Stevie Mabry, a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, NM, passed away comfortably in her home on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Stevie was well known in the community for her love of people, her vibrant personality, and her generous caring heart. She will be most remembered for her 30 years of service, 1959-1989 as The Dental Assistant to Dr. Gordon Wickman and Dr. Samson at the NM State Hospital. She loved her job and all of her fellow employees, and she enjoyed working for so many years because she really cared about her patients. In 1992 Stevie was commissioned as a Eucharistic minister of the I. C. Church. She led the “God Squad” team that served numerous shut-ins in town and all of the units at the Meadows Hospital, the Cottages and Ponderosa 1 & 4. She ministered in the “new career” for another 25 years, 1992-2017. She will also be remembered by all the restaurant owners and workers in town who served her coffee and by all of the Walmart employees who loved her and saw her journey from walking to riding around the store with her continual positive attitude and smile! Stevie was a master pianist. In her youth she played the piano and sang with the Special Services Orchestra Air Transport Command Band. In the 1970’s and 80’s she made beautiful woven Ojos de Dios for many people. She was also extremely talented with drawing and oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting. But mostly, her passion was people and God. She cared about the lonely, the hurting, and the poor. And, she did what she could to help everyone in so many ways. She will be greatly missed! In her own autobiography she ended with these words: “My life, Father in Heaven, has been long, rich by any standards, and over flowing with blessings! I have known joy, sorrow pain, hunger, pride, humility, compassion, and love. I have seen much…the wonders of space and age and the greatest painting of all time-Creation, from the pallet of perfection, was painted by the hand of God-the universe, unmatched in color, brilliance, shade and hue will not ever be duplicated my man. You have allowed me to see a fragment of Your Masterpiece, Lord. Know my children, my family, my friends that I shall always be with you; sliding down a rainbow, floating on a snowflake, or gliding on a moon beam!”
Stevie is preceded in death by her parents: Louis J. Montano and Maria F. Delgado; her husband, James H. Mabry; and her brother Albert S. Montano. She is survived by her two sons: Vance A. Mabry (Dorothy) of Farmington, NM and James W. Mabry of Santa Fe, NM and one daughter, Lesley Lucero (Steve) of Las Vegas, NM; two sisters: Theresa Spencer and Christina Carey and husband Vic all of Santa Fe, NM, 8 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at the I. C. Church with rosary at 9:00 AM, Mass at 9:30 A.M. and burial will follow in the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 PM.