Monday was hard for me after I found out Maria had passed away. Spent too much time crying, but I know Maria would tell me to stop it and get on with my life because she was in a better place.
Maria told me she wanted to be cremated. Apparently there is going to be a Memorial Service for her at Variety Village in a few weeks.
She had a lot of friends there and her children were frequently involved in their programs. Variety Village has their flag at 1/2 mast in honour of her.
I found her on Facebook page and wrote this:
My Tribute to Maria
Maria was a force to be reckon with. Wherever she went, she commanded people’s attention and was an inspiration to us all, especially cancer patients. She was genuinely kind and took an interest in everyone’s lives. And she always had something to say.In fact, she often made people’s jaws drop. The doctors sure as hell didn’t know what to do with her. Every time they gave her 3 months to live, she would say, “I don’t like that plan. You’d better come up with a new one”.At the hospital, whenever someone was told bad news from a doctor she would say, “Fuck them. What do they know? They aren’t God”. No matter how bad the news was, she always made you feel better after talking to her.And her views about religion? “Damn those catholics, the whole bloody lot of them. If they believed in Jesus Christ the Saviour, they wouldn’t be afraid of dying, now would they?”I loved Maria with all my heart. I will miss her terribly. She was a wonderful lady who lived a short but remarkable life. She touched a lot of people everywhere she went. She was different. She was special.
What can I say? Maria was just Maria. And we were all blessed to know her.
I also discovered that she was on CTV a few years ago when I googled her name.
(sorry I don’t know how to link it properly…this is as best as I can do if you want to watch it)