In Memory of Maria

By January 5, 2022February 7th, 2022Uncategorized

On January 3, 2022, Maria Diaz passed away peacefully in the evening after a brief battle with cancer. Her love will be remembered by her husband and three children, as well as numerous other family members and friends. 

The BIND family will hold memories of her closely during this time of grieving. Maria’s daughter Diana has been an employee at BIND for three years and served as a volunteer for the organization for several years prior to her employment. Maria ultimately joined the BIND family as a volunteer with the Nueva Vida group and quickly became a cherished member of our dedicated volunteer team. She will be fondly remembered as a compassionate, kind, patient, supportive and cheerful addition to the program at BIND.

Please let us know in the comments area of the donation form that your gift is in honor of Maria. Contributions made by check can be mailed to BIND, 1416 Gables Court, Plano Tx 75078 c/o Maria Diaz Memorial 

Our program members and volunteers have submitted the following dedications in her memory: 


– Tuve el gusto de trabajar con ella corrigiendo mi historia q escribí para el libro de Nueva Vida, también fui la última persona que caminamos juntos en Richarson, porque de ahí fue que enfermo, fue una gran Amiga, siempre nos apoyaba en todo, Dios la tenga en su Santa Gloria.

– I had the pleasure of working with her correcting my story that I wrote for the New Life book. I was also the last person that walked with her together in Richardson because then she was sick. She was a great friend. She always supported us in everything. God keep her in your Holy Glory.


– La primera vez que conocí a la Sra. Mary percibí su gran Corazón y espíritu dador. No solo era voluntaria en BIND, sino amiga de todos. Su bondad y entrega sobresalía cada vez que el grupo de Nueva vida se reunía, siempre tenia algo que dar. La última vez que la vimos le regaló a mi hija unas plantas. Te recordaremos cada vez que las reguemos. Mujer dadora, mujer de luz. Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones. Descansa. Descansa Descansa en paz. 

– The first time I met Mrs. Maria I sensed her great heart and giving spirit. She was not only a volunteer at BIND, but a friend to everyone. Her kindness and dedication stood out every time the Nueva Vida group met, she always had something to give. The last time we saw her she gave my daughter some plants. We will remember you every time we water them. Giving woman, woman of light. You will always be in our hearts. Rest. Rest. Rest in peace

Dr. Belen

– Es y será siempre la madrina de Nueva Vida. Ella hizo que cada uno de nosotros se sintiera digno y valioso. Siempre tenía algún dulce o comida para compartir y nos recibió a todos amorosamente en su casa con una alegría infecciosa.  Ella nos amaba profundamente y su amor siempre se sentirá.

– She is and will always be the godmother of Nueva Vida. She made each of us feel worthy and valuable. She always had some candy or food to share and she lovingly welcomed us all into her home with infectious joy. She loved us deeply and her love will always be felt.


– Some people are angels on earth to show us the way of love, patience and acceptance. Maria opened her heart and home to everyone as though we were all family. She will always be a beacon of love for those of us lucky enough to know her.


– Mi mas sentido pesame para la familia Diaz los acompañamos en su dolor que Dios les de fortaleza estamos con usted Sigy descanse en paz Sra.Maria.

– My deepest condolences to the Diaz family, we accompany them in their pain, may God give them strength, we are with you, Sigi, rest in peace, Mrs. Maria.


– María will always will be the cheerleader for Nueva Vida. Her energy always lightened the day. She welcomed all of us to her home and being a key for Nueva Vida to be family. We miss you Maria


– I was blessed to have known Maria, even for a short time. Her kind and giving nature shined through in her laugh and her time as a volunteer at BIND, her smile, her love for her family was evident when she shared stories about them. Her memory will live on in all of our hearts for many years. Thank you Maria for touching all of us at BIND 


Maria Inez Diaz of Plano, Texas passed away January 3, 2022 at the age of 68.  She was born on January 21, 1953 to Santiago Reyes and Maria Del Carmen Suarez in Montemorelos, Nuevo León Mexico.  Maria attended Escuela Normal Superior Serafin Peña in Montemorelos Nuevo León.  She also received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  Maria married Sigifredo Diaz on December 27, 1976 in Elsa, Texas.  She worked as a teacher in Mexico for four years.  Maria continued her teaching career in the Lubbock Independent School District and the Richardson Independent School District, retiring in 2013 after many wonderful years of dedicated service.  She was a member of SVDP, Church Lector, and BIND, Brain Injury Network of Dallas Volunteer.  Maria was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Marks The Evangelist Catholic Church in Plano, Texas. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.  Maria will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 45 years, Sigifredo Diaz of Plano, Texas; daughter, Diana Elizabeth Diaz and Frank Bedoya of Richardson, Texas; son, Roberto Carlos Diaz of Allen, Texas; daughter, Bianca Diaz Castillo and Joe Castillo of Lubbock, Texas; granddaughter, Kaitlin Geronimo of Omaha, Nebraska; grandson, Cristian Bedoya of Richardson, Texas; granddaughter, Mila Castillo of Lubbock, Texas; sisters, Paula Reyes, Maria Del Carmen Reyes, and Claudia Reyes; brothers, Guadalupe Reyes and Javier Reyes, all of Montemorelos, Nuevo León Mexico; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Maria was preceded in death by her father, Santiago Reyes; mother, Maria Del Carmen Suarez; brothers, Jorge Reyes, Santiago Reyes, Jr., and Jesus Reyes; and sister, Maria Luisa Gutierrez, all of Montemorelos, Nuevo León Mexico.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 10, 2022 at St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church, 1201 Alma Drive, Plano, Texas 75075.  Facemasks will be required and available to friends and family who wish to attend in person. Following the service, a procession will make its way to Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.  For a committal service the family will receive family and friends during a visitation on Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.  A rosary service will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Virtual attendance will be via Zoom.  Zoom ID 833 455 53505, PW:  NOVENA.  

In an effort to mitigate the risk of COVID, please consider joining us via ZOOM for the rosary and burial. A YouTube link will be provided for the funeral mass as well. 

The family requests memorial contributions may be made in Maria’s honor to BIND: Brain Injury Network of Dallas.