|January 15, 2016|
Arriving to the USA as a previous Hitler's youth to a southern gentry family with roots in Arkansas, Maria met with a lavish amount of disapproval. Brigham Young University analyzed massive data and concluded that social isolation was as deadly as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, or being an alcoholic. Isolation proved to be twice as harmful to a humans survival than obesity. A vast accumulation of research indicates that the root cause of heart disease and stress comes from feeling isolated. "Fear of Intimacy" by
|Maria Herzig age 7|
|Maria age 17|
they trust your kindness. However, the moment you betray them, reject them or devalue them, they will end the friendship. They live with guilt and constant pain over unresolved situations and misunderstandings. They are tortured souls that are not able to live with being unwanted or being rejected. This type of person needs the most love anyone can give them because their soul has been constantly bruised by others. However, despite the tragedy of what they have to go through in life, they remain the most compassionate people worth knowing and the ones that often become activists for the broken-hearted,
forgotten and the misunderstood. They are angels with broken wings that only fly when loved." ― Shannon L. Alder -- An entire chapter in a book entitled "John of God and the Casa of Love" was dedicated to her work in Brazil. She is survived by her son Ben Alley, daughters Mary Dinkel, and Barbara Hoyle. Her grand children David Bartlett, Jason Newell, Blake Alley and Eric Alley. Maria
Crane requested to be remembered for her service to God. "Stuff that needs to be said" is reflected in this piece shared among her children. It was written by John Pavolitz: "On the day I die, a lot will happen. A lot will change. The world will be busy. On the day that I die, all the important appointments I made will be left unattended. The many plans I had yet to complete will remain forever undone. The calendar that
ruled so many of my days will now be irrelevant to me. All the material things I so chased and guarded and treasured will be left in the hands of others to care for or to discard. The words of my critics which so burdened me will cease to sting or hurt me anymore. They will be unable to touch me. The arguments I believed I'd won here will not serve me or bring me any satisfaction or solace. All my noisy incoming notifications and texts and calls will go unanswered. Their great urgency will be quieted. My many nagging regrets will all be resigned to the past,
where they should have always been anyway. Every superficial worry about my body that I ever labored over; about my waistline or hairline or frown lines, will fade away. My carefully crafted image, the one I worked so hard to shape for others here, will be left to them to complete anyway. The sterling reputation I once struggled so greatly to maintain will be of little concern for me anymore. All the small and large
anxieties that stole sleep from me each night will be rendered powerless. The deep and towering mysteries about life and death that so consumed my mind will finally be clarified in a way that they could never be before while I lived. These things will certainly all be true on the day that I die. Yet for as much as will happen on that day, one more thing that will happen. On the day I die, the few people who really know and truly love me will grieve deeply. They will feel a void. They will feel cheated. They will not feel ready. They will feel as though a part of them has died as well. And on that day, more than anything in the world they will want more time with
me. I know this from those I love and grieve over. And so knowing this, while I am still alive I'll try to remember that my time with them is finite and fleeting and so very precious—and I'll do my best not to waste a second of it. I'll try not to squander a priceless moment worrying about all the other things that will happen on the day I die, because many of those things are either not my concern or beyond my control. Friends, listen to what the Spirit is saying! Those ridiculous worries about what others think keep us from truly living in the moment. Striving for attention, or competing for affections rob us of the joy of this unrepeatable, uncontainable, ever-evaporating NOW!
Be alert, and pay attention to those God placed in your life and LOVE them. Love them face to face or from afar. Don't miss the chance to dance and laugh with them in person, on the phone, or on Facebook! All communication speaks the truth, it says "I care, and I love you" It's easy to waste so much daylight in the days before we die. What we think matters steals so much of our moments! On
the day we die,nothing at all will matter one bit! Yes, you and I will die one day. But before that day comes: let us choose to LIVE with wild abandon of any imaginations of a reputation ruined because of our expressed passion for one another! Maria was the only child of Barbara Herzig who was unable to take care of her. Maria was immediately adopted and raised by her three aunts in Shuen Ecken. She worked in the family coffee shop and read books as they were made available. From a very young age it was clear that possessed a passion for learning. As a child, Maria lived in a rural part of Germany. She was only ALLOWED to help at the family store when no customers were there. Sadly she remembered being hidden in a closet when the small village customers arrived as she was the shame of the Herzig family.
During World War II, Maria was forced to march in Hitler’s youth and her job was to bury the dead horses. Shortly after May 7, 1945 Maria married Willis Earl Alley, a US Army Intelligence Officer. Her first born Joseph Bennett (Ben) Alley arrived in 1949, followed by her first daughter Maria Jeanette (Mary Jane) born in 1950, followed by her last child Barbara Sue born in 1951. Maria spent much of her
married life in Stockton, California where she worked as a secretary for Alley Insurance. She was able to travel back to Germany to visit family and friends often. Her changed life as a mother and wife in the United States was noted by her peers and family in Germany. When she met her husband Earl, she hoped that her life would drastically improve, but moving to a new country proved to be stressful. Maria divorced the father of her children and lived and worked as a secretary for many years in California before she returned to Europe to work in the library of the
America House in Brussels. James Crane, the Director was persistent in his pursuit to date Maria. She told us with a smile, "Jim stood on his head in front of my desk until I said I would go to dinner with him!" Jim quickly proposed and they traveled to Ireland and were married at Gretna Green. After many years travelling together, James and Maria settled in Santa Rosa, California. Maria took up
painting and delighted in her new passion. Maria took care of Jim while he lived with Parkinsonism. Jim died in 2002 and in 2003 Maria traveled to Brazil to learn more about John of God. She moved to Brazil to work at The Casa De Dom Inacio as a healer. Maria moved back to the USA and settled into the university town of Rohnert Park, California where she acquired many new friends. In October 2014 Maria returned to the Casa for a short visit with her long time friend
Dick Selby. Dick dedicated chapter 5 of his book entitled “John of God and the Casa of Love” to our beloved mother. Maria was predeceased by her mother Barbara Herzig, and both husbands Earl Alley and James Crane. All her children shall forever treasure many fond memories of various adventures with their ever eccentric, but beloved Momma Mia! She was affectionately referred to as “Momma Mia” because of her whimsical ways and because her German family called her “Mia”. QUOTING MARIA “When I was 73 years old, I arrived at the Casa and John of God took my hand, looked into my eyes and said ‘I want you to be a daughter of the Casa’. Later that same day John asked me to give a talk on love, which I did.” Psalm 68:5 "A Father to the , a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling." Deuteronomy 10:18 "He defends the cause of the and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing." You are loved Momma Mia by our heavenly Father, and the kids you brought into this world, and so many more in Brazil, Germany, New York, Chicago and India.