Marcella Mary (Martinez) Montoya, 90, passed away Sept. 4, 2015. Survived by her children, Elaine (Edward) Maes, James D. Montoya, Stephen W. Montoya, Brian K. Montoya; grandchildren, Daniel Maes, Nicole (Adrian) Brown, Michelle (Aaron) Chavez, Stephen W. Montoya, II, Kathleen Montoya ; great- grandchildren, Isabella, Kylie, Javen, Jude, and Sebastian; brother, Donald Martinez; sister, Helen Bancroft, as well as numerous nieces, including special niece, Bea Martinez, nephews, cousins and extended Martinez and Montoya families. Preceded in death by her husband, James L. Montoya; daughter, Linda Carbajal; brothers and sisters, Paul, Alice, Eva, Josephine, Ray, Leo, and Marianne. Born to Remigio and Guadalupe (Gallegos) Martinez on Feb. 14, 1925, in Pueblo and was a lifetime Pueblo resident. She graduated from Centennial High School and worked at the McClelland Public Library for 27 years and H & R Block for 15 years. Marcella enjoyed playing Bridge, gambling in Black Hawk and especially spending time with her grandchildren and gt. grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling all over the United States, Europe, and Asia. On one of her memorable trips she square danced on the Great Wall of China. Her love of reading, as well as her interests in politics was passed onto her children. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mary Corwin Hospital Wound Care Unit, staffs at Life Care Center and Sangre de Cristo Hospice. A special thanks to our cousin Bea, who unselfishly gave of her time, care and love given to mom and all our extended family. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. The family respectfully requests the omission of flowers. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. My heart goes out for James and the Montoya Family. What a wonderful Lady Mrs. Montoya! Always so kind and helpful when I went to get My Danny Dunn books at the Library each week! My best thoughts are with you all. She was loved dearly and will be in our hearts forever. John B. Eversole

  2. I don’t ever remember Marcella being cross or negative. She was always attentive and interested in what people had to say. I will always remember her laugh and smile. She always inspired hope and good will. She gave me a beautiful jewelry box for my high school graduation. It will always remind me of her.
    Lori and Steve King

  3. My condolences to the entire family. Marcella will be missed but never forgotten. I will light a candle and keep you in my prayers.

  4. Marcella was my self-appointed mentor at my first “grown-up” job at the Pueblo Library District. She took me under her wing – in a benign chokehold, I might add. She was full of energy, advice, and once in her orb, you were another family member. She had no limitations as to what she could do or help others with. I watched her unfailing support for all her children and her insightful caring with her youngest, Brian. I hope her family takes comfort in knowing how many lives she touched, and how her memory will be treasured. Juanita Cisneros, Loveland, CO.

  5. The Montoya family was famous for its hospitality; there were no strangers here, only family… …At holiday there was homemade tamale, tortilla, and especially over the top very hot green chile, for which Marcella’s recipe was chosen for the Pueblo Mexican Cookbook… …Food and drink flowed with the political discussions… …Her legacy of love of books and wisdom was a benefit to all. Peace to her memory!

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