Eleanor ValdezAugust 7, 1920 – September 27, 2004
Eleanor Valdez, 84, most recently of Rifle, died Sept. 27, 2004, at Grand River Hospital in Rifle.There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at the Rifle Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor James Legg of the First Baptist Church of Garfield County will officiate.She was a lifetime resident of Silt and a housewife.She was born Aug. 7, 1920, in Raton, N.M., the daughter of Mike and Flora (Roybal) Chavez. She spent her childhood in Raton.She married John Manual Valdez on Sept. 1, 1938.Eleanor at one time sold womenswear. She belonged to the Church of Christ in Questa, N.M., and the Women’s Extension Club in Silt. Her greatest love was her grandchildren, and taking them different places; Eleanor was always there for her children no matter what. Her family will always remember the homemade Christmas presents. She loved dancing with her grandpa and doing the polka with her husband. She visited many friends in the nursing home and never forgot them.Surviving are her sons Bobby Valdez and his wife, Sandy, of Silt, and Arthur Valdez and his wife, Linda, of Helper, Utah; her daughter Dessie Smith and her husband, Dale, of Questa; her brothers Henry and Alex Chavez of Helper; her sister Carmellia Crespin of Helper; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren.Her husband preceded her in death.The Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.The family requests memorials to Alzheimer’s, 2930 Austin Bluff Parkway, Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80918.The family requests memorials to Alzheimer’s, 2930 Austin Bluff Parkway, Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80918.
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