Maria Lasher, 57, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.
Maria was born Oct. 7, 1961, in Manila, Philippines, to Arturo and Amor Avila. She became an American citizen at the age of 5. She graduated with honors in 1980 from Kempsville High School. On Sept. 19, 1981, she married Arnold Lasher. Together, they raised one daughter, Angelica.
Maria had a passion for reading and reviewing new and upcoming books. She was loved and appreciated by authors for her honest reviews. She loved to help others, often times putting their needs before her own. She was a kind-hearted, loving, strong, funny and remarkable woman.
Maria was preceded in death by her mother, Amor.
She is survived by her father, Arturo; husband, Arnold; daughter, Angelica, and her husband, Karl; grandchildren, Brendon and Alyssa; sister, Gigi, and her husband, Terry; brother, Jamar; cousins, Ron and Romeo; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 30, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1396 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach.
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