Maria Segovia, Saginaw, Michigan

Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt Maria de la luz Rodriguez Segovia passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the age of 82.  She was born in Linares, Mexico on October 31, 1927 and was the eldest of eight children born to Santos and Eloisa (Guerra) Rodriquez.  She came to Saginaw in 1957 to waitress for her aunt at the original El Farolito restaurant.  It was there that she met her husband of 25 years, Jimmy Segovia, who would eat there often after working at the foundry across the street.  He predeceased her on January 9, 1983.  Their marriage was blessed with three children Jim Segovia and his wife Jeanette, Diane and her husband Robert Sasiela and Mark Segovia and his wife Carmen.  She is also survived by 2 brothers and 4 sisters, six grandchildren, five step grandchildren and two step great grandchildren. She was a faithful member of St. Joseph Parish for over 50 years.  She spent her entire life devoted to being an honorable daughter, a loving wife, a beautiful mother, a special grandmother and a true friend! Visitation will be from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at W. L. Case Funeral Home (corner of Mackinaw and Shattuck).  A Vigil Service honoring Maria will be held at 8:00 p.m.   A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 915 S. 6th St. with Fr. Daniel Anholzer OFMCap presiding.  Maria will lie in state at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Interment will be conducted at a later date at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Dear God, we thank you for allowing us to enjoy such a wonderful lady for 82 years.  Those who knew Maria (Lucha) enjoyed her conversation and walked away with a smile.  She shared her wisdom with the young ones that education is key.  Knowing limited English was never an issue for Maria.  She communicated with her bright smile & charming personality.  She welcomed many to her kitchen with the aromas of her superb Mexican home cooking.  She loved to garden and could take a single seed and make it bloom year after year.  We pray Lord that she is welcomed into your kingdom with open arms.  We on earth will carry her in our hearts forever.