Mae Chaves, 90, of Turlock passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Mrs. Chaves was born May 26, 1928, in Turlock. She attended schools in Oakland and Hilmar.

She met her husband Manuel at the scales at Golden State Creamery in Newman where they both worked. A football bet led to love and marriage.  They were married in 1950 and made their home in Newman.  Mrs. Chaves worked as a bookkeeper for many years, and retired from Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District as a food service worker.

She will be fondly remembered by neighborhood trick-or-treaters for her homemade popcorn balls and by friends and neighbors for her trays of cookies at Christmas time. 

She and her husband moved to Turlock in 1991.  They enjoyed traveling and playing cards with sister and brother-in-law,  Rosie and Joe Rodrigues.  After her husband passed away in 1996, Mrs. Chaves spent time with family, her grandchildren and finally great grandchildren, who all loved her dearly.

She is survived by her children, Paula Chaves Schultz of Turlock and Glenn Chaves (Kim) of Modesto; her grandchildren, Shannon Jacobs (Stephen) and Matthew Schultz, both of Turlock, and Lucas Schultz of Sacramento; her sister, Aileen Borges of Turlock; Godchildren Sandra Van Meter of Hughson, Lou Borges of Riverbank, Charlotte Souza of San Martin and Barbara Moeller of Hughson; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Manuel, Mrs. Chaves is preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Mamie Silva; and a brother, Joseph Silva.

Visitation will be held at Allen Mortuary in Turlock today (Thursday, Oct. 25) from 5-7 p.m. A mass celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at All Saints University Parish, 440 McKenna Dr., Turlock.

Remembrances may be directed to: All Saints Building Fund, c/o All Saints University Parish, 440 McKenna Dr. Turlock, CA 95382; or: Bristol Foundation, 206 North 2100 West Ste. 202, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 (Hospice Care).

The family extends heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of Bristol Hospice and to Elizabeth Garcia, caregiver, for the loving care they provided.