Inez L. Maes

September 23, 1935March 9, 2018
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Inez L. Maes passed in peace with loved ones at her side on March 9 in Glendale, AZ. She was born on Sept 23, 1935 in Silverton, CO & graduated from Silverton HS in 1953. In 1954 she married Robert M. Montoya, who passed in 1978. In 1984 she married Joseph A. Maes, who passed in 2015. She is survived by her daughter Bobbie J. Montoya; her brother Edward E. Velarde (Catlyn); grandchildren John Montoya, Jr. & Robert Montoya; step-daughters Allora Coffland (Calvin) & Carol McDonough (John); step-grandchildren Shannon, Keith, Vincent, Breana, Allison, Brandi & Jennifer; & 7 step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents Joe & Cleo Velarde; son John Montoya, Sr.; brother John Velarde; & step-daughter Kathleen Roane. She retired from federal civil service after nearly 30 years of service, having worked for the USAF & HUD. In 1989 she proudly earned her BA. Besides her family, her interests included researching her genealogy, RV traveling & her cat Bella; she was an avid fan of the Phoenix Suns & Arizona Cardinals. She was a beautiful, smart & wonderful person who was loved & will be missed by anyone who met her. Visitation will be on Monday March 19, 5pm, Rosary 6:30pm at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 N. 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday March 20, 10am, St. Helen Catholic Church, 5510 W. Cholla St, Glendale, AZ. Burial service will follow at National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd.


  • Visitation Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Rosary Service Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Inez L. Maes

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When Inez L. Maes walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Inez was and how she affected those around her. Inez was a clever and gregarious person who always brought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Inez wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Inez was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

Inez was born on September 23, 1935, at home in Silverton, Colorado. She was the daughter of Joe and Cleo Velarde. Inez was raised in Silverton, Colorado. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Inez might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Inez was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her, always at the ready to explore new places, try new things, and meet new people.

Inez was raised with two siblings. She had two younger brothers, Edward and John. Inez was very accepting and supportive of her family, as a child and as an adult. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose, Inez was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Inez well in her home life and work life. Given her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, she drew the admiration of many who knew her.

As a young girl, Inez was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Inez was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Inez took part in cheerleading, and she was a member of the Pep Club. In her spare time, she liked sewing, reading and movies. Inez had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.

During her high school years, Inez responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Silverton High School in 1953. Inez was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Inez absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Inez, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Inez a good listener, knowing when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. Her favorite class in high school was math. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was her math teacher, Mrs. Richards.

Inez did well in college, because of her comfort level with tackling new theories and her love of learning. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ottawa University. She went to college later in life, after her children were grown and moved away, attending night programs over many years while managing a full-time, high-pressure job. Her favorite course was English, and she was on the Dean’s List. Inez was very adaptable, a quality that helped her finally achieve her degree with little difficulty amid working full time. As a result, Inez’s problem solving skills and thirst for new knowledge almost guaranteed that she enjoyed virtually every class she took. Inez was always in quest of new things to learn and experience.

With a talent for making acquaintances easily, which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends; Inez was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Inez was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Annie Maes, Donna Sturdivant, Josie Gallegos, and Maris David. Later in life, she became friends with Tootsie Jenkins, Virginia Brown, Jane Groff, Jan and Robert (Ski) Kujawski, Evelyn Harthun, Jay Jiter, Walter (Lags) and JoAnn Gallegos, Debra Caldwell.

Her first marriage on March 19, 1954, was to Robert M. Montoya, at a Catholic Church in Denver, Colorado. Robert, who had retired from the USAF as a SMSgt, died in September 1978 in Tucson, Arizona. Her second marriage on June 1, 1984, was to Joseph (Al) Maes at St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Inez’s skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. Inez was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family. Al, who had retired from the USAF as a CMSGT, died in July 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

Inez was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Inez, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable, albeit worrisome part of her life. Inez’s skill at understanding her children’s feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Inez was blessed with two children and three stepchildren: Daughter, Bobbie Montoya, Son, John Montoya, Sr., and Stepdaughters, Kathleen, Allora and Carol. She were also blessed with two grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren, John Montoya, Jr. and Robert Montoya, step-grandchildren, Shannon, Keith, Vincent, Breanna, Allison, Brandi and Jennifer.

Inez was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was for the Federal Civil Service. She was employed for 30 years as a Federal employee; she started out working for the USAF, which she worked for at George AFB (Southern California); Clark AFB (the Philippines), Mather AFB (Sacramento, California), Goose AFB (Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada), Davis-Monthan AFB (Tucson, Arizona), and she finally retired as a Housing Program Manager for HUD in Phoenix, Arizona. Inez was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Inez had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Inez's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

Because Inez loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were genealogy research, RV traveling, volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul, ballroom dancing and reading. Inez had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to raise her family, work, go to school, and create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Inez's ever-present concern for others, especially her family, always took precedent.

Inez derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, Inez was a Cheerleader and in the Pep Club. She and her first husband Robert were on bowling leagues, and she and her second husband Al enjoyed ballroom dancing. Inez was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were basketball (Phoenix Suns) and football (Arizona Cardinals). For many years, she and Al had season tickets to the Phoenix Suns. They were in the stands when the Suns lost the 1993 NBA Championship in game 6 to the Chicago Bulls.

Because Inez was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, she always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. Inez's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made her a great asset. Inez found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. When her children were young, Inez was involved in the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Little League, and later in life she volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul.

Inez was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church and a Eucharistic Minister. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

Inez’s love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Traveling in a casual but generally organized manner fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Inez took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included Canada, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Texas, Washington State, Idaho and California.

Inez was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Over the years, she had three Siamese cats, Scratchy #1, Scratchy #2 and Scratchy #3, as well as a Poodle named Jacque and a longhaired Chihuahua named Chapo. Inez’s last pet was a yellow tabby cat named Bella.

When Inez’s retirement finally came in the early 1990’s, she handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and was able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Inez to master. In retirement, she found new pleasure in completing her college education at Ottawa University, and engaging in genealogy and traveling. Even in retirement, Inez continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, of course, made plenty of new ones.

Inez Maes passed away on March 9, 2018, under the care of Hospice of the Valley in Glendale, Arizona. She is survived by her daughter Bobbie Montoya; brother Edward Velarde; stepdaughters Allora Coffland and Carol McDonough, grandsons John Montoya, Jr. and Robert Montoya; step-grandchildren Shannon, Keith, Vincent, Breanna, Allison, Brandi and Jennifer; and seven step-grandchildren.

There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Inez. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Inez Maes for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Inez was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones. She was well loved and will definitely be missed by everyone who knew her.