2019 Corn Mother Honoree
Elizabeth Aragon-Blanton was born on July 29, 1969 in Rocky Ford, Colorado to Joe N. Aragon and Mary Ann (Rodriguez) Aragon. She had one brother, Richard, who was approximately two years older. The family lived in a segregated labor camp in Fowler, Colorado and remained there until the death of her parents in 2006. She has a daughter, Kimberly Blanton; a son, Joshua Blanton; and two grandchildren, Leighland and Rowdy.
In 1987, Elizabeth enrolled at Western State College (now Western Colorado University) in Gunnison, Colorado and graduated in 1992. During the early 1990s, she married Wesley B. Blanton and had two children. Shortly after graduation, she began her teaching career in one of Denver’s urban city schools and then moved to Pueblo in 1994. She has taught history for Pueblo School District 60 for twenty-four years. In 2005, she began teaching Chicano studiesand received her Master’s degree in history. She continued her research on the segregated Mexican schools in the Arkansas Valley, and in 2017, she earned her Doctorate. She remains in teaching and continues to conduct research.
“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
— Sir Isaac Newton
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