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Mary Sanford, 80 years young, born on May 9, 1937, returned to her heavenly home on August 2, 2017, after she fought a good battle. Her devotion to her family and her faith in God supported her through this struggle and ultimately gave her peace.
Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She was blessed with a loving family. She leaves behind her daughter Sylvia Reyna and son Pete Briones. She also leaves behind 4 grandchildren; Michelle Reyna Rodriguez (husband Felix Rodriguez), Michael A. Reyna, Marcus A. Reyna, and Matthew A. Reyna; and 9 great grandchildren, Jesse, Victoria, Trinity, Felix Jr., Marcus Jr., Mayley, Levi, Angelina, Angel and her Goddaughter Deborah Williams Yawn.
Mary truly loved life and lived it to the fullest with simple pleasures. She worked as a child care teacher for 17 years and a CCE teacher at St. Joseph Church. She enjoyed teaching children about her love for God. Even after she retired, she continued to teach chapel classes at Larkin Day care.
Her faith and love for her Lord got her involved in many activities in church. She was a part of the Catholic daughters, the Altar Society, the Epiphany prison ministry and the Cursillo movement. She found her calling as a Secular Order Carmelite. Her vocation as a faithful Carmelite brought her closer to God. She strived to live in the presence of God and to serve the Church.
She enjoyed volunteering for many years with the St. Joseph Church festivals, where she helped in the ticket booth. Helping people and her family was her passion. Anyone who knew her was touched by her unique and caring personality.
She often spent many hours in her church's coffee shop talking to her friends and loved ones. Her main purpose in life was to give those close to her a piece of her love of God to them.
Family was important to her. She was the hierarchy of her family. She loved each and every person differently but loved them to the fullest.
She is preceded in death by her husband Steve T. Sanford and her parents Benjamin Ortiz and Catherine Marquez Ortiz.
Through this battle that she fought with cancer she continued to be surrounded by her family. She was a strong woman she never believed in goodbyes. It was always, I will see you later. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. She is now living her 5th day with her Lord Jesus.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 9, 2017, from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Heights Funeral Home 1317 Heights Boulevard, with a Rosary at 7:00 pm. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm, St. Joseph Catholic Church followed by her final resting place at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Arrangements under the direction of Heights Funeral Home, Houston, TX.