Louise Pace, 98, of Salida peacefully died May 2, 2020 in her home. She was born Aug. 17, 1921 in Denver, Colorado to Henry and Mary Williams. Louise was the oldest and last surviving of four siblings. She graduated from Denver West High School in 1940, where she met her husband, Loren Pace. They were married April 28, 1941 and were together for 73 years until he preceded her in death in 2014. After World War II they settled in Englewood, CO and raised three daughters. Mrs. Pace was a homemaker until the children were in high school, sewing their clothes, becoming a 4-H leader, cooking, square dancing, camping, hiking and singing with her family. In 1964 the Pace family gladly left the Denver area and moved to Leadville where she worked in a bank and later became a legal secretary for Peter Cosgriff. She always said the years in Leadville were the best times of her life. Loren and Louise moved to Salida in 1990 to be closer to family members and because they got tired of shoveling snowoff the roof in Leadville. They particularly enjoyed eating at Grimo’s Italian Restaurant in Poncha Springs. Mrs. Pace dedicated her life to her family and home. She was an artist in many mediums: oil painting, jewelry making, crafting in macramé, tole painting, quilling and crocheting. She and Loren were kind and gracious hosts to many friends and family. Louise is remembered for instilling a love of nature, wildlife and the high mountains in her children. She was preceded in death by all the family members of her generation, grandson Chris Erickson and granddaughter Sara Barton. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Barton, Betty Plotz and Nancy Pace (Kim Holden). Grandchildren are Jenny Barton (Daniel Fernandes), Crystal (Derek) White, Amie Barton, Rebecca (Chip) Swan, Margot (Albert) Plotz Rodriguez and Ahynna Busetti. Great grandchildren are Brooke Barton, Sage Knowles, Ethan Fernandes, Alex White, Obsidian White, Sara Rose Barton-Schick, Mackenzie Swan, Kaycee Swan, and Xavier Rodriguez. A celebration of her life is planned for early fall when the aspen turn yellow near Turquoise Lake above Leadville. Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida, Colorado. On line condolences may be sent to the family at lewisandglenn.com. Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral.
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