In my work as an Ombudsman for the State of New Mexico, I've visited St. Catherine's for the past two years. Every time I went in I would visit with Mary. I always enjoyed her happy demeanor and looked forward to our visits. I got to know a lot about her and about all the things she's done in her life. I didn't find out until today that she had passed. George, I'm sorry we never had a chance to meet - she spoke of you often.
I will miss her smiling face and sunny disposition, but I know she's enjoying herself in Heaven. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Most every week for the past several years, it was my delight to visit Mary as part of our parish Communion visit ministry. Mary's smiling face, sparkling eyes, sly sense of humor, focus on the positive, and flirtatiousness all endeared her to me and to each of our ministers. She was thankful for the smallest things, finding enjoyment and comfort in them. She loved to surprise us with very funny and sometimes outrageous comments - always on target, sharp as a tack.
My last visit was Thursday, Oct 3rd. Although she was eager to receive Holy Communion, she was clearly exhausted and we spoke only a bit - mostly in prayer. I wondered how she would survive the winter and prayed on it. The next day she was gone.
A light has gone out in this world, although I'm sure she's dancing and joking and flirting in the next. I'm glad for her new life, although I'll miss her dearly.
God bless you, Mary. May you rest in peace and joy. May God shower your grieving family and friends with healing grace, and comfort, and peace, in the name of Christ Jesus.
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time in your lives. May the many wonderful memories of Mary help console your hearts, and may the Lord bless you with love, peace, and hope. Steve Simko, Elsie Chapman, Amy Vermillion