Elisa Maria Pennington

elisa pennington

February 29, 1940 ~ May 4, 2016

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Elisa Maria Pennington 'Elly', 76, of Pueblo, Colorado. Our beautiful mother is at peace; her short battle with cancer is over. She went to be with the Lord May 04, 2016. Elly was born in Anton Chico, New Mexico, February, 1940. She is preceded in death by parents, Celestino and Maria Aragon; husbands, Alejandro 'Jose' Pacheco and Raymond Pennington; siblings, Celestino Aragon Jr., Willie Aragon, Olympia Duran and Marty Chavez. Left to cherish her memory are children, Michael (Rebecca) Pacheco, Dennis (Jeannette) Pacheco and John (Jennifer) Pacheco; grandchildren, Alexandra Pacheco, Dane Pacheco, Dakota (Katlyn) Pacheco, Montana Pacheco, Canyon Pacheco, Aspen Pacheco and Chase Pacheco; great-grandchildren, Jaiden Pacheco, Dominic Pacheco and Grace Park; siblings, Sally Macias, Ann Pennington, Peggy (Lou) Clark, Jake (Josie) Aragon, Elmer (Olivia) Aragon, Pat (Jim) Gurule and Rose McKee; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Our mother had a very full and active life. She was a wonderful person who gave love and was loved by everyone she met. In 1977 she married the love of her life 'Ray.' He loved and adored her; and he was good to our family. She spent the next 12 years being a homemaker and living a wonderful life. In 1998, Elly and her son, 'Mike' opened Papa Jose's Union Café. She found joy in being a restaurateur as it kept her busy; allowed her to meet new people, make new friends, cook and bake. Elly belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles where she demonstrated her lifelong love of dancing. She cherished all of her friends especially the ones at the Red Hat Society and other social groups. All are invited to celebrate Elly's life. Service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Montgomery & Steward Funeral Home Chapel, 1317 N. Main Street, Pueblo, CO. 81003, with a reception to follow. Private interment will take place at Roselawn Cemetery. The family will also receive guests at 5 p.m. at Elly's home. Her favorite color was emerald green. If you have a green accent piece, wear it in her honor. The family would like to thank all the caregivers, especially her special friend, John, who provided assistance in Elly's final months. Post online condolences at www.montgomerysteward.com.

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  1. So sorry to hear of elly”s passing won’t be the same going to papa jose”s and not seeing her there. Mike I’m very sorry for your loss.

  2. Hey Grandma,
    I’m sorry I haven’t written, it’s been really hard to come up with the right words. My heart is broken. Today at your funeral is was extremely hard. I love you grandma.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

    John \Cid\” Secora and Barby Secora

  4. Dear Aunt Elly, This is all so surreal to me that you are gone…..breaks my heart. I will never understand why this had to happen to you when you had such a love of life, family, friends and people. Your Sister, my Mom, will be lost without her traveling buddie and partner in crime…..you two shared so much, she will be lost without you!! I watched you at the Papa Jose’s Employee Christmas Party and watched you as you treated each one as special as the other. You took such pride in your restaurant and made it what it is today……..your love of music and dancing was enjoyable to watch….you took partners who had two left feet and made them look like Fred Astaire…lol….you even danced with the Mararachi at Tres Margaritas for my birthday last year when we went with Ruth Mace and Mom!! I have so many memories of you in my life…..as you dance in heaven with the Angles, know that you are greatly loved and missed by me, Your Niece, Celeste Madrid

  5. Elly we will all miss you so very much! You were loved by many. Your family misses you immensely. Love you, Jennifer

  6. Michael and family, so sorry for your loss. Elly was a beautiful friend. We will all miss her so much. You have good memories of her, just cherish all of them. Her love will always live in your hearts. Jordan Guay

  7. Mom, my heart is broken, I don’t know what I will do without you, you were a big part of my life and my kids life thank you for being there for all of us and fussing over all of us when we came into town and went to the restaurant, you earned your wings so fly free, no more pain and suffering, just for us who you left way to soon. I love you always and forever! Rest in Peace!

  8. The world has lost a beautiful lady & friend . I met her while visiting her restaurant . My favorite place to eat. . She would always come over & visit with me & my friend Betty. It won’t be the same without her. We would always talk in between dances at the Eagles. Ally you left us heartbroken , but with some great memories. I will never forgot what a kind & caring person you are. Love you Ally. Rest in peace.

  9. Gone but not forgotten. A beautiful cousin and person. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you! Love Cousin Barbara Kirby

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