María Teresa Chávez (nee Vizcarra), 84, passed away at home in Lompoc, surrounded by her family on Sunday, September, 24, 2017.

Maria Teresa was born on October 15th, 1932, in Durango, Durango, Mexico, to Ignacio and Benjamina Vizcarra Sifuentes. She grew up in Durango and later moved to Mexico City with her family. She attended neighborhood schools and graduated from the Mexico City Career Trade School with a specialization in dressmaking. She worked in her 20's as a nanny in New Mexico. In the 1960's she moved to Santa Barbara County to work at Cottage Hospital. Later, she accepted a position as the housekeeper for La Purísima Concepción Church in Lompoc, California. There she met Alfonso B. Chávez as he was turning in some raffle tickets for the annual parish bazaar. They married on November 26, 1966, at La Purisima Church where they were active members of the Guadalupano Society, Marriage Encounter, Cursillo, Legion of Mary, and other parish ministries.

Maria Teresa is predeceased by her parents and siblings; Amalia, Olegario, Francisco, Socorro, and Beatriz in Mexico; her husband Alfonso B. Chávez and son, Alfonso J. Chávez, in Lompoc.

Maria Teresa is survived by her son, Gerardo Chávez; daughter, María Teresa Medina and her husband José Medina, their children José D., Nathan A., Aarón X. and María N. Medina; daughter, Carmen Chávez-Hernandez and her husband José Hernández, sons Joseph and Jacob Hernández; son, Miguel Chávez and his wife Ofelia, their children, María Soledad, Carmen Andrea, Ofelia Tonantzin, Izel-Citlali, and Angelica-Quetzalli Chávez; son, Alfonso J.'s daughters: Tanya, Bleu, and Gracie Chavez , all of California and her brothers José Luís and Jaime of Mexico.

Maria's culinary skills always delighted the staff at La Purisima including Monsg. McGrath, Monsg. Fitzgerald, Monsg. Rawden, and visiting archbishops. Her other hobbies included sewing, crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, baking, coin collecting, and playing bingo at the local church bazaars. She donated her time working at parish carnival food booths and by making several of her hand-crocheted tablecloths for the La Purísima Church Guadalupano Society fundraisers and raffles.

She is sadly missed by her family and friends. The family is indebted to several organizations for the love and care given to Mom during her last months. We would like to thank Brian J. Taber, MD, the staff at Purísima Hills Residence, the staff at Lompoc District Hospital, the staff at Assisted Home Health Hospice. In honor of María Teresa Chávez's dedication to her faith, Memorial Gifts may be made in her name to the Monsignor McGrath Scholarship Fund, c/o La Purísima Concepción School, 219 West Olive Ave., Lompoc, CA, 93436.

Viewing will be at 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 1st, at Starbuck Lind; Scripture service will begin at 4 PM and the Rosary will begin at 6PM. A requiem mass will take place at 10 AM at La Purísima Church on Monday, October 2nd, followed by a burial service at Evergreen Cemetery at Lompoc, CA.

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