A Memorial Mass for Virginia Montoya will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Las Animas, Colorado. Father Henry Wertin will officiate. A Rosary/Scripture service will take place at 2 p .m., also at the church. Inurnment will follow at the Bent/Las Animas Cemetery.

Virginia Alvarez Montoya was born on March 26, 1934, in Las Animas, Colorado, to Bernardino and Romana (Villa) Alvarez and passed away on Dec. 18, 2016, also in Las Animas, Colorado, at the age of 82.

As a single parent of three children, Romina, Joseph, and Bernardina, she had unwavering support from her mom and dad. Our mother was a strong-willed woman who experienced many ups and downs in her life, but kept her head up high and overcame all obstacles. Her greatest sadness was the death of our brother Joseph in 2003. Although his passing left an empty spot in her heart, she was filled with pride in his accomplishments. Joseph served our country in the U.S. Army Airborne Division and was deployed to the Persian Gulf (Kuwait).

Called "Virgie" by her close friends, she liked to cook and eat Mexican food and she especially liked to make cheese enchiladas for her family. She catered meals in her spare time, and many people in Bent County sought after her catering services for their events and parties.

In her younger years she enjoyed league bowling. Loving the competition as she rolled her silver speckled bowling ball down the lanes anxiously awaiting a strike. She was employed at Fort Lyon for 34 years. Starting in Dietetic Service then making a epic move when she joined the Engineering Service as a painter and being the only female in a male dominated department. She loved her job and made many long-lasting friendships, including John Duran, Moe Lujan, and her best friend, Jim Oviedo. Jim's death impacted her immensely. Virgie went through quite an adjustment when she retired. As the years passed, and her health began to decline, her mind remained sharp, but her body was betraying her. Bernardina has always been by her side to assist her in all areas of her life and was her caregiver during the last few years that she was with us on this earth.

We will miss our mother, grandmother "Mimo" and our friend but we know she did not die alone. Gramma, grampa, Joseph, and Awelito were waiting for her with open arms under the big oak tree welcoming her to her heavenly home. A special thanks to Steve Ralstin, whom our mother relied on in her times of need.

Virginia is survived by her daughters, Romina (Rob) Robinson of Montana and Bernardina "Bernie" Alvarez Guder of Springfield, Colorado; brothers, Angel (Janet) Alvarez of California and Bernie Alvarez also of California; four grandsons, Toby (Kelli) Robinson of Montana, Jamie (Smitha) Robinson of Australia, Eric (Audrey) Trujillo of Missouri, Ryan Trujillo of Florida; four great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents, Bernardino and Romana (Villa) Alvarez; brother, Louis "Bogus" Alvarez; sister, Adela Alvarez; and her one and only son, Joseph Trujillo.

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