Margarita R. Gallegos, age 93, a lifelong resident of Colorado Springs passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at a local hospital. She was a retired school teacher, loving mother, and wonderful grandmother.

Margarita Rios was born on April 17, 1919 in Santa Rita, New Mexico to the late Norbetto and Ysabel (Reyes) Rios. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She was a teacher in Wyoming and Colorado Springs for more than 15 years. She married Virgil C. Gallegos on December 29, 1956 in Casper, Wyoming. Virgil passed away in the year 2000.

She enjoyed art, cooking, sewing, the outdoors, animals and especially children. Margarita was a community volunteer in her early years and truly loved teaching. She continued to teach others throughout her senior years. She will be best remembered for her love of family, her patience and gift of teaching.

She is survived by her daughters: Isabel Zelaya and Melissa Casanova of Fountain, Colorado; her brother: Eugene Rios of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and five wonderful grandchildren: Gabriel, Virgil, Vincente, Patricia and Adriana and a great grandson. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her son: Lucas Gallegos in 1999.

A visitation is planned for 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home. A rosary service will follow at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11:00 am on Wednesday at Saint Dominic Catholic Church in Security. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Family and friends will then gather back at the church for a luncheon reception.

Memorials may be made in her name to Silver Key Senior Services. 2250 Bott Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904.

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