Maria Elena Leyva White, 75, of Crawfordville, Georgia, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 27th, 2021 surrounded by family in Union Point, Georgia. She was born April 8th, 1945 in Yuma, Arizona to the late Diego Sandoval Leyva and Jennie Quiroz Leyva. Maria retired from Mr. C’s in September 2017, a job she held for 13 years and was much loved by her customers.
Maria had many roles throughout her life, most importantly being a mother to her 6 children, Eugene A. Lashley, Greensboro, Georgia; O. Norman Lashley (Shelby), Eatonton, Georgia; Tina L. Brown (Eddie), Greensboro, Georgia; Lisa R. Smith (Matthew), Crawfordville, Georgia; Marco R. Lashley (Nancy), Greensboro, Georgia; Delphina A. Whittaker Rojo (Edward), Acton, Massachusetts and an adopted son, Robert Watkins of Ila, Georgia. Grandchildren, Brandi Taylor, Chay Lashley, Jason Brown, Rusty Holcomb, Kelby Carson, Guerin Brown, India Lashley, Morgande Harris, Cameron Britton, Amara Rojo, Diego Rojo, Sofia Rojo, Mateo Rojo and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Guadalupe Concepcion Hernandez, and an uncle, Guadalupe Miranda Talamontes.
In addition to being a mother, Maria held jobs outside of the home, employed by Byran Scott, Nibco, and Circle of Love. She also worked as a First Responder, earning her CDL license at the age of 47, then drove a school bus in Houston, Texas, and at age 51 worked and earned her CNA license, later working as a private sitter for a short time. She loved being around people, traveling, and shopping especially. She was an avid gardener and had an incredible green thumb; her cacti collection was quite extensive. Maria was a talented cook, beautiful seamstress, and had a smile that could brighten any room.
Maria was loved by all who knew her and enjoyed visiting with family and friends. She will be missed by many and remembered by all.
In addition to her children, she’s survived by her siblings, brothers, Frank Hernandez (Lupe), Mesa, Arizona, Richard D. Leyva (Yolanda), Chula Vista, California, John D. Leyva, Yuma, Arizona, sisters, Hope Trujillo, Yuma, Arizona, Jennie L. Franks, Winterhaven, California, Lydia R. Harrison, Phoenix, Arizona and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dave and Diane Conger with Mr. C’s for their love and kindness shown to our mother.
A Funeral Service will be held, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at McCommons Chapel, 109 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Mark Yearwood officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until time for the service. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
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