Bernice Mary Pacheco

November 5, 1955May 1, 2021
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Bernice Mary Pacheco (Archuleta), adored mother, wife and grandmother, went home to Jesus on May 1, 2021, in Thornton, Colorado. She was 65 years old. Born November 5, 1955, in Ouray, Colorado to Carlos Fred Archuleta and Erma Linda Lovato, Bernice was one of 8 children.

She married Florentino Pacheco in Silverton, Colorado on November 26, 1977. They raised Carla and Christina in the Commerce City and Thornton areas of Colorado. Bernice was a mother above all and worked in the dental and medical fields while raising her daughters. She later became a loving grandmother whose friendship, influence and love left an eternal blessing on her grandchildren Reyna and Johan.

Bernice, known as Bernie or the “Big Bern” was known for her feisty spirit. She was strong and stubborn, always finding a way to stand tall through life’s difficulties. She held onto the Lord in faith. She also had a quick, often biting wit. Yet, she was loving and generous. She enjoyed shopping, Motown and Oldies. One of her favorite things in the world was to hear her grandchildren sing.

Bernice is survived by her husband, Tino, daughter Carla Gallegos, Son in Law Nestor “Ray” Gallegos, daughter Christina Pacheco, Grandchildren, Reyna and Johan Gallegos, Siblings Andy Archuleta, Odelia Cavazos, Johnny Archuleta, Gasper Archuleta, Gilbert Archuleta, Carlos “Ciko” Archuleta, Jr. and Beatrice “Duby” Archuleta, their spouses, as well as several nieces and nephews who she loved dearly.

She joined her parents, Carlos and Erma in heaven where she also met her sister in law Sandra Archuleta, her beloved nephew David and her grandpets, Chato and Chulo.

Bernice’s funeral services will be conducted at Olinger Highland Mortuary and Cemetery 10201 Grant ST Thornton, CO 80229. Visitation is from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm on May 6, 2021. The Funeral Service is at 10:00 am on May 7, 2021 and her burial after cremation will be held on May 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

Flowers are welcome but donations to University of Colorado Health Foundation are preferred. Bernice received excellent care at UCHealth and would like to see others benefit from the same blessing. Donations can be made in her name at

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7-8


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Gene and Linda Samora

May 9, 2021

Gene and I send our deepest sympathy to the Archuleta /Pacheco family. The memorial pictures of her as a young girl growing up in Silverton is how I remember her. My memory of her will always be the Archuleta who was in my brother Rick’s class. The little Archuleta girl with the dark hair who always had a smile on her face.
Rest In Peace Bernice.

Rick & Elaine Gallegos

May 9, 2021

"The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" Romans 6:23
Along with great FAITH comes great Rewards" Rest In Peace Bernice. Growing up with you in Silverton was a kick. You've remained the same good person throughout your life. Never forget class of "74".

Rick and Elaine Gallegos

Delfina Ramirez

May 6, 2021

Me and Big Bern worked together for 8 years and I am glad I will be able to have those memories. She always was dressed up, heels, make up done, always stylish. She would decorate her area for every holiday. Our crew always was eating and Bern would bring the posole. No matter if the kids were doing fundraisers or family side hustle, she was always there to support. She would always talk about her family and was so proud of her grandchildren. You will be missed Big Bern. Rest in heaven 💜

Gayle Rodd

May 6, 2021

When I first started working with Bernice, (I hadn't been there but
a month or so) she was passing around Christmas cards and she gave me one as well. It said "To Barbara". I returned it to her, saying this wasn't for me, but she said it was; she just thought my name was Barbara! This is the kind friend I came to know - a thoughtful and caring person who made the 'new kid' feel welcome. Her warmth and generosity never wavered.

You'll be missed, dear Bernice.

Penny Shelly-Buck

May 6, 2021

Bernice and I worked together and became instant friends. I loved her laugh, her singing and her decorating style. Rest In Peace. Sending love and prayers to her family.

Penny Shelly-Buck

Allison Lewis

May 6, 2021

I work with Reyna and I was Bernice's nurse a few times. She was such a strong woman but what really stands out is her faith. I was blessed to see how she kept her faith and how it got her through such hard times. God, I can only hope I have half as much faith as she does! I am so thankful because I am still being blessed by her great faith. Now I get to enjoy seeing that strength in her granddaughter. God bless you all.

Gary Lovato

May 3, 2021

Rest in paradise with your mom and dad Bernie, we will miss you. Our condolences to the family.
The Lovato family.