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Olinger Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery - Chapel Hill

6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO

OBITUARY

Lena Arguello Martinez

May 30, 1924June 21, 2020
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Lena A. Martinez had just recently turned ninety-six years old when she decided it was time for her trip to heaven on June 21, 2020. She went peacefully in her sleep at her “little house” as she would call it. She loved her home and had the best lawn in the neighborhood.

Lena was born in Sopris, Colorado on May 30, 1924. She was raised in a home her father built out of adobe bricks and talked about when she was older, she would help make the bricks to make additional rooms for their growing family. Lena wrote about her great love of baseball and shared that she and the neighborhood children had their own version of a Sandlot in front of her home. Her father and brothers would play baseball games in Trinidad, Colorado which was a great enjoyment for the whole family. She talked about her father carrying around a portable radio to hear baseball games, especially the World Series while on his way to work. His favorite team as well as Lena’s was “the Brooklyn Dodgers.” Lena loved to watch the Colorado Rockies as an adult. She would share that as a child she and her brother, Danny would “pick up coal which fell from the train on the train tracks” to heat their home. She recalled doing homework by the light of an oil lamp and bringing up water from the river, which they had to boil to drink. Lena told of her father being a bootlegger during Prohibition and her and her siblings’ job of “hiding the booze” when needed. On occasion, they would keep back a couple of beer bottles and innocently explain “Dad, we broke two.” Lena could never forget the outhouses which thankfully were quite a way from the house but did not enjoy the trips in the dark. Lena was a hard worker like her parents she worked as an adolescent babysitting, worked checking electric meters. As an adult, worked in an ice cream and candy shop, worked at Woolworth’s in Denver and during World War II, in an ammunition plant. At the end of the war she worked at Schrader Brothers building suitcases and at Gates making fireman hoses. Lena met and married her first husband, Luther Pacheco in Pueblo in March of 1946. She gave birth to three girls, but unfortunately was left a widow when Luther died in an automobile accident. Lena then raised her three girls with the help of her parents, and sisters for thirteen years. During this time Lena worked in retail and in a packing house. With a loan of five hundred dollars from her father, she was able to buy her first home and later an automobile which she taught herself to drive. She then met and married Charlie Martinez and she soon gave birth to her first son. Lena and Charlie traveled to Hawaii, Europe and enjoyed many cruises. They moved two times and were living in a condo when Charlie died. Lena then lived alone for a couple of years before moving back to Highland Ranch (where she had a previous home) and lived there almost seven years. Lena was preceded in death by her father Eugene Arguello who was a “hard working coal miner.” She would tell of him getting paid every two weeks and he and her mother would go to town to buy groceries. She was preceded in death by her mother Isabelle Arguello, who was a “hard worker and a good cook.” Lena especially enjoyed the Jello and cake her mother would make on Sundays. She also shared about the weekly Sunday evening baths in a “round tub” to be clean and fresh for school on Monday. Lena was preceded in death by six siblings who never made it to adulthood. Jose, Andrew, Manuel, Emma, Dora, and Bobby. We can only imagine the reunion in heaven when Lena came face to face with these young siblings. Lena was preceded in death by her first husband, Luther Pacheco, and later by her husband Charlie Martinez. Lena was preceded in death by her adult brothers, Eloy, Danny, and her sister, Dolores. She is survived by her sister Steffie (Joe) Casias, Pricilla (Joe) Chacon, and Lucille (Kelly) Torres. Lena is survived by daughters, Veronica (Hilberto) Medina, Lillian Mae (LeRoy) Moreno, Rita (Mark) VanDyke and son, Darryl (Karen) Martinez. She is survived by stepchildren, Rosie, Carlos, Warren, and Gloria. Lena is survived by ten grandchildren and several step-grandchildren whom she kept in contact with and would speak of them with great pride. She kept every graduation and wedding announcement for each one. She would Facebook and Skype them on occasion. Lena is survived by nine, soon to be ten great grandchildren and several step great grandchildren. She has one special great-great grandson. She loved on all of them.

