Grace E. Valdez

Grace E. Valdez died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital. She was 77.

Valdez was born on Nov. 15, 1925, in Antonito, Colo., to Ben and Esther (Montoya) Dominquez Sr.

She was raised and attended school in Antonito. She married Jake Valdez Sr. on May 11, 1945, in Taos, N.M. Grace moved to Craig 30 years ago. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed dancing, sewing, cooking, camping, fishing, traveling, visiting with her family and friends and she loved watching baseball — especially the Colorado Rockies.

Valdez is survived by her daughter, Lorraine (Felix) Gonzales, of Craig; sons Jake G. (Janice) Valdez Jr., of Questa, N.M., Bert Valdez, of Pueblo and Larry D. (Mara) Valdez, of Colorado Springs; grandchildren Joaquim Valdez, Jakie Valdez III, Beverly Duran, Gregory Valdez, Bryan (Christy) Gonzales, Dwayne (Starla) Gonzales, Jessica L. Valdez and Jacob Valdez; great-grandchildren Lane, Abigail and Tyler Gonzales; brothers Jim, of Thornton and Ben, of Delta.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Delfine, Carpio and Joe.

Prayer service was held Thursday, March 6 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, March 8, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with celebrant Father Roger Lascelle and special music by Tim Klinetobe. Pallbearers were Dwayne Gonzales, Bryan Gonzales, Joaquim Valdez, Jakie Valdez III, Jacob Valdez and Calvin Novacek. Honorary pallbearers were all of Grace’s family and many friends.

Interment followed at the Craig Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Altar and Rosary Society in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.

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