Mary Lopez, 91, Scottsbluff

Mary Lopez, 91, of Scottsbluff, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013 at her home. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the First Assembly of God Church in Scottsbluff with Pastors Leroy Wyre and Mark Philips officiating. Inurnment will be held at East Lawn Cemetery near Minatare after the service. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God Church. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jolliffefuneralhome.com. Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is assisting the family.

Mary was born April 16, 1922 in Mexico to Ben and Rose (Mesa) Munoz. She married Martin Lopez on November 9, 1941 in Harrisburg, Nebraska.

Throughout her life Mary held various jobs including positions at Gary's Restaurant in Minatare, Sunshine Laundry in Scottsbluff, and at Lincoln Heights Elementary as a volunteer grandparent. She was involved in the Mary Martha's group in Melbeta and enjoyed visiting people who were sick to give them some comfort and peace. She also enjoyed doing Artex Liquid Paint embroidery. However, her main career and devotion was always to her family and God. Mary's belief was there is life after death based on the Bible.

Mary loved cooking meals for her family for any occasion, but especially on Sundays. She was known to make, "The best soup in town!" Her deep love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren was something she often made known. When it came to her relationship with God, it was one that could only be admired. She considered the church her home and served the Lord in whatever way possible volunteering for several church organizations and activities including meals and the prayer chain. The Lord was always a priority in her life and even in her ill health she found strength to honor him with never-ending prayer.

Mary also enjoyed reading and watching her "cowboy" movies and the Three Stooges. She also looked forward to gatherings at the Senior Center where she made many friends.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Helen Navarrette (the late Lee), Sally Russel (Larry), Lydia Halligan (Thomas), and Jenny Enriquez (Reynaldo) all of Scottsbluff; son, Benjamin Lopez (Maria) of Scottsbluff; brothers, Ernie Munoz of Anaheim, CA and Joe Munoz of Riverside, CA; sisters, Anita Castaneda of Anaheim, CA, Josie Munoz of Corona, CA, and Helen Acosta of Corona, CA; brothers in law, Tony Lopez of Las Vegas, NV and Pete Lopez of Omaha; sisters in law, Christina Barajas of Scottsbluff and Mary Preston of Houston, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and special friend, Susan Weitzel.

Preceding Mary in death were her parents; husband, Martin; sisters, Sarah, Sally and Phyllis; two grandchildren; son-in-law, Lee; two infant sisters; and one infant brother.

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