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Cortez Journal Obituaries - Nov - Dec 2001
Cortez Journal

Obituaries
Jan - Feb  2002 

Gilbert Barnett
Robert Binkly
Owen F. Burnham
Leon Cassady
Mildred Claycomb
Donald William Clever
Anita L. Doermann
Annie Laurie "Peggy" Elmore
Genevieve Eppich
Hazel Ardellia Fair
Angel Luis Gonzalez
Charles "Chuck" Gonzales
Harley Dale Graves
Leroy Truman Hatch Sr.
Bessie Edith Hinton
Dennis Paul Hood
Elizabeth "Sharon" Humphreys
Mary Louise Inman
Miles S. Jackson
Saundra "Sandy" Sue Jackson
Joseph "Joe" G. Jarvis
Calvin Dalton Joe
Frederick Mitchell Jones
Simon Jones Sr.
Eugene Knight
Pomona "Mona" Marvine Lawson
Charlotte May (North) Lincoln
Lillian Loftis
Michelle (Phillips) Lucero

Pearl Mark
Wanda Kay Martinez
Angela Dawn McDonald
Thelma V. McKinley
Emily Miller
Nora Bancroft Mills
Sarah Celesta Montgomery
John Ellis Morris
Edmund L. Murphy
Dennis Neely Sr.
Delbert G. Phillips
Jeryldine "Geneva" Yates Regan
Margaret "Peg" Middleton Roman
James Bruce Russ
Mary Johnson Tapaha
Helen Montana Thomas
Anna Mae Tullis
Frances Wall
Frieda Mae Warner
Edward Odell Ward
Victor Ernest Watts
Ezma Anona Weatherly
Jennie F. Jacket Wing
Lucille G. Wyrick
Babe Young

Sarah Celesta Montgomery

Funeral services for Sarah Celesta Montgomery, lifelong Egnar resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Marvin Pemberton will officiate. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Visitation has been set for Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Celesta was born on May 2, 1911 in Cheyenne, Okla. to James William and Cynthia (Thornburgh) Miller. She passed away at the Valley Inn Nursing Home on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002. She was 90.

Johnnie Pal Montgomery took Celesta to be his bride on Aug. 7, 1928. They shared 53 years of marriage until Johnnie's death in 1982. Celesta was a member of the Cahone Community Ladies Club. She loved to do needlepoint and beading and was a wonderful cook.

Surviving Celesta are her children, Gladys (Elmer) Fowler of Clifton, Colo., Faye Skidmore of Fruita, Colo., Ivan (Velda) Montgomery, Dee Montgomery both of Egnar, Joan (LeRoy) Gore of Dove Creek, and Reva Connally of Grand Junction, Colo.; 31 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great grandchildren; and her sister, Irilla Kanady of San Bernardino, Calif.

Celesta was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three children, LaVerne Dudley, Lindell Montgomery, and Roy Montgomery.

Memorial contributions can be made in Celesta Montgomery's name with the Dove Creek Volunteer Fire Department to benefit the Dove Creek Ambulance Fund. Services will be conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.

Babe Young

Graveside services for lifelong area resident, Babe Young, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday March 2, at the Dove Creek Cemetery. Pastor Don Daniels of the Dove Creek First Baptist Church will officiate.

Visitation has been set for Friday afternoon at the Ertel Memorial Chapel at 1 p.m.

Born in Moab, Utah on July 29, 1903, Babe was the daughter of Charles Henry and Carrie Louisa (Crapo) Snyder. She passed away at the Vista Grande Nursing Home on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at the age of 98.

Babe became the bride of Edward H. Young in Lebanon, Colo. in 1923. She taught school at Cross Canyon, Cedar Point, and East School. For many years Babe worked as the bookkeeper for Harold Tanner in the elevator business.

A very caring and devoted woman, Babe was "mother" and "grandmother" to every child who crossed her path.

Surviving Babe is a large and loving family, including her grandchildren, Allen Young of Dove Creek, Karen Knuckles of Mesa, Ariz., Kenra also of Mesa, Ariz., Kevin Young and Eddie Young both of Yuma, Ariz., and Rita Young of Tucson, Ariz.; great grandchildren, Bryce Young, Michelle Carhart, Cherry Ann Young, Zachary Young, Chelsea Fox, Dalton Knuckles, Lance Knuckles and Ramsey Knuckles; and great-great grandchildren, Zoey Young, Madison Young, Conner Carhart, Bailey Carhart, Carley Carhart, Brandon Carhart; and many, many other family and friends.

Memorial contributions can be made with the Dove Creek State Bank to benefit the Dove Creek Ambulance Fund. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Frederick Mitchell Jones

Frederick Mitchell Jones passed away on Feb. 22, 2002, at Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 69.

A memorial service, which will be a celebration of his life, will take place at St. Barnabas of the Valley Episcopal Church on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Patrick Boots, the Rev. Erika Meyer, the Rev. Alex Lukens, and the Rev. Cindy Irvin will conduct the service.

