Mary Ilene Bezona died October 23, 2011, from complications suffered from pneumonia. She was 79. Mary was born in Skarda, N.M., on Jan. 8, 1932, the fourth child of five born to John Pinkney and Hattie V. 'Dot' Pearson. She had grown up in several different locales as a child when her family eventually settled in Holly, Colo., where she graduated the eighth grade and met her future husband. On Dec. 17, 1948, she married Paul Gerald Bezona in Raton, N.M. The couple resided in Granada, Colo., where two daughters, Tecla and Teala, were born. They then moved to Pinon, Colo., where she began her prowess at homemaking and child rearing. She cooked and sewed and helped with farm animals. It was at this time she became a rodeo fan after having to help haul calf roping horses to local competitions. The couple then laid roots in Pueblo on Highway 78 where two more daughters, Talca and Tonya, were born and where they lived for 22 years. During this time, the family formed a band, Paul and the Three T's, the band played area dances and occasions in the 1960s and 70s and she was the costume designer, seamstress and was the band's biggest fan and critic. Mary was eventually employed by Lil's Cake Cottage where she perfected the art of baking and decorating cakes. She also worked for several local families cleaning houses. She never retired from her homemaking responsibilities and was an active member of the family helping to raise grandchildren and great grandchildren, all the while teaching others to entertain, bake, sew, crochet and craft. She was an avid Denver Bronco fan and loved fishing. At the time of her death, she attended the women's bible study and services at Fellowship of the Rockies and was a previous member of the Minnequa University Club. She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Paul G. Bezona; parents, John Pinkney and Hattie Violet Pearson; stepmother, Edith; brother, Pinkney; sisters, Mona Schwabe and Orpha Tweedy. She is survived by daughters, Tecla D. (Ernie) Chamblin, Teala D. Bezona (Tony), Talca D. (George) Woods and Tonya D. (Tony) Pinelle; grandchildren, Paulette (Shayne) O'Hotto, Clint (Kris) Chamblin, Georgette (David) Book, Brandie (Mark) Jackson, Shanalee McGhee, Tarah (Jim) Damgaard, Nicki (Mike) Banuelos and Chris (Robbin) Pinelle; 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Delbert (Dee) Pearson and his family. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Pastor Danny Bryant officiating. In lieu of flowers and food, donations may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice or Pueblo City Park Carousel through through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. What a wonderful tribute to your mother in the newspaper. I saw her at WalMart several months ago and visited for a moment. Even though I hadn’t seen her for years…you can’t forget that loving face and smile! Rick and I are thinking of your entire family and know that fond memories will help to ease the sadness.

  2. So sorry we couldn’t make it down. Decided not to risk it with the weather. So glad we came down on Saturday and got to see her once more. I’ll drop a card with some special memories.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to all. We are so sorry that we will not be able to be at her service for all of you. We know it is a great loss to all as she was a wonderful person and loved all of you very much.
    Love from

  4. A woman who taught me kindness, everlasting love, forgiveness, honesty, integrity, how to work hard, and how to be a great mother. I miss you very much grandma and know your watching over us all with grandpa by your side. Thank you for playing such a huge role in who I am today. Baylee and I are forever blessed by what you instilled in us both .

  5. Hello cousins and family’s sorry for your loss.Hope knowing Aunt Mary is in a better place and with Uncle Paul and in Gods hands makes it easier.
    LOVE YOU ALL DELBERT

  6. Dear Tecla, Teala, Charlie and Tonya and families. Kind of shows how long I have know you and your folks. We always had such good times at your house. Your mom was always smiling and so much fun. And how i remember Paul and the Three T’s. God Bless you all and know your mom is at peace with your dad.

  7. Bob and I both have very fond memories of your Mom and how she always loved a good joke and had a big smile on her face! I know how proud she was of her family and you all are a beautiful legacy for her to leave behind. Everlasting may your memories be! I am sure she is up dancing with your father in Heaven!
    Bob and Connie Davis

  8. Hey Cousins, I am sorry for your loss, your momma was an awesome lady and I loved her just like she was my own mom. God be with each of you and help heal your sorrow.
    Love to you all! Shannon

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