Maria J. Viera Cendejas


Center resident Maria J. Viera Cendejas, 72, died Aug. 31, 2023, at the San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center in Alamosa.

Maria was born in Tlazazalca, Michoacán, on June 16, 1951, to Jesus Viera and Rosa Licea. She married the love of her life, Samuel Cendejas, and they enjoyed 51 years together.

Maria was an excellent cook and she made everything from scratch. Every day was a new treat for her family with her cooking. She raised flowers in her garden and took great care to keep them beautiful. Maria always added special touches to her clothing and made blankets and clothes for all her grand-babies. She also liked watching her novelas on television and keeping up with her family and friends. She loved learning about the word of God.

She is survived by her father Jesus Viera; her husband Samuel Cendejas of Center, Colo.; her children Miguel (Yuri) Cendejas, Samuel (Raelene) Cendejas, Jr., Juan (Laura) Cendejas, Mario (Riza) Cendejas; her grandchildren Salma (Cristian), Natalia, Valeria, Jose, Alicia, Cameron, and little Sammy; two brothers and eight sisters; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Maria was preceded in death by her mother, and two sisters.

Cremation was chosen and private family services will be held later.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, tributes and words of comfort or Maria’s family, please visit