GRAND JUNCTION/HELPER-Lugardita (Lugy) Stocker, age 89, of Grand Junction formerly of Helper, Utah passed away Thursday, June 3, 2010 at her home. She died peacefully after a long term illness while surrounded by her loving family.
"Lugy", as she was known, was born in El Rito, N. M. on May 23, 1921 to Luciano S. Montoya and Auralia Martinez and was raised by a single mother from age 9. Her education ended at third grade when she went to work on the farm. She learned at a very young age to work hard and be strong for all her family while continuing self education and self support.
She married Sigiefredo Trujillo in Monero, N.M., later divorced. Of this union were born seven children. As a single mother, she worked as a housekeeper for many prominent families around Helper while keeping her home immaculate. She was the best New Mexican cook around, especially her Chile Verde with pork, and home rolled tortillas. No one ever left her house hungry. "The Biscochita Queen", was always helping with weddings, funerals, reunions and Christmas. Everyone looked forward to her coffee cans filled with cookies and birthdays were made special when she called to sing to us.
In 1976, she met Frederick G. Stocker and on Oct. 15, of the same year they married and began a new life together in Grand Junction. With heavy hearts, and great joy we put her in his loving care. They loved and took care of each other until his passing in September of 2002.
Mom's greatest love was spending time with her children and especially being "Grandma" to all the little ones. Her faith and devotion to God never wavered. She always said, "It doesn't matter what religion you choose, as long as you believe in God."
Her pastimes included crocheting afgans and making blankets for her children and grandchildren, reading the Bible, cooking, cleaning her house, and visiting with family on the phone. She loved the T.V. game shows, D.W.T.S., American Idol, golf (Tiger), baseball (Braves and Rockies), and her country music and Elvis spirituals.
She is survived by her five daughters, Nancy (Erlindo) Montoya, Salt Lake City, Alice O. Flores, Grand Junction, Colo., Abby Martinez, Salt Lake City, Ida (Le Roy) Gutierrez, Helper, Gladys (Mike) McKendrick, Tooele; son, Joe R. Trujillo, Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter-in-law, Pruda Trujillo, Farmington, N.M.; 29 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son, Lou Trujillo; brother, Benino; sister, Maria Daimanti, and two great-grandchildren.
Special thanks to St. Mary's Hospital, Hospice Care of Grand Junction, Palliative Care of Western Colorado and Doctors Tolby and Terry.
Funeral service, Saturday, June 12, 2010, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to service. Interment, Mt. View Cemetery. In remembrance of "Lugy", the family encourages donations to the Grand Junction Hospice.