Our beloved Angelina Christine “Chris” Lucero Buyok, of Eagle, CO, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, July 15, 2022 in Denver, CO after a three year bout with cancer. Angelina was born March 11, 1966 in Farmington, NM to Lloyd and Angie Lucero. Angelina, also known as Chris by family, was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunt, and friend. As a young girl, Angelina attended McCormick and Animas Elementary Schools. She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her Grandma Josie and playing games with brother, Steve, and sister, Liz. Later, as a teen, she participated in track and was a cheerleader, but her primary focus was academics where she was in the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 of the Kirtland Central High School class of 1984. In 1987, Angelina married Doug Kennedy in Farmington, NM. She was a stay-at-home mom raising their two beautiful daughters, Stephanie Renee and Courtney Nicole. In 1991, Angelina began working at San Juan College while she completed her Associates Degree in Business. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree in 1998, and completed her Certified Public Accountant exams in 2003. On August 18, 2000, Angelina married her soulmate, Al Buyok. They blended their families, and began creating lasting memories through their love of the outdoors and travel. After working at San Juan College for four years as an administrative assistant and an accounting tech, Angelina worked for 16 years as an accountant, then later in planning, and finally as a landman for Burlington Resources and ConocoPhillips. Once she and Al moved from the Farmington area, Angelina was fortunate enough to work remotely as an accountant for Linn Energy for 7 years until she retired in 2017. Angelina lived in Eagle, Colorado where she enjoyed mountain biking, hiking, skiing and country & western dancing to her favorite country songs. She loved being with her grandchildren and was passionate about social justice. She was adventurous and strong, always happy to do the things she loved in life. Angelina is survived by her husband, Al Buyok, of Eagle, CO, children, Stephanie (Derek) Byron, of Vail, CO, Courtney (James) Weidner of Farmington, Stephanie (Tim) Olson of Centennial, CO, and Alan Buyok of Denver, her parents, Lloyd and Angie Lucero of Flora Vista, NM, siblings, Steve (Ramona) Lucero of Farmington, Elizabeth (Mike) Robinson of Virginia Beach, VA, grandchildren, Jacob, Ryan, and Amelia Olson and Jerald and Penelope Weidner, along with nieces, nephews, cousins, and great friends. A Celebration of Life will be held for Angelina on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 10:00 am at the San Juan College Connie Gotsch Theatre (formerly known as the Little Theatre) and a reception with beverages and light snacks immediately following the service in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Conference Rooms. All guests are encouraged to wear Angelina’s favorite color, purple, and to bring their favorite memory or story of Angelina to share with family and friends during her Celebration of Life. Also, in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID and to protect those who are immuno-compromised or elderly, masking is highly encouraged during the service and reception. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be given to the Shaw Cancer Center through the Vail Health Foundation at http://www.vailhealthfoundation.org by selecting “Why Give,” then select “Shaw Cancer Center.” You may also mail checks to Vail Health Foundation, PO Box 1529, Vail, Colorado 81658 with a note in the memo that the donation is in memory of Angelina Christine Buyok. The family would like to thank the staff at Shaw Cancer Center for Angelina’s care, especially Dr. Alex Urquhart, Dr. Patricia Hardenbergh, Erin Perjeda, Katie Jones, and Leesa Samuels. Also, thank you to Dr. Jennifer Diamond of UC Health. Thank you to all of Angelina’s family, close friends and former colleagues for their support through her cancer journey.
Posted online on July 27, 2022
Published in The Farmington Daily Times