Maria Farias

August 15, 1933 - March 20, 2023
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Maria Farias hailed from the great state of Jalisco in Mexico. She came to the United States as a young woman, along with her husband Andres where she raised 5 children. She was a creative, wonder mother who instilled in them a strong work ethic. An expert seamstress, she sewed beautiful couture clothing for her family. Her oldest daughter, Lilia remembers receiving compliments on the beautiful original gowns worn at proms and balls. Marias creativity came too the forefront as she established a floral business which she maintained for many years.

Maria led by example; her children remember her strong work ethic. All of them emulated this by working at a young age. Like their mother, they managed their lives to include sports, music, holistic healing, and love of nature. Maria was an expert chef. People would say, Maria can make rocks taste good. Everyone believed she was the best cook in town.

Generosity defined Maria; before government programs, Maria would fix breakfast to feed the children before school. It was open seating outside. She believed there was always room at the table for one more. No one was turned away. Her children and grandchildren continue this tradition to this day. One of Marias sons Pancho has worked at the food bank and currently works at the children’s advocacy canter, her other son, Andy worked in the hospitality industry and geo-tech. Marias daughter Lilia retires as a high school guidance counselor.

Maria was a beautiful, strong woman who was loved by all. She died peacefully in her sleep. She is survived by her children – Lilia Keys, Andres Farias, and Francisco Farias. Her children in law, Cessy Farias, Don Keys, Veronica Leffew; her grandchildren, Zach Smith and Bianca Graviss, Christina Laurel, Andres Jalil Farias, Lina Samira, Jermiah Cuellar, Abraham Sayeed Farias, Brandon Farias, Saleah Farias, and Desiree Dawn Toledo.

She is preceded in death by her husband Andres Farias; sons Miguel Farias, and Eduardo Farias; grandchild, Anthony Farias and great-grandchild Colbey Smith.

The Farias family will be receiving guests for a memorial visitation on Monday, March 27, 2023, in the Angelus Chapel at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at

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Date: Monday, March 27, 2023

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: August 15, 1933
May 31, 2016
Tia Maria and I at Tio Juan’s. Unsure of the date, but I know it was in June of 2016 as that was when my brother passed away.
Tia Maria and I at Tio Juan’s. Unsure of the date, but I know it was in June of 2016 as that was when my brother passed away.
Died: March 20, 2023

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Minita Garcia Ramirez posted on 3/27/23

Dearest Lilia, Andres, Pancho, and the rest of the Farias family, It is sad to learn of your sweet mother’s passing. Maria was a very kind, generous, and loving person to all who knew her. We were your back door neighbors, the Garcia family on Musser Street. We played with you and have a plethora of fond memories of the happy times spent at your house at the invitation of your kind and big hearted mother. Indeed she was an excellent cook and a very creative person! The whole neighborhood acknowledged and admired her talents! You all carried those gifts forward. God bless you! May your loving mother, Maria, Rest in Peace! The Manuel and Minerva Garcia Family (Minita, Mito, Neto, JV, Jerry, Susie, Joe, and Christie)


David and Alma Prieto posted on 3/26/23

Our deepest sympathy to the Farias family. May the Lord bring you comfort during this time. We will keep you all in our prayers. God bless, David and Alma Prieto


James & Martha (Lopez) Pappas posted on 3/26/23

Dear Farias family, Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Mrs. Farias. Her love and kindness live on in you! May she rest in peace along with others in your family that have passed on.


Carolina Santos Caudillo posted on 3/24/23

My condolences to the Farias family. My mother is Tia Maria are sisters. I remember the stories Mom use to tell me of Tia Maria as a young woman. I have alot of respect for her because she was strong and loved her family very much. I remember when I was little Tia Maria use to sew dresses for me and my sisters. She would mail them to us because we lived in Austin. We use to go eat Thanksgiving dinners at Tias house. She was so nice and made you feel welcomed at her home. May you rest in peace in your new home Tia. Thank you for the beautiful memories.


Eunice Habib posted on 3/24/23

Tia, thank you for setting the standard-your memories are a blessing in my life. My deepest condolences and respects to Cousins Lilia, Andres, and Francisco. Sending love, warm thoughts, and light your way from Big Sky Country, Montana.