Maria Polendo

Maria Emilia Sustaita Polendo

Thursday, January 3rd, 1935 - Sunday, March 1st, 2020
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Maria Emilia Polendo, age 85, of Temple passed from this life during the early morning hours of Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple. Born on the 3rd day of January 1935 in Satin, Texas she was the daughter of Guillermo and Natividad (Davila) Sustaita.

Maria grew up in Waco, Texas. During her early adulthood, life would lead Maria to Temple where she would own and operate Cedar Creek Lounge on MLK for over 35 years. She was known to many as Maria Cedar Creek because there where several other area lounges’ owned by different Maria’s. She had a givers soul. Maria loved everyone and would never turn a blind eye to someone in need. Her family was her life and her faith in God as a Catholic was strong. She raised her children mostly by herself as a single mom but love was never in short supply. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Temple for many years and a resident of Temple since 1962.

She is preceded in death by 3 husbands Joe Angel Fimbres Sr, Benito M. Hernandez and Cruz Canul Jr., her parents, 2 sons Joe Angel Fimbres Jr. and Pablo Benjamin Hernandez, as well as 4 sisters Martina Esparza, Tomasa Franco, and Antonia and Mincha Sustaita. She is also preceded in death by brothers Jesus and Narciso Sustaita and 2 great-grandson Jeremy Soto and Nathan Romo.

She leaves behind daughters Margarita Rodriguez, Rosie Fimbres, Mary Martin and Gloria Fimbres all of Temple as well as Carolyn Fimbres of Corpus Christi, her sons John Canul of Temple and Manuel Fimbres of Waco, her sister Susie Montero of Temple, her brother Thomas Olivarri, 49 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

There will be a visitation for Mrs. Polendo on Sunday March 8, 2020 from 5-7pm at Hewett-Arney Funeral Home, with a rosary beginning at 6:00pm. The funeral service will take place on Monday March 9, 2020 at 10am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Temple, Texas, with the burial at Hillcrest Cemetery immediately following.

Hewett-Arney Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 8th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, March 8th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hewett-Arney Funeral Home
    14 W. Barton Ave
    TEMPLE, TX 76501
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  • Service

    Monday, March 9th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, March 9th, 2020 10:00am
    Our Lady of Guadalupe
    707 S. Sixth St.
    TEMPLE, TX 76504
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  • Interment

    Hillcrest Cemetery
    1873 N. 1st St
    TEMPLE, TX 76501
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Angela Soto

Posted at 10:13pm
I will miss seeing you every day and going out to eat together.. we love you Grandma.. I hope Jeremy is keeping you company. Give him a big hug a kiss for me

Angie G. Ybarra

Posted at 09:32am
No more hurting, no more doctors, now you are with your sisters and Ama in heaven having a grand time!
Love Angie Garcia Ybarra and family, one of your nieces from Tomasa's Sustaita Franco family.

Christie Humphrey

Posted at 09:12am
So sorry you all are in our prayers much love and respect.
David& Christie Hernandez

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