MARY LOU VANZANDT, 47, passed from this life on Friday, June 7, 2019, in Zion, IL. She has entered the Kingdom of Heaven through our Lord Jesus Christ. Please take a moment to share a thought or memory with Mary’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.
On March 28, 1972, Mary Lou was born in Fort Stockton, TX, to loving parents, Mike and Cora Hernandez. She was raised in Hagerman, NM, and attended Hagerman High School until 1989. Mary earned her GED in 1991 and went on to complete the Phlebotomy Program thru ENMUR and become ASCP certified. She was a loving fulltime mother who also worked various jobs to help support the family, including Chewning Footwear and Comfort Keepers. Mary’s passion was caring for people and working in healthcare. Her lifelong dream was to work in a hospital setting, and she did that as a phlebotomist at Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell for four years. She always loved caring for her children and grandchildren, which was how she enjoyed spending her free time. Mary relocated to Ottumwa, Iowa, in 2015 and was married to Kurt VanZandt. She returned to school at Indian Hills Community College and earned her Associate Degree in Health Sciences as an MLT in 2018. Mary achieved her degree while fighting cancer after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. She was part of Bosom Buddies, a breast cancer support group and was very grateful to all the members that supported her. Mary gave the honorary survivor speech at the annual Race for The Cure event in Ottumwa, in May of 2018. She was very appreciative of her care at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, IL. They were professional, compassionate, and set the standard for cancer care. Mary was grateful for the support of her family and the community in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Special thanks for the support of Sherry, Elaine and Deb, and the laboratory staff at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Whether it was watching the children, pet sitting the puppy, sending meals for the family, mowing the lawn, getting children from one place to another, or just talking to her; Mary remembered and appreciated everything. She was living the life she intended to live and courageously fought cancer every step of the way. Mary conquered her fears thru Christ and remained steadfast in her faith.
PRECEDED: Her grandparents: Mike Hernandez Sr., Angela Espino Hernandez, Florencio and Eufemia Salas; father-in-law, Douglas VanZandt; and niece, Brittany Subia.
SURVIVORS: Mary Lou is survived by her loving husband, Kurt VanZandt; children: Lori Moreno (Johnny Moreno Jr.), Gabrielle Silva, Natalia Faith Espinoza, Zachariah Nicolai Espinoza; grandchildren: Xadrian Espinoza, Aalyric Moreno, Joel Moreno, Layla Silva, Lorenzo Silva, Lexi Silva; parents, Mike E. Hernandez Jr. and Cora Salas Hernandez; mother-in-law, Janet VanZandt; sisters: Veronica Cadengo (Henry Cadengo Jr “Penny”), Tanya Loflin; brothers: Jerry Hernandez (Corrie), Jeffery Subia (Ana); brothers-in-law: David Loflin Jr., Douglas VanZandt (Lynn), Karl VanZandt(Chris); sister-in-law, Serena VanZandt; nieces and nephews: Acqtai Green, Brittany Cadengo, Courtney Cadengo , Dominic Cadengo, Brianna Hernandez, Alizae Hernandez, Eric Loflin, Jermaine Subia, Mia Subia, Alexandra VanZandt, Nicholas VanZandt, Caitlyn VanZandt, Audrey Herrman, Erik VanZandt; great-nephews and nieces: Ender Thurman, Anime Flores, Isaac Bejarano Jr., Zion Bejarano, and Preston Herrman; numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins who loved her dearly.
SERVICES: A Viewing for Mary will be at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home, 2609 S. Main Street in Roswell, NM, on Friday, June 14, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 2:00 PM. Guests are invited to a reception following the services at the Hagerman Catholic Church Hall. Interment will take place at Hagerman Cemetery at a future date. A Celebration of life service for Mary will be held in Ottumwa, IA.
MEMORIALS: The family requests that any donations or gifts be made to her grandson, Xadrian Espinoza. He is currently hospitalized with serious injuries following being struck by a motor vehicle. Xadrian’s “Go Fund Me” page can be accessed by https://www.gofundme.com/pnve8h-medical.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other. Just as in Christ, God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:28
Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
Mary’s tribute was beautifully written in her honor by her family.