Mary D. Ledesma

Mary D. Ledesma
February 9, 1919 - December 18, 2013
Mary D. Ledesma, 94, of Grand Junction (formerly Delta) Colorado, passed away December 18, 2013 at Larchwood Inns Nursing Home.
Mary will be missed by her daughter, Irene D. Ledesma of Grand Junction; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Ledesma of Delta; and sister, Daisy D. (Joe) Rodarte of Brighton, CO, who survive her.
Joe Ledesma, husband; Bacilio and Isidora (Maestas) Dominguez, parents; Trino Ledesma, son; Mary Elizabeth Ledesma, infant granddaughter; Rita Sandoval, Rose Garcia, Cleo Roybal, Esther Sandoval, sisters; Ben and Roy Dominguez, brothers; precede her in death.
Mary is survived by five grandchildren: Greg Ledesma of Centennial, CO; Tina (Steven) Moralez of Delta; Todd (Christina) Ledesma of Delta; Tamara (Eric) Steadham of Simpsonville, SC; and Tony Ledesma of Grand Junction; eight great-grandchildren: Candis (Jake) Parrish; Steve E. (Vandy) Moralez; Gabrielle Steadham; Vanessa Steadham; Paige Ledesma; Rachel Ledesma; Shelbi Ledesma; Trevor Ledesma; and two great-great-grandchildren, Titan Moralez and Scarlett Parrish. A sister-in-law, Jennie Cruz of Montrose; many nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, several godchildren, many friends and the caregivers at Larchwood Inns also survive her. All of whom will miss a strong and caring Mary.
Mary was born February 9, 1919 in Trinidad, Colorado. She met and married Joe in 1938 in Longmont, CO. In that same year, the young couple settled in Delta's fertile Gunnison Valley. Decades of hard farm life by Joe, Trino, Mary and Bonnie resulted in a successful farming operation: Ledesma & Son Farms. Tri-River Agribusiness Association recognized their farm as one of the 'top three farming operations' in 1973. Mary and Bonnie were the homemakers/partners who fueled the many harvest crews with meals facilitating this recognition. Their dining tables also fed family and friends featuring homemade tamales, burritos, tortillas, chicken mole and other delicious foods. Visitors never left a Ledesma home hungry.
Mary's special interests were her family, friends, gardening (specifically roses, irises, and a large strawberry patch), sewing, embroidery and crocheting. Phone calls and visits from family and friends were always a welcome treat. Thank you all for sharing time with her.
A Memorial Mass will be Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Delta, CO; Rosary will be Friday, December 27, 2013 at 6 p.m. also at St. Michael's. Graveside services will follow the Mass at Mesa View Cemetery. Family and Friends are welcome to share stories, pictures and laughter at a luncheon at Pioneer Hall at St. Michael's Catholic Church immediately following the internment.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to HopeWest-Hospice Palliative Care, Grand Junction, CO 81506 or St. Michaels's Catholic Church, Delta CO 81416 in honor of Mary D. Ledesma's life.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Dec. 25, 2013