Carmen Louise Pando

September 22, 1949February 14, 2021

Carmen Louise Pando, age 71, of Fort Collins, Colorado passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021. Carmen was born September 22, 1949 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Bernice Lovato and Florencio Gonzales.

Carmen married childhood friend and love of her life, Edward Pando on September 6, 1968. In 1974, Carmen and Edward moved to Colorado where she worked in the Microbiology Department at Colorado State University. She loved spending time in the kitchen, creating delicious meals and baked goods for her family. She was famous for her potato tacos and holiday biscochito cookies. Carmen loved to sew, do puzzles, and adored pandas!

Family meant everything to Carmen. She served as mother, grandmother, sister, godmother, advisor and caretaker to countless family and friends. Her kindness and love were felt by all who knew her. Carmen is survived by her husband, Edward Pando; son Matthew Paul Pando (Shirlee) and grandson Slate Gabriel Tan-Pando; sisters Mary Zamora and Bernadette Pry (Mark), brothers Larry Gonzales, Bill Gonzales (Helen), Rusty Gonzales (Jean) and Goly Gonzales (Kim),; and many extended family members and friends.

Carmen was preceded in death by son Gabriel Edward Pando; mother Bernice Lovato and father Florencio Gonzales.

Memorial contributions may be made in Carmen's name to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital.


  • Edward Pando, Husband
  • Matthew Paul Pando, Son
  • Shirley Tan-Pando, Daughter
  • Rusty Gonzales (Jean), Brother
  • Larry Gonzales, Brother
  • Bill Gonzales (Helen), Brother
  • Goly Gonzales (Kim), Brother
  • Mary Zamora, Sister
  • Bernadette Pry, Sister
  • Slate Gabriel Gonzales, Grandson
  • Gabriel Pando, Son (deceased)
  • Florencio Gonzales, Father (deceased)
  • Bernice Lovato, Mother (deceased)
  • many extended friends and family


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Judy Partain

February 25, 2021

Condolences, Eddie, to you and your family. Carmen will be missed and never forgotten. I'll miss attending our Stitch group with her, as well as playing golf with her in our Ladies 9 Hole Golf League. We certainly had a lot of fun together. She was an awesome and talented friend.

Tony and Sandy Hill

February 25, 2021

Eddie, we are so very sorry for your loss of Carmen. She was a beautiful person. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers during this difficult time.

Tony and Sandy

Dan Hostetter

February 24, 2021

So sorry about your loss, Eddie. My thoughts are with you.


Mary O'Brien

February 24, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Carmen's death. She was such a kind and cheerful person who loved her family very much. It was a privilege to know her. I think of her every time that I use the little panda shopping bag that she gave to me. She will be greatly missed. Mary O'Brien

Robert Martinez

February 22, 2021

Sorry for your loss. She will be in our prayers.

Donna Reinke

February 22, 2021

Eddie, my prayers are with you. My heart is heavy...SO SAD, but glad that Carmen is no longer in pain. There are so many good memories of time spent with Carmen. I remember her smile and a twinkle in her eye. She loved her family so much. I remember how devoted she was to making sure her father was taken care of and comfortable in his old age. She was so creative. I was so impressed with the creativity and love she put into making quilts from her mother's clothing. She made several, each unique, to share with her brother's and sisters. I loved her obsession with Pandas. Mine is with frogs (long story). For one of my birthdays, celebrated at our stitch group, she made the cutest frog cupcakes. I was honored that she would do that! Carmen blessed our family with many wonderful, homemade from the heart. Her kindness and spirit will never be forgotten.
Sending love and prayers for all those who loved her as well. Donna Reinke

Judy Rimer

February 21, 2021

Carmen was such a kind, sweet and caring soul. Her Wednesday stitch group will always remember her and miss her presence. She fought so bravely for the last four years. She is at peace now but still watching over all of her family and friends

Tim Dye

February 20, 2021

To my friend Eddy, and Matt, I offer my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. Carmen’s bright and positive attitude influenced those of us lucky to have known her. My heart goes out to you and Carmen’s family during this difficult time.

Tim Dye

Carol Blair Brennan

February 20, 2021

To Eddy, Matt, and all of Carmen's family,
I want to offer my deepest sympathy for your loss of Carmen. She was my "right-hand-woman" when I was department head of Microbiology. Not only did she keep our office on the right track, but she also shared her laughter and joy to make us all happy. May God rest her soul and provide comfort to you in your loss.
Carol Blair Brennan

Julie Bassett

February 20, 2021

So sorry for your loss, Eddie. Carmen was I know a very special lady. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!