Alaniz, 77, of Avondale, passed away on May 8, 2013 after a long battle with
cancer. Mary was born August 6, 1935 in El Reno, Oklahoma, to Emilio and Maria
Alaniz. Mary was a parishioner of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and
was a volunteer firefighter for the City of Avondale for 10 1/2 years.
is survived by her husband of 54 years, Marcelino Vasquez; 3 daughters,
Evangelina Vasquez and Porfiria Valdez, and Mitzi; 8 sisters, Margarita Alaniz,
Mary Bower, Josie Cordova, Mary Lou Krawietz, Terry Cruz, Eleanor Espinoza,
Lupe Hellem, and Mary Ellen Tequida; 2 brothers, Ramon Tequida and Manuel
Tequida; 6 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and
Godchildren. Mary was preceded into death by her parents, Emilio and
Maria Alaniz, and brothers, Ruben and Emilio Alaniz.
was a Volunteer Firefighter, a Jack of all Trades, and wore many hats.
She was a Nana to many children in Avondale. Mary was fearless.
A visitation will be held
on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 9:00am, with a rosary at 10:00am. Mass will
follow at 10:30am, all services to be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church,
located at 539 East La Pasada Boulevard in Goodyear. Burial will immediately
follow the Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery, located at 10045 West Thomas Road in
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