Esther G. Madrid
March 22, 1917 – May 13, 2018
Esther G. Madrid departed for her "permanent home" on May 13, 2018. Esther was born on March 22, 1917, to Eloisa Baca and Anselmo Gonzales in Wagonmount, N.M. She spent her formative years raised by her "Papa Jose" in Shoemaker, N.M. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Henry G. Madrid; her two sons, Henry J. Madrid and Albert R. Madrid; her brother, Sam Gonzales; and six stepsisters and brothers, all deceased. Esther is survived by her daughter, Sandra E. Madrid; son-in-law, Toby Gonzales; and daughter-in-law, Helen Madrid. She is survived by seven grandchildren, eight great-grand-children and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren. Esther moved to Pueblo, Colo., approximately in 1934. She met and married Henry G. Madrid in 1937. Although she had no formal schooling, her volunteer service included membership in the Daughters of Isabella; Legion of Mary; Cenacle Nocturnal Adoration Society; and past member of the Carmelitias. She held several officer positions in various organizations. She served as a precinct judge for many years and an active member of Mount Carmel Church until she moved to Holy Family. Her activities at Mount Carmel included being an lector, Eucharistic minister and choir member. Volunteer service and caring for others was a joy to Esther and she lived a life surrounded by many close friends. Special recognition to Kathryn Killeen and her family; Tomasita Garcia (deceased) but her daughters never forgot Esther. Special blessings to grandsons, Mark Madrid and Mario Gonzales, for their caring and close relationship to their grandmother. They brought much joy to her life. Thanks to Dr. Stjernhom whose patient care and assistance to Esther and her family is greatly appreciated. She had many lifelong friends through her church activities. She had a kind and generous spirit and reached out to several individuals. Her kindness, her smile, her warmth and daily prayers for her family will be truly missed.
- Esther is survived by her daughter, Sandra E. Madrid; son-in-law, Toby Gonzales; and daughter-in-law, Helen Madrid. She is survived by seven grandchildren, eight great-grand-children and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.
- Mark Madrid
- Mario Gonzales
- Keith Madrid
- Cameron Madrid
- Keith Frazier
- Ralph Flores
- Rosary Thursday, May 17, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, May 18, 2018
Esther G. Madrid
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May 19, 2018
Esther was a huge part of my life. She was like a great grandma to me and I cherished all the moments we got to share together. She was always at my birthday parties and family gatherings for as long as I can remember. Going out to lunch, enjoying a donut and just hanging out and talking were some of our favorite things. She was always interested in what was new with me. Her sweet voice and stories always made me smile. Her love for God was amazing. She always kept busy praying throughout the day. She was always had a positive outlook on life and always said what I needed to hear. I'm so happy that she got to meet and play with my daughter. The photos of all of us are times that I will never forget. I'm thankful that I took the time to "interview" her Jan 2017, so I can always go back and listen to her life story. She was always a top priority for me to see once I got home. It won't be the same going home and not seeing her. I will truly always have a super special place in my heart for Esther.
May 18, 2018
I was lucky enough to meet Mrs. Madrid during many of her visits to Seattle, WA. If Mrs. Madrid was visiting Seattle, Sandy always brought her along to all the law school and community related functions. My favorite memories of Mrs. Madrid includes a trip to Washington, DC. We toured DC as tourist during one of the city's hottest summers and Mrs. Madrid wore us out touring Arlington Cemetery, The White House, Congress and the museums. We ended one night having dinner at a local Mexican restaurant called Lauriol Plaza in Adams Morgan. We closed the restaurant down and by the end of the night Mrs. Madrid made friends with all the waiters and dish washers who were charmed by her smile, grace and lovely spirit. I will also never forget our phone conversation on her 100th birthday. I will always remember Mrs. Madrid for her kindness, grace, beautiful spirit and faith. May she rest in peace.
May 18, 2018
Pueblo county birthday celebration for 100 yr olds, with 2 of my sister's Marie and Donna, my was she whooed by the Frank Sinatra impersonator! Another warm smile memory! 😄🙂
May 18, 2018
Esther thought we would forget her after her son Albert passed away, Albert had dated my mother Katherine. She was always welcomed as part of many of our family dinners and was like a grandma to my kiddos. During the my day care days we enjoyed many lunches at McDonald's. But my last memory will always be sweet, with her warm smile after she said, "that was fun", when I apologize for getting her wet when the sprinklers came on as we walked around the nursing home pushing her in her wheelchair. Esther prayers were a blessing in our lives!
May 15, 2018
Esther was a loving, caring person with a love of God and always telling God she loved Him and she depended on the Lord . She will be missed and I treasure the times we spent together. What a blessing to have your mom for this length of time. Betty McHodgkins