Maria Soliz (Esquivel) Nelson

December 21, 1938 ~ December 23, 2020 (age 82)


On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, Maria Soliz (Esquivel) Nelson, loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away at age 82.

Maria was born December 21, 1938 in Eagle Pass, Texas, to Santos and Maria Cumpian Esquivel. She married Jesus L Soliz on September 13, 1959 in Friona Texas. Her passion in life was her family.  She had a jovial personality with an infectious smile.  She had a meager upbringing, but that never stopped her from giving to others.  She was an amazing cook who shared her homemade meals in particular enchiladas and breakfast burritos with many people including friends of her children, the pharmacist at the pharmacy, the nurses and physicians at her doctor’s office, and so many others.  She was a stranger to none.  She welcomed those preaching the gospel into her home without prejudice.  Some of her favorite hobbies were scrapbooking, sewing, quilting, and painting among many others.  She had a love for music and enjoyed it until her last days.  She had an artistic nature and the creativity to make a photograph come to life.  At the age of 45, she received her GED and went on to pursue her cosmetologist license.  Alzheimer’s disease may have taken her life, but it never took her beauty and love for family. 

Maria was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Santos Esquivel Jr..  She is survived by her six children, Lee (Arlene) Soliz, Jimmy (Gloria) Soliz, Janette (Geraldo) Soliz, Jerry (Veronica) Soliz, Julie (John) Molland, and Janie (Randy) Criswell, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and six sisters and one brother.  A memorial to celebrate her life will be held at 1:30pm on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 24900 S Soncy Rd, Canyon, Texas.


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