Aug. 18, 1924 - March 18, 2013
ELKHART — Maria E. Ortiz, 88, of Elkhart, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, at Woodland Manor in Elkhart.
She was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Aguascalientes, Mexico, to Uvaldo Ortiz Torres and Amanda Contreras Torres.
Survivors include a daughter, Juanita Varela of Aguascalientes; two sons, Ralph C. (Yolanda) Ortiz of Elkhart and Jose Ortiz of Aguascalientes; two sisters, Christina (Jesus) Arellano and Carmen Ortiz Torres, both of Aguascalientes; brother Fidel Ortiz Torres of Aguascalientes; eight grandchildren living in Aguascalientes; three grandchildren in Indiana, Kristie Bowlby and Dayna Chilcote, both of Elkhart, and Travis McCavitt of Mishawaka; several great-grandchildren in Aguascalientes; and four great-grandchildren in Indiana.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Simon De La Cruz; and two brothers.
The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the 6 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, funeral service at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart. The Rev. Glenn Kohrman of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204.