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Destiny Rose Nieto

September 13, 1984 ~ July 20, 2020 (age 35)



September 13, 1984 – July 20, 2020 

Destiny Rose Nieto, 35, of Arvada, went home to be with the Lord on July 20, 2020. She was born on September 13, 1984 in Denver, CO. Destiny was a tough, adventurous young woman with an infectious laugh and beautiful smile. During her 35 years on Earth, she touched many souls throughout Colorado and beyond. When she was younger, she volunteered with her mother at multiple food banks. Over the years, they also spent memorable times going hiking, gambling and enjoying the Colorado mountains. Her mother affectionately called her “Turtle” as Destiny was always slow in walking behind her. Destiny went to Wheat Ridge High School. Destiny was a very hard worker from the very beginning and carried her strong work ethic into every job she held. Destiny took great pride in her work at Armida’s Karaoke Bar and Adelitas Cocina y Cantina and Palenque Cocina & Agaveria. She found immeasurable joy at work with her coworkers, friends, and regular customers. She was loved and supported by her employers, who became a second family to her. Destiny spent the rest of her time with the loves of her life - her amazing son Israel “Izzy” and her boyfriend Joaquin. Destiny and Joaquin cherished being able to teach Izzy the finer things in life (i.e. cuisine), going to movie premieres with friends and special trips to the Renaissance Fair every year. Destiny was an answer to a prayer for her “seester”, Traci. Over the years, their bond became one that was unbreakable and something to be cherished for many lifetimes. 

On July 19, 2017, Destiny was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. She began the fight of her life. After numerous chemo treatments, a CAR T Cell therapy transfusion, radiation and a Bone Marrow Transplant, science ran out of options. However, Destiny became the victor as she never played victim to cancer and she lived her very best life up to the very end. Between skydiving, family time at a beach in Florida, a new tattoo, time in the mountains, helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, spending time with friends and family and a final whirlwind trip to Vegas, she made sure to live her life fully despite how she felt. Destiny was always the first to inspire others to do the same and this remains her legacy – WWDD – What Would Destiny Do? 

Destiny is survived by her Son - Israel Isaiah Nieto, Mother - Jacqueline Nieto, Soulmate - Joaquin Lucero, Sister - Traci Grilley, Uncle – Johnny Nieto, Aunt Randi and numerous Cousins. Destiny also had many surrogate Aunts, Uncles, bonus Moms, Grandparents, nephews and Best Friends that she claimed as Family. Destiny was preceded in death by her Grandmother – Theresa Esther Sanchez, Grandfather – Eliseo “Needles” Nash Nieto, Aunt – Sara Christine Nieto, Uncle – Arthur Nieto, and Cousin – Joseph Danny Sanchez. 

Donations in her name can be made to the following charities: Light the Night (www.lightthenight.org/rocky-mountain); Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org); St. Jude’s Hospital (www.stjude.org). 

A GoFundMe has been set up for her son – Israel Nieto (https://gf.me/u/yhbta5). 

Due to Covid-19, her funeral services will be announced at a later date.

More information will be posted to this page as details become available.


A service summary is not available


Rocky Mountain Light the Night-LLS
Web: https://donate.lls.org/ltn/donate

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Web: https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856
Web: http://www.stjude.org/

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