Mary Louise Quiroz
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Mary Louise Quiroz
  • January 14, 1921 - February 16, 2017
  • Mesa, Arizona

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The gates of heaven opened wide to welcome Mary Louise Quiroz in the early hours of Thursday, February 16, 2017. She was 96 years old.

Born in Phoenix, on January 14, 1921 to Delfina and Manuel Duarte, Mary (or Licha, as she was called) grew up in Sonora, AZ. She was a proud graduate of the Ray High School Class of 1941. She and Frank Quiroz were married in June of that year. Mary and her family moved to Kearny in 1965, when Sonora was closed. After her loving husband passed away, she and her daughter, Anna, continued to live in Kearny until illness moved her to Mesa to live with her granddaughter, Yvette.

Mary loved everything Sonora. She loved the reunions, the Sonorense dancers, and the many gatherings and weddings. She deeply missed her friends and kept in touch with many of them over the years. She always told us, "Que Viva Sonora!"

Mary was active in her community. She championed for special needs children. Through her effort, and with the help of many others, the ARC was established in Kearny; first as a classroom, then as a classroom and center. She was a member of the Kearny Senior Citizens group, Kearny Women's Club, and also belonged to the women's guild at the Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church in Kearny.

Mary is preceded in death by her brothers, Mike Duarte, Jose Maria "Chema" Duarte, and Alex Chavez; daughter, Yolanda Pulido; and daughter-in-law, Kathy Quiroz.

Mary will be missed by her loving family. She is survived by her children, Frank (Catalina), Robert (Gloria), Tomas, and Anna Maria; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Mary is also survived by her sister, Eva Morales. She will be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, February 24, from 5pm-8pm, with Rosary beginning at 6pm, at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park Chapel, 6747 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ 85206.

Funeral Mass will be Saturday, February 25, at 10am, at Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church, 501 Victoria Circle, Kearny, AZ 85137. Interment will follow at 2:30pm, at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207.

Mary's family wishes to thank Pam Mackey, Jeri Reed, Marilyn Simmons, and Chaplain Dave Walker of Hospice of the Valley; Lyn Ristedt of All Saints Catholic Church; family friend, Sylvia Dominguez; and Fr. James of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary's honor to Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church, 501 Victoria Circle, Kearny, AZ 85137.