Laura Archibeque
Laura Archibeque of Greeley, Colorado passed away on October 13, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Laura (Mary Grace) was born on January 17, 1938 in Trinidad, Colorado to Alfred & Edna (Martinez) Montoya. Laura was the eldest of six children; she was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a chef, and an entrepreneur. She was a pillar of strength and love for her family. She will be dearly missed! When Laura was nine years old, her family moved from Trinidad, Colorado to Oak Creek, Colorado to follow her father's coal mining work. Laura's life changed forever when her dad passed away in a coal mining accident in 1948, just a year later. After her father's death, Laura and her family moved to Ault, CO to live with their grandparents. A few years later, the family moved to East Greeley, where Laura stayed and built a life she cherished. Laura spent her young adult life loving & caring for her younger siblings and learning her cultural recipes, traditions, and stories from her family. Laura attended Greeley High School and loved playing basketball, cheerleading and hanging out with her best friends Erlinda Moscoso, Lupe Alvarado and Tommie Antuna. On August 29, 1955 Laura married her forever love, Charles Archibeque in Greeley, CO. Their love story is one that many know and adore. They were married for 66 years, and although Charlie passed in 2017, Laura still celebrated their yearly anniversary and kept Charlie in her loving heart. Laura and Charles raised their family of 7 children in their east Greeley home which they purchased in 1958. Together, they built additions to their home, a garden that many know and love, multiple businesses, a loving family, and a reputation that will never be forgotten. They worked hard to build a loyal family that was able to keep their culture and traditions alive. Laura was the matriarch of her family and the glue that kept everything together. Laura's greatest accomplishment was her family. The admiration, love and kindness she showered upon her children and grandchildren was immeasurable and she would go above and beyond to help them succeed. She was a stay-at-home mother until her youngest daughter went to school, then Laura was ready to go to work. She worked for the Weld County Sheriff's office under Richard P. Martinez for several years and later worked at the Weld Mental Health Center where she served as the office secretary until her retirement in 1985. Laura was an excellent cook! She made everything from scratch from her homemade tortillas, to her red chile tamales, and even her chicken noodle soup. Her cooking served as medicine where many, many people had a seat at her table. Laura decided to start catering for community and private events from 1985-1987. In 1987, Laura and Charlie decided to open the Mirasol Mexican Restaurant in downtown Greeley. Laura was the head chef, eventually teaching her staff the ways she learned as a young girl. The Mirasol became a successful family business for over 9 years. Many folks still remember and miss it today! In 1991, with Laura's encouragement, Charlie ran for Greeley city council and won the seat for Ward I becoming only the second Latino / Hispanic to be on the council. Laura was Charlies' biggest advocate and confidant. Before any political decisions were made, Laura gave her advice, opinions and support. Through it all, Laura and Charlie built relationships and friendships across party and cultural lines that gained them love and respect across the Greeley community and beyond. Because of this love and respect, Laura and Charles became a voice for their communities; especially the East Greeley Sunrise area. Since the 1970's they provided hours of community service through their church, their neighborhood and their entrepreneurial businesses. In 1981, one of Laura and Charlie's visions became a reality when they built a housing complex for low-income families. Lincoln Square Townhomes provided affordable housing for low-income families until they sold it in 2018. Because of their city-wide contributions and their East Greeley commitment, Sunrise Park was renamed the Charlie & Laura Archibeque park. Laura was also involved in numerous boards, committees and groups. She served on the Victims Assistance Law Enforcement Board, the Hispanic Loan Committee, Downtown Business Association, the Chamber of Commerce Northern Light's Committee and the Hispanic Women of Weld County. Laura and her daughters were some of the first original members of the Hispanic Women of Weld County and Laura received the HWWC Business Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year award in the early 1990's. Laura is survived by her children: Carla (Tony) Esquibel, Lori (Jerry) Trujillo, Karen (Louie) Esquibel, Julee (Joe) Martinez, Nickie Archibeque (Tony Pena), and Daughter-In-Law, Ermelinda Archibeque. Grandchildren: Jessica (Kevin) Martinac, Lucas Trujillo (Angie Garrette), Valyne Esquibel (Kamren Kamp), Erika Esquibel, Kahla (Joseph) Esquibel, Brittni Laura Hernandez (Rigo Rangel), Mathew Esquibel (Emily Dempsey), Hope Archibeque, Anastacia Archibeque (Izak Natividad), Nathaniel Martinez, Nicolas Martinez, and Jaydyn Esquibel. Great-grandchildren: Zayden Gonzales, Jordan Trujillo, Aubriana Trujillo, Alivia Trujillo, Giana Martinac, Jeremiah Martinac, Mathew Francis Esquibel, Brexleigh Kamp, Nayeli Rangel-Hernandez, Monica Ornelas, Emma Dempsey, Kallai Kamp. Siblings: Charlotte (Sabino) Jimenez, Alfred (Rosella) Montoya, Lorella Marquez, Toby (Pat) Trujillo, special friend, Mary Munoz, niece Linda (Dan) Trimberger and many more nieces & nephews. Laura was proceeded in death by her husband Charles Archibeque, her son C.J Archibeque, her daughter Lisa Archibeque, son-in-law Robert Soares, her grandson Erik James Esquibel, parents Alfred & Edna Montoya, her sister Geraldine Martinez, brother Ruben Romero & her Aunt Mollie (Willie) Archibeque. Visitation will be Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Recitation of the Rosary at 6:00 p.m. at Adamson Life Celebration Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, October 22, 2021 at St. Peter Catholic Church. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens. Friends may send condolences to the family at adamsoncares.com.
Published by Greeley Tribune on Oct. 20, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Oct
21
Visitation
5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Adamson Funeral Home
2000 47th Avenue, GREELEY, CO
Oct
21
Service
6:00p.m.
Adamson Funeral Home
2000 47th Avenue, GREELEY, CO
Oct
22
Mass of Christian Burial
9:30a.m.
St. Peter Catholic Church
915 12th Street, GREELEY, CO
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We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Joe & Gloria Sedillos
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October 23, 2021
Sincere condolences to the family...her family was as big as her heart. Our prayers are with during this time....
Aaron Cruz
October 20, 2021
Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved mother. No words can help ease out your grief, what you are going through is terribly painful and agonizing, but never forget that God is close to the broken-hearted. In this time of your loss, we lift you up to God in prayers, knowing that nothing can ever comfort your soul than God´s unfailing love. Your family will be remembered in our prayers as you go through sorrow and grief. We will always remember her beautiful smile. May she Rest in Peace. The Trujillos'
The Trujillos
Family
October 19, 2021
Awwww my laura i am gonna miss u it was a privilege getting to know you and cleaning your room for the 2 years I was your housekeeper u will forever be missed my sweet sweet lady I love you ur housekeeper from the bridge
Francesca Hernandez
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October 19, 2021
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