Maria Baez 55 of Springfield, MA, passed away after a heroic battle against lung cancer. She was born on July 9, 1965, in Hartford, Ct to Mercedes Baez and Carmen Alicea.
Maria had a love for life, an infectious sense of humor and had a smile that could brighten up the darkest room. Her love of music was matched only by the challenge of trying not to dance when “her jam” would be played.
Maria will be deeply missed by Miguel Velez, her fiancé and partner in life of 13 years; mother, Carmen Alicea Reyes, children, Miguel Rivera, Natasha Ortiz, Jose Ortiz Jr, Jasmine Ortiz and Jacob Baez; siblings, Luz S Baez and her fiancé Chino, Luis A Baez, Humberto Baez, Priscilla Baez-Rodriguez and her wife Isabelina, along with her 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father Mercedes Baez and her sister Lesbia Baez.
At Maria’s wish her body is to be cremated. A Celebration of Life is to be held for select friends and family.
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