Lena was in at home hospice through Namaste for a little over two years. She had a nurse, Laurie Hamilton during this time. Laurie was devoted to Lena and when Lena would take a turn for the worse which happened several times, Laurie was known to say “Lena walks toward the Light and then says, “I don’t think so,” and would come back.” Laurie, the family wants to thank you for your care and devotion. Father Fred was Lena’s chaplain during this time, and he was faithful to visit her and give her communion when he would come. He was a great comfort to Lena. The family wants to thank you for your faithful service to Lena.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Private - Committal Service

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Memories

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Kellie Avila

July 9, 2020

Katie Arguello

July 8, 2020

Dearest Aunt Lena, You were a very caring and loving person/Aunt. You meant a great deal to me. I love you and will miss you. I will always remember your determination to see and be with my Dad during his last days. He appreciated that so much and so did we. May you Rest In Peace. Love, Katie and Jeff

Mary Curnes

July 6, 2020

Auntie Lena was one of the kindest people I ever met. I want my Colorado family to know that you are heavy in my heart and in my mind as you celebrate her beautiful memory. I wish I could be there to hug you all.
She will seriously always dwell in my heart. Funny how some people just touch you deep in your soul. Auntie Lena did that for me. A different connection for sure. Maybe it was her warm caring eyes or her beautiful smile or the strength of her hugs hello and goodbye. She had a glow about her always. She had a way of making me feel important and one time, right after my Dad passed, she reminded me that I had a very important role to fill in Gods plan and told me to always protect those I loved. She called me a Guerrera de Dios. She always had a way of lifting my heart. I understand why she was so important in my moms life too as the stories my mom has shared from early childhood to dating with Lena make me smile. She was instrumental in giving my Mom strength to overcome great sadness as she stood with her thru tough days as well.
I will be there tomorrow....Right beside you in my heart. I will pray for Gods eternal grace although I know it has been granted to my Auntie Lena. She will dwell in the house of Our Lord and one day, I will hug her again and feel her love in Heaven. But for now, for our time on this Earth, please know that you, my dear family are loved.
My Mom, Alice, also asked me to share this story:
The morning I told my mom of her passing, she told me that Lena visited her in her dreams the night before. My mom has very vivid dreams. She said they were sitting by a stream they went to a lot as girls. They were talking and laughing and they hugged goodbye. She said Auntie Lena was barefoot in an ivory dress and when she hugged her goodbye she told my Mom not to worry....That all would be ok. My mom was tearful as she told me of her dream but so thankful she was visited in spirit.
We are blessed to serve an awesome and loving God

Melissa Moreno

July 5, 2020

I am Lena's oldest granddaughter. I have so many wonderful memories.  Every time we visited her when we were young, she always fed us and had cake or Jello. She loved having company and within the last few years, she has been able to watch her youngest great grandchildren grow up. She perked up every time they came to visit. She always remembered our Birthdays and supported us in all things. She was such a hard worker, so independent and so strong, she was a wonderful role model. Grandma, I love you and will miss you so very much. 
Missy

Kelly Owens

July 5, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss! It is so hard to lose someone you love. I was fortunate that I got to meet Lena when I would go over to her house with Darryl & Karen. Lena was always friendly & kind to me & my son. My heart goes out to Lena's family. She was a great lady!

Kathie Miera Tafoya

July 4, 2020

I Have so many memories of my beautiful Aunt Lena she was always so sweet, loving, caring an always made me feel special I am thankful for the times I got to spend with her I will miss her so much❤

Veronica Medina

July 4, 2020

My Mom loved flowers, but she especially loved her family and she would do anything they needed her to do. My family was a recipient of her love and devotion. She kept in contact with my daughter when she was in Iraq, prayed for her and was so thankful when she came home. She swelled with pride when my son attended the Air Force Academy and was there for his graduation. She was especially thrilled when He told her he was going to be a father. She so wanted to be around for baby Sylas birth and only missed it by 9 days. Oh the happiness she had when her grandchildren had a birthday parade in her honor. They lit up the neighborhood with their honking cars and “Happy birthday Grandma!” Who knew it would be the last time most of them would see her alive. I love you Mommy, you are my example of what a Mother’s love should be. I will see you again and we will have eternity to catch up on all you will miss down here. ❤️Ronnie

Dalila Gutierrez

July 2, 2020

One of my favorite memories of time with Grandma was our tea party at the Brown Palace. I will miss your hugs and smiles. I am so thankful you were my Grandma! Love you.

Janette Gonzales

June 24, 2020

I send my condolences to Lena’s family! Lena was a beautiful lady inside and out. When I would go to Lena’s house she always made me feel loved and welcome! She was a strong lady! I think it was not to long ago, they had to take her car keys away! When I think of her I get a smile on my face! Auntie Rest In Peace and go to the the Lord! Love you!!❤️❤️🌹😘🙏

Loretta Silva

June 24, 2020

Met Lena and her family 5 years ago at our Pacheco family reunion! My cousins. Love Facebook where I can keep in touch with her family. Her family always posted Lenas birthdays, mothers days etc. Pictures ♥💯

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