Viola V. Padilla, 89, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2013, with her family at her bedside. Viola was born on Oct. 3, 1923, in Costilla, N.M., to the union of Jose and Beatriz Valdez, who both preceded her in death; along with her beloved husband, Joe E. Padilla; sons, Julian J. and Joseph E. Padilla; great-grandchildren, Tyler Cox and Kameron Robinson; and several brothers and sisters. Survived by her loving children, Louise (Steve) Cox, Beatrice (Henry) Nevarez, Anthony (Theresa) Padilla, Frances Padilla, Stanley Padilla, Paul (Valerie Garbiso) Padilla; daughter-in-law, Darlene Padilla; and a sister, Theresa Ruiz. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Viola was a member of the Avondale Alter Rosary Society and the Mount Carmel Society. She enjoyed her family and grandchildren, and loved preparing meals for all the holidays, sewing and quilting. She was also a very devoted Catholic. Viewing 6 - 7 p.m. followed by the Rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 414 W. 11th. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Special thanks to the Colorado State VA Nursing Home, Sangre de Cristo Hospice in Walsenburg, Colo., the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, as well as the numerous prayers, calls, cards and concerns received. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Colorado State VA Nursing Home in honor of Joe and Viola Padilla through the funeral home. Online condolences,

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  1. Padilla family,
    We are so sorry for your loss, and are thinking of you at this difficult time. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

    Stephanie and Paula Dionisio and family

  2. Dear Padilla Family,
    I am Verna Trujillos niece and wanted to extend our condolences to all of the family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss and know she was a very special woman. Our prayers are with you in this difficult time.
    Nick and Crystal Thacker

  3. Padilla Kids,
    So sorry of hearing of Aunt Viola’s death. She was a wonderful women and sheloved her family with all her heart. I still remember when my Mom, Dad and myself would go visit on Sunday and your Mom and Dad doing this same at my house. Even though Aunt Viola was my cousin, I always called her Aunt and your Dad, Uncle Eddie from way back then. Take some time to celebrate her life as you know she is being cared for by Your Dad, her boys and God.

  4. To Paul & Family;

    We’re very sorry to hear of passing of your beloved mother and so much more. Our hearts go out to you and your family during this difficult time.
    As we know there’s nothing like losing a mother. Have peace knowing
    she’s resting in heaven and no more pain. Somehow we have to rely on
    our fond memories to help us move forward. Although our loved ones are
    gone from our sides they’re always with us in our hearts. That never goes
    away. We’re sorry we can’t be there for you and Val, but please know you’re
    in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace during this time.

    “When someone you love becomes a memory,
    the memory becomes a treasure”

    The Alfonso’s
    Ed, Sandy & Julian

  5. Dear Louise and family. I never had the honor nor privilege to have met your mother. From the beautifully written post from Maria I missed out meeting a truly wonderful person.

    My sympathy, love and prayers are with you always. This is a very hard time, loss is not easy, you will all miss her terribly but know she is with Our sweet Jesus and is surrounded by all who preceded her, she is at peace.

    Love Always,
    Susan Debski (your Michigan friend)

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