Viola Cortinez, longtime resident of Las Animas, Colorado, passed away in Commerce City, Colorado, on Feb. 16, 2017, at the age of 87. Viola Ortega Cortinez was born in Las Animas on May 8, 1929, to Georgia and Pablo Ortega. She was the youngest of eight children and was the last of that generation. Viola was married to Hilbert Cortinez until his death on Dec. 6, 2008. She had six children, Arthur (Jere) Montoya, Allen (Geri) Montoya, Robert (Molly) Cortinez, Lawrence Cortinez, Anthony Cortinez and Jeanette (Ernie) Silva. She was preceded in death by her son, Lawrence. She is survived by 15 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

"Grandma" Viola was a beautiful woman inside and out. She loved to dance and have a good time. Viola treasured her family, especially the babies, and always made sure that they were taken care of.

She loved to cook, while she was inside preparing food, Gramps would be outside working hard. Grandma and Grandpa made the best team. Together they made sure our family was happy and that no one ever went without. Everyone was welcomed into their home and everyone who entered their lives gained a special place in their hearts and will forever have wonderful memories.

All of Viola's nieces and nephews said that she was their favorite aunt. Everyone who knew her said that not only was she a beautiful woman on the outside but she was beautiful on the inside and that she was always so nice to them.

Viola will be forever cherished by her family.

A Memorial Mass for Viola Cortinez will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Las Animas, Colorado. Father Henry Wertin will officiate. A Rosary/Scripture service will take place at 10:30 a.m. also at the church. Interment will follow at the Fort Lyon National Cemetery.

There will be a celebration of her life held in Commerce City on Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the American Legion, 5421 E 71st Avenue, Commerce City, CO 80022.