October 9, 1942 - May 13, 2019
Maria Esther Lackey, 76, was born on October 9, 1942 in El Paso, Texas to Arsenio and Mercedes Villegas and entered into eternal rest on May 13, 2019 in Downey, California.
Maria was a hard-working and strong woman who took care of everyone, and managed to still be the life of the party. She loved spending time with her family. If there was an event for the grandkids, she would be there at least two hours ahead of time. She wanted to be sure she had the best seats. Plus she enjoyed socializing with anyone and everyone around her. She would be sure to tell everyone about her grandkids. There wasn’t anyone in Downey that didn’t know about Amanda, Ryan, Blake, and Cole. She protected her family and when things were stressful she was always the first to say, “Everything’s gonna be okay.” It usually did turn out Ok, because she was there to fix it or help in every possible way.
If she wasn’t buzzing around Downey delivering missing assignments or taxi’ing the boys, she was with her sister playing Bingo or with Craig at the casino. She enjoyed herself because there was laughter and stories and lots of silliness and antics taking place. Maria also had a love of sweets, there wasn’t a cake or apple pie with ice cream or dessert of any sort that was safe when she was around. The last enjoyment I want to share about Maria is her pride and commitment to her job. She loved Downey Unified. She loved the friendships she created, she worked hard, took pride in her work, and wanted to do a great job. Her warm smile and her bright personality will be missed by so many.
Maria leaves behind her loving family: Husband, Craig Lackey, Daughter, Carmen Rodriguez (Luis), Daughter, Esther Brossmer (Roger), Son, Anthony Campos, Granddaughter, Amanda Rodriguez, Grandson, Ryan Rodriguez, Grandchildren, Blake Brossmer and Cole Brossmer, Siblings, Augustin Manuel Villegas, Arsenio Villegas Jr. (Olivia), Maria Anita Villegas numerous nieces and nephews, as well as several other family members and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.
A rosary will be held for her on Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 pm at Risher Montebello Mortuary, and a funeral mass on Wednesday, May 22, at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey, California. For more obituary information and to leave condolences for the family, please visit www.RisherMortuary.com 562-861-3888.