Let the memory of Verna be with us forever.
  • 68 years old
  • Born on April 12, 1951 in Monte Vista, Colorado, United States.
  • Passed away on October 17, 2019 in Fort Lupton, Colorado, United States.

Verna Mae Retana

1951 - 2019

The Lord’s faithful servant, Verna Retana, was granted her angel wings on October 17th.  Verna passed peacefully into eternal life with Christ, surrounded by her loving family.  

Verna lived a full life as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, nina, tia, prima, coworker and friend.  Verna loved her family.Her greatest joy in life was to have everyone together.It was a difficult task for such a large family, but one that was accomplished each year over Stampede weekend and the annual family reunion. Verna treasured the family reunions and was fulfilled by bringing family and friends together for a meal and a chance to catch up on each other’s lives.

Verna enjoyed cooking but her real passion was in feeding people.  For the past 15 years Verna has cooked and delivered weekend meals to individuals in her community whom she thought needed the extra nourishment; both in food and in companionship.  Verna believed her god given gift was servitude and she lived her life serving others.

Verna had an unwavering faith in God.  She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Lariat for over 45 years.  Through the years, Verna had become very involved with her church and assisted with Sunday school, Bible Study, she was the treasurer and always made sure that her church family was welcomed each Sunday with warm coffee and snacks. 

Verna is survived by her loving & devoted husband of 40 years, Esiquio Retana and her two sons and their wives:  Robert & Juanita Griego, Paul & Kehle Griego.Also survived by Kathy Medina, her niece and “honorary daughter”.Verna leaves four grandchildren and one great grandchild; Keiffer Griego, Jasmine Griego, Elena Griego, Pablito Griego, and Gohan Griego.  Verna was also a step-grandmother to Ashley, Arielle, Adriane, Cooper, Lennon & Huxton.Verna was stepmother to Beto, Silvestra, Julian and Brigido Retana and also step grandmother to their children; Aaron, Oscar, Mark, Alondra, Julian Jr., Julisa, Christina, Gerardo, Allen, Alejandra, Deanna and Daniella.  Also survived by sisters Juanita Archuleta, Esther Sewell, Annie Medina, Becky Martinez, Orlinda Ventura and brother, Art Medina, and survived by many godchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family, including her church family. All of these she loved and touched deeply.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents Procopio and Eufelia Medina.  Her maternal grandparents Dominico and Magdalena Naranjo and her paternal grandparents Crespin and Senobia Medina.  Also sisters Gloria Montoya and Carolee Campa and a brother Tommy Medina.

Verna had a seven month battle with cancer.  During her battle she was loved and supported by many family and friends.  Verna would want to thank everyone near and far for their calls, texts, gifts, visits and donations. Knowing that she was in the thoughts and prayers of so many gave her strength and comfort.  

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Saturday, November 2nd at 11:00am, followed by a meal at 1:00pm.  Calvary Baptist Church is located at 2160 Sherman Avenue, Monte Vista, CO 81144.

Posted by Elva Padilla on October 26, 2019
Sooo sorry to hear she is no longer in this world.....personally I didn't bond closely with Verna. But any time I was in her presence.... I always felt her loving and kind spirit. I worked at the A.W. AS carhop... she was one of the main cooks... some employees there were cruel n mean to me... I was 13 at the time. She always had a beautiful smile n comfortingly spirit, Gods spirit was in her n all I had to do was look at her. No words.... just knowing she cared n had my back. I hope to see her soon in Gods Kingdom.
Posted by Yolanda Estrada on October 26, 2019
Growing up we spent a lot of time at my Auntie Vernas. I remember her garden and having to water it. I used to love sitting at the kitchen table eating peas with her. Her cooking was the best! Her home was cozy and very welcoming! Aunt Verna was always happy and welcoming, she was an Angel here on Earth. She will be forever missed, there was no one like her! I Love You Auntie Rest in Paradise❤️
Posted by Neva Harris on October 22, 2019
I was proud that my mom said I look like you, Auntie. I admire you. You make difficult things look easy, like service and kindness and selflessness. You are an example of the kind of woman wish I could be. You are elegant and understated, never calling attention to yourself, but constantly lifting the people around you. Thank you <3
Posted by Rhonda Chacon Vest on October 21, 2019
Aunt Verna was the glue that held our family together she WAS the family reunion. She welcomed everyone with a smile, big hug and "come and eat". Words cant Express how much she will be missed. Until we see each other again ❤❤ until then you will be missed, deeply missed. Thank you for all the laughs, love and food.  The spirit of hospitality was your gift to all of us. Love you.
Posted by Paul Campa on October 21, 2019
I remember my first family reunion i go to go to. Every other time i have gone to Colorado and visited Monte Vista, my Aunt Verna always had a room for us to stay. Always loved to stay at my aunts house. Never liked having to water her front yard though... but always a pleasure to stay at her house. Love you aunt and never forget you.

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