Mary Sylvia Cantrell, daughter of Joe and Reynie Lovato, was born on July 4, 1945 in Los Pinos, New Mexico. A few years after she was born her family moved to Hazelton, Kansas, where she would attend school until graduation.
Following high school she attended college in Wichita, Kansas. When she received her business degree, she immediately got hired to work at Murdock Electric. She later moved back to Kiowa where she worked numerous years at Kuntz Implement as office administrator until they closed their business. Following her employment with her business degree, she went to work at Kiowa District Hospital for 40 years until her retirement in December 2019.
One of Mary’s favorite pastimes was taking care of all her flowers. Her kids and grandchildren always referred to her as achieving her own “botanical gardens”!
Never one to back down, Mary successfully raised four children on her own. Mary loved nothing more than following her grandchildren in their sporting events and other activities. She was passionate about her family.
Mary passed away October 9, 2021 at Wesley Medical Center at the age of 76, surrounded by her family.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Reynie Lovato; two sisters, Janie Archuleta and Frances Salazar.
Mary will be deeply missed by her lifetime companion, Jim Greenwood.
Mary is survived by her children, Chris (Sabrina) Cantrell of Rose Hill, Kansas, Dawn Mai of Wakeeney, Kansas, Scott Cantrell of Jacksonville, Florida, and Rodney Cantrell of Kiowa, Kansas; five grandchildren, Michaela and Hayley Cantrell, Dalton Mai, and Taylor and Aiden Cantrell; one sister, Darlene Felty of Texas.
Funeral mass for Mary will be Monday, October 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Johns Catholic Church. Rosary will be Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Viewing will be Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.
Memorials may be given to Phoenix Homecare and Hospice through the funeral home.