Maria Elena Ramirez, 90, died December 5, 2020 in the comfort of her home in Garden City, KS. She was born Sept. 11, 1930 in Marlin, Texas, the daughter of the late Daniel and Josephine Willars. She was united in marriage to Manuel Ramirez on Dec. 11, 1951 in Plainview, Texas. Together they built a solid foundation for their children. She served her husband, children and God with her unconditional love. She loved her children equally but devoted her life to the loving care of her disabled son, whom she nurtured selflessly, even in her advanced age. She felt God had given her the special privilege of being his mother. Her many talents included beautiful works of embroidery and quilting and making sure her family was well fed with one of her delicious meals.
She is survived by her children, Anna (Pete) Gallardo of Warrenville, SC, Teresa (Efraim) Picazo of Garden City, KS, Irene (Tim) Rome of Garden City, KS, Lutilda Guebara of Amarillo, Texas, and Esiquio Ramirez. of Garden City, KS; siblings, Francis Martin and Olivia Cunningham; 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Ramirez; son, Raul Manuel Ramirez; siblings, Russell Willis, Marie Montiel and Tony Willars; parents; grandson,Thomas Gallardo; and great- grandson, AJ Rascon.
A Rosary and Mass of The Resurrection was held at St. Mary Catholic and broadcast live via the Garnand Funeral Home Facebook Page. Burial followed at Valley View Cemetery, Garden City, KS. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church. Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N 7th Street, Garden City, KS 67846.