|Birth: ||Dec. 5, 1997|
|Death: ||Jun. 29, 2001|
Passed away from Hyperthermia while in Foster Care.
Maryah Che Ponce was a beautiful little girl born to Tiana and James Ponce. Maryah lived with her mother, her brother and her three sisters in Tustin, California. Maryah was the baby of the family. The other kids' little baby sister.
Maryah was born prematurely and had always been small for her age. She had long lashes that framed her beautiful black eyes and her features were small and delicate her mother said. Tiana recalled, "she was like a little chipmunk". "She was learning to count and she could count to 13. She liked to play with her brother and sisters". Amy Alvarado, Maryah's aunt, said of her niece, "she was just a very bright child".
Tiana Ponce, who was poor and alone with five kids, suffered from bipolar disorder. She asked the state of California to temporarily place her kids in foster care so she could have some time to get better. Maryah and three of her siblings were placed in the foster home of Linda Montano, 43, who resided in Rialto, California. Montano was registered to be a foster parent through Canyon Acres, a state licensed foster agency. Maryah was remembered as being a happy child who seemed unfazed by being moved around. The older children complained that the Montanos were strict. On June 29th, 2001, a mere seven months after her arrival, Maryah died of Hyperthermia. She was only 3 years old.
Services for her were held at the Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary in Santa Ana.
Maryah is loved and missed dearly by many. She is survived by her mother, Tiana, her father, James, her grandmother, Mary Alvarado, her brother, also named James Ponce, 5, and her three sisters, Miranda Ponce, 6, Nicole Juarez, 9, and Monica Ambriz, 11.
California is known as a home to the stars. With Maryah's passing, one of those most beautiful little stars fell from the sky. Hopefully, Maryah is in Heaven right now laughing and playing with the angels, smiling her cute baby smile and emanating love everywhere she goes.
Fairhaven Memorial Park
Plot: Lawn AN 385 space E
Created by: Dovesblood
Record added: Aug 02, 2008
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