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Maria Rosa Davila “Wita,” “Mama Coco,” age 89, of East Chicago, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2023. Maria is survived by 3 children: Raul J. (Marta) Davila, Antonio J. (Lilia) Davila, and Alicia Davila; 7 grandchildren: Jessica L. Davila, Nicole C. Davila, Alyssa D. Davila, Faith T. Davila, Benicio A. Davila, Carina Bolanos, and Mina Bolanos; 2 great grandchildren: Macy D. McCormick and Angel I. Bonilla; several godchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her daughter, Rosa Juanita Davila; her loving husband, Raul C. Davila; parents, Agustin and Juanita Guzman; padrinos, Tomas and Francisca Rivera; compadre, Roman S. (Alicia) Ramos, and numerous brothers and sisters.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Traditions Health Hospice, with a special thank you to Doris Crawford, RN.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2023 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at FIFE FUNERAL HOME, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, IN. An additional viewing will be held on Monday, October 16, 2023 at 9:30am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 3510 Deodar St., East Chicago, IN prior to the mass of Catholic Burial that will be celebrated at 10:00 am with Rev. Juan Felix Favela officiating. Burial procession to follow at St. John Cemetery, Hammond, IN.
Maria retired from the School City of East Chicago as a Lunch Matron in the school cafeteria with twenty years of service and was a former employee of Discoteca La Princesa store in East Chicago for many years; a former member of St. John Cantius Church in East Chicago; Maria had a strong Catholic faith with a great devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. She had a number of joys in life.
Maria had a love of sports that originated from her time as a softball player as a young adult. Her favorite sports to watch were boxing and basketball. She had a green thumb and loved tending to her plants. Maria never met a plant she didn’t want to take home. In her prime, she enjoyed dancing the night away with her “Kennedy” look-a-like husband. Maria continued her love for music throughout life and was always heard singing along to her favorite artists. She enjoyed life to the fullest. Maria had the best memory when it came to recalling everyone’s birth dates. She looked forward to celebrating every holiday, birthday and bonding over meals whether it be home cooked or out at her favorite restaurants.
More than anything, Maria’s greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends. She could always be heard enjoying life with them as she shared her contagious, joyful laugh. She proudly dedicated her time to ensure that family was priority. There was no doubt that she frequently gave everyone her warm, motherly love. She was bestowed the honor of the grand matriarch of the family and will be dearly missed. To share an online condolence, logon to www.fifefuneralhome.com