1930-2016

A graveside memorial service for Elsie Moreland was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in the Elder Chapel at the Bent/Las Animas Cemetery in Las Animas, Colorado. Pastor Diane Hutson officiated.

Elsie was born on Nov. 4, 1930, in Johnstown, Colorado, to Francisco and Juanita (Bustamonte) Martinez and passed away on July 25, 2016, in Las Animas, Colorado, at the age of 85.

Elsie wore many hats throughout her life, working as a housekeeper, custodian and homemaker, in Colorado, California and New Mexico. In 1991, she returned to her home state to retire, settling in Las Animas. All who knew her over the years, also knew her love of Mexican music and singing and dancing. She also enjoyed cooking a variety of Mexican dishes. The most treasured hats that Elsie ever wore, were those of wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Louis (Lucy) Alvarez Jr. of Lawton, Oklahoma, Janet Alvarez of Las Animas, Colorado, Rick (Louise) Alvarez of Pueblo, Colorado, and Roman Alvarez of Las Animas, Colorado; sister, Josie Marquez of Michigan; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Juanita (Bustamonte) Martinez; infant daughter, Juanita Moreland; six brothers, three sisters; and ex-husbands, Louis Alvarez Sr. and George Moreland.

For more information, or to leave online condolences, visit www.horberfuneralchapel.com.