She was born Maria Louisa Estopellan on July 19, 1943 in Encarnacion de Dias, Jalesco, Mexico. She was one of 12 children born to Jose Estopellan Guerra and Juanita Munoz Reyes. She migrated to the United States at the age of 13.
While living in Alamogordo, New Mexico, she met Gary Shupe, who was stationed there while serving in the U.S. Army. They were married on Sept. 6, 1969. They moved to Gary’s hometown, Moab, in 1973. Together they had three daughters: Maria (Bob) Murchison, Denver; Laura (Chris) Simonds, Bullhead City, Arizona; and Ima (Chad) Muhutga, Lacrosse, Wisconsin.
Mary Lou is also survived by a son Sergio (Elodia) Estopellan, Odessa, Texas; 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, her brothers and sisters Porfirio, Guadatupe, Jose, Juan, Salvador, Antonio, Maria, Rosa, Jaime and Camerina, many nieces and nephews, in-laws and friends who will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by Gary and her parents.
Mary Lou was well known around town as she cooked in more restaurants than not. She loved camping, playing Bingo, an occasional trip to Ute Mountain and spending time with family and friends.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Mary Lou’s life will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Grand Center, 182 N. 500 W., Moab.