Our dear sweet loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother passed away peacefully with her family by her side in the early morning of January 10, 2020.
Agnes was born February 20, 1929 in Los Angeles, California to Antonio and Trinada Neria. Her parents were immigrants from Jalpa, Mexico and lived in several places before settling in the Bingham Canyon area. Her mother was a great cook and passed this trait on to our mom.
Our mom married the love of her life on May 28, 1947 in Bingham Canyon, Utah. They lived there while dad was working at Kennecott Copper. Our mom opened a small cafe, then restaurant in the area. They purchased a house in Kearns prompting them to close their business.
Although our mom had several jobs, cooking was always her passion, so with some great family recipes and some of her own, our parents opened a small take-out in Kearns call El Ranchito. My mom cooked and ran the take-out for 10 years. The family expanded from a take-out to a restaurant in 1986 as El Rancho Grande Restaurant and we are still serving that great food to this day.
Mom loved to camp, fish and travel with family and friends. It was not unusual when we were young to run to the canyons for a picnic or to meet up with cousins and friends. Family was important to her and we spent many Sundays at her mother’s, meeting up with her sisters and brothers and their families to play and visit and of course enjoy some of grandma’s great food. Mom gave us a great life filled with love and we will miss her every day.
She is survived by her 4 children, Eugene “Gene” and Adelia Gallegos, Christine and Porfirio Guadarrama, Nancy and John Lopez, Anita and Ted Sharp Sr.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Kenny (John) Benevidez, Mary (Salomon) Ortiz; and brother Conrad (Florence) Neria.
Preceded in death by brothers Roger Neria, Fred Neria; and sister Pearl Guttierrez.
A viewing will be held Thursday, January 16th at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road from 6:00 to 8:00pm for family and friends. Funeral mass will be celebrated January 17th at 11:00 AM with a short viewing from 10:30 to 11:00 AM at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, 7405 South Redwood Road. Interment at the South Jordan Cemetery, 10630 South 1055 West.
We would like to extend a special thanks to all the people who made it possible to keep our Mother at home the past year: Rosina, Angie, Deann and the Symbi Group, Joan and Maria. All of you gave us a special gift.