He was born on April 2, 1932, in Allison, Colo., to Evan Isom Jones and Ethel Mae (Lackey) Jones. Fred graduated from Durango High School and Fort Lewis College and attended the University of Colorado. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Fred loved the Lord and served in many ministries, including being a chalice minister and choir tenor at St. Barnabas of the Valley Episcopal Church. Camp Ilium (near Telluride), a summer church camp for children and adults, was blessed with his help for 38 years. His many interests included becoming a pilot, Ski Patrol, Search and Rescue, Civil Air Patrol, ham radio, Photography Club, and since his retirement from Greeley Gas Company in 1999, playing bridge and restoring a vintage automobile. He loved working with wood.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Floyd Walter Jones.

Fred is survived by his wife of 43 years, Beverly "Betsy" Jean Bonan Jones; children: Jaye Melinda "Jama" Jones-Daves of Cortez; Shon Mitchell and Kristin Michele Jones of Gilbert, Ariz.; Shane Aldo and Jennifer Sigafoos Jones of Centennial, Colo.; grandchildren: Carlin Forrest Daves, Brian Powell Daves, Kortney McKayla-Kenzy Jones, Hadley McKenna-Page Jones, and Caleb Aldo Jones; sisters: Meda Pierce and Helen and Bill Hays; brothers: Bobby and Eva Mary Jones, and Billy Jones, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, and "adopted" campers from Camp Ilium.

Two memorial funds have been established: one is for Camp Ilium (send contributions to 110 W. North St., Cortez, CO 81321), and the other at Dolores State Bank

Arrangements are through the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

 

Mildred Claycomb

Mildred Claycomb, 78, of Cortez passed away Feb. 20, 2002 in Mesa, Ariz., surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Camden, N.J. on Sept.16, 1923 and was married to William Claycomb who preceded her in death in 1974.

Mildred was retired from Woolworth’s and Montezuma County Social Services Department.

Survivors include her sister Dorothy of Blackwood, N.J., sons Larry (Marina) of Cortez, Grant (Jackie) of Albuquerque, Don (Nancy) of Metairie, La. and daughter Robyn (Cliff) of Gilbert, Ariz.; grandchildren Ron, Greg, Robin, Kevin, Brandy, Bill, Becky, and Kyle, and great-grandchildren Victor and Pete.

Other survivors include sisters-in-law Rosella (Cecil) Roberts, Mary Lou Veach, and brother-in-law Bob (Peg) Claycomb, nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral service per her instructions. A gathering of friends will be arranged at a later date in Cortez to celebrate her life.

Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. We Love You Mom and Grandma, and we will miss you always.

 

 

Donald William Clever

Funeral services for Donald William Clever a lifelong resident of this area will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Sylvan Cemetery. Father Dennis Garrou will officiate.

Don was born on Oct. 28, 1908 to William G. and Julia Ann (Wienman) Clever in Patterson, N.J. He passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez at the age of 93.

On June 28, 1934 in Denver, Don married his sweetheart, Greta V. Galloway. For 60 years Don worked on the Ski Patrol and continued to ski until he was 91 years old. He was also a member of the Masons and the Elks. Don will be remembered as a very good Mason who helped build the Montezuma County Courthouse and the Catholic Church.

His wife, Greta V. Clever of Cortez, and his children, Norman Dean (Carla) Clever of Duarte, Calif., and Beverly Ann (Arthur) Lawrence of Albuquerque, survive him. Don leaves behind his two sisters, Eleanor Fuller of Milton, Wash., and Alene Glenn of Cortez.

Preceding him in death are his parents, and his three brothers, Marvin, Darrell and Gordon Clever.

Memorial contributions can be made to any charity of your choice.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Anita L. Doermann

Funeral services for Anita L. Doermann, longtime Cortez resident, will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor David Dahl will officiate. Interment will follow at the First Lutheran Cemetery in Alsip, Ill.

Anita was born on Oct. 25, 1912 in Blue Island, Ill. to Martin J. and Agathe (Wickemeyer) Doermann. She passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. She was 89.

Anita was a Registered Nurse who was dedicated to her career. She is survived by her sister, Vera Schuldt of Fl., and by her nephew, Michael Sagebiel of Victoria, Tex.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Dennis Neely Sr.

Funeral services for Dennis Raymond Neely Sr. were held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Cortez First Southern Baptist Church. Interment followed at the Cahone Cemetery.

Dennis was born on June 20, 1948, in Cortez to Raymond and Aleene (Buffington) Neely. He passed away on Friday, Feb. 15 at his home in Cortez at the age of 53.

Dennis worked as a welder on the pipelines and was a member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters of Anchorage, Alaska Local #367. When he wasn't working he found time to play the guitar and indulge in his love for music.

Dennis also helped during the restoration of the Spruce-Goose train in Dolores. Hunting and fishing were among his favorite pastimes.

Dennis is survived by his parents, two children, Brenda (Rick) Lebeck of Bakersfield, Calif., and Dennis Neely Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz. He also leaves two grandchildren; and his siblings, Dallas (Leslie) Neely of Anchorage, Alaska, Marilynn (Don) Obrien of Hood River, Ore., and Dewey (Shelly) Neely of Cahone.

His son, Chris and brother, Doug Neely, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made with Vectra Bank or to the Cahone Community Church building fund, care of Maxine Johnson at P.O. Box 94 Cahone, CO, 81320.

Services were under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Edmund L. Murphy

Edmund L. Murphy passed away Feb. 15, 2002 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. He was 79.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Pleasant View Church of Christ. Hunt Zumwalt will officate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALzheimer’s FOundation or the Manulito Children’s Home in Gallup, N.M.

