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Louise M Maestas Gracia

  • Birth 5 Jun 1918 Santa Cruz, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
  • Death unknown Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA
  • Memorial ID 103539903

Louise M. Garcia

Louise M. Garcia, 85, who started Durango's city bus system and the
Opportunity Bus, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center.
She died of natural causes, said her daughter, Shirley Ann Osbourne.
Mrs. Garcia was born June 5, 1918, in Santa Cruz, N. M., the daughter of
Grabielita (Sanchez) Maestas and Candido Maestas.

She married Antonio Gallegos in Durango in 1938; he preceded her in death
in 1972.
She then married Joe Jaquez in Cortez; they were married for 10 years
before he died.
She then married Dan Garcia in Durango on Valentine's Day; they, too,
were married for about 10 years until Mr. Garcia died. Mrs. Garcia was a pioneer in Durango's transportation system. She was
involved with Community Action and donated her living room as an office,
where she worked as the dispatcher and bookkeeper for the two bus systems.
She enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting and camping.
Though her involvement with Community Action, Mrs. Garcia would take
children camping. She was a member of the Mother's Club and the choir at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husbands and her daughter, Mary L.
Lister.

She is survived by her children: Ted B. Gallegos of Oceanside, Calif.;
Jesus A. Gallegos of Durango and Shirley Ann Osbourne of Durango; her
sisters: Dora Chavez of Farmington; Frances Maez of Victorville, Calif.;
Mary Schimpp of Ypsilantsi, Mich. and Margaret Rodri of Durango; her
brother, Nick Maestas of Aurora; her nine grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren.
The rosary will be said at 6 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at
Sacred Heart. The Rev. Joseph L. Gallegos, with Sacred Heart, will
officiate. Burial will take place at Greenmount Cemetery.
The family invites everyone to a reception after the burial at the Sacred
Heart Parish Hall across the street from the church.


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  • Created by: Catalina Read Liles
  • Added: 13 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103539903
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louise M Maestas Gracia (5 Jun 1918–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103539903, citing Greenmount Cemetery, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Catalina Read Liles (contributor 47135647) .