Mary Collado died peacefully on Sept. 11, 2017 in Eugene, Oregon, at the age of 95. She enjoyed a healthy and vibrant life, for which we are all thankful.
Born in Santa Rosa on Nov. 1, 1921, Mary was the daughter of immigrants from the Albacete province of Spain who initially settled in Sebastopol in the early 1900s. She lived her youth in the Sebastopol and Santa Rosa communities on the family farm and dairy.
In 1947, she married her lifelong companion, husband and work partner, Johnnie Collado, Jr. whose family settled in Winters in the early 1900s. Johnnie and Mary lived their entire lives together in the Winters area on the family farm, raising apricots, peaches, almonds and walnuts over the years.
In 2007, Johnnie and Mary celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, the same year as Johnnie’s death. The past 10 years, Mary has rotated her time between the family farm in Winters and visiting her family’s homes in Houston, Texas; Eugene, Oregon and Donner Lake.
A fantastic mother, Mary worked hard to tend to the needs of her family. In addition, she was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church Altar Society, serving as treasurer for many years. She loved family time with kids, grandkids and all of her nieces and nephews. Mary was also an avid sports fan attending, watching and following UCLA, USC, Texas A&M, University of Oregon college teams and pro teams in Houston and Northern California.
The family wishes to thank all of Mary’s nieces and nephews who have truly been extensions of the immediate family, a very special group, who we truly appreciate. We will not forget their help and thoughtfulness.
Mary is survived by her daughter and son in law, Patty and Rob Parks and grandson Chris Parks of Eugene, Oregon; son and daughter in law, John and Kathy Collado of Houston, Texas; grandsons JD Collado and wife Julie of Houston, Texas; Tim Collado and fiancée Kim Scriven of Houston, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie; her parents, Leo and Mary Martinez, brother Leo Jr., and her beloved granddaughter Danielle (Parks) Haines.
Funeral services celebrating Mary’s life will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. with burial following at the Winters cemetery and reception/luncheon at St. Anthony’s Parish Center.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of choice or to St. Anthony Altar Society in Winters.