Howe Mortuary & Crematory

439 Coffman St, Longmont, CO


Maria "Mary" Ellen Tafoya

August 15, 1934February 9, 2020

Mary (Gonzales) Tafoya passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday, February 9th, 2020. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Richard E. Tafoya Sr., her parents Alex and Alejandra Gonzales of Longmont, her mother in law Julia S. Tafoya, and Andrew J. Tafoya of Frederick, CO, numerous siblings, cousins and friends. She is survived by her brother Alfonse Gonzales (Catherine) of Erie, CO, her sister Lupe Blazon of Longmont, CO, her brother-in-law Gil Tafoya of Frederick, CO.

Mary was born August 15, 1934 in Louisville, CO. She married Richard E. Tafoya on September 24, 1955. They had 5 children; Maryellen Tafoya of Longmont, CO, Richard Tafoya Jr. of Longmont, CO, Chris J. Tafoya Sr. (Peggy) of Loveland, CO, Mark A. Tafoya Sr. (Lydia) of Hygiene, CO and Randy L. Tafoya (Yolanda) of Firestone, CO.

Mary was very active in the community. She was involved in the Longmont Senior Center, folklorio dancing for 14 years, and singing with the senior choir. She volunteered her time at Bingo,and she had many past time hobbies; she loved garage sales, camping, bingo, and gambling. Mary loved to sing with her brother Alfonse Gonzales.

Her careers included waitressing, movie theatre attendant, election judge, ambulance driver, Headstart bus driver, school bus assistant, board of directors for plan de Salud clinic and catechism teacher. She performed at Roosevelt Park each Cinco de Mayo. She loved singing and dancing and her favorite thing to do was spend time with her children and grandchildren. She had 32 grandkids, 54 great grandkids, and 10 great-great grandkids. Mary will be deeply missed.


  • Rich Tafoya
  • Chris Tafoya
  • Mark Tafoya
  • Randy Tafoya
  • Tony Ortiz
  • Angelo Aragon


19 February

Rosary Prayers

7:00 pm

Howe Mortuary Chapel

439 Coffman Street
Longmont, CO 80501

20 February

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 pm

St John the Baptist Catholic Church

323 Collyer Street
Longmont, CO 80501

20 February


1:00 pm

Longmont Mountain View Cemetery

620 11th Avenue
Longmont, CO 80501


Maria "Mary" Ellen Tafoya

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Lucille Munoz

February 16, 2020

To my dear friend Mary, I will always remember the special friendship we shared throughout the years.. You were the first person I met when my family moved here
( in 1956) . I'll never forget how welcome you made me feel and how you comforted me when I would be so home sick for my friends back home. That was the kind of
lady you were.. always caring for your friends and family. May you receive your heavenly reward in the caring arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our deepest condolences to your lovely children and grandchildren. RIP dear friend.
Lucille & Arthur Munoz

Yolanda Tafoya

February 15, 2020

Te extrañaré. Gracias por los maravillosos momentos que disfrutamos r.i.p 🙏 sé que estás en paz r.i.p maria❤🙏tu nuera yolanda .

Trudy Duran

February 14, 2020

My condolences to all the family 🙏 , may all your loving memories carry you through the pain.
Rest in peace Mrs Mary 🙏
I will say a prayer for you all ....

Randy Tafoya

February 14, 2020

Mom you were The best mom a guy could ask for thank you for taking care of me when I was sick and putting up with me all these wonderful years I will always Love and miss you till we meet again your son # 4

Daughter,Mary Ellen Tafoya

February 13, 2020

Mom, I miss you already! I just want to thank you, for always being there for all of us, through all the good times,and some bad, you would always understand, I am so glad we had good times together, our yearly concerts in n.m., our little trips, always full of energy,I used to tease you about having more energy then me! I am so glad you were here for all of our grandkids,and great-grandkids,and great- great! 5generations! I'm going to miss all of your stories,your singing, and dancing! I know your with Dad now, and I know you will both,be with us always , love you forever! Mary Ellen🌹

Mark Tafoya

February 12, 2020

Mom, You were always a giving loving, patient mom. Always there for us and others. You were the best Grandma to my children and Great-Grandma to my Grandkids.
You were the best Mother-in-law to Lydia. Your trips with us were the best and a lot of fun, with you along. You were always my favorite cheerleader at ALL my years of sports.
Will see you and Dad again someday in Heaven. Will miss you greatly! Love ya momma.
Mark, Lydia,
and family


February 12, 2020

TODAY and always, may loving memories bring you peace , comfort , and strength. Our deepest sympathy. always in my prayers .