Mary Miranda Sanchez
March 17, 1941  -  July 9, 2017

Mary Miranda Sanchez

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LaGrone Funeral Chapel
900 South Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Thursday, July 20, 2017
6 PM to 8 PM
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St. Peter Catholic Church
805 S Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Friday, July 21, 2017
1:00 PM
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St. Peter Catholic Church
805 S Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Friday, July 21, 2017
1:30 PM
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South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main
Roswell, NM  88203
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Mary Miranda Sanchez, March 17, 1941 ~ July 9, 2017. A viewing will be 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, July 20, 2017 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Rosary and Mass 1:00 P.M., Friday, July 21, 2017 at St. Peter Church with burial to follow at South Park Cemetery.

Mary was born in Mountainair, NM on March 17, 1941 to Manuel Miranda and Jesusita Romero Miranda. She married her high school sweetheart/soldier boy, Carmel Sanchez on October 24, 1964 in Mountainair, NM. Mary was a teaching associate and she enjoyed volunteering in the many communities she lived. Singing in the church choir and her most treasured memories was the time she spent spoiling her grandkids. She was a member of St. Peter Parish.

She is preceded in death in by her parents, her husband, her daughter Cheryl Autrey, and sister’s Connie and Lucy.

Mary is survived by her children: Carmel James (Cheryl) Sanchez, Maxine (Luis) Hernandez, and Gene Autrey (Son-in-law). Her siblings: Carmen Villescas, Porfino Miranda, Manuel Miranda, Eloy Miranda, Lillie Chavez. Seven grandchildren: Michael, Celia, Eric, Demitri, Dylan, Ryan, Alyssa, and a host of other great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family, and dear friends.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


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  1. Cathy "Joni~Squeeky" Lucero
    Edgewood, NM

    Dearest Tiger, Maxine and family ,
    I am completely heart broken to here of your sweet mamas passing. I had no idea or I would have been there ! I was told at the funeral of my cousin.
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all . I will miss my yearly Christmas correspondence that I happily awaited each year. Your mom always took the time to write back to me ( a lost art that I still shared with her , hand written letters) to share her love for you all and her never ending love for Uncle Carmel and Cheryl. I was blessed to have that special communication with her. There is no distance in prayer and love for family. Our deepest condolences. With Love , Francisco Joni Justin Noah & Olivia Lucero

  2. Carmel J Sanchez
    Oakley, CA

    Hi Mom,
    I miss you so much! Alyssa and me got back home safely yesterday. I miss talking to you on the phone the last few Sundays, but I heard you say "I love you and its ok my hito". We love you very much, Dylan's heading to finish his B.A at UC Irvine (Paul Mirage School of Business) in,September and plans to get his,Masters in Finance. Ryan begins his first year at Chico State University in late August. Both of them are so intelligent and independent...and miss you. Ryan's going to be a Criminal Psychologist. And of course our sweet Alyssa's getting ready for 11th grade. Till we talk again Cheryl, Dylan, Ryan and Alyssa all say hi and God Bless you!

    Your son,


  3. Diane Villescas
    Lakewood, CO

    Dearest Aunt Mary, I love you. I will miss your beautiful smile and your gentle laughter. I will always remember your love for God and family, your faith and strength. I always admired you so. One of God's best example of a beautiful woman. Wish I could be with the family today. But I will never say goodbye, just "till we meet again". I will always remember our wonderful conversations and all the memories. I love you my beautiful Tia Maria.

  4. Terry And Frank
    San Antonio, TX

    Aunt Mary you will be so missed. I have great memories of staying with you in North Carolina. I love you so very much. It is hard to believe that you are no longer with us here on earth but I know that those waiting for you in heaven gives you and them great joy. I will be looking forward to joining all of you some day but until then when I look up into the heavens I will be thinking of you and how much I miss and love you. God bless you.

  5. Anthony & Olga Miranda
    Artesia, NM

    Our deepest sympathies to the family of Aunt Mary. Please know that you all are loved,thought of and prayed for.

  6. Mr Jason & Mrs Shayna Skinner & Lexi
    Mesilla, NM

    There are no goodbyes for us.
    Wherever you are, you
    will always be in our hearts.
    Love you Aunt Mary <3

  7. Carmel James Sanchez
    Oakley, CA

    I love you Mama,

    Posting your Eulogy for you today....

    On behalf of my mother Mary…. a beloved daughter, wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend!

    As she stands here beside me in spirit and strength, I can see and feel her smiling! She is incredibly thankful for the joy we brought into her life! And she is truly grateful for our prayers, love and faith! A faith that helped lift her up into the arms of the Angels!

    You know, I read through so many poems trying to find just “one that would express how we all feel with her passing”. And as you can imagine that wasn’t possible. I did find however, three that acknowledge…. the hardest part of losing someone isn’t the having to say goodbye, but rather the learning to live without them. Always trying to fill the emptiness that’s left inside your heart when they go.

    And so rather than reading through hours of heartfelt letters, today will be our day of remembrance, our day of tears and sorrow. And so, let tomorrow be a day where we choose to…

    Shed tears that she is gone, or smile because she has lived. A day where…we choose to close our eyes and pray that she'll come back, or open our eyes and see all that she's left. A day where our hearts are left empty because we can't see her or will it be a day where we choose to be happy for tomorrow “because of yesterday”.

    We can remember her and only that she's gone or we can cherish her memory and let it live on. So, yes now is the time to cry and to close our minds, because tomorrow we will choose what she'd want us to: SMILE, OPEN OUR EYES, LOVE… AND GO ON!

    In closing, and on behalf of my sister Maxine, my mom’s entire immediate and extended family and friends, both present as well as those that were unable to attend please know that whether you are here or not… that your thoughts, prayers and tears mean everything to her. While she was preparing to leave this life, they gave her the added strength to say goodbye to this world without fear and to know that her faith in our Lord would lead her to the loved ones she so dearly missed, that had passed before her…the love of her life Carmel, her precious daughter Cheryl, her beloved Mother Jesusita and so many others.

    My mom also wants you to know that she will truly miss the love and friendship we all shared with such a simple, caring and God-fearing woman. A woman that supported her husband Carmel “an unpretentious war hero” through all the challenges and pain that war leaves a wife and kids with. Most of all she wants her beautiful granddaughter Alyssa and handsome grandsons Dimitri, Eric, Michael, Dylan and Ryan to know that she loved and loves you dearly and always will.

    Know that she is by your side and with you in spirit each step of the way…When you miss her and feel alone, her hope is that you remind yourself of these words never more beautifully written.

    I thought that I would miss you so, and never find my way. And then I heard the angel say, "She's with you every day." "The sun, the moon, the wind, and stars, will forever be around, reminding you of the love you shared, and the peace she's finally found."

    In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we say so long “for now” to… Mary Candy Molly Miranda Sanchez! A beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt and friend!

    We will always love you! Rest in Peace and know that HE is near!

    Your beloved son,

    Carmel James Sanchez & Family!

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