Sr. Isabel Goes to God
Our Capuchin sister, Sr. Maria Isabel Valtierra, OSC Cap., died this morning (November 22, 2011) at 9:50 a.m. in her room at Our Lady of Light Monastery. Sr. Isabel had been ill for several months. With the Paschal Candle burning outside her room and the sisters praying at her bedside, Sister quietly slipped into eternal life. She was well prepared to meet the Lord. Within an hour after her death, her Capuchin brother, Fr. Charles Polifka, celebrated the Eucharist with all the sisters around her deathbed. Sister Isabel was 87 years old, born on March 11, 1924, in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. She was professed as a Capuchin Poor Clare on Sept. 8, 1955, and was one of the ten original sisters who came to found Our Lady of Light Monastery at 3325 Pecos in Denver. Sister's parents are deceased as are all her siblings, the last of whom, Francisca, died less than a month ago. Sister Isabel's smile will always be remembered. Her whole face smiled when she smiled. As Fr. David said in his homily at Mass around her deathbed, "To get into heaven all she would have had to do was smile. No one can resist that smile." Two other remembrances of Isabel that will remain are her "incessant" and "lengthy" intercessions. Isabel was known for her intercessory prayer at mass and wherever and whenever there was an opportunity to pray. The second is a personal
remembrance of her blessings that she always gave to me when I went on a trip somewhere in the province. Isabel always "blessed" me and commanded angels to go with me. May she rest in peace.