Jan. 14, 1918-March 29, 2013
TORRINGTON – A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Lugardita Esquibel, 95, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at St. Rose Catholic Church with Father Ray Moss officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery.
Lugardita died at her daughters home in Wheatland on March 29, 2013. A rosary/wake service will be held at the church on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the casket will be open at the rosary.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home, and friends may send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Lugardita was born Jan. 14, 1918 in Clayton, N.M. to Manual and Ramancita (Gutierrez) Chavez. They moved to Wyoming in 1929. She met Frank Esquibel, and they were united in marriage in 1936. Their union was blessed with 11 children they raised on their farm in Fort Laramie.
They later moved to Torrington. Years after her husband passed, she moved to Wheatland. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Family was very important to them, and their home was always filled with love and hospitality. Lugardita enjoyed being a mother and homemaker.
She loved to raise a garden and preserve and can the fruits of her labor. Along with fruits and vegetables, her garden was full of blooming flowers; she loved the smell and beauty they added to life.
She would spend many hours sewing clothes for her children to wear and making quilts to keep them warm at night. She continued embroidering and quilting up to the age of 93, amazing people with her talents. She had a smile for everyone she met and was willing to lend a hand when needed. She will be missed by her family and all who loved her dearly.
Lugardita is survived by her children, Frank Jr. (Jackie) of Alva, Fla., Jim (Lindy) of Clovis, N.M., Oralia (Stanley) Paules of Aurora, Colo., Frances Johnson of Wheatland, Richard (Theresa) of Douglas, Rosie (Larry) Paules of Torrington, Steve (Pat) of Guernsey, Vicky (Dan) Daugherty of Casper and Robert of Cheyenne; 28 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; and siblings Manual Chavez, Mary Alice Vanorsdall, Marge Bradley, Barbara Carter, Adela Villa and Efrien Chavez. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; two sons Chris and Ramon; five brothers; and two sisters.
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