Halcyon (Papas) Mathis

halcyon mathis

December 20, 1940 ~ March 31, 2022

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Halcyon (Papas) Mathis, 81, passed away March 31, 2022. Preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Mathis. Survived by son, John and his wife Cathy of Ft. Collins; daughters, Beth of Ft. Collins, Kim and her husband, Andy of Arlington, Va.; grandchildren, Shelby(Jeff), Nick, Halcyon and Jack; and great-grandchildren, Avery and Cooper. Preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Frances Papas; and brothers, Junior and Leo.
Halcyon was a lifelong resident of Pueblo and a graduate of Pueblo Central High School, in which she remained a very active member of the alumni association. Halcyon lived outside of Pueblo only briefly while attending the University of Denver and working at the phone company. She returned to Pueblo, to marry and raise her family. Halcyon spent the majority of her career working in the wholesale food industry and upon retirement was very active in the Pueblo County Historical Society and the Slovenian Heritage Dinner.
Graveside service, 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Roselawn Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pueblo County Historical Society, 203 W. B Street, Pueblo, CO 81003, would be welcome. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com


Graveside Service: April 7, 2022 11:00 am

Roselawn Cemetery
1706 Roselawn Road
Pueblo, CO 81006


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  1. I love my Aunt Halcyon!!! I believe she is with Uncle John having a great reunion. I’m so grateful to travel to NYC with her for her 75th birthday. We went to see the Rockettes!

  2. I met Halycon at the Historically Society when I volunteered. Great lady. A privilege to know her. My prayers are with her and her family. The past few years she had a lot of pain.
    I just found out she passed away thru a friend. So sorry to hear.

  3. To Halcyon’s Family,

    I met Halcyon when we were both on the ECHO board. She was always working to keep ElCamino a great neighborhood. She always worked to keep Pueblo a great place to live. I will miss seeing her around because she was a great positive person! She will be missed by a lot of people!

    Debbie Valdez

  4. I met Halcyon when we were both board members at the El Camino HOA in the late 1990s, and Halcyon, John, and a few other families in the neighborhood became good friends. Later we worked together for many years at the PCHS. Jackie and I enjoyed our friendship with her and are saddened by her passing. We will miss her.

  5. To all of Halcyon’s family, am very sorry for your loss. As you no doubt know, Halcyon and I worked together for many years at PCHS and became good friends. I was shocked to learn of her passing. I had just talked with her a week or so earlier and she said she felt good and that her leg was about all healed up. You lost your Mother and I lost a longtime friend. May she rest in peace from this crazy world we now live in.

  6. To John & Cathy, Beth, Kim & Andy and to her grandchildren & great-grandchildren, I offer my sincere condolences.

    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
    and let Your perpetual light shine upon her.
    May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed
    rest in peace.

    Ellen Borchers

  7. To Halcyon’s family, she was a wonderful person and I enjoyed knowing her. She was dedicated to the betterment of Pueblo and saving its history. I loved listening to her stories about Puebloan’s. She will be missed.
    Corinne Koehler

  8. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your mother/grandmother. I will keep you all in my prayers.

    Deb (Koncilja) Sagona

  9. To Halcyon’s family, I send my deepest sympathy for your loss. What a bright light she was! Always so kind when we had an opportunity to exchange a few words. May you find peace in the treasured memories of your parents.

  10. Halycon was a joy. We had much fun together through junior high and high school
    and years following.
    She was truly a gifted organizer and much dedicated to her family and community.
    Definitely, she will be missed by many, and remembered lovingly by many, many.

  11. John, Beth and Kim and family,

    I am very sad to hear about your Mom’s passing, she was such wonderful lady. So many great memories of the time spent with you all and you Mom & Dad. May she rest in peace.

  12. To Halcyon’s Family,
    Halcyon and I have known each other for over 60 years.
    We became acquainted when her Uncle, Felix Koncilja, married my Aunt, Ann Paglione.
    Halcyon, Donna Koncilja and I were the three flower girls in their wedding. If my memory serves me correctly that had to be 1946-1947. I have a photo of the three of us in our flower girl dresses, headbands and baskets, which is a treasure. Halcyon and my deceased husband, Bob Corsentino, were CHS 1958 graduates and the class of 1958 has always graciously included me in their class reunions etc. Also, a group of the 1958 girls have a “monthly lunch date” and they have included me through the years. Two weeks ago we met for lunch at Millbergers on the Mesa and Halcyon and I visited. She looked great and we all had such an enjoyable time. Halcyon led an accomplished life and her participation in the Pueblo County Historical Society deserves many kudos. She gave willingly of her time thru the years. Also, she was an active participant of the planning for the 1958 class reunions. Please know that Halcyon will be remembered as a person who could get things done. The past few years have presented a challenge for her as she’s experienced back issues but she dealt with the challenges and persevered, which is admirable. Halcyon was a survivor and she had an inner strength, which carried her through thick and thin. I always admired her honesty which she would freely express. We that knew and loved Halcyon will miss her. May she rest in peace. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. Lucille Paglione-Corsentino

  13. Kim and Family. We are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. We have known each other for a number of years. Our daughter’s grew up together and were friends. Our prayers are with you.
    Sincerely, The Gerringer’s

  14. To the entire Mathis family.
    I am so sorry for you loss.
    Halcyon had a special place in my heart.
    She was a pleasure to know and love.
    I will always remember her and her humor!
    Mary Ann
    Classic Corner

  15. To Halcyon’s family. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a great lady and I was honored to know her.

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