Maria L. Perez, 75, Columbia City, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born on July 20, 1941 in Coahuila, Mexico, she was the daughter of Rafael and Julia (Escalera) Martinez.
On November 8, 1987 Maria married Lorenzo Perez in Columbia City. She was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church. Maria enjoyed crocheting and sewing everything from clothing to blankets as well as cooking anything. Spending time with family was also important to Maria,in addition to the yearly trips she made to Texas and Mexico.
Survivors include her husband, Lorenzo Perez, Columbia City; son, Rafael (Crystal) Martinez of Columbia City; grandchildren, Matthew, Julia and Alex Martinez; one great-grandson, Deegan Martinez; brothers, Raul (Gloria), Fred (Dawn) Martinez, Joe (Mary), Jesse and Carlos Martinez, all of Columbia City; AD several brothers and sisters in Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services for Maria will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the funeral home, with calling one hour prior. Memorial contributions in memory of Maria may be made to Parkview Home Health & Hospice.
Arrangements are being made by DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home.