Mary Loera

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Mary Pineda Loera
November 10, 1939 - June 23, 2014
Our beloved mother and grandmother, Mary Pineda Loera went peacefully to her heavenly Father on Monday June 23, 2014.
Mary was born November 10, 1939 to Librado and Benita Pineda. She was the third oldest out of eight brothers and sisters. Born deep in the heart of Mississippi, Mary's family were sharecroppers. It was this rugged upbringing that instilled a true appreciation for all the blessings in her life and an unparalleled work ethic. Likewise, this industrious work ethic brought her family to Idaho in search of farm work.
In the spring of 1964, Mary met the love of her life, Jose Inez Loera. Jose courted Mary and on Easter Sunday, Jose, a widower, introduced Mary to his daughters: Ruth, Maria, Carmen, and Guadalupe. All four girls were captivated by Mary- beautiful in a yellow dress, with matching shoes and purse! She made a lifelong impression on them just as she did with all those who knew her. Mary Pineda married Jose Inez Loera on May 6th, 1964. Jose and Mary were married for 49 years, just two weeks shy of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
During their 49 years of marriage, Mary and Jose made their home in Nampa, Idaho. Being a wife and mother was central to Mary's life. She was a constant example of God's love. She relished being a supportive wife and partner to Jose. She helped him with his farm labor contracting business and in the management of their rental properties. She raised four beautiful daughters, loving them as her own and cherishing their unique differences. She supported their educational endeavors and entrepreneurial spirit. She was proud of their accomplishments as respected professionals in the medical field; as accomplished academics of higher education, and as successful business women.
Mary humbly served her Savior by making the right choices throughout her life. She chose to attend Mass every week to worship and express gratitude to our Heavenly Father for the many blessings in her life. She was a proud member of St. Paul's Church and its community. She devoted years of service in perpetual adoration.
Mary was matter of fact; unphased by social pressures to be politically correct. She called it like she saw it; tactfully and sincerely. Mary did not say unkind words about others. She thought the gift of speech was better reserved for higher purposes. She did not judge others, choosing rather to love others as Jesus loves - unconditionally and without reserve.
"Grandma" was a fixture in her grandchildren's lives; going to sporting events, dance recitals, and celebrations. She called her family on their birthdays - always calling EARLY in the morning to start the day with a birthday greeting! She made this a priority because her family was her priority and she wanted them to know how important they were in her life.
Mary was a valued employee, having worked for Simplot for over 20 years. She was a proud member of the Teamsters and cherished the friendships that she fostered with the ladies on swing shift crew.
She enjoyed listening to Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, the Platters, the golden oldies of the 50s and 60s while she was cooking. She made cooking fun and her kitchen was the epicenter of family gatherings. Whether she was making costillas, atole, tamales, homemade tortillas, roasting peppers to make HOT chile, or making a dozen different pies for Thanksgiving, she made everything with LOVE.
Walking into her home, she always welcomed you with a "Hi Babe". We can hear the choir of angels and our Heavenly Father greeting her with a "Welcome home babe".
Mary Pineda Loera is preceded in death (by only 2 months and 3 days) by her loving and faithful husband Jose Inez Loera. She is also preceded in death by her parents; Librado and Benita Pineda. She is survived by her four daughters: Ruth Rueda, Maria Mouw, Carmen Ellis, and Guadalupe (Anthony) Loera Martinez; 9 grandchildren Carmen (Steve) Achabal, Sandra Rueda, Marco Rueda, Jose (Antonia) Mouw, Miguel (April) Mouw, Monica Mouw, Adrian (Kristen) Mouw, Lorenna Ellis, Marquita Ellis; 13 great grand-children. She is also survived by two sisters; Estella (Juan) Gonzalez and Rosalie Bennett.
Public viewing will be held on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. So. in Nampa from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, with a Rosary beginning at 5:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 510 W. Roosevelt in Nampa. Internment at Mt. Calvary cemetery will immediately follow.
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Thank you Grandma for being a wonderful example of God's love!

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 27, 2014