 

Gilbert Barnett

Services for Cortez resident Gilbert Barnett are pending with the Ertel Funeral Home. Mr. Barnett passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002 at his home in Cortez. He was 70 years old. For further information, please contact the Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468.

 

Hazel Ardellia Fair

Services were held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Shreveport, La., for Hazel Ardellia Fair, an area resident, who died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002. She was 85.

Mrs. Fair was born June 22, 1916, in Red River Parish, La. She moved to the Durango area in 1985 from Shreveport. She was a homemaker, a nurse’s aide and Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and reading.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Quitman Parker Fair.

She is survived by son Bill Fair of Mancos, and two daughters, Sandra Pringle of Shreveport and Connie Porter of Denver.

 

Annie Laurie "Peggy" Elmore

A funeral was held Feb. 13, 2002, at Hood Mortuary for Annie Laurie "Peggy" Elmore, a lifelong Durango resident and former owner of Elmore’s Store, who died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, in Durango. She was 79.

Chaplain Myron Darmour officiated. Burial was at Crestview Cemetery.

Mrs. Elmore (Davis) was born Nov. 24, 1922, in Durango. After graduating from Durango High School, she became a member of the Cadet Nursing Corps during World War II. She married Franklin Elmore in Aztec on May 25, 1945. The couple lived in Durango, where they raised two sons and ran Elmore’s Store before they retired in 1979.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bill Elmore, in 1982.

Mrs. Elmore is survived by her husband, Franklin Elmore; a son, Willie Elmore of Mancos; a brother, Charles Davis, Jr., of Durango; and one grandchild, Rae Jean Elmore of Mancos.

 

Jeryldine "Geneva" Yates Regan

A memorial service for Jeryldine "Geneva" Yates Regan will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 16, in the Presbytery of Western Colorado, 1840 E. Niagra Road, Montrose.

She is survived by her sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and their families.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Directors, Hale and Gerken are serving the family.

 

Emily Miller

Former Cortez resident Emily Miller passed away at her home in Bullhead City, Ariz., on Feb. 2, 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Mickey Miller; sons, Stephen and Mike Miller of Arizona; daughter, Michele "Shelli" Miller of Amaka, Neb.; Steve’s daughters, Taryn and Samantha Miller of Cortez and Mike’s children, Adam and Sydni Miller of Aztec, N.M.

 

Lillian Loftis

Memorial services for Lillian Sullivan Loftis will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Lillian was born on Oct. 7, 1912 to Thomas and Esther Viola (Caldwell) Sullivan in Chillothe, Ohio. She passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2002 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. She was 89.

On Jan. 24, 1937, Lillian married her beloved Raymond Malcolm Loftis in Yuma, Ariz. She was a talented seamstress who loved to garden and read.

Lillian is survived by her loving husband, Raymond Loftis of Cortez, and her children, Raymond M. (Linda) Loftis III of Prescott, Ariz., and Joylee Yvonne (Dale) Davidson of Cortez, Colo. She also leaves her 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and her two brothers, Harvey Sullivan of Norfolk, Va., and Edward Sullivan of Virginia Beach, Va.

Preceding Lillian in death are her parents, and her daughter, Lillian F. Fritchey.

Services will be conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Charlotte May (North) Lincoln

A celebration of life memorial services in honor of Charlotte May (North) Lincoln, lifelong area resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Arriola Community Center. The Rev. Johnny Arrington will officiate.

Charlotte was born in Cortez on Jan. 20, 1918, to Niles and Mabel (Thomas) North of the Lewis-Arriola area. She passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2002 at Southwest Memorial Hospital. She was 84.

She attended school at Garrett Ridge, and on Feb. 3, 1935, she married Charles A. Lincoln. They made their first home in Rico, where Charles was employed as a miner and at Engle Mercantile for numerous years. Their first two boys, Richard and Jimmy, were born during this time.

During World War II., the family moved to Oregon, and later to California, where she was a volunteer Red Cross block warden and nurse.

After the war, they moved back to Arriola, bought the Arriola Store and renamed it Lincoln Mercantile. Three more children and one adopted daughter joined the family, Charlene, Albert, Nihla and Alice. Charlotte was "mom" to many children, since there is a 23-year difference between her first and last child. She always made sure the neighborhood children received a sack of candy and an orange from "Santa" each Christmas.

Charlotte was a devoted member of her community. She maintained memberships in several organizations including the Order of Eastern Star Dolores Chapter, the 4-H Club, the Four Corners Jeep Club, and Senior Citizen of Dolores. Charlotte was also a Rainbow Mom, and a Girl Scout Leader.

In 1962, they moved to a ranch on Hwy. 145, where Charlotte returned to her agricultural roots by planting a huge garden every year, and tending to her prized livestock and milk cows. She spoke a lot about her experiences growing up on her parents’ farm and riding horses to Garrett Ridge School. Throughout the years, her love for horses never faded.

She and Charles would spend a week each summer in the mountains, taking their children and friends on pack trips. These "kids," all adults now, still remember the fun they had and the experiences that this remarkable woman taught them.

