Maria Spilky, 79, of Escalon passed away in Riverbank on Jan. 6, 2013 following a battle with cancer.
She was born in Roswell, New Mexico and had lived in Escalon for 13 years.
Mrs. Spilky was a nurse and also a Catholic. She was well known for her artistic gifts in paining, jewelry making, costume design and sewing then. She loved people, was very good with animals and especially had a close connection with birds.
Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Richard Spilky of Escalon; children, Raymond Burns of Albuquerque, New Mexico and James Stewart of El Paso, Texas; siblings Julio, Frank, Albert, Bea, Lilly, Katie and Gertrude; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marshall and Maria Sanchez, and seven siblings.
Services were held in February, with burial at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.
The Escalon (Calif.) Times
March 20, 2013