Maria G. Lara, 76, died on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009.

She was born on March 4, 1932 in Corpus Christi. She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Corpus Christi.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Lara Sr. and her parents.

Survivors are her children, Mary Alice (Manuel) Cabrera of Pasadena, Mary Dolores (Jose) Rodriguez of Houston, Joe (Michelle) Lara Jr. of Odem, Joe Luis (Gracie) Lara of Port Lavaca, and Alberto G. Lara of Annaville; nine grandchildren, Kacilda Luz Padron of Houston, Melinda Torres of Pasadena, Leticia Lara of Odem, Adam Pedro Banda Jr., Andrew Torres Banda, Rebecca Lara, Joe Luis Lara Jr., all of Corpus Christi, Nelly Salinas of Austin, and Janie Salinas of Benavides; 10 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Interment followed at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.