Mary Margaret Tillman born in Ely, Nevada on January 24, 1937. She enteraed Heaven’s gates on August 17, 2018.

A loving mother. Mary loved Word search puzzles, bingo and watching football, especially her great grandson, Jared. Mary was not a materialistic woman, but one who loved to live in the moment and her smile would lite up a room. She had a very loving and forgiving heart, and she taught her children not to judge people and to accept them for who they are.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Silberio and Mary Celaya, her brothers; Raymond and Paul Celaya. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Ann Blanco.

Mary is survived by her son, Gary Willard and daughters, Linda McAfee, Laura Waddle, Caroline Griffin and Barbara Watson and her sister Betty Fielding. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Alesha Robinson, Nikki Robinson, Steven Waddle, Shayla Waddle, Jesssica Waddle, Britney Harper, Lisa Knudson and Yvonne Hester.  She also has 11 great-grandchildren.

Mary lived most of her life in Ely, until 2002 when she moved to Montana.  When Mary was unable to care for herself, she moved into her daughter Linda’s home in 2011 where she lived until her passing. Mary loved life and she loved to smile and talk about her childhood, and stories of her siblilngs and her father and mother.

A graveside Service is to be held at Ely Cemetery, September 1, 2018 at 1:00.p.m.

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