Doris DeLeon, 72, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, June 22, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. Doris was born Jan. 11, 1947, in Newdale, Colo. to Albert and Erminda (Hernandez) Roybal. She married the love of her life, Florentino DeLeon on Jan. 19,1963, in Rocky Ford. Doris went on to receive her associates from Otero Jr. College, her bachelors from CSU Pueblo, her masters from Adams State College, and finally her administrative from Denver University. Doris was gifted with a kind and compassionate heart which shone through her work as a teacher and principal for many years at Washington Primary School in Rocky Ford, Colo. and Washington Elementary in Compton, Calif. Her motherly nature was also reflected in her home life fostering over 60 children and mentally challenged adults. Doris also taught B.O.C.E.S., a summer program for migrants alongside traditional Mexican folklore dances and was known for leading the wedding march on multiple occasions with her husband. Her wisdom, warm demeanor, and positive mental attitude affected everyone she came into contact with and these values continue to live on in the hearts of all those who have known her. Doris lived life to the fullest while also taking the time to appreciate the small joys of life; tending to her many house plants, enjoying old western films with her husband, and enjoying sun tea on her patio on warm summer days with her pets and loved ones. She is survived by her husband Tino; son, Kenneth (Rosa); daughter, Alyne; grandchildren, Quinton, Justin, Mari, Nestor, Alejandrina and Yoly; great-grandchildren, Seth, Mo, Stephon, Alex, Lorenzo, Esmeralda, Nestor, Jr., and Sebastian; brother, Chris (Denise) Roybal; and many nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law. Preceded in death by parents; siblings, Irene Lucero, Jennie Barron, Nora Villa, Carlito Roybal and Charles Roybal; and in-laws, Mary and Joe DeLeon; brothers-in-law, Patrick and Johnnie DeLeon; nephews, George Barron, Isaiah DeLeon, Patrick Mondragon and Elijah Martinez. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Christ the King, 1708 Horseshoe Dr. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. I am saddened at the loss of Doris. I met her in Long Beach, CA and on many occassions she welcomed me into her home and made me feel like family. She was someone you did not forget. My condolences to the family.

  2. Our sympathy to all Doris’s family.
    We just read about Doris passing. We will always be thankful she and her husband came into our mother’s life.. She was a special lady.

    Our sympathy again to the family.
    Ray and Ellen Headley and family
    Eileen Mosco

  3. Our condolences to you and your family. Our prayers are with you all! We just heard of Doris’s passing. Sorry we did not make it to the services. Doris was a wonderful cousin to us and she will be missed dearly. Doris RIP, please say hello to all our families up in heaven for us and you will be missed for all the family reunions. May God Bless You!

  4. Tino and Family,
    We just learned of Doris’ passing. Our hearts break for you. She was everything the obituary mentioned and so much more. Having taught both of our daughters to read was, in our eyes, the greatest gift a teacher could give to a child. She was a wonderful friend as well. We loved and admired her. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

  5. I just heard of the passing of my cousin and next-door neighbor of the 1950s in Rocky Ford. Rest In Peace, Doris and my condolence to Tito and rest of the family.

  6. Our Sincere Condolences to the family of Doris DeLeon. She was a very wonderful lady, with a heart of gold. May she R. I. P.

  7. Mrs Deleon, you will be missed, your inspiration to many, I am very grateful to had you as my kindergarten,1st grade and 2nd grade teachet………REST IN PEACE!

  8. We’re gonna miss you Prima Doris. Always loved our visits and your wonderful stories of the past. Please say hi to my mom, Mabel Carrillo. Love you and miss you! May you rest in heavenly peace.

  9. My deepest condolences Tino, Kenny, Alyne ,Rosa and all who loved her. She was a Beautiful person inside and out and a heart of pure Gold. I can still hear her laughter and see her smiling face. May God bring you peace knowing that she is not in pain any longer. Sending all our love and prayers.

  10. My deepest condolences and prayers to the family. You will hold her memory in your heart forevermore. She shared her life with us all. Thank GOD for his mercy in her life & now in heaven in his loving arms. Hugs to all.

  11. I am so blessed to have know Ms.Doris. She and I had our love of teaching in common and I admired to dedication to the profession and her willingness to take risks, like moving to Compton to be a principal. I am so grateful that I had a chance to have a conversation with her at the wedding of Lisa and Johnnie’s son this past spring. She looked exceptionally beautiful, even though she mentioned that she wasn’t feeling really great. The loss of a mother is indescribable and you will always have a hole in your heart. She was your life-carrier and support. She was loved, is loved and that love will never die. I love you all mi familia DeLeon. Lo siento mucho, Susy D

  12. We love you Aunt Doris, our thoughts and prayers are with you Uncle Tino, Cousins Alyne and Kenny, the family. May God wrap his arms around you and your family. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  13. Mama Doris, you will always have a special place in my heart. I loved you from the moment I met you and I will miss you dearly. Rest in peace sweet lady.

  14. Ms Doris was a blessing to many…she had a sweet spirit and a loving smile that lit up our facility! My thoughts and prayers are with the family!! God Bless!

  15. Dear DeLeon Family,
    My thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with you. I had the pleasure of knowing Doris as we became travel buddies to Fort Collins, Colorado for a Math Conference. Boy did we learn and gain a lot of knowledge. We became project buddies for our presentations. Being a newer member,
    In the district, Doris made me comfortable and welcomed with her laughter, stories, and advice. By the end of time spent well and a stop by a patrolman (I had to make a U-turn in a parking lot in the big red Meloneer Suburban), Doris and I had became friends. Our friendship continued within the Rocky Ford School District even though we taught in different buildings. Doris is going to be missed, she had a lot of love for children and friends, but mostly the love for all of you. God bless you! ~Mrs. Anita Lucero Perez

  16. Mom you were best mother anyone could ask for. You are my role model and you always supported me no matter what did. Love you forever. Your son Kenny

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