DOWNEY - Mercedes "Mary" Escondon Nunez Mertz, 94, passed away peacefully in her Downey home on Jan. 14. She was surrounded by family when she died.She was born July 18, 1917 to Juan and Mercedes Nunez in Sonora, Mexico. She is survived by her children, Cynthia and John; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Amanda and Ruben. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fredrick Mertz; sons, Freddy and Jimmy; and siblings, Alice, Stella, Rosie, Emma, John and Tony. Visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 22, at Zrelak Family Mortuary at 4 p.m., with a rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, with burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello. In lieu of flowers, the family requested outdoor potted plants or flowers to be planted in her garden, which she tended for more than 50 years.
********** Published: January 19, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 40