The 87-year earthly journey of that little girl from La Porte, Mary L. Lombard, ended Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, when she passed away peacefully at her beloved “Menke” Trail Creek homestead.

Born Maria Ermajean Lomeli, to Ethel (Austin) Romero and Martin Lomeli in Indiana Harbor, East Chicago, Indiana, Oct. 27, 1933, she was the youngest of five children to her then single mother.