Ethelyn Thatcher Jones Potestio, 74, passed away Oct. 21, 2008. Survived by her husband, James V. Potestio; children, Mindy and Clay Ranson and Mary and Rich Lane, all of Pueblo; sister, Margaret Ann (John) Hyde of Novato, Calif.; sister-in-law, Joan Potestio; and Andy Johnson, who was like a son to Ethelyn. Special thank you to her friend and caregiver of 30 years, Becky Trujillo. Ethelyn was born to Mary Alice Thatcher and Samuel T. Jones on Aug. 26, 1934, in Pueblo, Colo. Pueblo was important to Ethelyn and she was involved in many philanthropic organizations for the betterment of the community. Ethelyn was a very warm and caring person. She loved everyone and everyone who knew her loved her as well. A private entombment has taken place. In lieu of food and flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials be made to the Rosemount Museum, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, or Centennial High School Foundation, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Mary and Mindy and the Potestio family. We hope that your memories of all the wonderful times you shared with your mom comforts you and your family today and always.
    Mike and Diana Alvarado

  2. We came to know Ethelyn by working with her at the Rosemount Museum. What a great and wonderful lady. She will be sadly missed by all of Pueblo and is irreplaceable. Our condolences go out to all the family.

  3. Dear Jim and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Ethelyn’s passing. She was such a wonderful supporter of her community and special to her family and friends. Her beloved Centennial will miss her involvement as well.
    Jim our heart goes out to you at this sad time.
    Vern and Jean Cochran

  4. Jim,Joanie and the entire Potestio family: Ethelyn is a shining memory from knowing her at Centennial and being aware of her good works through the years. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

  5. Jim, Mindy, Mary and family,
    In the short time I lived in Pueblo and worked at Seabel’s, your family made such a difference in my life. You all are so warm, fun, and caring. I will never forget Jim calling me “Texas”, Joanie bringing lunch to all of you each day, Mindy’s laughter or Ethelyn being the quiet, “behind the scene” powerhouse of the family and community. Her memory will live on in many hearts, organizations and in the very spirit that is Pueblo. My love and condolences to all of you.

  6. Ethelyn will always be with us in memory. Her kindness was a special gift to Pueblo and was reflected in everything she did. Thank you for sharing her – Love in Christ, Frank and Carole

  7. I’m sorry to have left out Joanie and Margie at the time I wrote to the rest. I know both of you loved Ethelyn dearly and I share your grief for her. I have many memories of Ethelyn. I didn’t meet her until we went to UNC together, but we had so many fun times. I’m sure Bob will open his arms to her and probably do the Centennial side-step down those streets of gold. Condolences to you both.
    Hazel Imes

  8. Dear Mary, Mindy, and Jim,

    My thoughts and prayers have been with you this week. Sweet Ethelyn’s fingerprints are all over the lives of so many people. There will never be another just like her. She taught so many how to live life to the fullest. It is clear that she lives on through her influence. Mary, I told you that she is an angel hovering and watching over all of us. She certainly did earn those wings, didn’t she? I can’t wait to come and see all of you soon in Colorado. There will be hugs and kisses for all. I will take care of your brother Andy on this end. Love You All,

    Nathan Ure

  9. Mary, Mindy, Jim, Joanie, and family. I was vey sad to hear about your loss. I have known Ethlyn and all of you almost all my life and you guys have been like family to me! Your mother was always very kind to me and she holds a special place in my heart. She will truly be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love always, Camille and Bryant

  10. Mr.Potestio, Mary,Rich,Mindy and Clay: I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your sweet wife and Mother. You are all in my prayers. I hope you find peace through this difficult time. I have nothing but great memories of Ethelyn. She was always so dear to me. I am so thankful to have known her and her kindness. As I have felt all of your thoughtfulness through the years. May you be blessed in the time of your grief.
    Love, Julie Chambers

  11. Mindy, Mary and Family;
    Just want to say that our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. She was a special lady. You are a special family – just hang in there. If there is anything we can do for you let us know. Velma and Family

  12. Dear Jim and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Ethelyn was a wonderful person and will truly be missed. We are so glad to have had the opportunity to know her.

