Mary J. Bustos


(April 28, 2005)

Funeral services took place Monday at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for Mary J. Bustos, who died Thursday, April 28 at Powell Valley Healthcare in Powell. She was 89.

Loved by her family as a strong, caring and compassionate woman with a great sense of humor, Bustos was born Jan. 3, 1916, in DeLeon, Guanajuato, Mexico, to Antonio and Becera Flores. She attended Kansas City public schools.

She married Noberto Hernandez in Garden City, Kan. He died in 1939. She then married Max Bustos in Powell in 1947.

She raised six children who inherited her strong work ethic and zest for life. She was an excellent cook who would prepare meals whenever visitors dropped by her home.

In addition to cooking, she enjoyed gardening, crocheting and stamp collecting. She belonged to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Group. She loved God and regularly attended Mass. Prayer was an important part of her everyday life.

She is survived by three sons, Conrad Hernandez of Billings, Manuel Hernandez of Tampa, Fla., and John Bustos of Billings; two daughters, Phyllis Ibarra and Estani Dominguez of Powell; three brothers, Richard (Frances) Flores, Florentino (Virginia) Flores, and David (Julie) Flores, all of Michigan; five sisters, Molly Osiguiera, Betty Trevino, Josephine Flores, Sally (Barry) Brown and Janie "Cinnamon" Flores; 21 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Frances Woods; three brothers, Delfino Flores, Mike Flores and John Flores; one sister, Margaret Flores; and Bob and Donovan Woods.

Visitation and rosary took place Monday evening, with Father Pete Johnson of St. Barbara's officiating. Interment was at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.

Pallbearers were Mario Ibarra, David Ibarra, Sean Woods, Michael Hernandez, Norbert Dominguez and Jordan Ibarra.

Memorials made be made to Powell Valley Healthcare.