Mary Ann Cordova

Obituary for Mary Ann Cordova

March 11, 1975 - April 9, 2019
Aurora, Illinois | Age 44


Mary Cordova, of Aurora, also known as Nana, Mare, Mucky and Muchacho, passed away at the age of 44 on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loved ones. Mary had been suffering from ALS for the last 4 years. Mary was born March, 11, 1975 at the University of Chicago Hospital to Manuel and Maricela Cordova.

From the very beginning of life Mary was full of mischief, energy, laughter and love; this she shared with everyone.
She loved to hang out with big sister, Janet and big brother, Mike; they were the three musketeers. They loved singing and acting out parts of musicals like Grease, with all the cheesy expressions as well. What joy, in their silliness! The three musketeers loved to have friends over and would treat them to freshly baked cookies that their aunt had left cooling on the window sill. She finally discovered where they were disappearing to, so she gave them juice. All three eventually became their Aunt's worst nightmare and she theirs, when they became her roommates and enjoyed nightly pillow fights, while she attempted to study; that was alright though, because she talked in her sleep and they ended up learning history and English. When they finally moved out, she cried…then turned around and discovered they'd all written their names on her dresser with her red fingernail polish. It's still there today.

After graduating from Charisma Christian Academy in 1992, Mary worked at Lineage Logistics for several years and because of her sense of humor and mischief was loved by many of her coworkers. She eventually met her love, Mack Rucker there and they worked at Lineage Logistics together for several years until she became ill and had to leave in 2016.

Her hobby, was hanging out and loving on her family. Mary was a great hugger and loved just hanging out around a bonfire at her brother Mike's house. Every family get together was loud, there was tons of food to be eaten and games to be played or It wasn't family time otherwise.

Life wasn't always easy for Mary, and she struggled for a while, but she didn't let it beat her down. She came up swinging with her smiles and laughter. ALS tried to beat her down, but it didn't win, it just sent her home a little early.

Mary is survived by her love, Mack L. Rucker of Aurora; five children, daughters, Amanda A. Gregory and Jessica M. Gregory, both of Aurora; three sons, Julian Gregory of Aurora; Gabriel Huffman of Maryland; Marcus A. Smith of Aurora; two grandchildren, Sol Kiya Streeter and Frank Harvey V.; father, Manuel Cordova; mother, Maricela Garnica; her siblings; Janet M. Cordova of Aurora, Michael Waters of Newark, Steven Reynolds of Aurora and Nicolas Arellano, also of Aurora; She also leaves behind a multitude of loving uncles and aunts; Steve Arellano (Laura) of Aurora; Pastor Al Arellano (Debbie) of Yorkville; Eleazar Arellano, Sandra Pryor both of Aurora; Abbey Arellano of Sandwich; Elizena Arellano of Aurora; one nephew, Elijah Cordova and one niece, Nazareth N. Arellano both of Aurora; her cousins, Ahren Christopherson (Joe) of South Bend, Indiana, Baritt Arellano (Kerri) of Oswego, Jamin Arellano (Carla) of West Chicago, Loren Avalos (Henry) of Plano, Christian Arellano (Vanessa) of Oswego, Megan Arellano of Aurora; her best friend, Monica Ong of Aurora; friend and nurse extraordinaire, Rebecca A. Stephens, and last, but not least Samantha Lurz, friend and loving, compassionate aide.

Mary was preceded in death by her grandparents, Rev. Esteban and Maria A. Arellano (Rodriguez); a sister, Elizabeth Ann Cordova; a brother, Manuel Christopher Cordova; mother in law, Marcella Williams and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Celebration of life and following reception service will be held at First Baptist Church at 15 Oak Ave., in Aurora, IL 60506 on May 4th, noon to 4pm. As per Mary's request, we ask that you not wear black, but to dress in shades of blue. If you feel you must wear black, please wear a blue colored bandana or something with blue in it. Mary loved her blues and bandannas! For further info. please call the Healy Chapel, 332 W Downer Pl, Aurora, IL 60506 at (630) 897-9291 or visit our website at to sign the online guestbook.

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