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May time heal your heart and memories warm your soul. ICU staff Parkview Medical Center

  14. Jim, Mary, Mindy and family,
    Please know that our love and prayers are with you during this most difficult time of loss. What a wonderful, gentle woman Ethelyn was and loved by everyone who knew her. We will miss her!
    Leaon and Sarafaye

  15. Jim and family:
    No one could have described Ethelyn better than Sandy Stein did in the Pueblo Chieftain. Ethelyn was one of the nicest, sweetest and kindest persons I have had the privilege of knowing. She will be missed by all. I express my sympathy to you and all of Pueblo for this great loss.
    Midge Montgomery

  16. Jim, Mary, and Mindy,

    Our thoughts and prayers have been and are with you. Your mother was ALWAYS so kind to me. I can remember from a little boy all the way to my last visit. She always had a way of making people smile and feel good about themselves. SHe will be dearly missed by all.

    Scott, Katina, Nina, and Thatcher Kenyon

  17. My deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of your wife and mother. My grandparents lived across the street from Ethelyn’s childhood home, and I grew up hearing about what a wonderful person she was. I know she will be missed by your family as well as the entire Pueblo community. I only saw her occasionally since moving away, but every time I ran into her, she was smiling and had a cheerful word for all. She was one of those rare people who leaves everyone better for having known her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  18. Jim, Mary, Rich, Mindy, Clay, and Andy;

    I want you all to know how much I am thinking of you and that my thoughts and prayers have been constent. I know this is a very busy, hectic and overall owerwhelming time. I wish I was there to help in some way.
    I feel so blessed to have seen Ethelyn at Lexi’s graduation party. We laughed and shared wonderful memories. I consider my self very blessed to know her and to have been considered a friend.
    Take Care of eachother & God Bless
    Love to you all
    Anne and of course Beck & Lexi who feel like they have lost a memeber of their family as well.

  19. Jim, Mindy, Mary, Clay and Rich,

    What a tremendous loss for all of us who knew and loved Ethelyn, but also for the entire Pueblo community. My parents and grandparents were friends of your grandparents since before Ethelyn was born and they always spoke so highly of her. She and your dad were great friends of our Uncle Tim as well.She modeled to all of us what friendship, giving and, in particular, humility is all about. She will be sorely missed. Our love and prayers are with all of you.

    Ann (Baker) and Gary Kochenberger

  20. Dear Mindy & Mary. I was so saddened to hear of your Mom’s illness when I was in the store yesterday. Thank God for your wonderful memories. Peaceful thoughts surrounding you. Karin Elliott

  21. Jim, Mary/Rich,Mindy/Clay. I am so saddened about your losss of Ethelyn. God’s love will surround you from this difficult time of your lives. We can’t know why some things happen, but we can know that love and beautiful memories of your loved one will outlast the pain of grief. Wishing each of you the comfort in the love you knew from Ethelyn and will always know. She will be missed by Pueblo and all of us who has known and loved her for so long.

    With sympathy and caring.
    Hazel Imes

  22. Dear Jim, Mindy, Mary, Joan and Andy
    Our sincere sympathy and love to all of you. We know how much she was loved and admired. She will greatly missed by so many. Our prayers are with you. Donna & Bill

  23. Ethelyn was from my childhood. I have fond remembrances of her. Always smiling and so good natured and kind. A great loss to her family and Pueblo.

  24. Mary and Mindy I was sure saddened to hear about your mom. I have fond memories of our Belmont community. Your mom was one of the pillars that made it such a great place to grow up. She will be missed. Brent

  25. Dear Mary, Mindy & Family, We were very saddened to hear about the passing of your beloved mother. Please accept our heartfelt condolence, our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We hope you can find comfort in the memories you have of your mother and they can bring a smile to your face and keep a warm feeling in your hearts.
    May God Bless you,
    RoxAnn & Lance Fillmore

  26. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved Ethelyn. The devotion you all showed to her was inspiring and I know she must have loved you amazingly for it.

  27. Dear Jim and family,

    We send you our deepest symphony for your loss. Ethelyn was an inspirition to everyone who knew her. She always had the sweetest smile for her friends and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

    J. Glen and Barbara (Hessel) Arko
    Castle Rock, Colorado
    Oct. 23, 2008

  28. Mary, Mindy and family members, I did not know your mother personally, but I want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Loss of a mother is always so hard. My thought and prayers will be with you. Carol Centa

  29. Dear Jim, Mary, Rich, Mindy, Clay and Family,
    It is very difficult to find words of comfort at this very sad time. This loss of one so loved and so dear is felt not only by you but by everyone who knew your mother. I will always treasure her kindness, her beautiful smile and thoughtful ways. May you feel comfort in knowing she has safely traveled to her eternal home with God.
    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    With much love and deepest sympathy,
    Helen and Gordon Murley

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