Alicia was born in Madrid, Spain on March 1, 1950, to Juliana Arbe Perez and Jesus Blesa Rojas, whom she adored. An only child, she grew up alongside her cousins Gene and Pili. Sadly, she lost her father at the age of sixteen, but her mother lived on to the impressive age of ninety-six. After finishing school, she worked in an accountant’s office until she met and married the love of her life, Ron, on September 20, 1973. Their first daughter Samantha followed soon after in October 1974, born at Torrejon AB, Spain.

As Ron was an NCO in the U.S. Air Force, the family moved to Travis AFB in California in 1977; daughter Alison was born there in December 1979. Wanting to return to Europe to be close to Alicia’s family in Spain, the family then moved to Incirlik AB, Turkey from 1980 to 1981, then on to Izmir City, Turkey from 1981 to 1982. A transfer to Zaragoza AB in Spain followed in 1982 to 1984, then the family was stationed at Aviano AB, Italy for 15 months. A six-year assignment at Volkel AB, Netherlands followed, with the family finally settling in Colorado Springs in 1991 as Ron finished out his Air Force career back in the United States at Falcon Air Station. As the years passed, Alicia was blessed with three wonderful grandsons: Christopher, Dorian, and Matthew. In 2020, she welcomed a great-granddaughter, Mazikeen.

Alicia adored all animals, but especially dogs, which she doted on her entire life. She enjoyed bowling and competed in Europe and Colorado Springs for years, coming in second place in women’s doubles for Spain in 1983. She was also a member of the Senior All-Stars Bowlers of Colorado Springs. Alicia loved collecting and decorating and liked designing displays of her collections around her house and yard. She also enjoyed playing bingo. In fact, so much, that during their military assignments she was known to learn the host nation languages numbers quickly in order to find the local bingo hall and be able to play. While Alicia eventually became a U.S. citizen, she also traveled home to her beloved Spain whenever she could to spend time with her cousins and relive the fond memories of her youth.

Flowers or donations can be made to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region: https://www.hsppr.org or Alzheimer’s Association: https://www.alz.org/co/donate.    

Memorial service to take place at 1:00 PM, Friday, October 30, 2020, at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910. Inurnment immediately following at Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum, America the Beautiful Columbarium.

Blessed be her memory.

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  1. Sorry for your loss wishing you all the strength in this difficult time

  2. Ron, my heart is with today and always. So sorry for your loss. Forty Seven great years over to soon. Love you, buddy!❤️❤️❤️

    1. Thank you Kevin!

  3. Our condolences to your entire family. What a beautiful lady. Love and prayers to you all during this very sad time. God bless you all.
    Mark and Cynthia Dwelis

    1. Thank you very much!!!!

  4. ❤️Te quiero muchisimo Mama ❤️

    1. Te quiero también hija mía!!!!

  5. I loved her spirit and the way she talked to me like I was an old friend. I also loved that she had a passion for her animals and family. You will be missed Lili, I am glad you got to meet your great-granddaughter, Maze. Prayers sent!!!

    1. Thank you Catherine yes she was fortunate to meet her first great granddaughter!!!!

  6. To the entire England family. I don’t even know what to say. I’m so sorry for your loss. Love you all.

    1. Thank you. Hugs my friend.

    2. Thank you Candice!!!!

  7. Descansa en paz, Alicia.

    1. Thank you Mark she is no longer suffering!!!!

  8. My condolences to you and your family, Samantha – I remember your Mom fondly when you all lived in Uden, The Netherlands. She would always smile indulgently when we picked you up to go out dancing or go to “‘t centrum” or “‘t dorp” to hang out, yapping away as we went. Much love to you all!

    1. Thank you. Hugs my friend.

    2. Thank you so much for your kind words. Hugs to you my friend.

    3. Thank you we both have very wonderful memories of our 6 years in Holland!!!!

  9. Ron, we are so saddened to hear of Alicia’s passing, both our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. She was always such a fun, caring and mighty force of a woman that we will always treasure knowing and getting to spend time with the both of you over the years!

    1. Thank you very much we both loved Holland very much we have many happy memories there!!!!

    2. Thank you both very much appreciate your kind thoughts!!!!

  10. Wonderful story. So many similarities to my own sojourns. So sorry for your loss .
    Our thoughts are with you.

    1. Thank you Ken!

  11. Ron and family, strength, love and prayers to you all. This is such a difficult time. Hope you find some peace. So, so very sorry for your loss.

    1. Thank you Jolie yes it is difficult times.

  12. My sincere sorrows and prayers are with you and your family Ron. Im so sorry for your loss.. May God be with her. Take Care. Linda R

    1. Thank you so much Linda!

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