 from 2-4pm. The funeral mass is Monday, 12/20/21 at 10am at St. Peter's Catholic Church followed by a burial at Silveyville Cemetery and reception back at the church hall. The funeral mass will be live streamed on Facebook so please befriend and look to Esperanza Steve Bradley to view the mass. All are welcome.