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Maria Ivis Louise Diaz, age 25, began her journey to the Spirit World on April 19, 2022 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

She was born on Tuesday, December 17, 1996 in Redwood Falls, MN, the daughter of Wambde Duta Diaz and Roberta Pendleton.

Maria was such a radiant soul who was full of life.  She made an impact on everyone she ever met, even if it was just once.  She loved her family, especially her siblings.  Maria enjoyed cooking, doing her make-up and getting dressed up.  She loved being with her friends, traveling, going to pow-wows and experiencing new things.  In school, Maria was interested in robotics and science and was also very artistic.  She loved her animals, especially Nari and Buddha.

Maria was always looking out for and taking care of her siblings, it was her favorite thing.  She was the best big sister we could have ever asked for.  She will be missed by so many and she was so loved!

Preceded in death by her maternal grandmother Beatrice Rainey; grandfather Larry Prescott; aunt Mary Josephine Rainey; paternal grandmother Mary Brown Diaz; great uncle Frank Diaz; cousins William Diaz and Nathan Dogskin; special friends Shandiin Goodbird and Maidson Vagle.

Survived by her mother Roberta L.A. Pendleton (Kevin); father Wambde Duta Diaz Sr.; siblings Taylor Drake, Audrice Waalkens, Wambde Duta Diaz Jr., Kalo Diaz, Heaven Diaz, Kayla Bill, Dayton Diaz, Nathaniel Larsen, Beatrice P. Story and many, many aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends.

Honorary casket bearers will be Michele Pendleton, Freddy Pendleton, Myron Rainey II, Lucy Rainey, Janet Rainey, Mathew Rainey and their families.  Joyce Pendleton, Brenda Pendleton, Mathew Pendleton, Trinidad Rangel, Iola Pendleton and many others.  Friends Perry Phillips, Ashley Dahlke, Allie Schwab, Tessa Sedin, Emily Gerrich, Alecia Hagen, Belva Phillips, Kris Hodgson and many more.  (We apologize if we left anyone out as there are so many Maria was close to.  These are who came to mind.)

Casket bearers will be Wambde Duta Diaz Sr., Benjamin Pendleton, Myron Rainey II, Mathew Rainey, Robert Larsen Jr., Kevin Story, Dustin Sullivan and Quincy Pendleton.  Wambde Duta Diaz Jr., Kalo Diaz, Dayton Diaz, Nathaniel Larsen, Isaiah Hill, Sean Robideau, Perry Phillips, Jacob Zimmer-Koerner.

All night wakes will take place Thursday, April 21, Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the Bishop Whipple Mission, Morton, MN.

Funeral for Maria Diaz will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Bishop Whipple Mission.  Interment will follow at St. Cornelia Cemetery.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with arrangements.

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