Mildred P. Cortez


Mildred P. Cortez, 66, of Laramie, died Friday, April 6, 2018 at Ivinson Memorial Hospital. She was born in Laramie on November 28, 1951 to John and Ofelia (nee Martinez) Cortez.

Mildred attended St. Laurence School until the 9th grade and graduated from Laramie High School in 1971.

Mildred was very diverse in many aspects of her life including, her jobs and hobbies. She loved reading and being in the sun. She enjoyed traveling on the motorcycle and camping with family and friends. Mildred had a green thumb, growing many plants, which she shared her joy of plants with family and friends, which many of them have in their household. She became known as “momma” to a vast amount of the community. She had a tremendous amount of love for her family, friends, and everyone that she met. She was a member of St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church and was an avid advocate for Veterans affairs.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Doug Jones; and her brothers, Randolph and Paul Cortez.

She is survived by her daughter, G. Rachelle Santistevan de Cortez and son-in-law, Jacey Willson of Wichita Falls, TX; her grandpuppy, Whiskey; her siblings, John (Leona) Cortez of Cheyenne, Jose “Tabby” Cortez of Cheyenne, Ruben (Christie) Cortez of Laramie, Gogi (John) Knowlton of Middleborough, MA, and Teri (Pat) Weber of Arvada, CO. She is also survived by her friend, Daniel Santistevan of Laramie; and her numerous extended family members.

Rosary Service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to any Disabled American Veteran’s organization in Mildred’s name.

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Condolences (33)

  • Pat & Linda Flynn

    Praying hope will dawn with each new day and with each sunset ....peace. With Deepest Sympathy. Members of the American Legion Auxiliary unit 14.

  • Mike Fluty

    To the Cortez Family, we are so sorry to hear about Mildreds passing.. our love and prays go out to you. Always glad to see her, she was always so nice and had a smile on her face! Mike and Reggie Fluty

  • Robin

    Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Mildred's passing. May your memories comfort now and always.

  • Jim and Rogene Peak

    To the Cortez and Santistevan families, we were saddened to learn of your loss. We are not sure what to say in order to ease your pain and emptiness, but know that our hearts go out to your families. Please know that our love and thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time. Find peace in knowing that others share in your loss.

  • Anonymous

    Our condolences from me and my family, I think we have lost a very special person, she will be in our thoughts and prayers to Mildred R.I.P. Danny and myfamily

  • Toni Thompson (Hughes)

    I am so sorry to hear of your return home. You're a beautiful soul and are now an Angel above watching all you love! You were apart of my life for a long time and I'll miss you dearly!!! Love always

  • Anonymous

    To the family of Mildred Cortez: We are so sorry for your loss. Mildred will truly be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you. Billy Gonzales and Jane Lentz Gonzales

  • Levi and Julie Suazo

    We are so sorry of Mildred being taken by our Good Lord. Our prayers and sympathy are with the Cortez family. Cousins, Levi and Julie

  • Anonymous

    Teri, we are so sorry to hear about your sister. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Phil and Linda

  • Mike and Phyllis Mesa

    Our most sincere condolences to the family of Mildred. Her smile and friendliness will always be rembered. Our memories include motorcycle meets and the Sturgis rally. She was a beautiful person. May she rest in peace.

  • JACKI Bustos

    Sending all our loves an hugs 2 u all... I am so very sorry about your loss. I understand what u r going thru.... Jacki Bustos Marvin Bustos

  • Ryan Fulton

    Ruben, Christie and the Cortez Family, Jo Ann and I are saddened to hear about Mildred. I remember her fondly when she was a student at LHS and from time to time seeing her in the community. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Ryan

  • Joey and Dolores Garcia

    We are so sorry for the loss of Mildred our thoughts and prayers are to your family RIP

  • Victoria (Taylor) Enger

    My most sincere condolences and prayers for your family at this sad time in your lives. RIP Mildred!

  • Katie Johnson

    So sorry for the loss of Mildred. She was a wonderful kind lady. She taught me how to make menudo. God rest her soul and I will pray for her and her family. Katie Johnson


    You are all in my thoughts and prayers, so very sorry to hear of your loss.

  • Rich Glover

    I will miss Mildred's postings. She was one fine lady with a great soul. She treated me like family the day your Uncle Paul introduced me. Love to your family. Hugs to you all. Rich Glover

  • Mike and Ellen Gashler

    I am so sorry to hear about Mildred. She was always such a sweet and loving person. Always smiling, and had a beautiful laugh. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless You Ellen (Garcia) Gashler

  • Andy & Shannon Hofferber

    Andy & Shannon Hofferber, so sorry to hear about your mom. Mildred, (your mom) made us feel like she knew us for yrs. We will miss her lots. Prayers Shorty. Love ya.

  • Jock & Betty Faris

    Goodbye sweet Lady. You were always one of my favorite people.

  • Arthur "Tudy" Padilla

    My condolences to the family. RIP

  • Ed and Carol HixsonPortage

    Our thoughts are with you all i will miss her on facebook

  • Paul & Karen Fanning

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of Mildred & a special hug for "Shorty".

  • Sue Nelson

    So sorry for your loss. Mildred and I had fun in our younger days. She was one of the first friends I made when I first moved to Laramie. Mildred and her family always welcomed me into their home.

  • Suzy Taylor

    Love and prayers to all of you

  • Skeet

    During this time. There will be hugs. There will be tears.There will be people who don't know what to say. And some who can still make you laugh. There will be pictures and keepsakes. Memories and stories Some you've heard. And some you could never hear enough. There will be sorrow. There will be celebration. But most of all there will be love. The kind that never ends.

  • Anonymous

    we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mildred. prayer are sent to you for your great loss. Doug and Robyn Guice and Sheree' and Jon Nuss and family.

  • Johnny Vasquez & Linda Niles

    Our love and prayers are with your family.

  • Linda Devine

    Thoughts, prayers and hugs to you all.

  • Bobby Davies

    So very sorry She will be missed.

  • Stephen Gonzales

    May god bless you Mildred. Rest in peace. Stephen Gonzales

  • Carol & Steve Miller

    Our thoughts are with you.