Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home

1490 B Street, Merced, CA


Mary Lou Munoz

17 septiembre , 19372 noviembre , 2019

Mary Lou Munoz, 82 years young, was born September 17, 1937 to William Elery & Elsie Nellie Moore in Tulare, California. Mary was married to Clarence F. Evans in 1952 and had 3 daughters together. After Clarence’s early death at age 42 in 1976, Mary was married to Joseph Munoz in 1983.

Mary was greatly loved by many! She leaves behind her husband of 36 years Joe, Her sister Betty Gray of Bakersfield, California, three daughters and their husbands, Kathy & Rick Souhrada, Javene & Dennis Slocum from Merced and Rynae & Guy Vaughn of Santa Clarita California, 10 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mary lived a full life, loving and serving so many. Whenever she saw a need she was there to help. She loved to cook and bake for everyone, including having soirees for her friends in her lovely back yard. She enjoyed gardening and caring for her beautiful flowers, especially her blue hydrangeas.

She was always excited to spend a day shopping and decorating with her daughters, and on the hunt for that perfect adornment for her or a friend’s home, as she loved decorating.

Above all, Mary fiercely loved Jesus and reading her bible! Mary was a member of Christian Life Center for over 20 years. While we all suffer so much over the loss of our mom, we also know, it is very clear why she is not here with us today. John 14:1-4 states “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My fathers house has many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be also.

We can all take much comfort in God’s divine appointment for each of us who believes in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Mom always said she was ready to go to heaven when it was her time. The Lord called our beloved mother home to be with Him November 2, 2019


  • Keith Souhrada, Pallbearer
  • Sam Souhrada, Pallbearer
  • Steven Slocum, Pallbearer
  • Josh Vaughn, Pallbearer
  • Justin Vaughn, Pallbearer
  • Chris Vaughn, Pallbearer


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Mary Lou Munoz


Gary & Jane Petty

13 noviembre , 2019

We have known Mary for some time,Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family. She was quite the lady. Loved her dearly

Lisa Tarbell

8 noviembre , 2019

Thinking of grandma Mary always brings memories of their sweet home just around the corner from ours. Her hospitality and green thumb were always a blessing. For many years when the girls attended elementary school we would walk to Charles Wright on the first day (and sometimes other days if feeling spunky) We invariably saw Mary or Joe outside and would take time to chat with them. The girls are in high school and college now but anytime we’d see Mary or Joe we would all recall those days.
Blessings on Joe and all the family in the loss of grandma Mary
We know she is with the Lord and we rejoice with you in that

Robyn Yoon

7 noviembre , 2019

There are so many things that I remember and love about you. So many times you were there in support of all the events in my life, and our visits -when you would visit with me and the girls with a baked treat in hand, being entertained by my 3 little girls with dancing, reciting memory work or playing the piano for you in our little living room.

But the ONE thing that comforts me most as I remember you: we shared the same faith that will allow me to see you again and forever in heaven!

You believed that Jesus, the Son of God came just as he promised, to live as the spotless and perfect Lamb (Isaiah 53:7-10; John 1:29), to take away the sins of the world living a perfect life, dying as a sacrifice for the sins of those who would believe, rising from the dead on the third day (Luke 9:22) and ascending to heaven to sit down at the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19).

"Amazing Love -how can this be?- that thou my God should die for me?!"

Your faith is now sight! (Hebrews 11:1)

I love you, Grandma.

Jennifer Tolbert

6 noviembre , 2019

So many memories! One of my favorites from childhood is visiting Gram when she lived in Saugus. She always let me dress up in her square dancing petticoats and wear her high heel shoes. This was a high honor for a young girl.

I remember being excited when Gram and Grandpa Joe moved to Merced. They attended all the milestone occasions - birthdays, graduations, music and sporting events. And oh our backyard bbqs were so fun. Gram always made the best potato salad.

Later, after Trace and I married and bought our first home on Weston Way, I have wonderful memories of Gram coming over to pick up Pierce in his little Red Flyer wagon for visits at her house. She fed him those nasty Vienna sausages out of the can! Ugh - so gross - but Pierce liked them. She painted his toe nails - ONLY ONCE - cuz Trace wouldn’t have that for his son. (Lol!) Speaking of Trace and Gram, they had a fun relationship. She loved to try new recipes out for him, and he loved giving her rave reviews.

We missed being neighbors when we moved to Arizona, but no distance made a difference between us when we’d get together for a visit. Gram was always interested in what was going on in my life and always encouraged me in the Lord... to be a stronger woman, an attentive wife, a loving mom and a faithful friend. She did this in word and deed.

She was young at heart - a “hip” Grandma who was fun to laugh with. We will miss her dearly. Looking forward to reuniting in Heaven. (Hope she’s on the food crew!)