Vail Daily obituary: Ila Buckley |

Vail Daily obituary: Ila Buckley

Longtime local Ila Buckley passed away peacefully in her home in Los Barriles, Mexico, on Tuesday.

Ila moved to Vail in 1967 and worked at Holly Vail, then went on to open the first popcorn wagon at the base of the mountain and then opened a second wagon in Lionshead. From there, she bought the Silver Buckle restaurant in West Vail and turned it into an Italian restaurant called Torinos where you could go do your laundry next door and have a slice of pizza and a beer while you were at it. It was a locals’ favorite.

She also bought a ranch in McCoy, enjoyed her horses and tried her hand at ranching as a single woman, and from there retired and moved to the Baja in the winters and spent summers in the Vail Valley.

She was always the life of the party, it was always her birthday (Sept. 7), and she always managed to get large groups of people to sing her “Happy Birthday” any time of the year. She loved animals and was a huge advocate in Mexico with the foster caring of cats and dogs (I know, even cats!) and headed up the spay and neuter clinics there. She had many friends in Mexico whom she swam with and played cards with. She was a mentor to so many people here in the valley and a true, honest friend. She will be missed by many.

A memorial service will be held in the spring; date to be determined.

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