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Holly Marie Barrios

December 27th, 1974 - January 23rd, 2023

Holly Marie Barrios was born the youngest of four daughters on December 27,1974, in Fort Collins, Colorado, to Ed and Julie Barrios. Holly graduated Valedictorian from Rocky Mountain High School in 1993 and played on the varsity Volleyball team. Holly attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a BS degree in Information Systems in 1997. She went on to work for American Management Systems, Hewlett-Packard Consulting and Qwest/CenturyLink. Holly was loving, loyal, confident, and funny. In her younger years, Holly spent many hours playing with her friends at the neighborhood pool, camping with her family, and working hard at academics. A fun memory shared by all that knew her was that she could whistle like a bird and could even whistle Beethoven’s 5th. Holly loved playing games from a young age and as an adult with friends and family. She was extremely competitive and became a whiz at card games in order to keep up with her older sisters. From this, she learned persistence and was not afraid to work hard for what she believed was important. Holly had an adventurous spirit and loved spending time outdoors. In her early adulthood, she spent weekends hiking or snowboarding in the Colorado mountains. She hiked numerous fourteeners and spent six days climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with her sisters. When not in the mountains or playing games, one could find her at a Bronco or Rockies game, out dancing and most definitely, enjoying life. Holly loved traveling, and rarely said "no" to a friend who asked her to join on an adventure. Her international travels took her to Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Africa and all over Europe. Holly was compassionate and kind, open and interested in people of all cultures and faiths, often wanting to learn more so that she could actively appreciate and support those around her. She loved her friends and family wholeheartedly and was extremely loyal. Holly valued all the relationships in her life. With bravery and grace, she did everything in her power to stay healthy as long as possible. Despite her 16 years of living with the difficulties of Huntington's Disease, she faced the world with bravery and Joy. And even until the end, she gave the best, most fierce hugs. Holly’s three sisters were her best friends with whom she shared life’s joys and challenges. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and encouraged everyone to follow their dreams. Holly passed away, due to complications of Huntington’s disease, surrounded by friends and family on January 23, 2023. She is survived by her mother, Julianne Drake; Her step-father, Ralph Drake and her sister, Bonnie Abbott. Holly's Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 3 pm at LifeSpring Covenant Church, 743 S. Dotsero Drive, Loveland, CO 80537. Reception to follow with all the fancy foods Holly would have loved. Please stay to visit. In memory of Holly Marie Barrios please make donations to Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA)

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A Memorial tree was ordered in memory of Holly Marie Barrios.

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A Memorial tree was ordered in memory of Holly Marie Barrios.

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Julie Mercurio

A Memorial tree was ordered in memory of Holly Marie Barrios by Julie Mercurio. Dear Holly, May you rest in peace with our loving God Julie Mercurio

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Jan Carpenter

Our daughter, Cari, has been best friends with Bonnie since meeting in seventh grade. I consider Bonnie a second daughter. I am awed by the perseverance of love as she cared for her father and sisters as their health deteriorated. The Barrios' home was lively with activities. Cari loved staying there, being surrounded with sisters she didn't have. I always knew Cari would be happy and safe with Bonnie. Holly's beauty was radiant. She was intelligent and talented in many ways. She will be missed for a very long time. I cannot express how much I admire her and her mom. Love to both of you.

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A Memorial tree was ordered in memory of Holly Marie Barrios.

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The Price Family (Rodger, Claudia, Todd, Randy and Lisa)

A Memorial tree was ordered in memory of Holly Marie Barrios by The Price Family (Rodger, Claudia, Todd, Randy and Lisa) Sending good thoughts and strong prayers to Holly's family. My found memory of Holly is one way back, when she was about 4 or 5. I can still see her two blond pony tails waving in the wind running. The Price Family (Rodger, Claudia, Todd, Randy and Lisa)

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Ginger Martin

Holly and the entire Barrios family meant so much to my children (and to my husband and me) while growing up in Fort Collins! That family was one of the first that we knew after moving to town in 1973! We lived in the same neighborhood and were all great friends. Holly especially liked to play with our little son, David. A fun memory has stayed with us all these years. Holly was playing at our house and she asked David to marry her! He quickly answered, No, I can't! I am going to be a robot when I grow up! They were about 5 years old. Holly was a sweet, kind, loving and beautiful girl and we loved her. Sincere condolences to my dear friend, Julie, her husband, Ralph and to Holly's wonderful sister, Bonnie! I love you so much and my husband, Jim and I are praying for strength, joy, love, faith and peace for all of you in the midst of your sorrow. Ginger Martin

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Carol Johnson and Andrea Johnson Navarro

We did not know Holly personally, but were fortunate to hear many wonderful stories about her and her sisters from her mother, Julienne. We are so saddened to hear of her passing. We pray for comfort and strength for Holly's family. You will all be reunited one day. God Bless you all. Carol Johnson Andrea Johnson Navarro

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