Marie Ruth Montoya

Born: Thu., Jul. 29, 1920
Died: Mon., Sep. 16, 2013

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Fri., Sep. 20, 2013
Location: Red Cliff Community Center


3:30 PM Fri., Sep. 20, 2013
Location: Red Cliff Community Center

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Marie was born in Antonito, in the San Luis valley of southern Colorado. She was born into a farming family, and raised by her Grandmother who was a 1 room school teacher traveling from state to state wherever there was a need.  She was a proud graduate of the class of 1936 from Manaul School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She started working at the Fox Creek resort, bussing tables and working in the kitchen at the age of 13.
Marie married Tobias T. Montoya at a young age and they went on to build their lives.  Forced off working the land in the dust bowl era they migrated north where they ended up in Eagle County in 1938. There they lived first in Pando (Camp Hale) where Toby worked on the railroad, and Marie worked at the PX in Camp Hale once it was in place.
By this time they had three young children, Reuben, Dolores, and Alisandro (aka Toby or Sandy).
In 1948 they moved into Red Cliff where Toby began his career as a miner in Gilman. Marie worked at various jobs in the hotels and restaurants in Red Cliff, and served a term as the town's Mayor (Alcalde).
When Vail emerged on the scene, Marie was there with the rest of the pioneers.  In the mean time she raised the rest of her children Lemuel, Ramon, and LaVonne.  She was proud of the fact that her children had served in every branch of the armed forces.
Vail's emergence on the scene allowed Marie to pursue her passion which was working on the front lines wherever people were.  Vail provided the perfect opportunities.  The stories about the people are filled with names of the rich & famous (Jacquelline Kennedy & her children.  Elvis, Clint, Jack Lord, Ken Curtis and her favorite Michael Landon).  There were many, many others, because of course this is Vail, and Marie loved being in the middle of it!
Equally as fun were the people she worked for, the ones she worked with, and those that worked for her.  A stop at the local butcher on payday to get the thickest steaks was a special treat for the family.
These were more than co-workers, bosses, and peers!  They were family & friends!
The friends, and stories of Red Cliff in the 40's and 50's are ones that bring smiles even after all these years.  Whether they were about the build-up of Camp Hale and the soldier’s goings and comings. Or perhaps the early morning, extremely cold newspaper route, or the parties later on which were reflective of everywhere else in the country enjoying the recovery after WW-II.
The names of the friends in Red Cliff reflect the strong history of Colorado itself!  Rodriguez, Sandoval, Martinez, Romero, Gallegos, Beck, Albert, Padilla, Duran, Garcia, Owens, Squires, Tafoya, Pacheco, and Montoya!
The place names are stories from what seems like such a long time ago.
The stories she could tell about the places like The Casino, The Deli, The Rucksack, The Covered Bridge, The Gallery, and a few others around the end of her career.  Ahh, the stories.
Her passions included a drive in the mountains particularly to see the fall colors, and mountain wild flowers.  Whether it was Shrine Pass, Independence or Cottonwood, she loved the thrill of driving mountain roads in summer & winter.  She could often be seen speeding up and down the mountain in her little red convertible sports car.
In her quieter moments she enjoyed reading, knitting, and working puzzles.  The daily crossword puzzle was a nightly ritual she shared with her husband.
Marie is survived by her afore mentioned children, brothers (Jack, and Kenneth) sisters (Grace, Opal, Pearl), 9 grandchildren, 8 Great grandchildren, and countless nieces & nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 50+ years Tobias, and several brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Red Cliff Community Center followed by a reception.  Inurnment will be private.

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Eugene Roybal
   Posted Thu September 19, 2013
Our condolences from the Roybal Family to Ruben, Dolores, Sandy, Lemuel, Ramon, and Yvonne on the passing of our Tia Marie. We wish you the best.
Gene Roybal, Waldo and Famliy, and Ray and Family

Janine Lee Hiland
   Posted Thu September 19, 2013

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Kate Trujillo
   Posted Thu September 19, 2013
Our condolences from the Trujillo family, Duran Kate, Floyd, Shanna, Aaliyah, Teilaa, gage

Virginia Trujillo (Romero)
   Posted Thu September 19, 2013
Send our condolences and prayers from the Trujillo's-John & Virginia, Angela & Amanda, Joseph & Uv! God Bless your family!

Valerie Martinez-Romero (Virginia's daughter)
   Posted Fri September 20, 2013
My deepest condolences to all of the Montoya family. May God Bless and comfort you all during this difficult time.

Gerri McIntossh
   Posted Fri September 20, 2013
I remember fondly visiting with Marie daily while working in Vail village in the 70's. She was a bright, friendly and cheerful person that we all enjoyed talking with. A great person to have had in our community. My condolences to her family.

Mary Barela
   Posted Fri September 20, 2013
Our condolence to the Montoya family. Lavonne, Lemanuel, Ramon our thoughts and prayers are with your families. My God be with you all.

Orlando and Mary Barela.

Fred, Carmen, Christopher, Andrew and Christian Trujillo
   Posted Sat September 21, 2013
Familia Montoya Sé que en momentos como éstos, ninguna palabra es suficiente, sin embargo, deseamos enviarle nuestros condolencias por el fallecimiento de su querida mama, deseando que la paz del Señor reine en sus casas. Siempre nos recordamos que pasabanos por las casa de nuestra Tia Marie. Tia Marie siempre les daba a mis hijos un regalito de recuerdo. Fred Trujillo y familia

Martinez Family
   Posted Mon September 30, 2013
Our deepest condolences to Ruben Montoya and Family our prayer and thought are with you.

Sue Godec
   Posted Thu April 24, 2014
I loved Marie and loved how she and June put an ad in the Vail Daily wishing me well on my new journey after closing Vail Apothecary. Marie was awesome…loved her smile and her laughter, her joy and her work ethic. I was glad that I got a chance to know her…an amazing woman in my life…what a blessing I had to know her.

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