A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at St. John’s Catholic Church for Mary Helen Melendez, 61, who passed away on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loved ones. Funeral Mass is scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, also at St. John’s Catholic Church, with Father Andrew Miles celebrating. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Mary was born May 12, 1952, in Roswell, to Joe Torres and Margarita Prudencio. She was raised by her aunt Phyllis P. Barreras and uncle Adan H. Barreras, who were always known as Mom and Dad. Mary loved to play bingo and was an avid Cowboys fan. She was a wonderful grandma and enjoyed all her grandchildren’s activities. Mary was not just a great mom to her own children, but a wonderful mom to anyone that needed her. She had great strength through her illness and never gave up. Mary always had a smile on her face.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Ralph Melendez II; sons: Michael Morales and wife, Erika, Marcos Morales, Ralph Melendez III, Orlando Melendez, Manuel Melendez and wife, Michelle, and Andrew Melendez and wife, Michelle; daughters: Melissa Morales and Valerie Albarez and husband, Michael; brothers: Richard P. Barreras and Danny Barreras; sister, Angelita Aragon and 23 grandchildren.
Mary is preceded in death by her brothers: Raymond Torres, Frank P. Barreras; and great-nephew, Anthony Barreras.
Serving as pallbearers are Michael Morales, Aaron Morales, Marcos Morales, Michael Albarez, Joeray Morales and Billy Stites III. Honorary pallbearers are Ethan Morales, Little Mike, Mya and Maggie Albarez, Richard, Jojo, Nathaniel and Ezekiel Morales.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
A Tribute To Our Mother
The day God called you home,
in tears we saw you sinking
and watched you fade away.
Our hearts were broken,
We wanted you to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping
So peaceful from pain, we were at ease.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you,
The day God took you home.
We Love You Mom