Food Culinary 10

Agnes Lilly Giron

June 17, 2022

Obituary

Agnes Lilly Giron of Fort Lupton, Colorado passed away on June 15, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. Lilly was 87 years old. She was born to Lee and Elvira Sandoval in her hometown of Fort Lupton on November 7, 1934. Lilly was preceded in death by her father Lee, mother Elvira, husband Raymond, Sister Ramona and Brother Louie. She is survived by her sons Raymond L Giron (Patricia), Angelo A Giron (Lucilla), 8 grandchildren, Raymond L Giron, Brandon Swanson (Megann), Chase Giron (Jazmin), Samantha Giron-Gonzales (Dennis), Angelo M Giron, James Giron, Kathryn Giron, Jesse Giron, 5 great grandchildren, Kaia Romero, Fernando Deciga, Aviana Giron, Khalessi Giron, Emma Swanson, 3 brothers Arthur Sandoval, Ernest Sandoval, Julio Sandoval, 2 sisters Stef Sandoval-Medina, Esther Zavala and several nieces and nephews.

Lilly began working at a very young age with her father to help support her siblings. She worked different jobs throughout her younger years which included greenhouse (flowers) work and house cleaning. Lilly began working for the Fort Lupton School District in 1974-75. She worked there until retirement at the age of 79 (2014). Lilly worked as a school cook. She enjoyed this work a lot and always made sure if kids were hungry they got fed. Everywhere she went in town people would say “I know you, you were the lunch lady”.

Lilly began dancing at a very young age. She spoke about the years where she went to the “Gardenia” Dance Hall on the North end of town. Here she would compete in various competitions and win. This same dance hall is where she met the love of her life and future husband Raymond E. Giron. Lilly would speak about her love for dancing but not with Ray because as she said “He had two left feet and wasn’t very good”. However, something worked for the two of them because they married on July 12, 1957 in Welby, CO and together for 61 years.

Lilly moved with Ray to Oceanside, CA where he was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Upon returning to Colorado, she lived in Westminster, Wattenberg and finally settling in Fort Lupton in 1964. Lilly loved to camp, was a great fisherman and enjoyed her trips to Blackhawk/Central City. She loved cooking for her family especially on Saturday mornings. She was up at 5am making sure her house was cleaned and breakfast was prepared. Every year it was tradition at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years for Lilly to make her homemade “chicken soup”, “menudo”, “red chili potatoes”, “green chili” and afterwards spending time playing cards with her family.

Lilly loved flowers in the front of her home as well as the bouquets her children and grandchildren would bring to her often.  She was a parishioner at Saint William’s Catholic Church for 56 years and kept her promise to never miss a mass, except for when she was too ill to attend.

She was the true matriarch of the family and all the love and valuable lessons she taught everyone will hopefully be carried on for years to come. Lilly provided for her family and never asked for anything except to remain in her home when she passed. She passed away peacefully in her “home” which was her true pride and joy. Mom, Grandma, Sis, Auntie, Lilly; words can’t express how much you will be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

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