Surviving Charlotte are her children, Richard D. (Karen K.) Lincoln of Dolores, Charlene A. (Terry) Johnson of Kasilof, Alaska, Albert R. (Teresa) Lincoln of Astoria, Ore., Nihla M. (Reed) McCabe of Dolores, and Alice Begay (Woody) Lee of Shiprock, N.M. Her eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive Charlotte, as do her sister-in-law, Joyca North of Portland, Ore. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Charlotte in death are her parents and her beloved husband. Her son, James "Jimmy" D. Lincoln, grandson, Brian Keith Johnson, and her brother, Dale North, also precede her in death.

Memorial contributions can be made with the Dolores State Bank to benefit her favorite charities.

Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.

John Ellis Morris

Graveside interment services for John Ellis Morris, 37 of Cortez, will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Cortez Cemetery.

John was born on Nov.19, 1964 in San Bernardino, Calif. to Orville Ellis "Buck" and Betty Jean (Post) Morris. He passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital as a result of heart failure.

On June 27, 1992 John married Leslie Joanne Bash in Stoner, Colo. He was a compassionate father who took care of his children and his home.

John was also an outdoorsman who loved to four wheel, hunt and fish.

He is survived by his parents, Buck and Betty Morris of Cortez; and his dearly loved wife, Leslie Morris of Cortez. He leaves his 8-year-old daughter, Bailey J. Morris and 5-year-old son, Garrett E. Morris, both of Cortez.

Also surviving John are his sister, Becky (Terry) Lynn of Cortez; his niece and nephew, Dancy and Casey Lynn; and his grandparents, Judith Crank of Bakersfield, Calif., and Richard Bash of Las Vegas, Nev.

His brother, Micah B. Morris preceded John in death in 1996.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Mary Louise Inman

Graveside services for Mary Louise Inman will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Garnet Mesa Cemetery in Delta, Colo.

Mary was born on Feb. 16, 1919 in Delta County to Joseph Dedrick and Ida Emma (Kammerman) Lawson. She passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. She was 82.

On December 30, 1945, Mary wed William Inman. She remained a devoted member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church since 1938. Mary will always be remembered and respected by all children and adults who knew her. Mary was a registered nurse who dedicated her life to nursing.

A kind-hearted woman, Mary always found the time to cook and bake for her neighbors. She also enjoyed working with dolls, quilting, and did a little painting. Fond of the outdoors Mary enjoyed hunting and hiking. She also took pleasure in nature and animals.

Surviving Mary are her two brothers and their wives, Howard and Margaret Lawson of Fontana, Calif., and Everett and Virginia Lawson of Cortez.

Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Eugene Knight

Funeral services for Eugene "Big Jim" Knight, a lifelong resident of Towaoc, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Towaoc Recreational Center. Interment will follow at the Towaoc Cemetery. Terry Knight will officiate.

Eugene was born on Feb. 16, 1955 to Aldo and Gladys (Knight) Hammond in Cortez. He passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, 2002 at his home in Towaoc. He was 46.

Working livestock, hunting, and fishing were pastimes Eugene enjoyed. He also participated in the Sun Dance where he worked as a fire tender and set up the teepees.

Eugene's mother, Gladys Hammond, and his brothers and sisters, Rudy Hammond, Gordon Hammond, Aldo Hammond, Reuben Hammond, Brenda Hammond, Rebecca Hammond all of Towaoc, and Pearl L. Prince of New York survive him.

He is preceded in death by his father, Aldo.

Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

 

Elizabeth "Sharon" Humphreys

Funeral services for Elizabeth "Sharon" Humphreys will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

Sharon was born on Aug. 20, 1937. She passed away on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age 64.

She is survived by her beloved husband George Humphreys of Cortez; her children, Tamara (Kenny) Mahaffey of Showlow, Ariz., and Bill (Theresa) Humphreys of Phoenix, Ariz. Elizabeth's brother, Eddie (Janet) Green of Cortez, and seven grandchildren, also survive her.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Pearl Mark

Funeral services for lifelong Montezuma Creek Utah resident, Pearl Lane Mark will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Di'wozhibiikooh Full Gospel Church in Hatch, Utah. Interment will follow at the family cemetery in Hatch. Pastor Norman T. Mark will officiate.

Pearl was born on Feb. 4, 1938 in Hatch, to Charlie Burke and Blanche Begay. She passed away on Friday, Feb. 8 at the San Juan Hospital in Monticello, Utah. She was 64.

In 1953, Pearl married Harry Tohtsonie Mark Sr. in Hatch, Utah. She was an accomplished seamstress who enjoyed her work. She had a passion for weaving, crocheting, and quilting. Gardening and camping were also favorite pastimes of Pearl's. She was fond of shopping and traveling; both gave her the opportunity to discover what was new.

Pearl is survived by her children, Evelyn A. Mullins of Cortez, Herman T. Mark of Union City, Calif., Norman T. Mark of Hatch, Albert M. Tohtsonie of Blanding, Utah, Julie M. Thomas of Dolores, and Clifford M. Tohtsonie of Blanding.

