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In Memory of

Margaret Quintana

June 6, 1938 - January 24, 2018

Obituary


Margaret (Maria Margarita Perea) Quintana was born June 6, 1938 in Manuelitas, New Mexico to Geraldo and Magdalena (Baca) Perea.

Margaret grew up with her family (three brothers and five sisters) on a farm in Manuelitas, New Mexico. As the eldest girl in the family, Margaret served as a second mother to her siblings. She graduated from Robinson High School in Las Vegas, New Mexico. After graduating, she worked alongside her father at the New Mexico State Hospital.

As a young adult, she moved to Denver, Colorado to start her own family,...

Margaret (Maria Margarita Perea) Quintana was born June 6, 1938 in Manuelitas, New Mexico to Geraldo and Magdalena (Baca) Perea.

Margaret grew up with her family (three brothers and five sisters) on a farm in Manuelitas, New Mexico. As the eldest girl in the family, Margaret served as a second mother to her siblings. She graduated from Robinson High School in Las Vegas, New Mexico. After graduating, she worked alongside her father at the New Mexico State Hospital.

As a young adult, she moved to Denver, Colorado to start her own family, and her siblings soon followed. After being married for over fifteen years, she found herself alone raising five children. She never skipped a beat and with the assistance of her sisters, she instilled a sense of faith, responsibility, and strong work ethic in her children. She taught her children how to be great advocates for themselves and how to have fun. Margaret was extremely generous and helped everyone, including strangers, with whatever they needed. She was successful enough to have purchased two homes, one which she raised her children, in the Barnum neighborhood, and one as an investment. Margaret loved to sew, crochet, dance to Mexican music, and swim. She also loved teaching young children and worked for several years as a Head Start teacher. Spanish was Margaret's first language and she remained bi-lingual throughout her life. She was one of the very first ever bi-lingual Visiting Nurses and Teacher Assistants for the City of Denver. She continued her City tenure retiring after 19 years of service at Denver General Hospital.
Family was very important to Margaret and she lived for her children. Her children are all successful adults and are part of each other's everyday lives - what mother could ask for more. Margaret is preceded in death by her parents and brothers Junior, Ray and Nick and sister Selina Perea.
She is survived by her five children Joe Angelo (Jennifer) Quintana, MaryRose (Michael) Abeyta, Merline Quintana, Michaela (Robert) Reyes, Maxine (Marvin) Gonzales. Grandchildren, Michael, Mario, Paul, Adriana, Jacob, Rachel, Randi, Amanda, and Ajay. Great grandchildren - Jalissa, Isaiah, Jayden, Dominic, Aliyas, Maximus, Karma, Natalie, Athena, and Gianna. She is also survived by her sisters, MaryAnn, Josie, Ambrose and Isabel (Max) and numerous nieces and nephews. Margaret resided at Autumn Heights Nursing home, where she received assistance for partial blindness and kidney failure. After four years of struggling with the pain of dialysis, she passed peacefully in her sleep on January 24, 2018.

Margaret was a remarkable strong and independent woman who will be deeply missed. We thank those of you that came to visit her in her final days - we know that it meant the world to her. We also thank the special workers and residents at Autumn Heights that were a part of her extended family.
We will forever think of Margaret with special thoughts, especially when we hear her favorite song "Margarita, Margarita" or when we drink a good cup of coffee!