August 7, 1948 ~ October 19, 2021

Born in: Pueblo, CO
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Irene Mary Espinoza, 73, passed away Oct. 19, 2021. Survived by her daughter, Yvette (Brian) Barela; grandson, Nathan (Eric) Cordova; granddaughter, Melanie Cordova; siblings, Aurelio J. Bachicha, Jr., Richard Bachicha, Marcella Pacheco, Donna Christopherson, Brina Wilder, Joe Bachicha, Dora Bowman, Genevieve (Ron) Nunez, Millie (Rocky) Miranda and Jerry (Emily) Bachicha; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her husband, Roger J. Espinoza; parents, Aurelio and Fede Bachicha; and sister, Nellie Alaniz. Irene was born on Aug. 7, 1948, in Pueblo and was a cook at Dillards ‘Chili Inn’ Restaurant for 36 years until it closed in 2012. She enjoyed camping, gardening, concerts, crafts, cooking for everyone she knew, shopping and listening to Tex Mex and Oldies. Irene especially loved spending time with her family. At her request, no viewing or services. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Her wish was to be remembered the way she was. Online condolences,

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  1. To my beautiful big sister that has my back! You have been the biggest role model in this family. We will miss you dearly. Your love to each and everyone of your family members was genuine. What you did you did because you loved us. And we love the way you loved us. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. I will forever treasure the great times we shared working together at Dillard’s (Joslin’s). Our friendship meant so much to me! The many fun times we had at “the Cove,” were priceless. I looked forward to our Thanksgiving phone call every year. You made a Wonderful difference in my life my friend. Rejoice In Paradise!

  3. CandleImageIrene,

    I enjoyed being your friend all this time. We had a lot of great memories together. You’ll always be one of my best friends. God bless you in heaven. I will miss you.


  4. CandleImageI was hoping to talk to you again. You and Roger were always so kind to me. We went to school together you and I. I remember stopping at Dillard’s to eat because you were cooking there and you would always come out and talk to me. You are going to missed dearly. Your friend Shorty. My condolence to the family and May you RIP.

  5. CandleImageGalan and I are just heartbroken over your passing. You were always so much fun and that beautiful smile of yours and the way your eyes twinkle made everyone around you smile. RIP WITH THE ANGELS ABOVE


  6. Our deepest condolences Yvette ,Brian,Nathan,Eric,Melanie. Aunt Irene was a great person to our family she was always giving and happy around us! We will truly miss her! Our prayers are with you 🙏🙏🙏

  7. Irene, a one of ‘kind’ lady. Always helping at a drop of hat. Great cook. She was very thoughtful, helping me with my mom. Calling and making sure we were doing good. Dropping me many funny text messages to cheer me. You’re going to be missed by too many. You’re gone too soon. Prayers & condolences to family. 😢

  8. CandleImageOur deepest condolences to you and your family Ribby!!! We had fun living next door, and Tony (Strawberry) still remembers going to Kmart with your Mom. Irene also taught me how to make chile when we lived next door. She was so kind and caring! You’re in our thoughts and prayers 🙏💖

  9. CandleImageIrene rest in peace you were a wonderful soul. May the perpetual light shine upon you.To all the family my prayers and thoughts are with all of you . Michelle Munoz

  10. RIP cousin Irene you were such a beautiful kind person always visiting my mom and making sure she was okay you will be missed prayers to Yvette and family she will be missed

  11. CandleImageRIP Beautiful Irene, many prayers and blessings for the families broken hearts. Love you sis Ribbs, Nathan and Melanie. God bless

  12. CandleImageRIP beautiful lady. 🙏❤️ One of a kind. Many prayers and blessings for all broken hearts. 💔 Love you my sis Ribbs, Nathan and Melanie. 😘😔

  13. CandleImageLove & Respect your Irene. RIP Cousin! Condolences to the families! Sending Love & Prayers
    Steve & Grace Garcia- San Antonio TX

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