Anna Garcia Trujillo Pacheco, age 81, passed away November 13, 2020. She was born October 27th, 1939 in Chama, Colorado to Elias and Sarah Garcia.
Anna is preceded in death by parents, Elias and Sarah Garcia, husband Joe Pacheco (2006), brothers; Charlie (Margie/deceased) Garcia, George Garcia and sister Gloria (Ron) Sarricchio.
She is survived by her children from her first marriage to Eli Trujillo, daughter Jeanette (Eddie) Esquibel, sons Frank and James Trujillo, step-children; Joey (Mary Ann) Pacheco, Steve (Carol) Pacheco and Diane Pacheco, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren, and her siblings Mary (Rudy/deceased) Ramirez, Ernie (Sue/deceased) Garcia, Orlinda (Monty/deceased) Mason, Lee (Judy) Garcia, Elsie (Doug) Hahn, Carol (Michael) Davis, Patrick (Geri Ann) Garcia, Macky (Alfonso) Cordero, Levi (Gina) Garcia, Jerry (Diane/deceased) Garcia.
Anna started her family early. Although she was unable to finish high school, she earned her GED and attended Metropolitan state college for three years. She was passionate about early childhood education and serving underprivileged and struggling children. She started her career as a preschool teacher and worked her way up to Director of a childcare facility. She moved on to work for the Department of Education certifying bilingual early childhood education programs around the country. Her final career was as a counselor for Boulder County Mental Health, working with at risk youth and their families to keep the children in their own homes. Unfortunately, after a car accident that caused a closed head injury as well as back injuries she had to retire early.
She was home, to everyone, and she loved it that way. In receiving calls and messages of condolence we have heard repeatedly how she made people feel special. She saw you and loved you, right where you were. She loved unconditionally, often at great cost to herself. She understood that Grace is costly, and she was willing with open palms to pay that price. If she adopted you into her family, you were family, and nothing was ever going to change that. She did not care where you had been, what kind of trouble you had been in or how broken you had been or were. If you showed up at her door, she greeted you with love, hugs and food. Everyone was welcomed around her table.
She was tough. She slowly recovered after her car accident and then survived both breast and kidney cancer. Through it all she just kept adopting chosen family, doctors, nurses, CNAs, rehabilitation techs. She fed hearts and soothed souls while they worked to heal her body. The last few years were extremely hard on her. She fought hard with the incredible support of her brother Lee and his wife Judy’s care. Her final battle with Covid-19 was too much with her vulnerabilities.
She blessed so many and will be greatly missed in this world. May she rest in peace and power and in the love that she so generously shared with all of us.
The family will have a celebration of life gathering when we are again able to be together again. We will send out an announcement at that time. Please hold all flower or donations until that time.