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November 28, 2008 3:37 am

Mary J. Rodriguez

Written by Tribune Staff

(Jan. 2, 1926 - Nov. 24, 2008)

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for Mary J. Rodriguez, 82, who died Monday, Nov. 24 at the Powell Nursing Home.

Father Glen Szezechowski will officiate at Saturday services. Rosary will be said Friday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at St. Barbara's.

Mary was born Jan. 2, 1926, in San Bernardino, Calif., daughter of Leonides Juarez and Maria (Mata) Juarez. She attended school through the sixth grade in Juarez, Mexico. There, she married Ben Rodriguez on July 20, 1941.

The family moved to Wyoming, settling in the Lovell area in 1954 and on to Powell in 1956.

Mary was known for her cooking and loved to cook for her family. She also applied her skills as a cook at Northwest Community College for 20 years.

Her grandkids were her pride and joy, and she was a big part of their lives.

Survivors include her daughter, Janie Rodriguez Chavira (Adan) of Powell; four grandchildren, Mike Chavira of Washington, D.C., Laura Vizarraga of Denver, Theresa Chavira, stationed in the U.S. Navy in Japan, and Jennifer Chavira of Laramie; a sister, Maria Sarinana of El Paso, Texas; and many nieces and nephews in Lovell and El Paso.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ben; and her brother, Franciso Juarez.

Honorary pallbearers include Mike Chavira, Adan Chavira, Jose Sarinana and Alex Rodriguez, Sr.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Cremation has taken place. Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family.