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BORLAND -- MARY ELIZABETH Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed away February 25, 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 100. Mary was born in 1911 in Oelwein, Iowa to Dr. John O'Connor and Mary Frances Crowley. She married Cecil C. Borland in January 1937. Mary and Cecil moved from Iowa to Clovis, NM in 1943 and then to Santa Fe in 1950 where they were one of the original families that formed the parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Mary was a graduate of St. Catherine's College in St. Paul, MN in 1933 and Denver University School of Library Science. She retired from the New Mexico State Library in 1976 after 25 years of service as Chief Cataloger. Mary was also an avid reader and after her retirement read both the Albuquerque Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican every day. She was an excellent cook and loved trying out new French recipes, and she was accomplished in knitting and knitted beautiful cable Irish wool sweaters for all of her family. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil in 1959; her parents; her brother John; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law. She is survived by her children, John P. (Pat) Borland and wife Dolores of Albuquerque, Stephen Borland and wife Mary Helen, Lizabeth Roberts and husband Dr. Lewis, and Mary Ellen Schwarz and husband Paul all of Santa Fe; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A special thanks to the staff at Ponce de Leon who cared for Mary for five years and to Ambercare and El Castillo who cared for her for the past 20 months. The Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1301 Osage Ave., Santa Fe. Instead of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. Berardinelli Family Funeral Svs 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook online at www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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