February 2, 1929 ~ February 18, 2019

Born in: Rouse, Colorado,
Resided in: Walsenburg, CO

Viola Maldonado 2-2-1929 - 2-18-2019 Viola Maldonado passed away peacefully on February 18, 2019 at her home in Walsenburg, Colorado surrounded by her family. Viola was born on February 2, 1929. She was the daughter of Sally and Frank Gutierrez of Rouse, Colorado. She attended Walsenburg High School where she was an 'A' student and baton twirler. Viola married her only love, Modesto E. Maldonado, on August 4, 1949. They were a devoted couple for over 67 years until Modesto passed away in 2017. Viola had recently been honored in a loving celebration of her 90th birthday on February 2, 2019. Viola was the fourth of ten children and grew up during The Great Depression. She shared many stories of the harsh family life she experienced growing up in a coal mining camp. Always resilient, Viola lived a life of optimism, kindness, and joyful dedication to her family. Together with Modesto she raised seven children. She delighted in all things children. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and spoke proudly of all their talents and achievements. When her own children grew older, Viola found she had more to give. Viola earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Trinidad Junior College. She became a Headstart teacher, nurturing and loving many children in the Walsenburg community for 20 years. Her impact in that role could be seen many times when her students, now adults, would approach her, hug her and say, 'You made such a difference in my life. If not for you...' Throughout her life Viola had friends of all ages. As a young woman she would do hair for her elderly neighbors. They, in turn, taught her cooking and baking from the old country. She always made time for a cup of coffee, a baking or sewing lesson and kindness. In her later years she was blessed by caring friends who would return her kindness in many ways, including Viola Pacheco, Margaret Maldonado, Ruth Major, Ida Garbizo, Eleanore Smircich, and Janet Behringer, Janet Turkovich and many others. Lucky were the many friends that shared a cup of coffee with Viola. In her younger years Viola was employed at the local JC Penny store, sold Avon, waitressed at The Black Angus Restaurant, and made Chipita Jewelry. Viola was best known for her many talents as an artist. She loved sewing, quilting, tatting, knitting, crocheting, bead jewelry making and design, china doll making, tole painting, and china painting. The beauty of her spirit will live on in her works. Viola is preceded in death by her husband Modesto, her parents Sally Thornton and Frank Gutierrez, Sr., siblings Bertha Gaines (sister), Frank Gutierrez (brother), Charles Gutierrez (brother), Gloria Martinez (sister), Gladys Vigil (sister), Manual Gutierrez (brother). Viola is survived by seven children, Pearl (Levi Crespin), Vernon (Juanita), Maudie (Georgia), Janelle (Ken Saad), Adrian (Brenda), Tammy, and Brenda, (Bill) Maldonado; eleven grandchildren, Marlon, Tage, and Kelan Crespin, Desarey and Brandon Maldonado, Mahri Saad, Matthew, Brianna, Marissa, Vanessa, and Austin Maldonado, and one great grandson, Dominic Maldonado (Trey). Viola is survived by siblings, Ruth Turvey (sister), Jim Blades (brother) and Eleanor Seba (sister) and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by Bambi, her sweet toy poodle and protector of 18 years. Viola and her family were truly blessed by the loving care and attention received from the staff and management from the Spanish Peaks Veteran's Retirement Home, and The Sangre de Christo Hospice. Service: Catholic Mass at St. Mary's Church of Walsenburg is scheduled for May 18, 2019, at 10:30 am, followed by a reception at the Father Delaney Hall. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. My condolences to the Maldonado family. I want especially tell Pearl Maldonado that Michelle Cosyleon (Wolf) extends cole cues to her. From an old friend from Adams State College

  2. Dear Maldonado family, I am very sorry to have read of the recent death of your beloved Viola. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be very comforting. God’s Word, the Bible, compares death to being asleep (see 1 Thesalonians 4:14). Jesus Christ himself said “The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life” (John 11:25). These words have given me hope and I felt the need to share them with you. I’ve found very practical information in the brochure When Someone You Love Dies that you can download from jw.org

  3. My sincerest condolences. The Bible is an incredible source of comfort. A scripture that has helped me so much in the past is Acts 24:15. It states, “And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” This scripture assures us that God will bring back to life those we have lost in death.
    To learn more about the resurrection hope, please visit jw. org
    Once again, I am very sorry.

  4. We ask that God grant the Maldonado family Love, Hope and Strength as needed at a time of such loss of a wonderful person. I can remember when my father Fred Romero Gutierrez would talk about growing up with Gutierrez family that had adopted him.Memories of Moddy (Modesto) and Viola visiting us when we lived in Ft. Lupton & Boulder are happy ones. Our loved ones never die as long as we keep them in our hearts. God Bless all the family members and friends that were so fortunate to have known Viola Maldonado.

  5. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
    May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7) May the hope of a resurrection right here on a restored earth bring you comfort. (John 5:28, 29) Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life) Psalm 37:11, 29) But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.

    My deepest sympathy

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