Maria met her husband Clint in the U.S. Navy, and together they have two children: Cruz and Isabel.
The Gandys attend Christ Community Church in Huntersville.
Maria was born in Mexico where she was one of eight children raised in poverty. At the age of nine, she lost her dad to alcoholism. At age eleven she moved to Houston, Texas where she started sixth grade and learned English. She graduated high school with honors and joined the U.S. Navy where she met her husband. Maria accepted Jesus Christ as her savior in 1998 and found her faith to be her greatest asset when she lost her daughter Sofia to cancer in 2001.