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Dolores Atencio

May 15, 1934 — August 13, 2020

Dolores V. "Mary" Atencio passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at home, in Ignacio, Colorado, surrounded by family. She was 86 years old.

Dolores was born May 15, 1934, to Jose Alcario and Jennie Vigil in Pinones, Colorado. She attended boarding school in Ignacio from 1942 to 1946.The family moved to Fruita, Colorado, in the late 1940's; it was there that she met Victor Atencio and they were married August 2, 1952.

Victor and Dolores (and family) moved to Ignacio in 1957. Though she was primarily a homemaker, mother and wife, she also worked at the Ignacio Public Schools as a cook and was well known for her bread and cinnamon rolls. Dolores was an active member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church, a Carmelita and sang in the choir. Her passion was family, especially her grandchildren & great-grandchildren. She was very devoted to her husband and her faith.

She is survived by her sons: Thomas V. (Connie) and Robert W. (Brenda) Atencio; siblings: Dorothy (Willie) Martinez, Dora (Merle) Merhing, Joe (Cora) Vigil, Shirley (Tiny) Shipp, Betty (Eddie) Box, Pete (Marlene) Vigil, Paul (Julie) Vigil, Stella (Stan) Cox, Stephanie (Victor) Monte; grandchildren: Tammy (David Gonzales) Atencio, Jacob Atencio, Patricio (Brynn) Atencio, Bobby Atencio, Nick (Holly) Atencio, Josh Atencio, Erica (Tomas) Deleon, & Dominic Atencio, 24 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grendchildren, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor B. Atencio; parents Jose Alcario and Jennie Vigil and Alfonso and Maria Atencio; siblings: Rose (John) Werito, Alivamah and Margarita Vigil.

A rosary will be recited on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 6pm at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ignacio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, August 21, 2020, at Noon, also St. Ignatius. Burial will follow at Ignacio West Cemetery. All who attend are asked to wear a face mask. Those who choose not to attend in person, can watch the service via live stream:

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Starts at 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

St. Ignatius Catholic Church

15449 CO-172, Ignacio, CO 81137

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