Mary Jo Sarason

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Mary Jo Sarason

Mary Jo Sarason, age 88, passed peacefully on November 17, 2017. She was born October 24th, 1929 to Onofre and Alvina Jaquez. She moved to Albuquerque and in 1954 and married Ken Sarason.

Mary Jo worked at Sandia Laboratories until beginning having children, whom she always called her 'five babies'. In the early 1980's she began a career in real estate. She began her own real estate business - Unica Realty. This was appropriately named, as she was one of the pioneering Hispanic women business owners at that time. In 1983, Governor Tony Anaya appointed her to the New Mexico Real Estate Commission, which she served on for several years.

Mary Jo will be remembered for her spirit of adventure, traveling the continents of the world with family and friends. She learned how to travel after frequent road trips with her five young children in worn out station wagons. She always saw the beauty in people and nature and took the time to admire and savor both. She loved to "putter" in her garden and share the bounty and beauty with her frequent visitors. Her kitchen was always the center of activity, cooking and baking to welcome family and friends. Later she took up bowling and was one of the favorites picks to be on the teams.

Mary Jo Sarason is survived by her children, Yolanda Sarason, Jay Sarason, Ramon Sarason, Katie White Sarason & Jerome Sarason. Her grandchildren are Gabriel Seitz, Nicolas Seitz, Darby Baley, Sage Sarason and Rea Sarason and her great-grandchildren are Zuriel Bailey & Axton Bailey; siblings include Buster Jaquez, Georgia Lewis, Gilbert Jaquez, Dolores Jacquez.

A Catholic mass will be held on December 2nd at 11.00 a.m. at the Chapel at the The Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey. The Monastery is off 5825 Coors Blvd SW, which is 2.8 miles south of Pajarito Rd. There will be a reception and celebration of life from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Norbertine Monastery, the Hispanic Cultural Center or the Democratic Party. Mary Jo would encourage you plant flowers in the spring in remembrance her. The family would like especially to thank Cynthia Lovato for being Mary Jo's kind caregiver for over a year.

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, 2017