Margaret R. Mendivil, our loving mother, surrounded by her family entered into the hand of God on May 19, 2017 at the graceful age of 82. She was born on March 15, 1935 in Hayden Arizona to Jose Romero and Carmen Sierras Romero. She is reunited with her beloved husband Joe Mendivil and he with his “bride” of 50 years. She is preceded by her parents and her six brothers, Ramon, Felizardo, Armando, Arturo, Jose and Ignacio. She is survived by her six children, Joey, Kathy, Mark, Kevin, Keith and Brian; six grandchildren, Cortni, Marisa, Bianca, Jacob, Evelyn, Karina, three great grandchildren; Robert, Jonathon and Jadeci and her three sisters, Irene, Carol and Carmen. “Auntie Maggie” was the endearing mother of many who touched many lives. She was loved and cherished by many nieces, nephews and friends. Joe and Maggie were founding members of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Phoenix. She held several key positions as Parish Council President, Finance Director and Executive Board Member of St. Mark’s Women’s Club and a Committee Member for the Stewardship Program Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. She launched the school lunch program at St. Mark’s and was instrumental in the success of raising funds for the school and church every year at the school carnival. For 30 years she was an Inspector for the Elections Board in her precinct and remained informed with local and national issues. She was a top producer with Avon for many years, was an avid doll collector and Den Mother with the Boy Scouts of America. She was an active, independent, spirited, extraordinarily selfless, generous and lovely woman. We take great comfort that she will be with her beloved Joe and family who have gone before. Visitation will be Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice of the Valley or Lymphoma Research Foundation.
Our condolenses, prayers and thoughts are with the family, as they mourn the loss of a loved one. Words are never enough at a time like this but remember to keep the memories, close to your heart, and they will help comfort you. You now have another Special Angel in heaven, looking down on you and will guide you as you continue in life.
Margie Romero Wolf
Memories of Aunt Maggie will forever be etched in our hearts. I am honored to have her name and am reminded of her spirit and cheerfulness. Our thoughts are with you our dear cousins. You have so many of her characteristics in all of you, especially her laugh. Her spirit and love continues in you.
Joe, my dear friend of almost 40 years, my heart was sadden to hear of the passing of your beloved mother, “Mama Maggie”.
The bible says “weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning”. Weeping, you’ve lost the mother, who love, raised, protected, and cared for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. A mother who loved those who crossed her path, she welcomed them in, fed them, took time to listen.. A mother who would call just to check in to see how they were doing. A mother with opinionated wisdom. That’s how I see and remember your mother. That’s how she treated me and my sons. She was a total blessing.
Joy comes in knowing God gave her a long and active life. A life that left a permanent stamp of God’s love through her actions, words, and deeds. Joy in remembering those things she did to brighten the days of her children and those around her.
Finally, to the sons, daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters, family, and friends remember Margaret R. Mendivil through this bible verse, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” for this was and is Mama Maggie.
‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. [Now] come and share your master’s happiness!’
Margaret R. Mendivil, “Mama Maggie”, was faithful in the small things and we who knew her saw those things grow into many things.
Well done, well done, faithful servant, you can now rest and share in God’s happiness!