Catherina (Katie) Lucero Soto, age 80 of Windsor Colorado, passed away on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2020. Although her passing was unexpected, she peacefully left this world into the presence of God. “For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” 2 Cor 5:8 She leaves behind her son Ronald Soto, and her daughter Elizabeth Soto Urquhart.
Second to the youngest of a large loving family, Katie was the eleventh of twelve children born to Federico B. and Catharina (Telles) Lucero. Born April 23, 1939, in the family home in Las Cruces New Mexico, her delivery was very difficult. At one point the doctor took her Father aside asking him who he wanted the doctor to save, his wife or the baby? Faced with an impossible decision, Katie’s Father ultimately had to think of his other children and requested that the doctor safe his wife. The doctor responded in saying, “He would try to safe them both,” and he did. In that day and age, this was truly a miracle.
Katie is preceded in death by her parents Federico and Catharina, as well as her six sisters, Maria, Mercedes, Genevieve, Janie, Kelly, and Stella, plus her five brothers, Jose, Santiago, Leonardo, David and Fred B Lucero Jr.
Katie graduated from high school in Las Cruces New Mexico, and was employed for a short time in one of the local dress shops before marriage and becoming a mother. She loved being a wife and mother; she loved cooking, dancing, gardening, cross stitching, embroidery, and spending time with family at family gatherings.
Unfortunately, early in life, Katie began to exhibit signs and symptoms of the onset of mental illness. Her mental illness progressed to the point of robbing her of most, if not all, of the joys and loves of her life. Mental illness is cruel, robbing an individual of who they are, of what they love, and of what they were intended to be. Family members are not immune, they also suffer from loss as well.
Katie was very proud to be a breast cancer survivor, she was proud to be a mother, a grandmother and a great grandmother. For approximately the last two years of her life, she was a resident of Windsor Healthcare Nursing Center in Windsor Colorado. Although she was no longer able to garden, cross stitch or embroider, she was able to resurrect her love of coloring, with angels being her favorite images to color. She also took on a new love, Wii Bowling; in one of her most exciting games, she ended the game with a high score of 156! She had many friends at Windsor Healthcare, especially her dear friend and roommate Nancy. They both loved to find new ways to sneak candy and pop into their room, and on a few occasions, they actively planned secret getaways to various stores in town. They eventually decided against their plans, not believing they could make the trips there and back via their wheelchairs. She also loved the staff, nurses and doctors at Windsor Healthcare and most importantly she loved living at the nursing center; she felt well cared for, safe and loved.
Katie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Ron and Robin Soto, her daughter and son-in-law Stan and Liz (Soto) Urquhart. She is also survived by Stan and Liz’s adult children, and Katie’s four grandchildren; Suzanne, Aaron, Jon and Micah. Suzanne is married to Larry Daily; they have two beautiful daughters Beverly and Charlotte. Aaron and his wife Niesha have been married for three years, and Niesha’s children Payton and Kara have lovingly been grafted into the fold. Jon has one beautiful daughter Willow, and finally Micah and his new wife Kara have been married for one year.
Katie requested to be cremated. A Celebration of Life Service will be held for the residents and family on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Windsor Healthcare Nursing Center. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Catherina (Katie) Soto’s memory, can be made to North Range Behavioral Health (NRBH). Katie was a long-term patient of NRBH, they were key in bringing about stability in her life. Condolences can be mailed to the family at 101 Rock Bridge Drive Windsor CO 80550 or posted on the Viegut Funeral Home web site under Obituaries https://www.viegutfuneralhome.com/
The web site for North Range Behavioral Health is https://northrange.org/contact-us/donate/
North Range Behavioral Health
Attn: 2nd Floor Reception
1300 N. 17th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Donations can be made via check or money order, payable to North Range Behavioral Health. Donations can be earmarked to specific programs listed on their web site. Or you can request that your donation be used where it is needed most.
A memorial tree will be planted with Katie’s ashes at the private home of Stan and Liz Soto Urquhart around the Easter 2020 holiday. This will be a time of healing and remembrance celebrating Katie’s life. The date, time and location will be listed on Facebook for anyone interested in joining in this event.
The family would like, “To give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 107:1 They would also like to thank the staff, nurses and doctors of Windsor Healthcare Nursing Center for their care and support throughout Katie’s residency at the Center. Thank you so much for making our mother feel so loved, safe and cared for.