Louise Rose Suazo

Louise Rose Suazo, 47, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Durango. The cause of death was not yet known, family members said.

Mrs. Suazo was born May 14, 1965, in Durango, the daughter of Phil Cordova and Benarita Lobato. She grew up and attended schools in Durango. After graduating from Durango High School, she began her lifelong and compassionate career of taking care of others. She worked at the county Head Start for 12 years and then as a special-needs teacher at Durango High School.

In recent years, Mrs. Suazo was caregiver for Cole Behr. “She had a huge heart that extended from being a single mother to two girls (Ashley and Misty) for eight years and then to those individuals who she helped all those years in La Plata County,” her family recalled.

Mrs. Suazo met her future husband, Mark Suazo, at Old Tymer’s Restaurant in 1992. The couple were married in 2000 in Durango and had a son, Marcos.

She liked her relaxation time, usually enjoying it by playing solitaire or calling her grandchildren on the phone. All of her family enjoyed her cooking, especially her meatloaf and homemade tortillas. “Louise also loved her Lord,” her family said, “and she was so proud and happy to have been recently baptized at New Hope Church in May 2011.” Mrs. Suazo enjoyed listening to Christian music, watching inspiration television and serving in her church.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Suazo of Bayfield; daughters Misty Trujillo of Durango and Ashley Trujillo of Ignacio; son Marcos Suazo of Bayfield; mother Bennie Lobato and stepfather Alfred Lujan, both of Durango; grandmother Alvina Albo of Durango; five grandchildren; brothers Toby Lujan of Durango and Phil Cordova of Texas; sisters Paula Vautrin of Phoenix, and Virginia DeTour of Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family.

A funeral is will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at The River Church, 860 Plymouth Drive, Durango. Pastor Rob Alexander of New Hope Durango will officiate. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Hood Mortuary. Recitation of the rosary will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Durango. Burial will occur at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango.