Mary Helen Machado-Sandoval

mary machado-sandoval

July 9, 1941 ~ July 14, 2019

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Mary Helen Machado-Sandoval, 78, entered the Lord's heavenly kingdom on July 14, 2019, with her beloved daughter by her side. Survived by son, Kirk Sandoval; daughter, Deborah Sandoval (Mark T. III) Baehm; grandchildren, Tony Wittmus, Nickalas Bullard and James and Courtney Sandoval. Preceded in death by parents, Jose and Amelia (Garcia) Machado; maternal grandmother, Amalia Garcia; husband, Fred M. Sandoval; beloved sister, Juanita Haywood; sister-in-law, Esther Vasquez; and beloved brother-in-law, Art Sandoval. Pueblo has lost a light that has shown brightly in the community. Mary served in countless ways that spread love and compassion to those in need. Namely, she took great pride in helping some of the most vulnerable members of the Pueblo community with her activism in ACOVA. She volunteered for the Sheriff's office as a courier. She also contributed to the youth of the community in Pueblo by advocating for at risk children as a CASA. She delivered library books to the homebound and never turned down an elderly friend or a stranger with assistance with cooking meals, shopping or just companionship. She also volunteered to prepare taxes for seniors and low-income families. She volunteered at the El Pueblo History Museum and was recognized as Pueblo Senior Citizen of the Year in 2017. Mary will be missed by those who knew her well but also by the strangers whose hearts she touched. Our mama was an extraordinary person using both her talents and her gifts to help whomever needed them. She gave a voice to the voiceless. Mary's wishes were to not to hold a traditional service, she remained humble to the end. Her selflessness continues even after death and in the spirit of our mothers altruism our family requests all gifts of remembrance be sent to Sangre de Cristo Hospice,1207 Pueblo Blvd Way, Pueblo, CO 81005 or Mama we love you...until we see you again. Romans 6:23 'If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever. ' -Winnie the Pooh Online condolences,

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  1. Mama’s two weeks since your passing. I can’t even you how I miss you. I miss talking to you everyday,i miss your laugh, I miss your voice..I miss how you would me that you tell everything is going to be ok..
    My heart breaks. I know… time.
    I will see you in everything beautiful. I love you…until I see you again..❤

  2. So sad to hear of Mary Helen’s passing . I knew her when we attended elementary and junior high school together. God Bless.

  3. Mary was an amazing volunteer at the Cooperative Care Center. She was very faithful in all she did. Great smile good sense of humor but she had a great heart! I truly enjoyed working with her! She was always ready to help out a client. My deepest condolences to the family!

  4. Prays and thoughts are with you Kirk. I am sorry for your lose she was a great woman, grandmother, and mother.

  5. My prayers for you and your family Deborah. It sounds funny to call you that your mom always made me feel welcome in your home I love you and my thoughts and prayers are with you

  6. You know how close me and your mom were! She supported my RocknRoll days and always was there for me! I will miss her forever! I hope you and Kirk are doing OK,because I can’t imagine what it would be to lose my Mother!!God bless you.

  7. Mary is forever loved and remembered❣️Her beautiful life and legacy is a love story which lives on through our memories, shared stories, and our families precious generations.

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