Mona Mayer, 77, of Brownfield, TX passed away on the evening of April 10, 2022, after battling an exhausting illness. She was the greatest mother a daughter could ever have and an amazing wife who made our lives better with every song she sang. She enjoyed life and loved to smile and laugh. We, as a family, are completely unprepared to live without her.
Mona was born in Hobbs, NM on March 13, 1945, to A. D. and Mary Lou Summerville. She graduated from Hobbs High School in Hobbs, NM and then attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM where she got a master’s degree in education. After marrying the love of her life Mona would move to Quakertown, PA. She spent 25 years being a mom and working part-time as a teacher before moving once again back to Portales, NM in 1996. At that time Mona began working at Lockwood Elementary School in Clovis, NM as a full-time music teacher where she would later retire.
For their next adventure after her retirement Mona and Gary moved to Floydada, TX buying a converted old movie theater house. She loved living in that 100-year-old building and trying to start little businesses out of the old storefronts. They lived in Floydada, TX for 10 years until Mona became ill. Gary decided to buy Mona a home in Brownfield, TX because it was easier for Mona to get around. Altogether Gary and Mona were married for 57 wonderful years.
She is survived by her mother Mary Lou Summerville of Lubbock, TX; her husband Gary Mayer of Brownfield, TX; her daughter Heather Mayer of Brownfield, TX; her sister Lucia Castro and husband Dino Castro of Lubbock, TX; her niece Bianca Brinson of Lubbock, TX and husband Tyler Brinson; her niece Lydia Dominguez of Lubbock, TX, and her niece Mary Brinson of Lubbock, TX. Her sister Dena Lyn Garcia of Austin, TX; her sister Leta Pascetti of Rio Rancho, NM and husband David Pascetti; as well as her nieces and nephew Nick, Sarah, Yancey, and Cassandra. She was preceded in death by her father A. D. Summerville; her sister Vena Summerville Gray; and her aunt Norma Jean Kincade.
Mona loved music and spent most of her life singing, but she had other passions in life. Mona loved all animals and enjoyed watching animal shows on television, especially the numerous veterinary programs. She loved to drive around looking for sandhill cranes and see if she could spot them flying in the distance. Her greatest joy of all came from rescuing cats. Her house was full of her rescued cats, Sabrina, Indie, Heathcliff, and Darcy who all miss her and look for her daily. Mona excelled at playing the piano, but also enjoyed arts and crafts, puzzles, watching murder mysteries, visiting Walt Disney World, and traveling the country in the family motorhome.
The Mayer family would like to thank Covenant Specialty Hospital for the excellent care and compassion shown to Mona. We will always remember the times we had together with you. They were all beautiful memories. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” A. A. Miln