Maria Teresa Victoria Guerrero Jaimes, born in Mesa, Arizona, November 24th, 1919. Maria passed away on July 9th. The daughter of Rosaura and P.W. Guerrero, founder of Rosarita Mexican Food, owner of Guerrero-Lindsey Sign Company and prominent civic leader. She was a devoted daughter, sister, mother and wife.
Maria was the third born of six children, Adolpho Guerrero, Pedro E. Guerrero, Hermina Stechnij, Kathy Bradley and Fernando Guerrero. After a brief stint working as a secretary in the Governor’s office, she became book keeper for Guerrero-Lindsey Sign Company until she retired at the age of 81.
Fiercely independent, culturally proud, she was known for her intelligence, sharp wit and indelible sense of style. She loved to read, travel and write scathing letters-to-the-editor of local and national publications. She was never one to sit by and tolerate social injustice.
She was instrumental in the restoration and decoration of her great-grandfather’s home in Florence, Arizona; the Peter Collier Warner home, which is listed on the National Historic Register. It was a great source of pride to her and her family.
Always game for a party with her large extended family and loyal friends, she enjoyed life to the fullest, spending time with her loved ones and dancing her way to what would have been her 100th birthday.
Maria married Rodolfo Jaimes in 1954. She is survived by four children, Annette Jaimes, George Jaimes (wife, Chris), Annie Jaimes (Will Geovannello), Rudy Jaimes, seven grandchildren, Mark Danelowitz (wife, Stacy), David Danelowitz, Elena Jaimes, Alicia Jaimes, Aidan Jaimes, Peter Hatch and his wife Susannah Gibbs, Jesse Jaimes, and three great grandchildren, Brandon, Damien and Dominick. Her surviving siblings include, Hermina Stechnij and Fernando Guerrero. She is also survived by numerous beloved nephews and nieces.
Services will be held at, Bunker Family Funerals & Cremation Funeral home, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, Arizona.
Reception to follow at Gilbert community center, 130 N. Oak St. Gilbert Arizona, 85233
I”m very sorry for your loss. Those we love are taken far too soon.
What a lovely and touching tribute to an amazing and vibrant woman. It was such an honor to meet your incredibly charming mother when she was in NYC. She was so fortunate to have such a large loving, creative and dedicated family. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Cheers and love to you (as I have a “little sip of tequila.” Peace be with you, Lorraine (Woo’s friend)