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Maria Alicia Strosnider

June 25, 1944 - September 4, 2021


Maria Alicia StrosniderMaria Alicia Salazar Zavala Strosnider entered eternal rest on September 4, 2021 in Salem, Oregon. She was 77 years old.

She was born in Ojocaliente, Zacatecas, Mexico on June 25, 1944 to Jose Angel and Maria Theresa Salazar-  the eldest of eight children. She came to the United States at the age of 4 and helped her family as a farm laborer until she married Aurelio Zavala Sr. with whom she had three sons. She later married Lewis Strosnider with whom she had one son. She lived for a time in Texas, Idaho, and for the last five and a half decades, in Oregon.

Alicia later found employment in education and for many years worked as an instructional assistant in the Salem-Keizer School District. She was bilingual and was featured in the local newspaper specifically for her work supporting elementary students and English Language Learners, many of whom remembered her years later for her kindness and laugh. She retired from her successful career at Salem-Keizer and went on to help raise her grandchildren.

She deeply loved her family, friends and liked big gatherings. She loved to cook for people and enjoyed sharing special family recipes with loved ones. She was a social butterfly and was often stopped by former students, acquaintances, and friends when out and about as she knew so many people. We often joked that she was the “Queen of Salem” as she was always waving at someone from the car or from across the room.

She is predeceased by her parents and her first husband, Aurelio. She is also predeceased by her brothers, Manuel and Juan Salazar; and sisters, Carmella Arce and Estella Garza.  She is survived by her husband, Lewis Strosnider and her four sons: Francisco (Carolee) Zavala, Antonio (Lori) Zavala, Aurelio Zavala Jr., and Christopher Strosnider. She is survived by 18 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Additionally, she is also survived by her sisters Elva Rodriguez, Consuelo Salazar, and Guadalupe Salazar. Her legacy is long and deep and she will be greatly missed.

A private service for family will be held on October 1, 2021. She will later be interred in Caldwell, Idaho by her parents and family. 

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My condolences to the family.



So sorry to hear of Maria's passing. I knew her when we subbed together in the school district and when I was sub caller for the district, I called her quite a bit to work especially in Spanish speaking classes. I also knew Maria from the 4th ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and got to know many of her children and grandchildren. Maria was always so sweet and positive about life. She was always smiling and she loved her family so very much. She enjoyed talking about them and prayed and hoped for them to have the best things in their lives. I pray for the Lord to bring comfort and peace for  her family and for all her friends who will greatly miss the earthly companionship of this lovely lady. May the Lord bless you all....you will see her again and she will welcome you with her loving arms and that sweet smile.