Cora Mary Woolsey


Cora Mary Woolsey left to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 27, at the age of 87.
Cora was born in Arboles, Colo., on Oct. 28, 1931, to Alfredo and Isabel Rivas. She spent the better part of her childhood in Arboles, growing up with her older brother, Ernesto, and her two younger brothers, Lester and Lloyd Rivas.
Cora was a homemaker most of her life and was known to greet everyone she met with a warm smile and “How are you Sweetheart?” She was a very social, outgoing person and always thoughtful of her neighbors, enjoying a cup of coffee, laughter and kindness.
In her later years, she was diagnosed with dementia, but that didn’t stop her from greeting everyone with “Sweetheart.”
She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Wade Woolsey, and also her beloved daughter, Darlene Wanda Woolsey, who passed away at the age of 19. Also preceding her was her brother, Ernesto Rivas, and Christopher Lloyd Rivas.
Cora is survived by her younger brother, Lester Rivas, and his wife Lala; daughter Margie (George) Gurule; grandson Jeremy (Jami) Gurule; granddaughter Julie Gurule; and great-granddaughters Jessi and Joslyn Gurule, Also, great-grandson Orion Barnes. And also by many, many nephews and nieces and great-nephews and nieces.
A Rosary will be recited at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Pagosa Springs on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, also at Immaculate Heart of Mary, with burial following at Hilltop cemetery.
She will be greatly missed and remembered by all those who knew her.