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Obituary Teresa M. Pino

Teresa M. Pino, 73, passed away July 23, 2015. Born March 29, 1942 in Walsenburg, CO, she was named after St. Therese of Lisieux (Patron Saint of Pueblo). She was one of 13 children and, as the oldest girl, helped raise her siblings. She had two children, (Vona) Jean Parker and Brian Livingston. She is survived by her mother, Gertrude Martinez; ten grandchildren and ten siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews. Teresa attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Walsenburg, CO, and put in a couple of years toward a degree at CSU-Pueblo, but never quite finished. She loved classical music and was gifted with the ability to play piano and paint. She worked for awhile at the Huerfano World Newspaper in Walsenburg as a typist, and rose to the occasion to eloquently pen her boss’ obituary. For a time, Teresa worked in California at Howard Hughes Aircraft and at Safeway. She also worked the night shift in the records department at Parkview Hospital in Pueblo. There were a few other odd jobs, but the last one impacted several little lives as she devoted time to childcare for friends and family. For the last 14 years, Teresa remained in a nursing home after suffering a brain injury. All the credit goes to Grandma Martinez for praying for

a miracle that saved her life. Mom also battled mental illness most of her life, so writing came in handy to get her thoughts down (see her last poem). Her beautiful smile, generous heart, and good sense of humor brightened up many people’s lives. One day, as she was using her walker for an outing, her gait slow and shaky, she spotted a bug and happily announced, “I’m gonna get you!” Her last painting was interesting. Besides her love of the ocean in California, mom also loved the mountains in Colorado, so she painted this really nice mountain scene. When asked about the red stuff in the sky and a face with red eyes, she replied, “The Wind.” Could that red wind foreshadow her thoughts of letting her spirit go where she loved to be? She really wanted to be on her own again, in her own home. She talked about that a lot. Now, I think she’s found a great home, and more. May her soul finally rest in peace. May the Lord’s face shine upon her. We are praying for you. Go Mom! (Mom’s Poem) When it was nice Can you remember when it was nice? Summertime, Summertime, when the living is easy. Just till the fields, pulled by a horse. Rosary was on Friday, July 31 at 6 pm; Funeral Mass was on Saturday, July 31 at 10 am, both at St. Therese, 300 Goodnight Ave. in Pueblo. Inurnment was on Monday, August 3 at 11 am at Imperial Memorial Gardens.