Maria Amaya Sotello

Maria Amaya Sotello, 80, of Belton, departed this world to be with our Lord on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at The Senior Care of Weston Inn, Temple, TX. 

Mrs. Sotello was born May 7, 1939, in Choate, Texas, to Eloisa P. Garces and Manuel Amaya. 

Maria married Nicholas Sotello on July 12, 1961 in Bell County. They bought a home in Belton and began their lives together. Maria worked for many years as a welder in the Belton/Temple area and a few years in the food service industry at a local restaurant.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicolas Sotello; parents, Esteban and Eloisa Garcez and Manuel Amaya; both maternal and paternal grandparents.

Survivors include her sisters, Amelia Fraga (the late Bonifacio Fraga Sr), Eloisa Hernandez (Catarino), both of Runge, and Janie Rodriguez of Victoria; George Castillo, “The Son of Her Heart”, of Belton; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a beloved aunt, godmother, wife, sister and mother that we will forever hold in our hearts.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. and a Rosary at 7pm, on Tuesday, July 2, at Finch Funeral Chapel in Runge. 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 3, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Runge with Father Norbert Herman officiating. Burial will follow at Runge Latin American Cemetery. 

You are invited to sign the online guest book at

Arrangements entrusted to Finch Funeral Chapel. 

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My deepest condolences to all my cousins in the loss of their sister. May God give you the Strength, Peace, Comfort and Understanding in the days to come. Sorry I can't be with y'all but y'all are in my thoughts and prayers ❤🙏 love, laurie VILLANUEVA

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