Dolores D. Ibarra


GUERNSEY – Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Dolores D. Ibarra, 97, will be held at 10:30 a.m. with a rosary at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Guernsey with Father Andrew Duncan officiating. Burial of the ashes will follow the mass at the Hartville Cemetery. Dolores died in Denver, Colo. on Jan. 27, 2021, and cremation has taken place. Memorials can be given to Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.colyerfuneralhome.com.

Dolores was born March 23, 1923, in El Paso, Texas to Florencio and Epemenia (Ojeda) Delgado. The family moved to California when she was three weeks old. (Florencio worked on the railroad). The family lived in Montana briefly and in 1928, moved to Lingle. They eventually settled in Torrington. Dolores completed the sixth grade in Torrington and did not finish her education because she had to work in the beet fields to help support the family. 

Dolores married Jose Ibarra on Nov. 23, 1948, in Torrington. Her wedding reception was held on the family’s property and had her wedding dance at the Armory. Epemenia prepared a wedding meal of mole’, fideo, arroz, picadillo, chocolate and tortillas. 

Her children were Consuelo Ibarra, Richard Ibarra, Patricia (Richard) Casias from Denver, Colo., Philip (Anna) Ibarra from Denver, Colo., John (Joan) Ibarra from Alliance, Neb., Reyaldo Ibarra of Guernsey, Robert (Lori) Ibarra from Guernsey and Jose Jr. (Tammy) Ibarra from Scottsbluff, Neb.

Dolores has twenty-seven grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren with a great-granddaughter due in February and a great-grandson due in March.

She worked part-time at the Venice Bar in Hartville with “Tic” Sommers preparing Italian meals. She learned how to make spaghetti noodles, meatballs, cabbage rolls, ravioli and groustali. Dolores enjoyed embroidering tea towels, reading, watching westerns and Novellas, gardening and canning. However, what she enjoyed the most was teaching her children and grandchildren what life was all about-FAMILY. She valued every minute with her family and visiting with her was all she ever wanted. Dolores was “Mom” and “Grandma” to many. 

She taught many family members how to make tortillas, tamales, how to can tomatoes and green chili and so much more. Preparing Sunday breakfast to bring her family together was one of her many selfless acts. She would always have M&M’s and Snickers hidden in her hutch drawer for the kids and would never say no to a Tequila shot any time of the day or night. Dolores and her best friend, Antonia Rodriguez, were the oldest residents of Hartville. Preceding her in death; her daughter Consuelo, son Richard and husband Jose. Dolores is survived by five of thirteen siblings.

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