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Maria Diaz Ramirez, 92, of Williamsburg

Maria Diaz Ramirez (Nelsen Williamsburg)

Maria Diaz Ramirez, 92, passed away on May 14, 2022 at the Cottage at Spring Arbor of Williamsburg, Virginia. Maria was born in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1929.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, she immigrated to the United States in 1955 and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Maria became a U.S. citizen in 1960 and was commissioned in the United States Army, where she became the first Women’s Army Corps (WAC) officer to be detailed to the Chemical Corps. After a successful career, Maria retired as a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel in 1978.

Maria is preceded in death by her friend, Teddy Hery; and leaves behind friends and family members who will miss her, including her cousin, Lydia Carroll; and her niece Pilar Ramirez. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church.

A graveside service will be held at Williamsburg Memorial Park at 1:00pm on Friday, May 20, 2022, 130 King William Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Arrangements by Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg. Online condolences may be shared at

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