Shirley Grace (Bryden) Pfalmer, 83, passed away peacefully Nov. 14, 2010. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Edmond F. Pfalmer, Jr.; son, Gerald K. Pfalmer; parents, James Bryden and Velma (Smith) and Joe Putaturo; grandparents, William and Grace Smith. She is survived by her children, Ed (Kim) Pfalmer, Janice (Kyle) Clark, Joan (John Mares) Pfalmer, Nancy (Bill) Reorda, Barbara (Brannon) Tolman; grandchildren, Josh (Kali) Clark, Gino (Angela) Begano, Brian (Shelly) Begano, Aimee (Nick) Prigmore, Kaylee Reorda, Paige Reorda, Taylor Tolman; seven great-grandchildren; and very best friend, her dog Bodé. Also survived by special friends, Joe Gagliano, John Barker, Dan Arguello, Don and Margie Zakrasick, Ray Cox and Harriet McGill, Barb Padilla, George and Cheryl Varga, Ginger Meek, Norma Fogel and Gina Espinoza. Shirley was born Oct. 8, 1927, in Trinidad, Colo., where she and her husband called home for many years. Shirley was an accomplished singer and pianist early in life as she studied music in Denver. It was during this time that Shirley and Ed exchanged vows and began their journey in life together. She became a wonderful homemaker, loving wife and extra special mother. Shirley enjoyed singing, dancing and socializing with everyone as she seemed never to meet a stranger. She loved trips to Cripple Creek with her beloved husband and daughter, Joanie. Shirley struggled over the past two years trying to deal with the loss of her soul-mate and eventually her broken heart allowed her to reunite with Ed and son, Gerald in eternal life. A special thanks to Visiting Angels Agency, Carrie Rodriguez (caregiver) and Dr. Nancy Moya. The family can rest knowing she and their father are dancing with the angels. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. OUR PARENTS HEADSTONE WAS ORDERED TODAY. THERE WILL BE A SHORT
    MEMORIAL WHEN THE URN IS BURIED AT THE MASONIC CEMETARY IN TRINIDAD. THE MEMORIAL WILL BE IN MAY BEFORE MEMORIAL DAY.

  2. My dearest mother, It is so hard to realize you are not there for me to talk to. Something happens in my life and I want to call you and than I realize you are no longer at the other end of a telephone line. I miss you, but I know you are looking down on all your childre and you see each one of us. I hope I will continue to make you proud. We have often talked about the hereafter and I know you’r belief was strong. You, daddy and Jerry are watching over us and I want you to know things will be fine. Just knowing you are watching us lifts my heart. You have spent you’r life raising six children, loving all of us for who we are. My gift was making you laugh, no matter what, we always ended up laughing. I will miss you’r laughter. You are in my dreams. my love forever, Jan

  3. Nancy & family:

    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Your mom was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. She always made me feel so welcome back when we were going to college when I would go home with you. Never forgot how nice she always was to me. You and you family will be in my prayers. Joanna Davis-Mills

  4. Barb Tay and Brannon
    What a tough couple of years. You
    did an outstanding job caring for
    your parents. Not many have such an
    honorable daughter to take care of
    them. You gave up so much of your own life to take care of them. You
    can rest knowing what a wonderful
    daughter you have been.

  5. continued from below…You were the world to her. You were the one that helped make your parents live so long. I know sometimes you felt more like a nurse than a daughter, but not to them, you were their world. I know times got so hard and you felt like running away, but you were there through thick and thin. Be proud of everything you did! I hope and pray that my kids will take care of me the way you did your parents. Please hold your head high and be proud, be very proud! I saw you take care of her till the very end! When her feet were so cold…there you were trying to making them warm till the very end. Shirley was like a mom to me and a grandma to my own kids. We will miss her dearly! But I know her broken heart is mended, she is with the love of her life! She will never be forgoten. We will always love and miss her!
    We love you all, Brian, Becky, Brandon, Bryanna, and Brittni

  6. Brannon, Barb, and Taylor,
    My haeart aches for you all. Shirley was so lucky to have the three of you! Brannon, you were more than just a son-in-law to her, and believe me, she told me that everytime I saw her. She was so proud of all the things you did for her and Sonny! Tay, my sweet Tay, your grandma loved you very much; you were one of her pride and joys! She always said “Look at my Angel, what a beautilful young lady she is turning out to be!” When you would walk into the room I would see her face just brighten up. She loved her little Angel. Barb, you were her sweet baby girl. She was so proud of you. She bragged about you and Joanie so much! continue on next one!

  7. I am so sorry to hear about your mother, Nancy! I only met her once but heard you speak of her many times. She was a beautiful lady! I know that you were very close to her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time!
    Love, Lois Williams

  8. Brannon, Barb, and Taylor We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Shirley will be missed, but knowing the great years you had with she and Sonny will be very comforting to you. Shirley is at peace now with Sonny at her side. You guys should be very proud of the caring and giving people you are. We are so proud to have you as our family.

  9. Our love and prayers are with you during this time. Shirley was a graceful, loving woman to all who knew her. May the peace of God be with you, as your father and mother are in their mansion together in Heaven. God Bless you all.

  10. Grandma,

    Its hard to explain how much I love and miss you! I know that you are with grandpa and uncle Jerry now, smiling down on all of us.I have so many amazing memories of you and I will remember them for ever!You will always be in my heart. I love you!

