Maria Casaus

Maria Casaus of Portales died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

She was born in Los Ojitos to Felicita and Abram Salazar.
She grew up in Puerta de Luna. In 1940, she married Justo Casaus in Santa Rosa. They made their home in Fort Sumner, Sudan, Texas, and Roswell before moving to Portales in 1956, where she lived the remainder of her life. After the death of her daughter in 1969, she and her husband reared their grandchildren, Wayne and Diane.

Family member said she enjoyed crocheting and attending the activities and dances at the Portales Senior Citizens.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Abram, Christian, Sotero and Roberto Salazar; three sisters, Otilia Lucero, Olympia Casaus and Alicia Flores; two grandchildren, Johnny Ray Casaus and Fabian Casaus; a daughter, Ruby Casaus; and her husband.

Survivors include a son, John Casaus (and wife, Priscilla) of Albuquerque; two grandsons, F. Wayne Garcia of Portales and Mario Casaus of Albuquerque; a granddaughter, Diane Gallegos of Portales; a husband, Ediniero of Portales; a great-grandchild, Kristen Ruby Gallegos of Portales; and a brother, Emilio Salazar of Portales.

A communion mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Helen Catholic Church.

Deacon Mario Aguirre will officiate services.
Burial will take place in Puerta de Luna Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Roberto Lucero, Mike Lucero, Severo Lucero, Darren Ortega, Adam Gutierrez and Manuel Salazar Hill.

Honorary pallbearers are her family members and friends.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.