Mary Haro Diaz, passed away peacefully at her home at the age of 79 on April 3, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was married for 56 years to Arthur A. Diaz and was a devoted mother to her 3 children Ernest (Andrea), Rosemarie, and Robert. She was the biggest supporter of her 5 grandchildren Angela Marchand (Chad), Raymond Perez, Aric Codog, Esteban Diaz, and Nicolas Codog. She was also overjoyed to be the Great-Grandmother of Vivian Marchand, Hudson Codog, and Kimber Rose Codog. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leocadio and Soledad Haro, brother Benjamin Haro, and sister Sara Ibarra. She is survived by her brothers Nicandro Haro and Arturo Haro, as well as her sisters Glafira Nunez, Clemencia Rodriguez, and Helen Santoyo.
Born in Contitlan, Juchipila, Zacatecas, Mary grew up in the Central Valley near Visalia before moving north to Sacramento. She spent her life in dedication to whatever task was at hand. Whether it be as a stay-at-home mother to support her husband’s career, as a supervisor for the Department of Veterans Affairs, or as a Grandmother; once she made up her mind, she never let you down or left something unfinished. In her early years, those who knew her described her as a “tomboy” with skinned knees and dirty dresses who was involved in any sport that she was allowed to play, often besting any boy she was put up against. She was always a supporter of women in sports and was thrilled to see her daughter and granddaughter involved in sports that she was denied access to in her early years. She was an unwavering fan of the LA Dodgers, although she was always happy enjoying a hot dog and an ice-cold beer on a hot day watching whatever baseball teams happened to play that day. She was a world traveler who had the opportunity to enjoy many different countries and far off places with friends and family including Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, France, Amsterdam, Canada, and Puerto Rico. When she wasn’t traveling, she exhibited her dedication to her faith by serving as a Catechism Teacher, Parish Secretary, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, member of the Daughters of Isabella, and organizing the church festival for St. Christopher’s Church in Galt. Mary and Arthur always had an open home to any family member, friend, or traveler who needed a meal, comfort, or a place to stay without any expectation of return, besides setting a while to listen to whatever life lesson they felt would help you on your way.
She will be remembered as strong, determined, and fiercely independent. Special thanks to the caregivers of Visiting Angels and America's Senior Care and Maria Bauanen, Daisy Franco, and Jacqueline Lachney for assisting Arthur in caring for Mary in her final years.
Visitation will be on Saturday, April 24 at 5pm followed by the rosary at 6:45pm at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Center at 6509 Fruitridge Road in Sacramento, CA 95820. Mass will be held on Tuesday May 4 at 9am at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 608 N. Church Street Visalia, CA 93291. Burial will immediately follow at Visalia Public Cemetery.