Mary Ellen Small, age 86, a resident of Los Lunas, New Mexico, was born December 24, 1932 in Ritchie, Illinois. She passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Mrs. Small was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Los Lunas Ward. She was a lifelong resident of both Arizona and New Mexico and loved the Southwest. Family meant everything to her and because of that, she took every opportunity to teach her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren life lessons in honesty, responsibility, and hard work. She accomplished this through both spoken and daily living examples. Mrs. Small leaves behind a family she raised, that she could be proud of. Her biggest passion and talent were cooking and baking; skills she learned at a young age being the middle of eight siblings. Holidays were a feast of pies, cookies, candy, and food. Most of all, she loved her Lord and she loved America. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and daughter, Cynthia M. Wheeler. She is survived by a son, Michael Gammon: daughter, Terri Torres; five stepchildren, two brothers, three sisters, 20 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and two more, soon to arrive. All services will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Belen Ward, beginning with family time at 10:00 AM, followed by a funeral service at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Gammon, Chris Gammon, Matt Torres, Ed Small, Monty Small, Mark Small, and Michael Carriere. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., (505) 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at www.noblin.com.
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