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Mary Elizabeth (Mathis) Barrera
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Mary Elizabeth Mathis Barrera, 26, Jesus called home one of his little angels Thursday, April 5, 2007, Mar Mar, (as she was called by her mother) when her life here on earth was cut short in El Paso, Texas.
A Memorial Service is being planned in Torrington at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, at Lighthouse Ministries, with Rick Carroll officiating. Burial will take place in Brownsville, Texas Friday, April 13.
Memorials can be sent to, Love A Child Inc., Missionaries Bobby and Sherry Burnet in Haiti PO Box 11000, Naples, Florida 34101-9908, in loving memory of Mary (Liz, Mar) Elizabeth Mathis Barrera.
Mary Elizabeth Mathis was born to David Allen Mathis of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Vickie Woodard Mathis Geerdes of Torrington, Wyo. Nov. 20, 1980 in Tulsa Okla. Mary was dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ when she was a baby, and promised to be raised for God, Jesus, and the holy spirit. She could make you laugh when you were sad, and be a comfort to you just by being there.
Mar was the joy of our lives and to anyone who knew her. Mar was Christian; home schooled, and grew to know Jesus as her lord and Saviour. She asked Jesus into her heart at an early age and was baptized in the church. She was an avid reader of her bible.
Mar married Leo Barrera and two years latter they were blessed with a little gift from heaven, Diego Mathias Barrera, the joy of Mary and Leo's life and Diego's grandparents, JB and Vickie Geerdes, David Mathis with companion Jamie Vincent, and Leo's mother Bertha Garza. Mar and Leo chose for Mar to be a stay at home wife and mother. Leo always called Mar, Liz. They and Diego were inseparatable. Mar loved Leo and Diego so much; she doted on them all the time. Mar called Leo and Diego her boys.
She was the best wife and mother, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend anyone could want. On her web site, myspace .com, she had I love Jesus displayed boldly. She really did love the Lord Jesus.
Mar will be greatly missed by all of us, her Torrington family, along with Leo and Diego Barrera, Leo's mom Bertha Garza, Leo's brothers and sisters and their children. Mar's little dog, Sarc that her little family loved so much.
Survivors include her father, David Allen Mathis and companion Jamie Vincent; mother, Vickie Woodard Mathis Geerdes and stepfather, JB Geerdes; brother, Kirk Stricker with sister·in-law, Nicole; niece, Sydney; nephews, Dylan and Caleb, Angie Stricker (Gordon) Andrew; nieces, Faith, Weslie, and Danika; Uncle Jay Woodard; cousin, Jaylene Woodard Cunningham, (children Allen and Nicole), and cousin, Terri Woodard (Brent) Grassmick.
Preceding her in death was her great-grandpa, George Sr., grandma, Esther Woodward, grandpa Merle, grandma, Dorothy (Bolger) Woodard, grandmother Helen Mathis Brown Riley, step-grandmother, Stella Geerdes.
Mar is home now in heaven safe in the loving arms of Jesus. It is only what is done for Jesus that will last, everything else is vanity…
Oh God…
Oh, God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me
to remember the jobless;
When I have a warm home,
help me to remember the homeless;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer;
And remembering, help me
to destroy my complacency
and bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough to help, by word and deed,
Those who cry out
For what we take for granted.
"For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed Me… - Matthew 25:35
Published in The Star-Herald from 4/10/2007 - 4/12/2007.
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July 11, 2007
Mar Mar my little angel butterfly,I miss and will always love you forever. You are one of a kind and will never be forgotten. Just remember your momma loves you sooo much and always will. You brought me so much
Vickie Geerdes (Torrington, WY)
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