  11. Grandma,
    You were there when I was born, you held me in your arms and fed me my first bottle…We have a special bond that will never be broken. I will miss you and you will always and forever be in my heart….Love always,,,Paigee

  12. Barb, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a sweet person. She and your dad are once again dancing with the stars. Pam

  13. Janice and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a sweet lady and my family and I send our deepest sympathy. God Bless you all.You are in my thoughts always.

  14. I only new this beautiful lady for six of her 83 years and I wish there could have been many more. We met in Cripple Creek one Sunday afternoon and we gravitated towards each other, probably our English roots, anyway our friendship grew from that day.
    We didn’t do anything exciting when we were together but we sure did enjoy each others company and laughed a lot.
    Now she’s once again with the love of her life, Sonny and I will miss her soooo very much.
    We didn’t get to share much time together this past year but we sure burned up the phone lines. October 3rd 2010 was our last time together she was her usual beautiful self and that’s the way I will always remember her.
    I love you my friend you will be forever in my heart.
    To all the the family, my sincere thank you for sharing your mom with me, my thoughts and prays are with you all.
    Barbara Padilla

  15. PLEASE KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
    YOUR MOM WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL “LADY”. I WILL NEVER FORGET HER…I HOLD THE MEMORIES OF HER, AND YOU ALL VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART.
    MAY GOD BE WITH YOU THROUGH THIS, AND KNOW THAT AS SHE STEPPED OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE, SONNY WAS THERE TO EMBRACE HER!
    SINCERELY,

    ROSEMARY

  16. Brannon, Barbara and Taylor,
    Please know that we are all thinking of you and that our prayers are with you. May the wonderful memories of Shirley help ease your pain and put a smile on your face everytime you think of her. She and Sonny are together now and smiling down at you, proud knowing that you were always there for them.

  17. Brannon, Barb and Taylor. My heart aches for you and I ask God to please comfort you. Shirley was blessed to have the three of you there for her. You were her three guardian angels. You were blessed to have Shirley and she was your guardian angel. Shirley is now resting in peace and her broken heart is now mended. She has been reunited with the love of her life. Shirley may be gone…but she will never be forgotten…nor will the kindness and care that you three provided Shirley to the very end. Be proud..be very proud. You are one in million. Love you

  18. Barb and Family…I am so saddened and heartbroken on the loss of your mom! She was such a great lady. I will always remember your mom’s beautiful smile and laugh. She will always be special to me. I will never forget her!

  19. Grandma,
    We love you so much and miss you. Over the last year you opened my eyes to so many things. Angela and I enjoyed every second listening to your wonderful stories of life in the coal camps and the past. I was blessed because you sat with me and did the entire family tree to cherish forever. I missed so many years with you and grandpa but yet you cried and hugged and loved me always. I was planning to take you for a ride to the place you were raised Delagua and that you loved but didnt get the chance. Im sorry and want you to know I will miss our visits but know you and grandpa are in eachothers arms. We should all take a lesson from the love you and grandpa have and hold our spouse tightly forever! We love you and will miss you always! Thank you for blessing us by being in our life for so long! Love you gram

  20. Brannon,Barbara and Taylor, Im sorry to hear of your loss. Hopefully you will have some compfort knowing you were there for her day and night. You all gave so much of yourselves to make her compfortable in her own home and that is something that you will never regret. My thoughts are with all of you take care of each other.

  21. Nana, I had the greatest times in my life with you and Papa. I will always cherish the time I had with you and papa. I am blessed that you were with me as a baby and had the opportunity to see me into high school. I know you are happy being with Papa again. I know he was the love of your life. I love you and will miss you everyday. love Taylor

  22. Mommy,
    You are everything that I have ever wished for in a mother. You were the most beautiful woman I have ever known and my life will always have a void without you and dad in my life. Taking care of you and dad was the greatest gift I was ever given. Though times were tough, you truly taught me life’s most important lessons. That lesson being, to be the best mother I can be. I will miss you and my heart will ache for you everyday. I hope you and dad are dancing in heaven. Your dog Bode’ misses his mama, but rest peacefully knowing that I will love him and take care of him. Goodnight sweet Mommy. Love, Barb

  23. Dear Family, I was surprised and sorry to read of your loss. I bought my house on Glenrose Dr. from your parents and I always call it my ‘Shirley House’ because your mom and I both had the same names. My very best wishes to all of you. shirley

  24. Barb, Brannon and Taylor:

    Our deepest sympathy at the lost of your beautiful mother. We will remember her fondly. She and your dad were always so kind to Olivia. Our prayers are with you. Fran and Family

  25. Barbara, Suzanne and I are deeply saddened to see that your mom has passed away. Your mom was so special to us, and it was always wonderful to visit with her. They were,indeed,very enjoyable times that we spent with her….. a special friend, and we will really miss her smile and kindness!

  26. Grandma,

    We will miss you dearly and love you so much. I wish you could have stayed longer, but I know that I needed another angel in heaven.I know you will be there to look down upon us and keep us safe. Grandpa will take good care of you and I know that you are so happy to be in his arms again! We love you!!!
    Nick, Aimee, Tyler & Kylie

  27. Barbara and family: My sincerest condolences on the loss of someone so very special. She was a sweet lady and I am comforted to know that she is back with the love of her life in the arms of our Lord.

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