Maria Luisa “Licha” Cortez
October 30, 1941 – September 18, 2014
Licha Cortez, 72, of Calipatria passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in La Mesa, California after a lengthy illness. She was born October 30, 1941 in Mexico and was married to Ignacio Cortez of El Centro in 1961, with two children, Gloria and Gabriel.
The Chapel Service will be on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Frye Chapel and Mortuary at 11:00 a.m.
The service will be officiated by Brother Beny Mata.
Visitation will be on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Frye Chapel and Mortuary from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The Burial will be on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Riverview Cemetery after the Chapel Service.
Maria is preceded in death by her father and mother, Pomposo and Antonia Mata of Calipatria, her brothers, Rudy Gutierrez and Pomposo Mata Jr. both of Calipatria, and her daughter, Gloria Cortez of San Diego.
The survivors of Maria include, her son, Gabriel Cortez of San Diego, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, her brother and sister-in-law, Beny and Rosemary Mata of Vista, her brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Jane Mata, her brother, Tony Mata of Calipatria, her sister, Margie Pizano of Calipatria and numerous nieces and nephews.
Licha will always be remembered for her sense of humor, love of family and friends, and always being young at heart. She will be greatly missed.