Real estate pioneer dies at 82

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By The Staff

Mary Deal, a prominent Los Alamos Realtor, entrepreneur, community activist and visionary, died Tuesday of natural causes at Los Alamos Medical Center with her husband Bill Deal and daughters at her side. She was 82.Mary Viola McCoy was born on April 23, 1925, in Crosbyton, Texas. She was raised in west Texas, just up the road from Merkel on the family’s modest cotton farm. Mary learned what hard work was from the beginning. The farmhouse she grew up in was built of rough-sawn barn planks with daylight streaming through the joints, had no indoor plumbing or electricity, and only an oil stove for heating and cooking.Mary, along with her mother, father, four brothers – Medford, Melvin, Minford and Merkel Jimmy – and sister Morelle, picked cotton until their fingers were raw and ran the farm. Mary once said, “If I never see a cotton boll again, it will be too soon.”“We didn’t have much, but the food was good and plentiful, and we stayed warm under the quilts mother made and we were happy. We didn’t know anything else,” her youngest brother Merkel Jimmy said.Mary wanted to get an education in order to get off the farm. Whenever she set her sights to accomplish something, she never gave up until she achieved her goals.

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