Mary Vega, a beloved mother, friend, and dedicated member of her community, passed away on August 28, 2023, in Shoshone, Idaho. She was born on May 17, 1947, in Lockhart, Texas. Mary's life was filled with love, compassion, and countless cherished memories that will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew her.
Mary had a diverse and fulfilling career that touched the lives of many. She managed a Circle K in Casa Grande, Arizona, where she warmly interacted with customers and left a lasting impression on her coworkers. Additionally, Mary worked as a bus driver for Ocatillo School District for over 22 years. Her dedication to ensuring the safety and well-being of the students she transported exemplified her selflessness and caring nature.
One of Mary's fondest memories was taking her children on rainy day drives during monsoon season. Packed up in the car together, they would enjoy the scent of fresh rainfall while creating everlasting bonds and beautiful moments. And in the kitchen, Mary's talent for making delicious tortillas delighted everyone fortunate enough to savor her homemade creations.
Education played an essential role in Mary's life as she continuously sought knowledge through her experiences as a loving mother and friend to all. Her nurturing spirit extended beyond her own family as she became an integral part of the lives of those she encountered throughout her career as a bus driver.
Described as quiet and reserved by those who knew her best, Mary found joy in spending time with her children and treasured being surrounded by her boys and daughter Sandra. She especially enjoyed dining at buffets where she relished the variety of dishes available. Cruising around in her truck was another favorite pastime that brought Mary immeasurable happiness.
However, Mary's proudest accomplishments were undoubtedly her family. She was survived by five children: Sandra (Felix) Henriquez of Twin Falls, Idaho; Tony Salas of Buckeye, Arizona; Steven (Cynthia) Salas of Oceanside, California; Robert (Norma) Salas of Shoshone, Idaho; and Michael (Joanna) Salas of Buckeye, Arizona. Her love and devotion also extended to her thirteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, who brought immense joy to her life.
In this time of profound loss, we remember Mary's infectious smile, her unwavering love, and the impact she made on the lives of all who knew her. She will be deeply missed by her surviving family members as well as close friends. Mary is preceded in death by her husband Henry G. Salas, brother Robert Gonzales, Margie Gonzales, and her mother Gloria Gonzales.
The legacy of Mary Vega will forever live on through the hearts of those she loved and the memories she created. Her selfless nature, kind spirit, and genuine love for others set an example for everyone around her. May she rest in peace knowing that she made a difference in the lives of so many.