Her 26 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive her. Pearl leaves her brothers and sisters, Ada Burke, and Raymond Burke of Montezuma Creek, Utah, Sherman Burke of Navajo Canyon, Utah, Inez Burke of Aneth, Utah, and Primrose Moone of Phoenix. She was preceded in death by her three children, Wilford T. Mark, Harry T. Mark Jr., and her infant child who she lost in 1958. Her two brothers, Ray B. Burke and Calvin B. Burke also precede her death.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Dennis Paul Hood

Services for Dennis Paul Hood of Cortez, and formerly of Grand Junction, will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at the Evangel Assembly of God Church. Jeff McDonnell will officiate. A visitation is set for 1 p.m. prior to the services at the church. Cremation will take place at a later date.

Mr. Hood was born on Sept. 19, 1943, to Dennis Robert and Alice Etla Phelps Hood, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He passed away Feb. 6, 2002, at Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez. He was 58.

He spent most of his life in Grand Junction, and when in Cortez, attended Evangel Assembly, where he was an honorary member of the worship team. He enjoyed listening to choir practice and other music, "twiddling" paper, playing dominoes; watching rodeos, and viewing pictures of animals.

Dennis Hood is survived by his brother, John (Mary Jane) Hood of Durango; three nieces and one nephew; his host home family, Loren, Connie, Lori and Eli Peters of Cortez; legal guardian, Andrea Humble-Tiffin of Grand Junction; friends, Lynnette Donaldson and Gregg Beecher of Cortez; his Community Connections friends, and his many friends at the Regional Center and Evangel Assembly.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Connections though United Way of Southwest Colorado, 765 E. College Dr., Durango, CO 81301, or the American Cancer Society, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken Funeral Directors are serving the family and friends.

 

Lucille G. Wyrick

Graveside services for Lucille Gertrude Wyrick will be held at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 5, at the Summit Ridge Cemetery.

Lucille was born on Jan. 18, 1913, in Sperry, Okla., to Ebbin Monroe and Mary G. (Bigelow) Berry. She passed away on Feb. 1, 2002, at the Pine Street Care Center in Cortez. She was 89.

She married Edward Wyrick on Sept. 3, 1931. Lucille is survived by her four children, Peggy Lynn Scates of Cortez, Gladys A. (Robert) Wysocki of Tempe, Ariz., Mark Edward (Evy) Wyrick of Globe, Ariz., and Mary Lu (Paul) Beyer of Scottsdale, Ariz. She also leaves her sister Pauline (Berry) Lauderback of Wichita, Kan., 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Preceding Lucille in death were her parents; her husband; two brothers, Loren and Leonard Berry; and two sisters Gladys (Berry) Howell and Dora Berry.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Jennie F. Jacket Wing

Graveside services for Jennie F. Jacket Wing of Towaoc will be held at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 5, at the Towaoc Cemetery. Brother Don Smith will officiate. Mr. Douglas Wall will say the closing prayer.

Mrs. Wing was born to Joe and Rose Marsh Jacket on March 2, 1931, in Towaoc. She passed away Feb. 1, 2002, at Southwest Memorial Hospital. She was 70.

She attended schools in Ignacio, Colo., and was proud to be a member of the basketball team. She was married to Sam Wing, who preceded her in death.

In Mrs. Wing’s earlier years, she was a custodian, working for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. She was also a rancher’s wife in the Towaoc area and a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Enrollment Committee.

Mrs. Wing raised her children in a loving and caring manner. Traditional ways were very much a part of her life, and she taught her children in these ways.

She enjoyed bead-working, making cradle boards, shawls and quilts, especially with flower designs. She loved cats, and loved her family.

Jennie Wing is survived by her children, Helena (Floyd) Wing, Harrison Wing, Edwin Wing, Orrin (Priscilla) Wing, Inez Wing, Sam Wing, Jonathan Wing, Janie Sue Wing, Annette (Jacob) Wing and Ann Margaret Wing, all of Towaoc; sisters, Angie Jacket of Albuquerque and Linda Jacket of Towaoc; brother, Thomas Wing, also of Towaoc; grandchildren Snow Wing, Corey Morris, Melena Morris, Julie Laner, Tammy Wing, Randolph Wing, Dusty Dance and James Dance; aunts, uncles, and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a sister, Ida Jacket.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken, are serving the family.

Frieda Mae Warner

Frieda Mae Warner was born on May 31, 1916, in Indianapolis, Ind. to William H. and Maggie D. (Masters) Bruce. She passed away on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital. Frieda was 85.

In June of 1939 Frieda married her sweetheart, Robert E. Warner in Indianapolis. Frieda became a loving homemaker who enjoyed gardening, and who greatly treasured her family. Freida and Robert moved to the Lewis area five years ago.

Her son, Arthur (Marcia) Warner of Lewis; her grandchildren, Stephanie (Ina) Serff of Aurora, Colo., and Suzanne Warner; and five great-grandchildren survive Frieda.

Her parents, three sisters, and one brother preceded her in death.

No services have been scheduled at this time. Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.


Anna Mae Tullis

Funeral services for Anna Mae Tullis, a longtime Cortez resident will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at the Cortez Church of Chris. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt will be officiate.

Anna was born to John and Anna (Rafferety) Conkle on Feb. 19, 1916, in Salem, Ohio. She passed away on Wednesday, ,Jan. 30, 2002 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital. Anna was 85 years old.

A talented artist, Anna enjoyed oil painting and various arts and crafts. She also took pleasure in traveling and going to church functions. Anna had a love for roses and was fond of gardening. Her biggest pride and joy, however, was her family.

