Shirley Mae Tafoya, former resident of Delta and current resident of Valley Manor Care Center in Montrose, died March 27, 2017. She was 63.
She was born in Delta July 2, 1953, to John and Della (Sierra) Tafoya. She spent her childhood in Austin, attended Fairview school in Austin and graduated from Delta High School in 1972.
Mrs. Tafoya worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Delta as a telephone operator, in addition to doing office work. She retired after 25 years of service.
She enjoyed playing computer games, playing bingo with her Valley Manor friends, singing, bird watching, listening to music, spending time with family and friends and watching the Denver Broncos.
She is survived by her brothers, Jose (Ada) Fresquez of Arizona and Ernie (Cecilia) Tafoya of Delta; three sisters, Viola Majors, Jane Tafoya and Lita (Angelo) Armendariz, all of Delta; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at the Delta Family Fun Park, 227 N. Palmer, Delta. A luncheon will be held immediately after and then family and friends will accompany her to the Delta City Cemetery. Chaplains Scott Meyers and Jude Gingerich will officiate.
At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a robbery reported at Arby's, located at 107 Gunnison River Drive. An extensive search of the area was conducted and the suspect was not located.
The suspect was reported to have walked into Arby's and after a brief conversation with an employee, was able to leave the store with a small amount of cash and coins.