1930 ~ 2014
Mary Iglesias (age 83) of Boise, Idaho, passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was a caring and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
Mary was born on December 2, 1930, in El Sereno, California, to Harry E. Smith and Neva (Mary Jane) Shipman. She was the youngest of five children with four older brothers who adored her and loved to tease her. Mary's brothers had a fun loving spirit about them and laughter filled the rooms every time our families would get together.
She attended grade school and high school in El Monte, California. After graduating from high school, Mary moved to Monterey Park, California, where she worked in retail and then for the IRS. She then transferred to Boise, Idaho, to continue work for the IRS and became a secretary to the district director. She was a very efficient and personable woman who always took great pride in her work. Later in her life, after her kids were in high school and college, Mary returned to the retail business working at Reilly's Church Supply, Angleton's, and JC Penney.
Mary met her husband, Rash, after a day trip to Idaho City and they eventually married in 1960. Their six children kept Mary very busy and family was always important to her. She selflessly put her family's needs before her own. Mary enjoyed cooking and baking and it was not uncommon for her to have piping hot chocolate chip cookies ready for the kids (and their friends) after school. With four daughters, Mary loved to shop. Even as the girls married and had children, we all knew that Sunday afternoon was time to be at the mall with mom for shopping and coffee. The grandkids eventually became very fond of "coffee" (ice cream and treats) with Amuma on Wednesday afternoons. Her grandchildren were a great source of pride and joy. Mom took great pleasure in family get-togethers and was instrumental in bringing us all together as often as she could. The house would fill with grandkids who loved to visit Amuma and her bottomless dish of M&M's. She had a green thumb and loved to garden. Even as she began to lose her eyesight, she would plant a colorful and fragrant garden each year. Mary was a religious person and believed strongly in her Catholic faith. She was a regular at the 10:00 mass and rarely missed a Sunday.
Mary was an active member of St. John's Cathedral and was a member of the St. John's Marion Circle which later became St. John's Women's Society. She spent countless hours helping clean and decorate the cathedral and the rectory. She prepared and served numerous meals for grieving families and was always willing to help out when a priest called her.
Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, Rash, her parents, her four brothers, and a son, Bill. She is survived by her children Benita Putzier (Fred), Maria Heffner (Tom), Tina Skinner (Jon), Angie Howard (Scott), and Joe Iglesias (Teresa) and her grandchildren, Joby, Jared, and Josh Iglesias; Zach and Katie Putzier; Kiley, Halle, and Matthew Heffner; Andy, Tim, and Jack Skinner; Maia, Natalia, Isana, and Amelina Howard; and Dominic and Gabi Iglesias.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to all of Mary's caregivers, especially to Linda Trusnovec and Elke Quilter. Thank you also to Cecil Jayo and Bill Baker who always saved a spot for Mom at the 10:00 mass. They took great care in helping mom get seated and bringing communion to her pew.
A viewing will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, at St. John's Cathedral, 775 N. 8th St. Boise, Id. prior to the rosary service. The rosary service will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at St. John's. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at St. John's Cathedral at 11:00 a.m. Burial services will take place at Morris Hill Cemetery immediately following mass.
Memorial contributions in Mary's honor can be made to Euzkaldunak-The Basque Center, The Basque Museum and Cultural Center, or to Bishop Kelly High School.
To share memories with the family please visit Mary's memorial webpage at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 29, 2014
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