Lucy Espinosa, 83, of Milliken passed away on November 10, 2012, at her home, from cancer and congestive heart failure. Lucy was born December 13, 1928 to Rafael and Catarina (Ramos) Martinez in Dawson, New Mexico. As an infant Lucy moved to Colorado with her family.
On May 28, 1946 Lucy eloped with her sweetheart, John Espinosa and were married by the Justice of the Peace in Denver. They were later married at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Greeley on November 22, 1946. John and Lucy moved to Chicago in 1958 and later returned to Colorado in 1969.
Lucy was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed many hobbies including camping, hiking, crocheting, embroidery and puzzles. Lucy had a particular liking for vegetable and flower gardening. She passed her gardening knowledge onto her children. Lucy's greatest accomplishment was her family. She had family over every Sunday for dinner. Christmas and the Fourth of July were a time for the Espinosa family to also gather. Lucy was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Milliken Senior Center.
Lucy is survived by two daughters, Kathy (Mike) Otero, Liz (Ed) Strehlow; son, Rick Espinosa (Vicki Morgan) ; daughter-in-law, Ophelia Espinosa; five grandchildren, Desiree (Ken) Kruise, John I. Espinosa (Victoria Montoya) , Pam Lovell, Perry Otero, Robert Otero; seven great-grandchildren, Nathan and Alyssa Kruise, Tina, Allison and Hannah Lovell, Davis and Jade Otero; sister, Frances (Rudy) Munoz; two brothers, Gus (Mary) Martinez, John (Virginia) Martinez; three special and dear sister-in-laws, Delia Espinosa, Rene Martinez, Carmen Peralez; she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Lucy is preceded in death by her beloved husband and her son, John Michael Espinosa.
Recitation of the Rosary 10:30 a.m. Thursday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnstown. Interment Johnstown Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Building Fund, in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, CO 80634.
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