Anna's two children, Shirley and Arthur Thomas of Lewis, and Don and Carol Tullis of Cortez, survive her. She also leaves five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Donald K. Tullis Sr.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Joseph "Joe" G. Jarvis

Memorial services for Joseph "Joe" G. Jarvis will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at the Cortez First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Lynn Evans will officiate.

Joe was born on Jan. 31, 1921, in Weston, W. Va., to Roy Samuel and Opal Inez (Connell) Jarvis. He passed away on his 81st birthday on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital.

On Sept. 27, 1946, Joe took Barbara Shock to be his bride and life companion. Bobbie passed away on March 16, 1997, leaving an empty place in Joe's life that was impossible for him to reconcile.

Moving to Cortez in 1956, Joe immediately became involved in the development and betterment of Cortez. He was known as a community servant, serving on the Cortez City Council and filling a term as mayor; was president of the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary; served as chairman of the Cortez Sanitation District, was an active member of the Cortez Methodist Church, and sat on the Cortez Library Board.

Joe and several other Cortez men were instrumental in forming Little League baseball competition and constructing the Little League fields located on Empire Street. Most recently, he volunteered his time with the Colorado Welcome Center where he enjoyed meeting the people passing through Cortez and being of assistance to them.

Surviving Joe are his children and their families; Jane Prancan and her friend, Dick MacKnight of Denver, Colo.; Sam and Judy Jarvis of Cortez; and his beloved grandchildren, Nate Jarvis of Denver, Amy Jarvis and Erin Jarvis both of Fort Collins, Colo.

Joe is also survived by his sister, Barbara Warman and her husband, Roy of Ames, Iowa; sister-in-law, Juanita Cunningham of Jane Lew, W. Va.; special friends, Hal and Patty Lassiter of Louisville, Ky.; and a host of dear friends.

Memorial contributions can be made with the Cortez United Methodist Church Thrift Shop or to Colorado Welcome Center. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Simon Jones Sr.

Funeral services for Cortez resident Simon Ray Jones Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 31, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Father Kevin Novack will be officiating. A Rosary service was held Wednesday evening at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Simon was born on Feb. 1, 1907, to Simon F. and Lydia (Pike) Jones in Ft. Duchesne, Utah. He passed away on Jan. 28, 2002, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. He was 94.

On Feb. 5, 1931, in Durango, Simon married Dolorita Tapia. In December of 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy Seabees. At the rank of chief machinist mate, Simon defended his country during World War II.

He later became a dedicated member of several groups including the Knights of Columbus, VFW, and the American Legion. He was also a wholehearted member of the Cortez Bowling Leagues.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Dolorita, of Cortez; and his children, Simon R. Jones Jr. of Glendale, Ariz., and Eleanor M. Bisson-Carter of Cortez survive Simon. Ten grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren also survive him.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Edward Odell Ward

Graveside services for longtime Cortez resident, Edward Odell Ward, will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, at the Cortez Cemetery. Visitation has been set for Thursday, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Odell was born the son of Edward Black Newton Ward and Texie Myrtle (Riddle) Ward on Dec. 31, 1912 in Elida Territory, N.M. He passed away at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Mon., Jan. 28, 2002 at the age of 89.

Odell enjoyed working with wood as well as hunting and fishing. He was a devoted Denver Broncos fan loving to watch their games on the television.

Surviving Odell are his wife of 68 years, Winnie Rose (Hughes) Ward of Cortez; his children, Della Joan (Arlen) Gupton of Longmont, Colo., Norma Jean Ragan of Antlers, Okla., Edward Odell (Carol) Ward Jr. of Cortez, Phyllis Kay Mollohan of Cortez, Texie Gay (Darrell) of Dove Creek, Rosalee (Ted) Hamilton also of Dove Creek, and James Gale (Karna) Ward of Cortez.

He leaves also 22 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren; and one sister, Eugene Hannah.

Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, and one sister.

Memorial contributions can be made with Hospice of Montezuma. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Miles S. Jackson

Miles S. Jackson, 84, of Mancos, passed away Jan. 26, 2002, at his home in Mancos.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken Funeral Directors, are serving the family.

Wanda Kay Martinez

Wanda Kay Martinez, 49, of Youngsville, N.M., passed away Jan. 23, 2002, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque after a lengthy illness.

Wanda was born the fourth daughter of Sarah E. (Baker) Honey and Thomas Charles Honey of Mancos on Feb. 14, 1952, at Durango, Colo.

Wanda attended school at Mancos. After graduation, she married Lonnie Maness of Durango.

Wanda and her young son, James, moved to New Mexico in 1976, where she worked for the New Mexico Game and Fish Department for many years.

Wanda is survived by her mother, Sarah Honey of Mancos; husband Robert Martinez of Youngsville; son James Maness of Mancos; grandson Santiago Maness; three stepchildren, Roberta Martinez, Beverly (Michael) Garcia and Aaron Martinez of New Mexico; seven step-grandchildren; three sisters, Shirley (Wayne) Hamblin, Karen (Oren) Pilcher of Mancos, Linda (Michael) Miller of Rathdrum, Idaho; 10 nieces and six nephews and many friends.

Preceding her in death were her father, Thomas Honey; grandfather Jefferson Davis Baker; grandmother Ilva Bell Honey; grandfather Charles William Honey and one stepson, Nathaniel Martinez.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at De Vargas Funeral Chapel in Espanola, N.M. Interment followed at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, N.M.

 

 

James Bruce Russ

Funeral services for James Bruce Russ will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Jim was born on July 26, 1943 in Overland, Kan. to Bruce James and Dorothy (Eggers) Oberlin. He passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital. Jim was 58 years old.

Jim was a Navy veteran who later worked for John Deere as a mechanic. He is survived by his children, Lisa Anne (Warren) Howard, Caroline Jean Russ, Kathy Lynn Townsend, Michelle Marie (Dominick) DeBatte, James Brian (Terralena) Russ and Michael Sean Russ, all of Florida. He also leaves several grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

 

Angel Luis Gonzalez

Funeral services for Angel Luis Gonzalez will be held at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, at the Newman Center in Las Cruces, N.M. Father Mitch Dowalgo will be officiating.

Angel was born to Vincente and Dolores (Rivera) Gonzalez on Aug. 4, 1932 in Coamo, Puerto Rico. He passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 69.

Angel joined the Army and served his country during the Korean War. He was a decorated soldier who came home with many medals including the Purple Heart.

A proud Puerto Rican who loved and lived by the Catholic Church, Angel dedicated his time and life to his faith. Deeply involved in the ministries, Angel was a communion minister, prison minister, C.Y.O. counselor, and peer counselor.

He will always be remembered and thought of as a generous man who opened his home to anyone, and always had a meal waiting for him or her. With a smile on his face Angel always remained friendly and loving to his friends, peers, and family.

He made candy magic for all children. And all children loved him. No matter where he went, Angel touched the lives of those who surrounded him. He will always be loved, and dearly missed.

Angel is survived by his wife, Jenny Gonzalez; and their children, Angel Lewis and wife Sarah, Carlo Paul and wife Ruth, Anna and husband Reyne, Rachel, Veronica and husband Donald, Dolores and husband Kent, Elizabeth, Jenny and husband Robert, Cecilia and husband Sean. He also leaves his grandchildren, Donald, Steven, Licia, Kim, Christina, Carlo, Paul, Raquel, Laura, Josiah, Gabriel, Brittney, Chandler, Joshuha, Jerimiha, Jerod, Anna Beck and the triplets.

His siblings, Joe Gonzalez, Vicente (Myrle) Gonzalez, Calita (Tomas) Guzman and his niece, Carmen (George) Lubinski also survive him.

Memorial contributions can be made in Angel's memory with St. Rita's Catholic Church in Mancos. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Margaret "Peg" Middleton Roman

Memorial services for Margaret "Peg" Middleton Roman will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the main sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church in Clermont, Fla.

Peg was born on Dec. 21, 1908 in Wadena, Minn. to Reverend Edward and Wilhelmina (Krinkie) Bollenbach. She passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. She was 93.

Peg was very active in the First United Methodist Church in Clermont, and was a member of the First Methodist Women's Club. She also maintained membership with the Clermont Garden Club, and was a part of the Order of Eastern Star, Grand Chapter of Florida, for 50 years.

Peg is survived by her children, John E. Middleton of Annandale, Va., Marjo and husband, Richard Westerman of Dolores; and grandchildren, John T. Middleton of Southwest Harbor, Maine, Sara Middleton of Seattle, Wash., and Gus and Gunnar Westerman of Dolores.

Remembrances may be sent to the Peg Roman Choir Fund at the First Methodist Church, 970 7th Street Clermont, Fla. 34711.

Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Leroy Truman Hatch Sr.

Funeral services for Leroy Truman Hatch Sr. will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 25, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Cortez. Interment will follow at the Towaoc Cemetery. Visitation is from 2 to 6 p.m., today at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Leroy was born on Oct. 19, 1937 to Truman Hatch and Eva Lane Mills in Towaoc. He passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002 at the San Juan Regional Hospital in Farmington, N.M. He was 64.

Leroy stressed the importance of education to all young people, and became a truant officer with Tom Armenta. He was also very involved with the Native American Church. An active participant in many functions, Leroy did feather fans and carvings of drums sticks. Working with his cattle and hunting were a few of the activities Leroy enjoyed. He also treasured spending time with children.

His children, Lloyd Arrive of Ft. Duchesne, Utah, Leroy Hatch Jr., Felicita LaRose Foulsear both of Roosevelt, Utah, and Persingula LaRose of Towaoc, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild on the way, survive Leroy. His brother, Wilson Hamlin of Towaoc and his friend, Katherine Hatch of Towaoc, also survive him.

Preceding him in death are his parents and his four siblings, Billy Lopez, Evalina Lopez, Louis Hatch, and Calvern "Coffee" Hamlin.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Delbert G. Phillips

Delbert G. Phillips was born on March 17, 1937 in Lamar, Colo. to Kenneth Clyde and Velma (Remer) Phillips. He passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2002 at his home in Mancos. He was 64.

Delbert served his country by joining the Navy. He later went to work as a construction worker for the Dow Chemical Company in Paradise, Texas.

His daughter, Mary Robin Brooks of Newberry, Mich., his brother, Gary Phillips of Woodinville, Wash., and his sister, Jean Western, survive him.

