Taney Gonzalez, of Red Cliff, 1921-2008
Taney Gonzales fell asleep in death on Sunday at her home in Red Cliff, surrounded by her loving family.
Estanislada, or Taney as everyone called her, was born in Llano, N.M., on May 25, 1921 to Beronise and Rosendo Martinez. She married Zacharias Gonzales on Nov. 7, 1945, in Rodarte, N.M., and moved to Eagle County in 1957.
Zac and Taney bought a home in Red Cliff, then the county seat, where they raised their three children. She worked for Dick and Blanche Hauserman for over 20 years, but is remember best for her caring concern as a homemaker.
Taney dedicated her life to Jehovah, and was baptized in symbol of her dedication on June 19, 1991. She faithfully served as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses supporting the Leadville Congregation and then more recently the local congregation in Edwards.
She enjoyed countless memories helping people from Leadville to Gypsum to appreciate the Bible’s promise of a bright future under God’s Kingdom. She also delighted in crochet and sewing, travel, and spending hours in her warm kitchen preparing hospitality for family and friends.
Her most cherished memories were those spent volunteering her time in the door-to-door ministry and traveling to different parts of the country for educational Theocratic conventions. She also enjoyed sharing meals in the company of her children and grandchildren from far and wide. Even up until her death on Sunday she was never alone ” Taney was truly loved and appreciated by all whose lives she touched.
Taney was preceded in death by her husband Zac, and her brother, George Martinez.
Her surviving children will miss her quiet, endearing presence: Mary and Art Salazar, of Minturn, Berlin and Javier Garcia, of Red Cliff, and Rosen and Edna Gonzales, of Gypsum. She had 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons.
Her surviving sisters are Dorothy Medina, of Red Cliff, and Felima Sanchez, of Salt Lake City. They too share her unwavering faith and hope in God’s Kingdom.
There will be a memorial discourse celebrating her life at 5 p.m., Wednesday, at the local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses just west of the Shaw Cancer Center at 440 Beard Creek Road, Edwards. There will be a reception held for the family at the Miller Ranch clubhouse following the memorial.
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