Longtime Durango resident Gloria Lopez died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Colorado Springs from complications related to open-heart surgery. She was 60.
Mrs. Lopez was born to Eli and Sofia (Salazar) Martinez on July 8, 1951, in Monte Vista. She grew up in Monte Vista and Sanford with her foster mother, Jennie Gallegos, graduating from Sanford High School. She went on to attend college in Trinidad.
On Sept. 2, 1972, she married Herold Lopez in La Jara. In 1980, they moved to Durango with their three sons.
The Lopezes owned several businesses in downtown Durango, including Aspen Glade Gifts, Baby Time and Train to the Zoo. They currently own the Tropical Fish Garden on north Main Avenue and Hamburger Haven in Mancos. Most recently, Mrs. Lopez worked at Four Corners Health Care Center.
“All who knew Gloria would say she was giving, not only to family, but also to friends and co-workers,” her family said. “Gloria loved to read and spend time with her grandchildren.”
Mrs. Lopez is survived by her husband of almost 40 years, Herold Lopez, of Durango; mother, Jennie Gallegos, of Denver; sons Isais Lopez and Abel Lopez, both of Durango, and Noah Lopez of San Diego; six sisters and four brothers; and six grandchildren.
Visitation will occur from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2012, at Hood Mortuary Chapel, 1261 East Third Ave. Later that day, a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 254 East Fifth Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, also at Sacred Heart. Burial will be held afterward at Greenmount Cemetery.