Doris Jean Benavides (1965 - 2017)

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Doris Jean Benavides, 52, of Evans, passed Sept. 14 at University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora.
She was born July 31, 1965, in Ogden, Utah, to Delfino and Susan (Ruybal) Ruybal.
Doris attended schools in Pueblo and New Mexico and graduated from North High School in Denver. After graduation, she started at the University of Northern Colorado, where she received her bachelor's degree in history and her master's degree in educational leadership.
She married Wayne Scott Benavides Sept. 4, 1988, in Greeley. He passed April 18.
After graduating with her master's, she began working at Aims Community College, then UNC, Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming, and then at Front Range Community College, where she was director at the Brighton Center.
She served on the strategic planning committee, road map to achievement planning committee and was a speech competition judge.
She also served on the School District 27J Long Range Planning Committee, was a member of the board of directors for the Brighton Chamber of Commerce and the North Metro Small Business Development Committee, a Brighton Housing Authority board commissioner and an Eagle Ridge Academy board member.
Doris received the 2015 Employee Excellence Award from Front Range Community College, the 2014 Denver Regional Council of Governments Gold Award for Community Livability, Brighton, the 2014 Brighton Economic Development Excellence in Partnership Award and was nominated for the 2012 Administrator of the Year for Front Range Community College.
Doris' passions included advocating for struggling and at-risk youth and spending time with her family.
She enjoyed swimming and had a strong butterfly stroke.
Doris was down to earth and was a mentor to co-workers and students and all she met with encouragement.
Survivors include her daughters, Marielena Jean Ruybal (Gabriel Cortez), of La Salle, and Angelica Saralee Benavides (Jose Mendoza), of Evans; sons, Juan Peralta Benavides (fiancée, Brittney Kemper), of Northglenn, and Andres Augustine Benavides, of ChampionsGate, Florida; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Billie and Del Benavides, of Evans; sisters, Debra Delgado, of Denver, Jeanette Almeida, of Brush and Arabella Gutierrez, of Aurora; brothers, Dale Ruybal, of Seoul, South Korea, and J.D. Ruybal (Dena) of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and three grandchildren, Angel Ruybal, Jesus Ruybal and Kolima Cortez.
Her parents; her husband; and a sister, Monica Ruybal, preceded her in death.
A celebration of Doris' Life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Journey Christian Church, 4754 W. 31st St., Greeley.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Front Range Community College to be used for a scholarship fund in memory of Doris Benavides. Send in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley 80634.
Visit www.stoddardsunset.com to sign an online guestbook.
Published in Fort Lupton Press on Sept. 20, 2017
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