January 6, 1927 - April 4, 2017
María Alicia Nadau du Treil, 90, entered eternal life on Tuesday April 4, 2017, at Baylor Carrollton Hospice in Carrollton, Texas. She was born On January 6,1927 in Duitama, Colombia to Aníbal Ruiz Fajardo and Ana de Jesus Prieto.
Alicia is preceded in death by her siblings Ana Beatriz, Aníbal, Abigail, Álvaro, Armando, Antonio and is survived by her sister, Ana Inés Ruiz Prieto, married to Alfonso Ramírez. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Dolores Nadau du Treil. Alicia was very proud of her home country of Colombia where she grew up and studied at a convent school. She became a bilingual secretary for Pan American Life, and worked there for many years. It was through this company that she was transferred to a US office in New Orleans, where she met Edward F. Nadau du Treil, while working on an Anti-Castro propaganda campaign. She later married him and was then preceded by him in death in 2013.
Together they had 3 children who survived her: Robert Michael Nadau du Treil, Claudio Maurice Nadau du Treil and Bernadette Alicia Chérrez Nadau du Treil, married to Xavier Ignacio Chérrez. She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren: Joseph Michael Nadau du Treil, Nicholas Xavier Chérrez Nadau du Treil, Christian Ignacio Chérrez Nadau du Treil, Vivienne Marie Chérrez Nadau du Treil, and Lilian Annette Chérrez Nadau du Treil.
María Alicia was a long time resident of University Park where she dedicated her time to her family and ran an alteration business out of her home. Later, she owned and operated a small business called Alicia’s Attic in Pleasant Grove.
Those who were blessed to know her will remember her by her positive, joyful disposition. She was friendly and welcoming to everyone she came into contact with. She doted over her children’s friends as though they were her own and was deeply loved and admired by all. She was a positive role model to everybody through her faith in Christ, her giving nature, her loving demeanor, and her ability to handle any situation with humor, love, grace, and forgiveness. She is remembered fondly, not only as a beautiful person, but also as someone to emulate. She was a loving parent, a spiritual woman, and a faithful Catholic.
It is difficult to remember her ever being in a disagreeable humor. Wherever Alicia was, laughter followed. She loved dancing and playing around with people. She was one of those rare personalities who could strike the perfect balance between being serious when it was called for but also laughing and extracting all of the joy that life had to offer. She had a deep devotion to The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary, as was demonstrated by her altar in the dining room. She was a woman of God as well as one of great faith and character.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who so desire have a Mass said for the repose of her soul or make a memorial donation in María Alicia’s name to http://www.saintjosephshelpers.org.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:00AM with the committal service immediately following the Mass.
The services will be held at:
Calvary Hill Cemetery and Funeral Home
3235 Lombardy Lane
Dallas, TX 75220
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252