Carmen Montoya

Antonito resident Carmen “Sister” Lucille Montoya born March 24, 1981, to Frank and Carmen Montoya gained her wings on March 15, 2023.

She is survived by her parents Frank R. Montoya and Carmen Montoya of Antonito, Colo.; daughter Jennai Montoya (Matthew Jiron) of Antonito; son Alejandro Ponce of Antonito, Colo.; brother Bobby Montoya of Conejos, Colo.;  sisters Renee (Jon) Gallegos-Quintana of La Jara, Colo., and Lucille Montoya of Chander, Ariz.; great-niece (Little Sister) Destanaya Quintana of Antonito; nieces Kayla Montoya (Ory Quintana) Brighton, Colo., Shantai Vela (Jose I Taylor III) of Antonito, Colo., Brandi (Daniel) Medina of Capulin, Colo., Teanna Strong of Chandler, Ariz., Alexandria Nuanes of Thornton, Colo., Gabriella Montoya of La Jara, Colo., Julianna Mendez of La Jara, Colo., and Kiara Quintana of La Jara, Colo.; nephews Marty Richardson (aka her BFF), Jeremy Guerena of Chandler, Ariz., Justin Montoya (Emily) of Chandler, Ariz., Jacob Guerena of Chandler, Ariz., Louis (Santyanna) Strong of Chandler, Ariz., Frankie Montoya Jr of Alamosa, Colo., Bobby Montoya of Alamosa and Christopher Velasquez of Alamosa and several great-nieces and nephews. 

She loved spending time with her grandkids which included playing outside, watching movies and baking cakes. She loved that they called her Mema. They were her world. She loved being in the mountains whether it was just for a ride or camping. She absolutely loved to cook, she was the concessionaire for the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RR for many years. She especially loved riding the four-wheeler with her son, Carmen would make sure everyone was taken care of, she loved spending time with her family and would enjoy Sunday lunch gatherings at her mom and dads.

She will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Cristo El Rey Assemblies of God Church in Antonito, Colo. To leave online condolences, please visit