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Obituary for Maria Luisa Puente

August 25, 1936 - October 7, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 83


Maria Luisa Puente beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on October 7, 2019 at the age of 83. She was a native of San Antonio, Texas and was proud of her West Side heritage that instilled her with rock-solid faith, determination and a boundless heart for everyday acts of kindness and generosity. She would give you the shirt off her back or the last slice of cake without you even asking.

Maria Luisa was devoted to her family and the Catholic Church and her countless acts of charity and selflessness were born out of a kind heart; she always looked for the best in people and sought to lend a hand where needed, a shoulder to cry on or open the doors of her home to people in need. Yes, she even picked up hitchhikers off the road; if you needed help she was there. And if the task proved too big for her she dispatched her husband and children to assist or commanded them to make room or share their food or belongings to those less fortunate. All this she did because she chose to lead by example; she stayed humble her entire life and let her actions provide witness to her life.

Aside from being a kindness Rockstar she was an excellent cook and homemaker. A visit to her home was filled with the smell of roasted garlic, onions and toasted rice for her sublime Spanish Rice or refried beans. A fresh, hand-rolled tortilla, atole or even peaches and cream were always available. Christmas would feature tamales, Capirotada and beautiful rosette Bunuelos. And Easter was especially festive where she and her children would toil weeks in advance to create bushels full to over-flowing with Cascarrones for the annual Cascarrone War; an event not for the timid and one where even she would indulge in a little tough love dispensed via exploding eggshells and colorful confetti showers!

Beyond the holidays she would fling the doors of her home open for volleyball or birthday parties. When her sisters' or anyone in the family needed room for a pachanga Maria Luisa would offer her home before anyone could even ask for the courtesy. Late night, over-night or sleepover parties were all hosted under her watchful eye and giving heart as her children grew. Every guest was welcome and even when they were forced to rub elbows, she made sure everyone was happy.

Her humble nature was also evident in the quiet love she displayed for her husband and children. Maria Luisa and Alfonso would frequently walk arm-in-arm or hand-in-hand and with her urging they would take to the dance floor during weddings or QuinceaƱeras to perform a Waltz or Cumbia to a special song. And she would attend every event that her children participated in and was supportive of her children and grandchildren; quietly watching proudly from the wings.

She worked as a Realtor, shop-owner and gave up her office career to raise her family and provide a stable environment for her kids and all of the neighborhood children. This devotion to her family only grew and whether her children attended high school or college their friends became her children. Nobody left her home hungry or without a good teasing and a blessing as they left the house.

In a word, her legacy was, "Love." Love your neighbor and live by the golden rule, that's what she did. She treated everyone she met the way she would like to be treated.

Simple, humble: love.

Her final years were devastated by a battle with Dementia but her infectious smile and the mischievous sparkle in her eyes always greeted friends and family. In her final years what she could not express in words you saw in her eyes, smile or the press of a warm, loving hand.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hesiquio Limon and Maria Vasquez; beloved sister, Carmen Castano. Survivors include her husband, Alfonso R. Puente; children Mark A. Puente, Alfonso L. Puente (Angela), Leticia R. Puente (Joe Maldonado) and Imelda C. Puente; grandchildren Michael A. Sena (Erica), Nicholas Perez, Selena D. Beeler (Killian), Kristal Pardo, Logan Puente, Kristopher Pardo, Riel Perez and Antonio Perez; great grandchildren Stella, Elaina and Annabelle and her sister, Lupe Ortiz.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 14, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., followed immediately by a Rosary service commencing at 7:30 p.m. at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78212.

A procession will depart from Porter Loring Mortuary on Tuesday morning, Oct. 15, 2019 at 8:45 a.m. to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. followed by a procession to the burial service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery beginning at 11:15 a.m.

The family will host a reception immediately following the burial service at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 155 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228 at Meyer Hall.

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