Aaliya Marie Montoya

December 17, 2013June 3, 2018

Aaliya Marie Montoya, 4, of Greeley, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018. She was born on December 17, 2013 in Greeley to Sonya Benavides and Matthew Montoya.

Aaliya was our amazingly beautiful princess who loved singing, dancing and spending time with family. She had a smile that could light up any room. With boundless creativity and limitless love, she touched the hearts of those who were blessed to know her. We love you Aaliya!

Aaliya is survived by her father, Matthew Montoya and mother, Sonya Benavides both of Greeley; sisters, Amaya Flores and Ariah Montoya both of Greeley and her grandmothers, Theresa Montoya and Gloria Benavides.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, David Roland Montoya of Bernalillo, NM and great- grandmother and grandfather, Sandy and Frank Benavides.

Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Journey Christian, 4754 West 31st Street, Greeley. Inurnment will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Linn Grove Cemetery.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Inurnment Thursday, June 14, 2018

Aaliya Marie Montoya

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Gloria Benavides

November 25, 2018

My precious Lee Lee. Ill always remember the day I found your pink tutu at a yard sale, for a quarter! I said to myself, "Oh, my Lee Lee's gonna love this!" The minute I got home, you were looking thru the yard sale goodies..and sure enough, you found it! And in that same minute, you were wearing it, "Look Gwanny!" (I love the way you made your 'r' sound like a 'w') I sat on the couch and asked you to go in the kitchen so I could introduce you. "Introducing..the most beautiful ballerina in the world, Aaliya Montoya". The concentration on your beautiful little face, had you determined to dance your best. And you did! I clapped and yelled, " Horray, the most beautiful dancer ever" as you did your little bow, and said, "Thank you, thank you!" (We repeated that scenario at least 5 times.) I hugged you so close and said, "Oh, sweet heart, Granny loves you so much!" You never failed to say "l love you too Gwanny!" You are truly loved my precious. I can't wait to see you dance again. Always, Granny.

Sonya Benavides

November 25, 2018

My sweet baby girl! I'm so proud to be your mommy. I think of you everyday, and miss your precious hugs and kisses. I miss watching you do your ballerina dances, singing and giving so much love. I will never forget how amazing you are and will always remember your bright smile and how loved you made your family feel. I love you forever and ever!

Roxye and Paul Arellano

June 11, 2018

We will always remember Aaliya as a quiet, beautiful princess who always smiled. Her smile was infectious and it showed by her love for her family. I will always remember her in that beautiful white dress she wore for Easter as she searched for eggs and candy with her dad, mom and sister. Her smile was from ear to ear. Thank you Sonya and Matt for sharing your loving angel with us. You are both amazing parents and it showed through your children. All our love, the Arellano family.