88, of Phoenix, passed away at Home on May 20, 2010, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and sisters. Born on 12-31-1921 in Salomonsville, AZ. Mary was the oldest daughter of Edith Chavarria Morales and Martin C. Morales. 3rd generation AZ native and pioneer, Mary’s family roots extended to Arizona’s terrirotial era. Mary’s passing follows the death of her husband of 68 years, Juan M. de la Torre on 5-5-2010. They were married on 11-26-1942 in El Paso, TX. Together they founded Precision Auto Parts in l954, a family operated Auto Recycling business in Phx. Mary was a businesswoman who was active in community activities. Mary taught her children the family business and was always actively involved in her children’s education and school events. Mary was a loving and nurturing mother who encouraged hard work, social justice education and the love of learning. She reminded her children to “Hitch your wagon to a star”. Mary was affectionarely known as” “Grandma Mom”, “Nani”, “Mama Grande” and “Mom”. Mary was an extraordinary mother, wife, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. In her teen years, she ws quite the athlete, enjoying tennis, volleyball, softball and basketball; in her later years she was a devoted fan of Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. She was a petite but mighty woman; she touched the hearts of all who knew her and will be deeply missed. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Edith and Martin C. Morales, sister Lydia Rodriguez and her husband, Juan M. de laTorre. Mary is survived by her sisters Jessie M. Parra, Inez Alvarez, Edith (Gilbert) Benavidez and brother-in-law, Oswald Rodriguez. Children: Rebecca D. (Jim) Ponte, Robert Manuel (Olivia) de la Torre II, Estrellita Louise (Carol) de la Torre; grandchildren: James (Liberty) Ponte, Yvette (Dave) Ponte, Dolores de la Torre(Albert) Urbieta, Theresa de la Torre, Gloria de la Torre, Luisa de la Torre (Vicente) Mejia, R. Michael de la Torre; AIda Monteil (Matthew) Jaramilla, Maritza Monteil (Camilo) Tafur; Ariana de la Torre (Nick) Vieron, Johnny de la Torre. Great grandchildren: Tristan & Keegan Ponte; Albert, Lucero, Sammy and Marco Urbieta; Lea Jaramilla; and Julian Mejia. Numerous cousins and nieces and nephews. Family expresses special thanks to Hospice of the Valley/Central Phoenix Team B. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00pm, with a Rosary at 7:00pm, Wed., May 26, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Funeral Mass will be at 9:00am, Sat., June 5, at St. Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd St. Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery with Military Honors.
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