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M. Abigail Sanchez Aragon Tornero, 101, longtime resident of Brighton, died Nov. 19, 2008, at Autumn Heights nursing home in Denver.
She was born Oct. 21, 1907, near Clayton, N.M., to Andres and Beroniz Sanchez. She married Rodolfo Aragon and later married Manual Tornero. Abbey lived in New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado but called Brighton home for much of her life. She raised her children there, ran a dairy farm, hired out working crops as needed, babysat, and earned extra pocket money with her crocheting. She even worked part time at the county’s courthouse.
Though well grounded in Brighton, Abbey traveled coast to coast, visiting with children and grandchildren. She traveled internationally much
later in life with great-grandchildren and deep sea fished the Sea of Cortez.
When asked about the good old days, she would often say, “I lived the good old days and let me tell you..... They were hard! Among many other things, no microwave popcorn!” She truly believed one should live in the present not the past.
Survivors include sons, Albert and Daniel and 90 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by both husbands; and sons, Benjamin and Manual.
Services were Nov. 25 in the Archdiocese Chapel of Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge.
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