Mary Marquez Montgomery, age 82, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, went home to be with the Lord on January 1st, 2024 after a brief and sudden illness.
Mary was born on September 1, 1941 to Manuel S and Sofia G Marquez in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
After working for a number of years Mary eventually met and married Cecil Montgomery in Albuquerque. Mary and Cecil went on to have two daughters, Monica and Cecilia.
Mary was the eldest of ten siblings and was devoted to those around her. As the eldest she spent many years helping to raise her siblings. She also quit working when her parents needed help in their advancing years.
Mary was predeceased by her parents Manuel and Sofia Marquez, husband Cecil Montgomery, daughter Cecilia Newcomer, brother Robert Marquez, brother Ruben Marquez, son-in-law Kenny Torivio and sister-in-law Lynne Marquez.
Mary is survived by daughter Monica Torivio, granddaughters Tyler Montgomery and Lynnae Montgomery, grandson Isaiah Torivio, great-granddaughter Grace Montgomery, son-in-law Sean Newcomer, grandson Wyatt Newcomer, granddaughter Jasmine Newcomer and grandson Sammy Montgomery.
Mary is also survived by brother Joe Marquez (Yita), sister Ida O'Neal (JR), sister Lorine Mckay, sister Linda Kozlowski (Johnny), sister Gloria Corcoran (Jim), sister Anita Ibarra and brother Alfred Marquez. Mary also leaves behind 13 nephews and 11 neices.
Services will be held at Beliver's Center of Albuquerque, 320 Waterfall SE, on Wednesday, January 10, at 1 pm. Pastor David Eiffert will be officiating.
Sentiments from some immediate family member are as follows:
My sister, Mary, was the gentlest kindest person. She would do anything to help everyone. Anyone that knew her loved her. She basically was a mom to all of us after our mother died. She will be missed more than I can say. Mary was my best friend.
Mary was not only a great sister, but a 2nd parent to the younger siblings. She took care of our Mom for many years and never complained. When she and Cecil moved down the street, she always had Sunday breakfast for anyone and everyone that wanted to go there. Can't say enough good things about her. Love her so much.
My beautiful sister was truly amazing and one of a kind. She was a great woman of faith, she loved unconditionally, gave in many ways never expecting anything in return. One day in September of 1987 we sat at the kitchen table with her face glowing she spoke to me about Jesus and that's the day she led to me to Christ I will always cherish that day. Mary was a great example of who we ought to be in Christ. A piece of us will always be missing but it brings us comfort in knowing that now she is rejoicing with our brothers and parents. We are very blessed to have had her in our lives.
Mary and I had a special bond. Mom called us her bookends because Mary was the oldest and me the youngest. But we also had many similarities. We both married at about the same age and had 2 daughters very close in age. Mary was the only grandmother figure my daughters ever had. We will always miss her, but even more, I rejoice with heaven that she is home.
Mary held a place of honor among all in her family.