Phyllis Emily Martinez Lenzini

Phyllis Emily Martinez Lenzini, 90, Monte Vista, passed away July 5, 2021, at Conejos County Hospital in La Jara, CO. 

Phyllis was born January 7th, 1931 near Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Julian and Margarite Martinez. She was the second oldest of 5 children. She worked at Jackish Drug Store in Pagosa where she met Al Lenzini. They married on Dec 19, 1949, and settled in Monte Vista Colorado to start their family and open Southwestern Auto Supply, Inc.

Phyllis cherished her family and looked forward to her summers spent at the family cabin surrounded by loved ones.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, Julian and Margaurite Martinez; Peggy Murray, Sister; Irene Linse, Sister; Husband, Al Lenzini; Grandson, James Michael Bearss.

She is survived by her brothers, Joseph Hugh Martinez, Chico, CA; Denny Martinez, Pleasanton, CA.

Children: LaRee (Jim) Bearss, Buena Vista, CO; Peggy Pepper, Monte Vista, CO; Don Lenzini, Monte Vista, CO and Steph (Laura) Murphy-Lenzini, Monte Vista, CO.

Grandchildren: Zach (Catherine) Bearss, Buena Vista, CO; Jessica Bearss, Nampa, ID; Josh (Cailin) Bearss, Buena Vista, CO; Ben (Emily) Bearss, Bozeman, MT; Justin (Ragen) Pepper, Monte Vista, CO; David (Kelly) Pepper, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Allison (Ben) Rue, Monte Vista, CO; Evan (April) Lenzini, Glendale, CA; Christina Mace, Lyons, CO; Simone (Jesse) Phillips Salida, CO.

She also had 17 great-grandchildren, with 2 on the way, and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family.

Funeral arrangements have been handled through Rogers Family Mortuary. The family has chosen a small, private service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc., a program designed to help Veterans, both locally and nationally.

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