Reina R. Clayton, 77, went home to be with the Lord August 29, 2006, after a lengthy illness. Reina was born to Fermin and Lorenza Tafoya on September 29, 1928. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, J. Mike (Betty Sue) Tafoya; stepson, Eugene Clayton; and brother-in-law, Billy Clayton. Reina was a vibrant, outgoing person who loved life. She touched deeply the lives of her family, friends and co-workers. Those she came into contact with often described her as a 'classy lady'. She dedicated many years to the Girl Scout Council of America. Reina retired from the Pueblo Police Department in 1985. Her dedication to the community lived on as a volunteer at St. Mary Corwin Hospital for ten years. Reina leaves behind husband, Lewis Clayton; brother, Dennis 'Boone' Tafoya; son, Patric (Liz) Benavidz; stepdaughters, Lynn (Tom) Palmer and Pamela (Tom) Florezak; grandchildren, Dawn (Lynn) Fuchs, Gary Benavidz, Corey Staples, Tony Trujillo and Zeb Clayton; great-grandchildren, Bryce and Carter Fuchs; nephews, Gary Lee (Shirley) Tafoya, Jeff Tafoya, Jon (Nancy) Tafoya; nieces, Debbie (Merk) Manzel, Dani Rene Williams, Reina (Ernie) Carrasco, Jana (James) Warren; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Also survived by special devoted friends of 45 years, Sandy and Jerry Gatewood and adopted daughter, Joanne Weiser and her children, Sissy and Christy. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, September 2, 2006, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, located at 14th and Main, with Deacon Steve Lumbert officiating. Following the service, Lew will receive friends and relatives at 678 S. McCulloch, in Pueblo West and Patric will receive friends and relatives at Ianne's Whiskey Ridge, located at 4333 Thatcher Ave., in Pueblo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Lupus Support Group or volunteer staff of St. Mary Corwin Hospital, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. DEAR LEWIS, WE ARE VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT REINA. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HER AS OUR FIRST FRIEND WE MADE WHEN WE MOVED HERE FROM GERMANY.

  2. Reina, I’ll always remember you as “auntie Reina” as you were the person instrumental in introducing my parents Emma and Max to each other. Be at peace ~

  3. Pat–I’m so sorry about your Mom. I will always remember how nice and pretty she was. My parents adored her and if it weren’t for her–they would have never met and married. Pam, Dennis and I grew up calling her “Auntie Reina”. My Mom was telling me a story the other day about how when I was a baby–you pinched me or stuck me with safety pins–and your Mom didn’t even get mad or scold you!! Guess I was the same way with my kid–he could do no wrong!! I remember seeing Auntie Reina all dressed up and wearing high heels with the pointy toes–can you believe the shoes are back in style?? I have a pair of black ones and I call them my Auntie Reina shoes. Anyway-I just wanted to tell you how sorry I was. She was indeed a special and classy lady.

  4. Just want you to know how sorry I’am about your lose. Reina is at peace and in a better place. She was a very beautiful person and will be missed by many.

  5. Lew,
    So sorry to hear about Reina, she was a really great person. I know she will be missed. Haven’t see you folks for years but you have alway been in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and take care.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your loss Lou. I am thinking of you in this time and I hope that you are doing ok. Take Care Lou
    Cathrin and Bradford Family

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