Maria went home on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at the age of 78. Maria was born on October 5, 1945 in Santa Rosa, NM to Eligio and Olympia Romero. Her parents proceeded her in death. She was also proceeded in death by her sister Lucille Romero; brother Ignacio Romero; nephew Reggie Romero and grandson Joey Dunnahoo.
Maria is survived by her husband of 60 years Ray Peralta; daughters Lucinda Dunnahoo(Rufe) Vicki Peralta; sons Paul Peralta (Jane), Richard Peralta (Peggye), and Chris Peralta; grandchildren RJ Dunnahoo (Jenna), Kayla Dunnahoo, Sadie Peralta, Stephanie Hildago (Albert), Mathew Garcia (Marie), Veronica Salcido, Jeanette Salcido (Anthony), Krystle Van den Bout (Bo), Amy Peralta (Bobby), Kayce Peralta (Eddie), Kimberly Chavez, Nikki Peralta, Jamie Peralta, Alysa Peralta and grand dog Minnie Peralta. Great grandchildren, Klasey Dunnahoo, Kenley Dunnahoo, Kaisley Dunnahoo, Alanna Hildago, Ariya Hildago, Caleb Hildago, Nayelle Garcia, Natalie Ray Garcia, Meah Garcia, Esmae Garcia, Estrella Serrano, AnaMarie Serrano, Jena Madrid, Geovoni Flores, Amari Madrid, Adeline Madrid, Adrianne Madrid, Ezra Van den Bout, Demri Van den Bout, Camden Van den Bout, Ava Pemberton, Bryson Pemberton, Zayden Romero and Nathaniel Romero.
Maria lived in Hagerman for 58 years. She loved baking and sewing. Mostly she loved being around her family. She worked at the Hagerman Schools for 33 years until retirement. She also helped her daughter for 18 years at Toby’s Café. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters for several years. Maria was an extremely compassionate person who loved all. She always had a smile on her and thought of others before herself. Maria will be greatly missed.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Paul Peralta, Richard Peralta, Chris Peralta, Mathew Garcia, RJ Dunnahoo and Jamie Peralta. Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 3:00-6:00 pm, Monday October 30, 2023 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Roswell. A Rosary Vigil will be held at 9:30am, Tuesday October 31, 2023 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church of Hagerman with Funeral Mass following at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Lake Arthur Cemetery.