Our mother, Ramona Julia Moralez, 84, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Billings Health & Rehab with her family by her side.
She was born Dec. 16, 1927, in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico. In 1958, she married Jose Moralez, who had gone to Mexico looking for a wife. Jose Moralez lived in Montana, U.S.A.
Our mother left her entire family, and immigrated to the U.S.A., arriving in Chicago on July 11, 1959. They then moved to Pompeys Pillar, Mont., where they lived for many years and raised their family. She was in seventh heaven when she had her first grandchild. She ended up moving to Lockwood to be closer to them. Mom would stay outside for hours with the grandkids because we didn't watch them well enough for her. She loved to sew and made quilts for everyone, everybody had a Gramma quilt. She loved to garden, growing both vegetables and flowers. My favorite memory of her is waking up to loud Mexican music on a Saturday morning. We would walk in the kitchen to see her rolling out tortillas and singing. When the kids got too rowdy she would throw a shoe at them and she seldom missed. We will all miss her very much and life will never be the same without her. Vaya Con Dios Madre Querida.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Moratez, and her granddaughter, Cherice Moralez.
She is survived by her children John Moralez, Jessie Moralez Haydal (Dan), both of Billings; grandchildren John Moralez, Danielle Haydal, Hans Haydal (Kendra), Corrina Haydal, Destmee Haydal; and great-grandchildren Nate Haydal and Logan Haydal.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Ballantine. Memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.