While it is possible to receive good counsel from a wide circle of family and friends, few could do it with the skill and aptitude of Maria Guadalupe Ambriz. She had a true talent for helping others reach their full potential and brought out the best in those who sought her help. Maria was a forward-looking woman whose personality was filled with empathy toward everyone she met. She could be quiet and reserved, but her style of communication was authentic and direct. An excellent communicator, Maria was a master at using imagery when she explained her ideas and concepts. She seemed to have an endless supply of innovative concepts and strategies for how to help those around her. Her sensitivity, kindness and generous attitude made her a wonderful friend for all who knew her.
From the time she was born on June 23, 1932, Maria showed a deep concern for others. She was a giving and caring individual, ethical and full of integrity and warmth. Maria came into this world at the family home in Cortijo Nuevo, Michoacan - Mexico. Her parents were Ubaldo and Enedina Diaz. Maria was raised in Cortijo Nuevo.
Because fellowship was so important to her, Maria promoted harmony with her siblings. She was raised with seven siblings. She had 2 older sisters, Delfina, Rosario, 3 younger brothers, Christobal, Ubaldo, Rafael and 2 younger sisters, Raquel and Enedina. Maria was something of the family diplomat. She helped to settle problems and conflicts and kept the family running smoothly.
Able to maintain a positive focus on the potential good to be found in others, Maria was always ready with solid advice and guidance to offer her group of friends. She was generally friendly to all who knew her, yet to some she seemed quite independent. For those who really knew Maria, they recognized that she could be full of surprises. Maria enjoyed a small but solid group of true friends. She would willingly support those friends when they needed it. Because of her ability to read people, she had an uncanny knack for knowing when a friend needed help. While growing up, some of her best friends were Julia Chavez and Amalia Romero. Later in life, she became friends with Jesus Juarez.
Maria was romantic, even poetic at times. She was completely devoted to family and friends, able to show her emotions without going overboard about it. On February 26, 1952 Maria exchanged wedding vows with Moises Ambriz at Los Santos Reyes of Tirindaro, Michoacan - Mexico.
All who knew her would agree that there was a certain kind of magic in how Maria was able to bond with her children. While she could be a firm disciplinarian, she could also fill the role of being a collaborator with her kids. Maria was always a mentor who helped her family reach its full potential. Maria was blessed with seven children, 3 sons Feliciano, Moises and Ladislao and 4 daughters, Aida, Modesta, Alma Lilia and Bertha Alicia.
Maria projected a subtle but positive influence in her workplace. She was comfortable working behind the scenes to help everyone get their job done, and she worked hard at all times to help others to reach their highest potential. While her colleagues did not view her as a high-spirited type, Maria was effective at working with others to gain acceptance for her ideas. Maria could be a perfectionist at times, but wasn't one to seek out personal recognitions. She possessed excellent insight and a strong ability to meet schedules. She was an innovator who worked well independently, and she enjoyed the task of meeting a constant array of challenges. Her primary occupation was a homemaker.
Maria was one who put forth her best effort in every aspect of her life, and that carried over to her participation in sports as well. Her sense of diligence inspired others and in turn drew best efforts from her teammates. Maria was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were Soccer.
Maria was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Maria's favorites was a cockatoo bird, Catiro. They were best friends for 3 years.
Maria passed away on January 14, 2010 at Citrus Valley Medical Center Inter-Community in Covina, Ca. She is survived by her husband Moises, her children and her grandchildren. Services were held at Custer Christiansen Mortuary in Covina, Ca. Maria was laid to rest in Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora, Ca.
Though she could be a private person at times, Maria was always able and willing to give of herself. She was so in tune with others that she often seemed able to read their minds. Maria carried with her an almost mystical sense of life. She was a person who was highly original in her thinking and used metaphors and symbols to describe many aspects of her life. A poetic, intuitive "teacher", Maria Guadalupe Ambriz shared herself freely and family and friends will remember Maria for the strength of her convictions.