Lifetime Trinidad resident and businesswoman Margaret B. Tapia passed away on February 13, 2003. She was born on July 20, 1927 in Trinidad, Colorado to Samuel and Eralia (Gonzales) Lucero. She was married for 54 years to Sam Tapia.
She was employed as catalog manager at Montgomery Ward for 24 years. Marge and her husband Sam along with the Tapia family owned and operated Skateland Amusement Center in Trinidad for 22 years. Three generations of Trinidad's youth grew up knowing Marge as Mom. Always keeping a protective eye on the kids, Marge and her family spearheaded a safe and happy Halloween for over 1,500 children during the Tyenol tampering scare in 1982. "No Tricks Just Treats", earned her statewide recognition from the Colorado Broadcasters Association, for best community event. Marge, a graduate of Holy Trinity High School, was named Colorado Hispanic Woman of the year in 1983. That same year Trinidad's mayor proclaimed January 29 as Marge Tapia Day. Marge received many civic awards for her volunteer efforts. She raised over $150,000 in pledges for children afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy during the years of 1975 through 1985. In 1980, Marge was named Who's Who in American Woman. In 1975 she was named State and National Outstanding American G.I. Forum Member, she also served as vice-chairwoman and chairwoman for the American G.I. Forum. Marge contributed her time and efforts to serve and improve Trinidad by sitting on boards and committees such as the Trinidad Planning Commission for 10 years, Colorado Jobs for Progress for 8 years, Social Advocates for Youth for 6 years, TSJC Legislative Committee in 1984 and 1985. Marge was also a past member of local organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Virgin de Guadalupe Society, La Confederation Lodge and the Las Animas County Democratic Party. Those who have been associated with Marge over the past years recognize her as a pillar in our community. Marge will be greatly missed by her family and her wealth of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Samuel and Eralia, brothers Andy Lucero, Samuel Lucero and grandson Mikey Tapia.
She is survived by her husband Sam Tapia of Trinidad, sons Ronald Tapia of Denver, CO, Michael (Phyllis) Tapia of Colorado Springs, CO, Earl Hurley of Trinidad, sister Henrietta Chavez, grandchildren Cody Tapia, Phillip Tapia, Heather and Alicia Hurley and numerous relatives and friends.
Visitation for Margaret will be held on Monday, February 17, 2003 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home Chapel. A rosary recited by Isabel Gutierrez is scheduled for Monday, February 17, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at the chapel. Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with entombment to follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Vigil, David Holman, Glenn Griego, Charles Griego, Daniel Hessler and Ernesto Campos.
Arrangements for Margaret Tapia are under the direction of the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home.