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Mary C. Marquez

September 21, 1925 — August 18, 2021

Mary was born in Rancho de Contreras, Momax, Zacatecas Mexico to Agapito and Bernarda Contreras on September 21, 1925. She immigrated to the United States with her family when she was very young, and traveled with the family as they picked fruits and vegetables. She was the oldest of four children; Annie (Contreras) Ayala, Alice (Contreras) Mata and Tony Contreras. The family lived in Los Angeles, Woodlake and later settled in Salinas working in the fields harvesting strawberries and other crops. Her father and her future husband worked for Driscolls in the Salinas area.

She met Pete Marquez from Cutler, CA. They were married on 12/12/43 in Salinas and Mr. Driscoll was the Best Man in their wedding. They had two children, Delores (Marquez) Biran and Pete Marquez. They moved to Midway, an area located between Orosi and Cutler, later building a house in Cutler. They and their children worked in the fields and traveled to Salinas following agricultural work before pursuing other jobs. At the encouragement of Pete, Mary learned to drive attaining her driver’s license. She also became a United States Naturalized Citizen on 5/6/1955. Mary worked for 16 years at the Cutler Orosi Schools as a baker/cook in the school cafeteria and retired on 11/28/86.

Mary loved birds and raised several canaries, cockatiels, and love birds. She also liked gardening, plants and enjoyed their beautiful rose garden. Skilled at crochet, she made several beautiful blankets, table cloths, and doilies. She was an amazing cook and the family loved having meals at her table enjoying her tamales and other wonderful dishes.

She is survived by her children Dee (Marquez) and Gideon Biran, Gini Krippner and Pete Marquez; Grandchildren: Paul and Debbie Marquez, Roxanne Smith, Antonia Rose, Pete and Patty Marquez; Great-Grandchildren: Maria and David Hunt, Stephanie (Marquez) and Ulysses Madrigal, Allison Marquez, Eric Marquez, Janae Smith, Lacey Smith, Julia (Marquez) and Mitchell Runnoe, Chandler Marquez, and Claire Jensonrose; Great-Great Grandchildren: Benjamin Hunt, Ethan Hunt, Jacob Madrigal, and Riley Runnoe.
Visitation will be September 1 at 9:00 am followed by the Rosary at Dopkins Chapel, 189 South J Street, Dinuba. Mass will be held 11:30 am at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, 356 N. Villa, Dinuba followed by a graveside service at Smith Mountain Cemetery, 42088 Rd
100, Dinuba.





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Visitation

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

9:00 - 11:00am (Pacific time)

Dopkins Dinuba Funeral Chapel

189 S J St, Dinuba, CA 93618

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Rosary

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

10:00 - 10:30am (Pacific time)

Dopkins Dinuba Funeral Chapel

189 S J St, Dinuba, CA 93618

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Mass

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Starts at 11:30am (Pacific time)

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

356 N Villa Ave, Dinuba, CA 93618

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Dopkins Funeral Chapel Dinuba

189 S J St, Dinuba, CA 93618

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