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Olivia E. Cortez

OBITUARY: Olivia E. Cortez

Our loving mother Olivia E. Cortez of Questa was 89 years old, born on June 12, 1933, passed away at her home on July 25, 2022. She was born in Antonito, Colorado, to Jacobo and Teresita Segura.


Olivia was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother Cecilia; brothers Jake Segura and Elfidio Espinoza; daughter Henrietta Bowden; and grandson Patrick H. Cortez.


She is survived by her children Alex R. Cortez (Anne), Richard Cortez (Cathy), Teresa Trujillo (John), Karen Jaramillo (David); nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; very special nephews, nieces, and cousins from California.


Olivia was a devoted Catholic and always prayed for everyone, she loved the Santuario de Chimayo and Santo Niño. Olivia loved gardening, her flowers, bird watching and feeding the birds. She volunteered at St. James Food Bank for several years until the pandemic. Olivia loved dressing up and attending dances, hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. She frequented every casino in the area and always had a huge smile on her face. During her illness she never complained, she continued to be stubborn and in charge until the end. Mom was a feisty woman filled with JOY. She will be dearly missed. Fly high with the Angels, Mom.


Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday July 28, 2022 at 1 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Cerro, followed by the burial at the Cerro Catholic Cemetery.


The family of Olivia E. Cortez has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home of Taos.