Mary Grijalva


(Nov. 26, 2007)

Powell resident Mary Grijalva, 93, died Monday, Nov. 26. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Powell.

Mary was born to Jose Valles and Maria Salazar in Aquascalients, Mexico on June 6, 1914.

On Nov. 18, 1932, she married Jim Grijalva in Billings, Mont. Mary became an American citizen in May 1944.

She served as an American Legion member for 50 years, and was also involved in St. Barbara’s Church.

Mary enjoyed gardening, shopping, canning, crocheting and sewing. She will be remembered for her great love for her family and friends. She loved to visit.

She is survived by her daughter Christine Forsman of Butte, Mont.; brothers Joseph Valles of Paramount, Calif., Frank Valles of Long Beach, Calif., and Jessie Aguirre of Idaho Falls, Idaho; sisters Rosie Bustos of Powell, and Elsie Nappa of Idaho Falls, Idaho; three grandchildren, Judy (Tim) Glueckert, Al Forsman and Vince (Vicky) Forsman; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; brothers Mark and Fred Valles; sisters Nicky, Dolores and Sophia; and son-in-law, Frank Forsman.

A Rosary was said Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Thompson’s Funeral Home in Powell. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Barbara’s, with Father Glen Szezechowski officiating. Al Forsman, Vince Forsman, Tim Glueckert, John Bustos, Philip Bustos and Charley Bustos will serve as pallbearers.

Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials can be sent to Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes or the American Legion.