Former La Jara resident Aurora "Dora" Gonzales, 90, passed away September 26, 2011, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, under Hospice care, in Colorado Springs. Dora was born on April 1, 1921 in Capulin, Colorado the daughter of Daniel Marquez and Beatrice Muniz Marquez. She grew up in the San Luis Valley where she attended schools and worked. She was married to John "Juan" Gonzales on November 11, 1940. They made their home in La Jara, Colorado where they raised their six children. Dora became a Colorado Springs resident after the death of her husband in 1987. She was a wonderful cook and baker, gardener, seamstress, and homemaker, but most of all she was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, cousin and friend. She was a member of and faithfully attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Colorado Springs. Dora was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters: Lucille Lopez, Rosella (Tim) Vigil, Nellie (Pablo) Gallegos, and brother Tony (Bertha) Marquez. Dora is survived by her children: LeRoy (Lela) Gonzales of Rio Rancho, NM; Joann Del Frate of Albuquerque, NM; Mena (Chris) Gallegos of Denver, CO; Mary Vail (Jake) Garcia of Colorado Springs, CO; Judy (Andy) Garcia of Colorado Springs, CO; Dan (Eileen) Gonzales of Colorado Springs, CO; sisters: Mary DeHerrera of Kingman, AZ; Prescilla (Joe) Maestas of Canon City, CO; brother Joe (Faye) Marquez of Pueblo, CO; 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Vigil Service with Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1830 S. Corona, Colorado Springs, CO. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Colorado Springs. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs. Viewing and visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Colorado Springs. Memorial donations may be made to the Pikes Peak hospice (825 E. Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO 80903). Arrangements are in care of Romeo Funeral Home of Alamosa.
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Published in The Gazette on Sept. 29, 2011