Mary Lou Saenz, 72, passed away Aug. 8 in Albuquerque at 9:22 a.m. Mary Lou was born Jan. 16, 1944, on the ranch in Willard to the late Max and Lou Padilla. Mary Lou graduated from Estancia High School in 1962. She worked on the ranch and did some traveling after high school until she met the love of her life, Elias Saenz. They married in Estancia on July 9, 1973. Mary lived in Willard until she moved to Eunice in 1982, raising her family there as she worked for the Eunice public school system. In 1999 she returned to Willard where she lived the rest of her life. She worked for Zens Dairy and was a homemaker. Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Elias Saenz; daughter Victoria Vazquez of Abilene, Texas; son Elias Saenz and daughter Lupita Saenz, both of Willard; four sisters, Pauline Romero of Estancia, Frances Scalise of Santa Fe, Cecilia Sanchez of Albuquerque and Stella Williams of Seminole, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; seven grandsons, five granddaughters and a great-granddaughter. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Lou Padilla; a brother Max Padilla Jr. and daughter Veronica Saenz. A visitation was held Aug. 11 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Willard. The Reciting of the Rosary followed, with celebration of Mass on Aug. 12, with Father Bob Peccatiello officiating. Interment was at Mountainair Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Juan Carlos Zamora, Ivan Zamora, Robert D. Trevino, Angelo Valedez and Isiah McDaniels. Jose Chavarria Jr. was an honorary pallbearer.