Mary Vega
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Mary Vega

July 27, 1938 -

August 5, 2018

Mary Alice Vega entered Heaven on August 5, 2018 with family at her side. Mary was born July 27, 1938 in Hugo, Oklahoma to Homer Wallace and Opal Alice Collins. She was the oldest of three siblings with a brother and a sister. The family moved several times between Oregon, Oklahoma, and Texas before settling in the Henley area in 1951. They lived there until moving in 1956 to Merrill. Mary graduated from Henley High School in 1956. During her high school years, Mary excelled on the school softball team as an outfielder and pitcher. After high school, Mary continued to play softball for a Klamath Falls Women's team. Mary had a passion for singing and could sometimes be found performing at school events. Along with her sister and brother as dance partners, Mary would participate in local jitterbug contests and win numerous times. All three shared a passion for dancing. As a young woman, Mary worked in the potato fields and at the local Dairy Café with her sister and mother. In August of 1969, Mary married her husband, Benny, and eventually moved to Medford around 1972. During her many years in Medford, Mary worked as an Avon Representative, a JCPenney Sales Associate, and eventually for the Medford School District Food Services, all while raising four boys, being a housewife, President of the PTA, Cub Scout Den Leader, and Team Mom for her sons' baseball teams. During her time with the Medford School District, Mary worked in the kitchens at Hedrick Junior High School, Medford Mid-High School, and North Medford High School (previously Medford Senior High School). She was responsible for the breakfast and lunch programs, feeding hundreds of kids each day. Mary had a motherly way about her with the kids of school and became "Momma Mary" to many of them. She could sometimes be found singing and dancing in the kitchen to her favorite country music and laughing with her many co-workers. After finishing her time with Medford School District Food Service, Mary continued to be active in the school system as a volunteer at Howard Elementary School. She had a love of many people and things in life and truly enjoyed watching her old westerns, planting flowers, reading her Enquirer and Star magazines, and visiting with family and friends. For countless years, Mary would prepare a humongous Thanksgiving dinner for her entire family and was famous for her delicious turkey and made-from-scratch apple, mince, and pumpkin pies, enough for everyone to carry one home. It was her love for her family and the people who came into her life that made Mary so special to so many people. Mary is survived by her husband of 49 years, Benny, and three sons, Steven, Socorro, and Ramon, her sister Beverly Jan Coffman, numerous nieces and nephews, 16 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Kenny Joe and her younger brother Joe Collins. The family of Mary Vega would like to thank the Caregivers and Hospice workers at the Brookdale Senior Living Residence for all the love that was shown and care that was given to Mary. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 11 August, 1 p.m., at the Mtn. Church, 1 East Main St, Medford. A viewing will be held on Monday, 13 August, 10 am – 1 pm, at the Conger Morris Funeral Home, 767 South Riverside, Medford. Following the funeral, burial services will be held at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Rd, Eagle Point.

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