Let the memory of Maria be with us forever.

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved, Maria G. Duran. We will remember her forever.

Maria G. Duran, 88, of Coolidge, AZ returned to the Lord on March 27, 2019 with her loving family by her side.Maria was born on January 26, 1931 in Parral, Mexico to Trinidad Palacios and Anastacia Guillen.

Maria was a faithful and active parishioner of St. James Catholic Church, she was a Eucharist Minister, a Prayer Warrior and Spiritual Counselor to her community and she additionally performed in her own choir group.She was a nurturing, loving, optimistic person who led her life in lines with her faith.She enjoyed knitting, singing, gardening and spending time with her family who she cherished deeply.Maria’s sense of humor and cheerful disposition was enjoyed by all who knew her, she liked listening to Mariachi music, being outside in the mornings and evening enjoying birds singing / chirping.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 52 years, Albino Duran, brothers; Daniel Palacios, Alfonso Palacios, Luis Palacios, sister; Maria Anna Gonzales, daughter; Guadalupe White, and grandson Sir Terry Drake.

Maria is survived by her children; Juan Luis Duran, Luz Nelson, Maria Drake, Jose Albino Duran, Theresa Williams, Martha Rash, Fernando Duran, Daniel Duran, Dolores Bojorquez, Ernesto Duran, 25 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.

A visitation will take place on April 3 at St. James Catholic Church at 8:00 a.m., Rosary at 9:00 a.m., and Mass at 9:30 a.m. interment to follow at Heritage Valley Memorial Park. 

We invite you to use this page to share your memories of Maria.


Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

9:00 am Rosary

9:30 am Mass

St. James Church

401 W Wilson Ave

Coolidge, AZ 85128

If you would like to send flowers, they are welcomed and appreciated. You may contact the local Flower Shop, Nature's Nook. Flowers can be sent to Heritage Coolidge Funeral Home, 410 W Roosevelt Ave, Coolidge, AZ 85128.

Contributions in Maria's memory may be made to The Alzheimer's Association through their website www.alz.org/

Posted by C J on April 2, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss our deepest condolences and prayers to you, your family and all of her friends, May God Bless you all!
Posted by T Marie Nelson on April 2, 2019
My Nana was a Godly woman & very BIG on family. As the day grows closer I think of more details of you in the early morning hours. I remember your beautiful birds you use to have. I remember the smell of coffee and seeing you sit at your kitchen table or outside drinking it. I hear your voice saying blessings over me and kissing my forehead. I can hear you praying over the family on every Thanksgiving. I can hear you singing to me. I remember you sitting in your chair knitting & showing me how to knit. I remember you watching Novelas and the Spanish game shows and laughing. I remember buttered homemade tortillas and over easy eggs and beans. I remember when you gave your stamp of approval of my Spanish rice. I remember your laugh & you being a very proud woman. I remember you loving your jewelry. I hear your voice the last time you looked at me and recognized me. Nana you exuded love to us all. You passed down some very strong family values. You were a beautiful woman inside and out. Nana I love you and you will forever be missed but I know your spirit lives forever. Say hello to my grandma for me ❤️
Posted by Maria Drake on April 1, 2019
” Who can find a virtuous woman? Her worth is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10) The word “virtuous woman” in this Scripture is the word, “CHAYIL” a Hebrew word that means: wisdom, wealth, valor, strength, competence, active, power, riches, substance (quality) trained, a force, and worthy.
My mother manifested attributes of a Chayil Woman as described in Proverbs 31:10-31. She was supportive of her husband and family. She took initiative and showed creativity, working with her hands. Always made sure food was on the table, stayed up late at night sewing clothes to clothe her children, she made sure her household was strong, safe, and attractive. She was not a lazy and complaining woman, always found creative ways to provide for the family. She gridded herself with strength, took ownership of her own personal development in the church; enjoyed music and her favorite hobby was knitting; very much involved in outreach and ministry to the disadvantage, extended her hand to the poor and needy. She was strong yet gracious, a blessing to all of us, she opened her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue the law of kindness. She loved, respected, and honored God as her priority and Source for creating her values.
That was Maria G. Duran, my mother!
Posted by Theresa Williams on March 31, 2019
My dear Mother was one that was a miracle, she lifted the fallen, encouraged the discouraged and healed the broken. She was full of compassion and kindness. She just didn’t look for a miracle; she became a miracle to someone by showing them God’s love and mercy. Beloved mother be in peace and always I will cherish you! Love You Mom!
Posted by Fernando Duran on March 31, 2019
My beloved mother, you will forever be missed. You instilled in me that love and always being there for your kids is one of the most satisfying traits a parent can do because when they grow up and you look at their lives it fills your heart with pride and satisfaction at such a great job you did as a parent. I hope to be able to fulfill this like you did with me. Love you Mom.

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