Cordelia Marie Vigil Gallegos Candelaria


August 13, 1937 – May 16, 2020

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

CAPULIN — Cordelia Candelaria, 82, of Louisville, Colorado entered into eternal glory with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 9:52 am. She passed from this life peacefully at her home. Cordelia was born August 13, 1937, in Capulin, Colorado. Her devotion to her faith and love for Jesus was evident in the way she lived her life and the way she loved her many family members and friends.

Cordelia was born to the late, Selso Locadio and Emilia Marie (Archuleta) Vigil. Born and raised in the San Luis Valley, this is truly where her heart loved to be. While she lived in other places such as Boulder and Louisville (20+ year resident), she never missed an opportunity to take a trip to the Valley to visit family and friends. She would be sure to visit with the chance to attend festivals and parades and loved to see the amazing sandhill cranes. Cordelia had a large extended family; she was the oldest girl of 12 children. She also had an abundant number of friends. She loved to talk, laugh and visit with all of them any chance she could get.

Cordelia loved life and enjoyed many things; she loved hummingbirds, monarch butterflies, traveling, music and dancing, crocheting, baking, tending to her beautiful roses, irises, four o’clocks and taking photos. She loved the sunshine. Cordelia loved to watch her home teams, the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies play. She attended several home games for each as well as attending a few games away on some of her travel adventures to California. She was very knowledgeable in her family history and people often came to her to get relative information. To be with people and share her life with others gave her so much joy. Cordelia had a heart full of love, compassion, and grace that was felt by everyone who knew her.

Of all that she loved and did in her blessed life, her relationship with Jesus was most important. Cordelia was a faithful follower of Jesus and believer of God. She enjoyed attending church and was devoted to studying the word of God every day. She spent much of her time praying and singing songs to the Lord. Her heart’s desire was that her loved ones would come to know her personal Savior, Jesus Christ, so that we would all be united again one day in heaven.

Cordelia is survived by her three loving children:  a son, Adolph “Rocky” Gallegos of Longmont, Colorado; a daughter, Della Marie (Rick) Servantes of Superior, Colorado; a son, Steve “Joe” (Roxanna) Gallegos of Frederick, Colorado; her grandchildren: Bernadette (Toa) Sagapolutele of Frederick, Colorado, Steve “Joe” (Danielle) Gallegos Jr. of Mead, Colorado and her beloved great-grandchildren: Jette, Mareta, Micah, Olivia and Gianna. Cordelia was preceded in death by her brothers Walter, Ben and Joe Vigil; and survived by her brothers, Celso (Christine) Vigil, Candido (Marlene) Vigil, Meliton (Mary) Vigil; sisters, Cecilia Martinez, Joan Dominguez, Louise Sanders.  Cordelia is also survived by her step-children, who lovingly called her their “bonus” mom; Victor, Corina, Becky and Cecilia, their spouses and children. Cordelia also leaves behind many members of her extended family including nephews, nieces, primos, primas and many friends.

A beautiful private viewing was held for her immediate family on Monday, May 18, 2020 by Howe Mortuary in Lafayette, Colorado with cremation service following. No public services will be held at this time due to the present pandemic restrictions. The family is grateful for all the kind words, condolences and prayers.