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Isabel Aguilar

Izzy Aguilar Izzy Aguilar

(Dec. 23, 1932 - Aug. 14, 2017)

Isabel Aguilar, 84, of Buffalo died quietly surrounded by family at the Agape Manor in Buffalo early Monday morning.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. at Agape Manor with Kent Waugh officiating. Interment will be in the Rio Grande Cemetery in Del Norte, Colorado.

Isabel Anita Aguilar was born on Dec. 23, 1932, in Del Norte, Colorado, to Antonio and Anna Valdez. 

She grew up and went to school in Del Norte and graduated from Del Norte High School with the Class of 1950. After high school she attended Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, where her love for children pushed her to study education in hopes of becoming a kindergarten teacher.

She was married in Del Norte on Aug. 9, 1954, to Lee Aguilar and they made their home in Powell for over 40 years where she was a homemaker and substitute teacher. They retired in Del Norte in 2001 to be closer to family. Lee died in 2011 and Isabel continued living in Del Norte until moving to Buffalo in 2015. She had been a family member at Agape Manor until her death.

Izzy enjoyed growing flowers, interior decorating, babysitting and making the best enchiladas in the world.

She is survived by one daughter, Cathie Waugh and her husband Kent of Buffalo; three grandchildren, Tess Amell and her husband Jeff of New Bern, North Carolina, Camron Waugh and his wife Bri of Johnstown, Colorado and Corbin Waugh of Buffalo; two brothers Eugene Valdez of Covina, California and Valero Valdez of Redlands, California; and one sister Pola Atencio of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, one brother and three sisters.

Donations in Izzy’s name may be made to Inside Out Humanitourism Adventure, an international organization for the protection of animals and relationship building for those who care for them, in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at

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