Mary Medina, age 72, of Sidney, NE passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2024. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024 at the Lodgepole Valley Youth Camp in Sidney, NE at 2:00 P.M.

            You may view Mary’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.  Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Mary’s care.

            Mary was born in Cozad, NE on November 21, 1951 to Angelina and Albert Medina. As a young girl Mary’s heart was already assuming the role that she would carry the rest of her life. She quit school at a very early age to help her mom and care for her siblings in Saginaw, MI. There she began her legacy with three children- Raymond, Lupe and Monica.

            Mary and her children followed her mom to Nebraska where she worked at the potato chip factory in Scottsbluff, NE and Convert-a-ball before she began her lifelong career. Mary first worked as a CNA at Beverly Nursing Home, and finally finding her passion as a top-notch housekeeper within the hospital in Sidney, NE. She devoted 22 years to SRMC between the old and new hospital and Extended Care. In the last couple years Mary “taught” the nurses at SRMC Extended Care how to clean while she stayed with them as a guest.

            When Mary wasn’t in her work uniform, she was in her grandma uniform. She always wanted to have at least one, if not numerous, of her grandkids around her. They were her true joy.

            Mary was always in the garden pulling weeds, or in the kitchen cooking something undoubtedly delicious. Mary was always busy and rarely got time to rest. But when she did, she would kick her feet up with a bowl of chips or spits in her hand late at night.

            Mary had a caring, giving heart. Her heart was definitely the strongest part about her! And it beat strong and true until it was time to go home to her family waiting to welcome her to her heavenly home.

            Her heavenly greeters include, her parents, Albert Medina and Angelina Medina, and step father Anselmo Mendoza, siblings, Lola Luna and her husband Mercy, Robert Medina, Louis Medina and wife Rosie, and nephew Tony Luna.

            Those left to miss her until they meet her again are, her children, Monica and husband Matt Ybarra of Sidney, NE and their children; Tony, Yolanda, Bret, Alex, Jacob, Paul and Michael. Lupe and wife Theresa Medina of Greeley, CO and their children; Lesha, Angelo, Mikal, Jacob, Damien, Amrie, Angel, Alinah, and Marianna. Raymond Medina of Ogallala, NE and his children; Kelsie, Tyler, and Brandon. Her siblings, Phillip and wife Hillery Medina of Sidney, NE. Jose Medina of Saginaw, MI. Rudy and wife Michelle Medina of Saginaw, MI. Johnny Medina of Otisville, Michigan. Liz and husband Matt Sandoval of Saginaw, MI. And 22 great grandkids and a HUGE family of nieces and nephews and cousins that love her VERY much!