Cecilia Elaine Adejoh

July 13, 1960January 7, 2012

I was conceived half way to the clouds under the sunny skies of Colorado, Fort Collins, Colorado to be exact. I was born Cecilia Elaine Mora, and it wasn’t long before I was going on all sorts of adventures, greeting each one with a smile. My parents, Pilar and Ann are wonderful and even though I’ll come to lose them - Dad in 1992 and Mom in 2008 - We’ll still have millions of great times. Mom is graceful, stylish and intelligent. And Dad, daddy is amazing. He can probably fix anything and always finds the time to teach his little “CeCe” about cars, animals, gardening or just plain old life in general. Speaking of life, there sure is a whole lot of it around here. I have seven siblings, three girls, Roberta, Gloria and Carol – Carol is the only one younger than me – and, four brothers, David, Gabe, Jim and Mike! It seems like something is always going on around here.

Even though right now I’m only ten, I’ve already had tons of “First’s”. When I was two we were in a car accident during a road trip and I wound up pinned under the car! Luckily my dad is so strong that he was able to lift the car up just enough for yours truly to be saved. Then just a year later my brother Gabe was riding me around on the back of his bike and a miscommunication left me with a broken leg.

I love animals, almost as much as I love nature. Soon well be moving to a big house on Clover Lane here in Ft. Collins. There I’ll have dogs, cats, ducks, you name it! Later in life I’ll ride horses, have rabbits, ferrets, even mice!

I’ll be going to Lincoln Junior High soon. After that I’ll be at Poudre High School. There I’ll get into all kinds of stuff. Play tennis – I love tennis -play D&D with Michelle Case after school. Hang out with everyone over at Richards Lake. And, there’ll be great times going out with my best friend Becky Pena. Later after I’ve gone to trade school for nursing, I’ll go back to school in my thirties and study one of my greatest passions, Art, at Red Rocks.

At fifteen, I’ll rush over and single handedly put out a fire in a neighbor’s house. This event will lead me away from wanting to be a nun as I’ll find my true professional calling will be helping people in crisis. I’ll be a nurse and work all over the Denver-Metro Area, but help mainly at Denver General ( later to be Denver Health Medical Center). The night shift in the psych ward will be where I enjoy working most. After that, in the late 1990’s through to the 2000’s I’ll help special needs children as a Para-Professional with Denver Public Schools.

Despite no longer wanting to be a nun, I’ll forever be spiritual. I was Confirmed in the Catholic Church and even ran for Fiesta Queen at Holy Family! As an adult my quest for truth and knowledge of the divine will lead me to study both the beauty and shortcomings of several different faiths. I’ll learn and explore Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Paganism, Mysticism, and Native American Dreamer Religions. I’ll even practice Islam for a few years.

My dad and my brother Jim will teach me how to drive in a blue and white Chevy truck. I’ll grow quite attached to that truck, not only because I learned to drive in it, but for what it will symbolize to me. Soon after I’ll get the travel bug and trot all around the country. My favorite home away from home will be in Seattle, though, I’ll enjoy as well as live in California and Arizona too.I love reading and writing and I’ll even be published in a collection of poems when I’m thirty-five. I also love drawing, painting, sewing, swimming and of course there will be plenty of boys, but, I won’t know my first true love until I’m in my twenties. And, oddly enough it won’t be a man. I’ll first feel the warmth of eternal love on February 14th, 1981 when my only daughter Valerie Jo Mora is born. I’ll experience the joy of everlasting love two more times. Just a year later on June 13th, 1982 my oldest son, Jon Dominic Mora will come into the world. And, three years later I’ll complete the tribe with Jeremiah Lee Mora on August 26th, 1985. My three children will all be born in Fort Collins and will be beautiful and healthy. I’ll consider them among my finest achievements. Valerie will give me two beautiful gifts. On November 13th 1995 Valerie will give me the title of Grandmother with the birth of the sweetest gift I’ve ever received, Anddi Pilar Mora. Seven years later Valerie will have her second daughter, with her loving husband James Jacob. On June 25th 2002 Re Ann Elizabeth Jacob will grace me with her smile.

