Monte Vista – Longtime Monte Vista resident Mary Josephine Padilla, 90, passed away surrounded by her loving family on April 20, 2019.
Mary was born on July 11, 1928 in Dixon, New Mexico to Antonio and Benedisa Lovato. In 1944 she married Gilbert Padilla in Taos, New Mexico. Mary was a wonderful cook who’s fried chicken was second to none. When she wasn’t in the kitchen cooking, Mary was sewing and creating things with her hands. Mary loved to dance and plan parties for her family and friends. But, above all spending time with her family and especially her dearly loved grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren was most important. She will be remembered as a very charitable and loving person and will be forever sadly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her children; Elizabeth (Dave) Padilla of Colorado Springs, Fran (Tom) Herrera of Monte Vista, Gilbert (Elva) Padilla of Delta, Colorado, Yvonne (Manuel) Martinez of Monte Vista and Joe (Randi) Martinez of Monte Vista, 12 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gilbert, her children, Sig Padilla, Roberta Padilla, Robert Anthony Padilla and twins Ida and Marie Padilla, her grandson Sig Padilla Jr., her great grandson Mario Najera, sister Pauline Santiesteven, brother-in-law Dale Santiesteven, nephew Rudy Santiesteven, and her brother & sister-in-law Bernie & Betty Padilla.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday April 30th, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monte Vista. A recitation of the Rosary at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m. on Monday April 29, 2019. Burial will follow services in the San Luis Valley Cemetery.
Services are in the care of Rogers Family Mortuary of Monte Vista.