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Dora Evelyne Atencio

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Isidora "Dora" E. Archuleta Atencio, of Saguache, Colorado, passed away at the age of 91 years on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 in Longmont, Colorado. She was with family and peacefully went from their arms to be in the presence of God. Dora was one of ten children of Matias and Lucia Archuleta. She was the last surviving member of the family, and greatly missed her parents and siblings. She had fond memories of growing up in the San Luis Valley, riding horses, being the family photographer, admiring the beautiful cloud formations and helping with chores on the Archuleta family ranch. She and her family were true pioneers going back when Colorado was a territory and before it became a state in 1867. Dora was educated in the Moffat school until she graduated in 1947 from Moffat High School. She went on with her education and attended Adams State College in Alamosa Colorado and received an elementary education teaching degree. Her first teaching job was in La Garita, Colorado. She met her husband Charles Atencio of La Garita Colorado and married in 1949. They had 6 children; 4 sons and 2 daughters. Dora moved to Berthoud Colorado and raised her children. She then moved to Loveland Colorado where she lived and worked for many many years. In the years of her working career she worked at Grandview Manor for many years as she provided for her children. She went back to working at schools until she was hired by the county and worked as a social worker for Larimer County Department of Social Services from where she retired from in 2002. She made the difference in the lives of many children. She was so loving and giving by opening her home in fostering many children. Throughout her whole life she maintained a strong work ethic and would want to be remembered for her love of every aspect of her life. Dora was a breast cancer survivor, she went through treatment bravely and quietly, enduring with grace and dignity, so inspiring for a single working mother. Dora had a passion to walk, she would get up early and for many years walked around Lake Loveland every day. She frequently referred to it as "My Lake". In her life over the years she enjoyed taking family photos, music, taking care of her houseplants, crocheting, taking pictures of clouds and cooking for her family. She made many special dishes that bring fond memories back to family members. She also loved watching western movies, was an avid reader, and having a slice of lemon meringue pie at the end of a meal. She was a woman of strong faith and she was a longtime member of St. John's Catholic Church in Loveland. She spent each morning with her prayer book and each evening with her rosary. She will be very dearly missed by her family and loved ones she leaves behind. Isidora "Dora" Archuleta Atencio is preceded in death by her parents Matias and Lucia Archuleta, her 6 brothers, 3 sisters, her son Gregory Atencio and grandchild Sarah. She leaves her surviving children and their families to cherish her memories: Michael (Ana) Atencio, Veronica Atencio, Carlos Atencio, David Atencio (Lori Miller) Karla Jo (Brad) Reeves, and Millie Wilkinson. Her 21 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren. Cousin Juanita Garcia Vega who was raised by the Archuleta's. In laws; Maria Archuleta, Vera Archuleta, John Martinez, Toby Atencio and Margie Atencio Sanchez. Mom, you have given so much and asked for so little in return. Thank you for always being there for us, for teaching us, putting us before yourself, listening to us, helping and forgiving us, most of all loving us. You were simply magnificent. As an honor to Mom we ask you to wear red, her favorite color to the funeral service. Red is the color of happiness and love. All services will be held at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St. in Longmont. Viewing is Friday, December 7th at 5:00 PM with Rosary beginning at 6:00 PM. Funeral Service is 11:00 AM, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A lunch reception will be held following the service at the Elk's Lodge, 306 Coffman St. in Longmont. Inurnment of ashes will be this coming spring 2019 in the San Luis Valley.
Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2018
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