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Maria 'Tia Chuy' de Jesus Mayoral Machado

May 28, 1911 February 1, 2014
Maria 'Tia Chuy' de Jesus Mayoral Machado
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Maria de Jesus Mayoral Machado (Tia Chuy) 102, died February 1, 2014 at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael CA, comforted by her son. Maria Mayoral was born May 28, 1911 in Magdalena, Sonora Mexico. She was the third child and only daughter of Rosendo and Maria de Jesus Mayoral. Her mother died when Maria was born. At a very young age, her father was killed during a conflict in Mexico and she was then raised by her grandparents and godparents. She told many stories of how hard she had to work as a young girl, beginning to cook and clean at age 8. In 1933 she married Tony Machado in Naco, Sonora Mexico where Tony was a butcher. In 1946 they immigrated to the United States and worked on the Tagus Ranch near Tulare, CA. with her brother Cleofas and his family. In 1950, the families all moved to Liberty Island and stayed there until 1969 working in agriculture. In 1962, Tony and Maria were finally blessed and received their son, Tony. Maria worked as a cook, and in the asparagus packing shed and in the fields. When Liberty Farms closed down in 1969, they moved to Dixon and she continued doing work such as picking black walnuts, but was mostly was a homemaker. She loved helping take care of all the family, her birds and flowers, and spent much time tending to them. Since that time she has lived in Dixon near her son and the Mayoral family, of which she was the Matriarch and was best known as Tia Chuy. She had no fingerprints because they were worn off making tortillas for many years which were the best in the land, and she continued cooking well into her late 90’s. She was small in stature, but was one of the toughest and strong willed people that ever lived. Maria was preceded in death by her father Rosendo, her mother Maria de Jesus, her brothers Cleofas and Santiago, and her husband Tony. Maria (Tia Chuy) is survived by her son Tony (Stephanie), grandsons Christopher, Kyle, and Anthony, granddaughters, Kaylyn and Sarina. Also survived by, nephews Rosendo (Julieta), Jimmy (Estela), Ricardo (Mary), Hector (Tone) Mayoral, niece, Lupe (Ron) Goldsmith, 19 great nieces and nephews, 39 great-great nieces and nephews, and 11 great-great-great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by lifelong friend, Alfonso “Chencho” Acuna. Visitation will be at the Milton Carpenter Funeral Home located at 569 N. First Street, Dixon CA from 5 to 8 PM Thursday February 6, 2014. The Rosary will be said at 6pm. Funeral services will be held at the St Peters Catholic Church in Dixon at 10:00AM on Friday February 7, 2014.

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