Mrs. Maria A. Duran, 84, of Galesburg, Illinois passed away at 5:00 am Monday, January 13, 2020, in OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Maria was born on April 22, 1935, in Cedral, Mexico the daughter of Barnaby and Aurora DeLeon Cervantes. She married Immanuel Duran in Mexico in 1951. He preceded her in death in 2007. Maria is survived by her children, Maria (Pedro) Avalos of Harlingen, Texas, Antonia Fry of Austin, Texas, Arturo Duran of Galesburg, Julia (Florentino) Avalos of Pharr, Texas, Miguel (Cindy) Duran of Houston, Texas, Asencion Duran of Galesburg, Esther (Edward) Malcolm of Dahinda, Illinois and Alberto (Griselda) Duran of Mexico; twenty-two grandchildren; thirty-six great-grandchildren and two brothers, Vincent (Isabel) Cervantes and LoLo Cervantes both of Mexico. She is preceded in death by her sisters, Maria and Estefana Cervantes. Maria moved to Galesburg in 1973. She worked for Galesburg School District #205 for over 19 years where she worked in the cafeteria at Churchill Junior High. She was a dedicated member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness. Maria was an outstanding cook, she made delicious plates for her family and dear friends. She was an admirer of the natural flowers growing in her garden but was never fond of receiving cut flowers.
Memorial Services are scheduled for 6:00 pm Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel. Mr. Ron Earp will officiate. Cremation will be accorded with burial at a later date in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witness. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com