Mary Lou Sanchez, age 79 years, passed away with family by her side at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning on Sept. 26.
She was born on Aug. 2, 1940 in Banning, where she spent her whole life. After graduating from high school, she met and married her husband John; they were married 63 years.
Mary Lou was a teacher’s aide and retired after 20 years. Mary Lou was a member of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, formerly Precious Blood, where she also worked as a teacher’s assistant for two years.
Mary Lou loved working with kids and being a team mother for little league.
Mary Lou is survived by her loving husband John Sanchez of Banning; daughters Erma Sanchez of Banning; Sylvia Ferch of Lebanon, Ore., Diane Flores of Las Vegas, and Sandra Kalanquin of San Bernardino; son, Alfonso Sanchez of Banning; granddaughters Celena Velasquez of Beaumont, Erica Williams of Corvallis, Ore., Alianna Sanchez, MaryLou Osborn of Riverside, Mandy Kalanquin of Lansing, Mich.; grandsons Vincent Sanchez of Banning, Daniel Ferch of Banning, John Sanchez Jr. III of Indio, Joseph Sanchez of Indio, Mathew Sanchez of Coachella, Eduardo Hernandez of Las Vegas, Jessie Aguirre of Las Vegas, Alfonso Sanchez Jr. of Moreno Valley, Leon Sanchez of Moreno Valley, David Osborn at Torrance, Brian Osborn of Grand Rapids, Mich.; sisters Antonia Contreras of Banning, Lupe Darrow of Beaumont, Lola Linnet of Redlands; brothers, Saturnino Garcia of Banning, and Andy Garcia of Banning.
She was preceded in death by her parents Aniseto and Anita Garcia of Banning; son John Sanchez, Jr. of Indio; grandson, Gabriel Sanchez of La Quinta.
A rosary and Mass were celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 8, both at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Banning. A burial immediately followed at San Gorgonio Memorial Park.