While preventing a patient from committing suicide, I will suffer from a broken back and will subsequently undergo a major back surgery in 1991. The complications from this will be devastating. I’ll face many mountains as I stage my recovery and will also wake up from the anesthetic with asthma and diabetes. Despite the issues I will face with my health, I’ll still face it head on and live a happy life. While working with Denver Public Schools I’ll meet Paul Alvarado. After dating for a while we’ll get engaged. In the autumn of my years I’ll travel my beautiful home of Colorado, frequently going to the Indian Springs in Idaho Springs. Paul and I will visit the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenburgs, Co. We’ll go on long drives through the Rocky Mountains; we’ll even successfully pick up gold panning! My love of nature will also bring me to studying gems and I’ll become engulfed in the world of precious stones. I’ll go and ride the oldest working carousel in the world in Burlington, CO!

I’ll have an amazing life. I’ll love a thousand times. I’ll receive more love than I know what to do with. I’ll read more books than most people have ever seen. I’ll do what I want and I’ll be smiling the whole time. But, that’s all still to come. Right now I’m just ten years old, and I’m gonna’ try and surprise my mom by making divinity chocolate before she gets home, wish me luck!


  • Celebration Of Life Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Colleen Thomas

January 18, 2012

Dear Val, Jon & Jerry,

I thought of you all today as you had the unfathomable job of laying your mother to rest. Val, I thought about you & your girls, and how you were so influenced by the love and light your mom gave you. And I was grateful that you are so independent and strong, and sorry that I didn't get to be a bigger part of your life or know your mom better. I will say a prayer for your mom again tonight. Please let me know if I can do anything to help. Love, Colleen

Holly & Joseph Mora

January 17, 2012

Valarie, Jon, Jerry
~Joe & I wanted to say how sorry we are for your loss. I too know what it feels like to loose a parent very quickly. My heart goes out to you and only time can heal the pain you will feel. Serve your mom well by living your life the best you can and make her proud! She will be missed by all....~Love always Joe & Holly Mora

January 17, 2012

CeCe you are always going to be remembered as a lady with an enormous heart. You had alot of love to give. YOu always greeted people with a warm smile, a hug and a hand shake..YOu always made everyone feel like family. YOU will always be my dearest friend that I have known since grade school. I will miss you lots. You can now be your childrens angel, looking down watching them grow and become beautiful adults like the way you always were. God Bless YOu my dear friend. You will be missed. Sincerely rosemary padia mccurry.(Ft. Collins, CO)

Michelle Lehmkuhler

January 17, 2012

I went to Lincoln Jr. High with Cici. I remember her well. She was always a friend to everyone. She will be missed. My prayers go out to all of her family.
Michelle Lehmkuhler Boswell

Ron/Ida Gonzales

January 16, 2012

Mora Family so sorry for the loss of cousin Cici, still so young, but God has plans for everyone and we need to accept his plans even though Cici will be missed by so many. God Bless you all. Love Ron, Ida Gonzales and Family

Pamela Kraus

January 15, 2012

I graduated from high school with your mom so this main picture of her is how I remember her. I am so sorry for your loss. Peace be with you all during this difficult time. Pam (Ehrlich) Kraus

January 15, 2012

Valerie, Jon and Jerry, what can I say except that your Mom was a wonderful person. I know how much she loved you kids and thought the world of you. She was always proud of your accomplishments and was not shy to share her pride. As my younger sister I love her and I will miss her dearly. Please call me if there is ever anything I can do for you. I love you kids.

Tammy D. Phillips

January 14, 2012

Jon, Val and Jeremiah, I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. Please know that my thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

Kim Ramos

January 14, 2012

Val, im so sorry for your loss, your mother will always remain in your heart and memories shell always be there all you have to do is remember her and the love she gave you.

Betsy Brown

January 14, 2012

Jon, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I am always here if you want to talk. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

Love you