Stella M. Gonzales, a long time resident of Colorado Springs, passed away peacefully Jan. 13, 2012.

Mary was born in Starkville to Jose and Marcelina Duran, she was the youngest of several brothers and sisters. She married Bonifacio Gonzales on Dec.17, 1943, and had 12 children.

Stella worked as a housekeeper at both Memorial and St. Francis hospitals. She loved music, fishing, dancing and spending time with and cooking for her family. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt and friend to all that knew her.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bonifacio; children Esther Anes, Donna Morrison, Bonnie Fernandez, Manuel Gonzales, Darrell Gonzales, Frankie Gonzales, and several grand- & great-grandchildren.

She is survived by children June Cordova, Jean (Jaime) Moncada, Veronica Gonzales, Stella (Dean) Martinez, Jerry (Ginger) Gonzales, Linda (Richard) Ortiz; thirty-three grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation was Jan. 18 followed by rosary recitation at Comi Funeral Chapel.

Funeral Mass was Jan. 19 at Holy Trinity Church. Interment with Rite of Committal followed at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were her grandchildren, Lenny Ledford, Troy Gonzales, Lawrence Padilla, Joseph Jacquez, Robert Lee Ramos, Billie Jo Cisneros, Robert Ortiz and Richard Ortiz.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stella’s name to Comi Funeral Home, 1804 E. Main Street, Trinidad, CO 81082.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.