Adelia Rita LeFebre Maestas, 81, our own mother of West Valley City, UT departed this life and entered eternal rest on Thursday, May 7, 2020, to the sadness of our family but hope filled faith of joining our late father Juan F. Maestas, Sr. Our parents were born as Spanish Americans, raised a family, and worked in the United States of America, North America, all their lives, and loved our country, and defended her graciously. They have been, Spirit of the Law, Letter of the Law, Roman Catholics all their lives.
Adelia, who went by Rita, was born on her family’s ranch in Los LeFebres near Ocate, New Mexico USA on August 28th, 1938. She was the youngest in a large family of hard-working ranchers and storekeepers. Learning a strong work ethic and a willingness to assist her parents, she moved to Laramie, Wyoming working at the University of Wyoming Hospital in laundry. She eventually returned to New Mexico, USA where she met the love of her life, Juan Filiberto Maestas (from Mora, NM, USA), who had previously served in the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Army Reserves, and was a Veteran of Foreign Wars, whom she married in 1963.
They immediately moved to in Herlong, California, where Juan became a Federal Civil Servant. Juan and Rita had three daughters (Cristina, Martina, and Teresa) within the first three years of their marriage. With their new family, they moved to Utah. They had a fourth child, a son (Juan Jr). Rita continued to work as an Environmental Specialist in various medical centers, the longest being Doxey-Hatch Medical, and later the University of Utah’s Medical Center. She was well regarded as being a tireless hard worker.
Rita loved her family to the fullest extent. She would give, never expecting anything in return. She and Juan liked to travel when they could and were always seen by each other’s side. They particularly loved to dance—Rita and Juan would impress many people with their graceful finesse on the dance floor. She loved her children, and later her grandchildren. She was continually serving, watching children and grandchildren, and soon her ailing husband. She was spry, full of energy, tireless, hard-working, formidable, giving, and loving to all her children and grandchildren. She never missed a family member’s birthday, would continually check on everyone to ensure they had everything they needed: whether as a comfort, for survival, or for success. She was always grateful for what she had. She especially loved Christmas and always wanted it year-round. She had a good sense of humor and a smile that lit up her face.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Juan Filiberto Maestas; her parents, Francisco and Alberia (Encinias) LeFebre; and all her brothers and sisters: Corina Pacheco, Francisco Alejandro LeFebre, Clorinda E. LeFebre, Joselino LeFebre, Maria Adonilia Romero, Frank LeFebre Jr., Transito Antonio LeFebre, and Augustin B. LeFebre.
She is survived by her children (all of WVC, UT): Cristina (Jim) Marshall, Martina Maestas, Teresa (Mike) Curtis, and Juan (Charlotte) Maestas, Jr.; grandchildren Michael (Brooke), Jason (step-grandchild), Vincent, Kristen (step-grandchild), Kayla, Garrett, Corinne, Sarah, Isabella, and Ignatius David; great-grandchild Alice; step-great-grandchildren Dean and Lillian; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held in Rita's honor and she will be laid to rest at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery.