Mary L. Gallegos…May 1, 1931 – May 2, 2015

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Mass of Christian Burial for Las Animas, Colorado resident, Mary L. Gallegos will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Las Animas, Colorado with Rosary beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Father William Gleason will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Bent/Las Animas Cemetery.

Mary L. (Martinez) Gallegos was born on May 1, 1931 in Las Animas, Colorado to Antonio and Eslinda (Sena) Martinez.  She passed away on May 2, 2015 at Bent County Nursing Care Center at the age of 84.

Mary worked in food service most of her life.  During her career, Mary worked at Thaxton’s in the bakery and worked in the canteen at Fort Lyon up until her retirement in 1983.  Mary loved to cook, and she was a fabulous cook as well.  Thanksgiving was one of her favorite holidays. It was a time when she would prepare a delicious meal for all of her children to enjoy.  Mary’s specialty was her biscochitos and chili mole.  Mary also used her talents baking wedding cakes.  Her last wedding cake she made was for her son, Mark.

Mary was a lifetime member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  She was involved with the church by teaching religious classes to the children which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Mary is survived by her children, Edith Gallegos of La Junta, CO, Benjamin Gallegos Jr. and wife, Patty of Minturn, CO, Sandra Gallegos of La Junta, CO, Jo Anne Camacho and husband, Johnny of Las Animas, CO, Mark Gallegos and wife, Kay of Mead, CO; sister, Betty Tanner and husband, William of Las Animas, CO; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Benjamin Gallegos Sr. in 1973; grandparents; brothers, Jesus Martinez, Ben Martinez, and Moses Martinez; and sister, Margaret Lopez.

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