Donelia ‘Dawnie’ Silva


obit-silva-DS1399Donelia ‘Dawnie’ Silva

Donelia “Dawnie” Silva, a wonderful mom, passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 9. She was born in Pagosa Springs on Jan. 7, 1943.

Dawnie married Joe Silva on March 22, 1962.

She cooked for the Archuleta County Senior Center and she loved her seniors.

Dawnie was as proud as her husband to be part of the family band, The Regals, which also included Tommy Martinez and Jeff Rivas, along with other members over years. The Regals entertained all over southwestern Colorado, New Mexico and Utah and they even played in Las Vegas.

Dawnie was a devout Catholic and a member of the The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Guadalupanas.

She is survived by sons George (Sue) and Larry Silva; goddaughter Sharla Gallegos; grandson Gene; granddaughter Jamie; brothers Leonard Gallegos and Levie Maestas; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Dawnie was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Silva, and parents, Sadie and Sedonio Gallegos.

A rosary was held Friday, Dec. 12, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Dec. 13.