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Mary Hope Montano

January 21, 1921 ~ January 3, 2019 (age 97)

Mary Hope Montano, also known as Esperanza to family and friends, died on January 3, 2019 at 5:41 AM in Loveland, Colorado, just 18 days shy of her 98th birthday. Born in 1921, in Pocatello, Idaho, Hope acquired a strong work ethic in the migrant fields of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, the sibling of 9 children. When Hope was 14 years old, her mother died, and along with older siblings, she became one of the primary caretakers for her younger siblings. This nurturing sensibility and strong familial tie fostered much of Hope’s later life. In Denver, Colorado, she raised three boys to become men who provided for their own families; she provided them with a formidable model of kindness, respect, and fortitude to pass on to their own communities. Hope proudly bought multiple homes and opened them to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her friends and long-distance family members over the years until 2013. Her work ethic motivated a long career at King Soopers, where she expressed her creativity in cake decorating and helped families throughout southwest Denver celebrate their own moments of life. In retirement, she would travel and share her laughter with those she met in Ireland, Mexico, and other destinations. She will be remembered as demonstrating the words of Christ when she fed those in need at food banks, visited the ailing in their homes, and drove those in need of transportation to church and needed care. She will also be remembered for driving her Bronco well into her eighties, speaking her opinions strongly, and cooking her enchilada recipe every holiday. Hope was preceded in death by her mother, Regina, her father, Felipe, and her siblings, Nick, Lilian, Zoila, Bert, Phillip, Richard, Charles, and Raul. Her legacy of kindness is carried on by her sons Michael (Sheila), Robert (Rhonda), and Bradley (Tim), her grandchildren Fonda, Kari, Kevin (Nichole), Cynthia (Sean), Robert, and Shannon, and her great-grandchildren Cheyanna, Kloee, Zachariah, and Keenan. Her family would like to thank the caregivers at Brookdale Senior Living, Loveland, for their compassionate attention to Hope in her final years. Family, friends, and others whose lives Hope touched are invited to a memorial service and reception on Friday, January 18, at 11:30 AM at Denver First Church of the Nazarene (3800 East Hampden Avenue, Englewood, Colorado 80113). A private family burial will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Fort Lupton, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Hope’s name be given to one of the following charities or a charity of your choice: Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) or Movement5280, an organization helping at-risk, homeless youth in Denver(www.movement5280.org) 

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