ANTONITO — Mercedes Atencio joined her husband Willie on Feb. 28, 2019. Mercedes was born on Dec. 15, 1929 to Adonais and Josefina Padilla of Lobatos, Colo. She married Willie Atencio, Jr. Oct. 27, 1947. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima and the Madres Cristianas of Antonito, Colo.
She enjoyed doing word search puzzles, cooking, watching “Family Feud,” morning Mass and afternoon Rosaries. Her greatest joy was working with children. She worked 18 years for South Conejos RE-10 School District and then for Holy Apostles Catholic Church Nursery from September 2001 until January 2015 in Colorado Springs. She moved to Colorado Springs in October 2000 with her son A.J.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Willie Atencio, Jr.; one son Anthony; parents, Adonais and Josefina Padilla; brothers, Paul, Edward and infant Antonio; sisters, Adelia Martinez, Gloria Chavez and Frieda Romero; daughter-in-law, Lorraine Espinoza; great-grandson, Jimmy T. Atencio; father and mother-in-law, Willie and Cordelia Atencio.
Mercedes is survived by her sons, Jimmy P. Atencio of Alamosa and A.J. Atencio of Colorado Springs; daughters, Louella (John) Maestas of Antonito, Debra and Myra Atencio of Alamosa; grandchildren, Tara Maestas of Antonito, Manuel Atencio (Desere Romero) of Alamosa, Dawn Atencio (Matthew Casias) of Alamosa, Augustine Sanchez (Arlyssa Watts) of Denver; great-grandchildren, Brianna, Andres and Isabella Atencio, Marieka Moreno (Chris Aguirre), Alysia and Jesus Moreno, Nickolas and MilaLyn Casias; great-great-grandchildren, Luke Atencio, Damon, Ava and Aria Aguirre; sisters-in-law, Alice (Robert) Espinoza, Lucy Atencio, Frieda Aldereta, Evelyn Ortiz, Gloria Chacon and Martha (Alfonso) Abeyta.
Cremation was chosen and a vigil service with Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Conejos. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10 a.m., also at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Conejos. Inurnment will follow at the Ortiz Cemetery.
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