No services have been scheduled at this time. Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.

Angela Dawn McDonald

Funeral services for Angela Dawn McDonald, a longtime resident of Cortez, were held on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment followed at the Arriola Cemetery.

Angie was born to Roy and Anna (Blake) Stafford on Dec.17, 1970 in Octavia, Okla. She passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2002 at her home in Cortez. She was 31.

Angie enjoyed the outdoors where she camped, gardened, and walked. She took pleasure in bowling. Angie also loved her children dearly.

Her parents, Roy and Anna Stafford of Cortez; her husband, Johnny McDonald of Cortez; her children, Shannon, Tyler, Victoria, Patrick, Danielle and her infant daughter survive her, as do her three stepchildren, Jeremy McDonald, Misty McDonald, and Sarah McDonald.

She also leaves her siblings, Pam (David) Sitton, Roy Junior Stafford, Stephanie (Jim) Ratliff all of Cortez, Machelle (Chad) Taggart of Dolores, Sean (Feleena) Stafford, April Stafford, Corey Stafford, Brandon Stafford, Lindsay Stafford, and Karla Stafford, all of Cortez.

 

Robert Binkly

Robert Lee Binkley, 59, of Dove Creek, passed away on Jan. 17, 2002, at Southwest Memorial Hospital. No services are planned at this time. Cremation will take place.

Mr. Binkley was born to Jole Alexander and Virginia Ann Smith Binkley on June 13, 1942, at Chanute, Kan. He attended schools in Chanute until the eighth grade, when he began attending schools in Denver. There, he graduated from East High School. He went on to further his education in computer sciences and became a computer repair technician.

Mr. Binkley moved to Dove Creek in August of 2000 from Los Angeles, Calif. He owned and operated the GCS and Associates Company, providing computer repair service in the area. Mr. Binkley enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing, and hiking and photography with his family and friends. He also enjoyed taking pictures of his niece and nephew’s wedding in May, 2001.

Robert Binkley is survived by five children; close fiend, Sally Cannon of Egnar, Colo.; sister, Nancy (Carl) Broderick of Dove Creek; several nieces and nephews and friends and grandchildren.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken, Directors, are serving the family.

 

Mary Johnson Tapaha

Funeral services for Mary Johnson Tapaha, lifelong resident of Red Mesa and Montezuma Creek, Utah will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at the Navajo Full Gospel Church in Red Mesa beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Sunrise Cemetery in Red Mesa.

Mary was born in White Mesa just two miles east of the current family home on a date selected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as March 1, 1911, to Slim Todachinne and Bitahnii Bitsii' Yisch'illi Bitsi'. After a lengthy illness Mary passed away on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at the Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez. She was 90.

Mary was of the Nakaidine'e clan and her father's clan was Todich'ii'nii. Her mother died when she was just a young lady. Mary, with the help of her aunt and grandmother, then had to raise her younger siblings. She was a very hard working mother and grandmother who raised hers as well as her sisters' children all as her own.

Her life revolved around her herd of sheep and goats along with a few head of cattle. Mary also enjoyed weaving rugs.

Survivors include her daughters Daisy Mustache (Clark) of Red Mesa, and Jean Pipkin (Milton) of Blanding, Utah; son, Frank Tapaha (Lula) of Red Mesa; step-daughters, Lorene Nacki (Jack) of Red Mesa, Rose Benally (Clyde) of Cortez, Lorretta Broadway (Mark) of Farmington,N.M. and Pauline Rockwell of Aneth, Utah; step-son, John D. Tapaha (Rosie) of Kirtland, N.M.; brother, Silas Dale of Gallup, N.M.; 29 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Preceding Mary in death are her parents; her late husband, Johnson Tapaha; her daughter, Arlene Mustache; her brother, Slim Todachinnie Begay, and sister, Louise T. Nez. Mary also lost four children, Joe Tapaha, Roy Tapaha, John H. Tapaha, and Della Tapaha during the measles epidemic in 1951.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.


Calvin Dalton Joe

Funeral services for Calvin Dalton Joe, a resident of the Aneth, Utah area will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 18, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

Calvin was born to Willie and Betty (Lee) Joe on Aug. 18, 1968 in Shiprock, N.M. He passed away on Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 33.

A very caring person, Calvin befriended many people, maintaining numerous relationships through e-mail. Many of those who were unable to move about freely looked to him as a "window to the world."

Calvin was also very creative. He enjoyed making his own cards and invitations and spent many hours making videos and burning compact discs. He had hoped to one day to own his own production studio.

Calvin worked as the Bilingual Heritage Coordinator at Whitehorse High School. He will be greatly missed by the faculty and students.

Surviving Calvin are his mother, Betty Joe of Aneth; father, Willie Joe of Chilchinbeto, Ariz.; his two sisters, Brenda (Lorenzo) Benally of Aneth, and Lorenda Joe of Shiprock N.M.; and his paternal grandmother, Nellie Joe Begay of Chilchinbeto, Ariz. Numerous nieces, nephews, and friends also survive Calvin.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Pauline Lee; and grandfather, Charlie Lee.

Many friends and family members will dearly miss him. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Pomona "Mona" Marvine Lawson

Funeral services for Pamona Marvine "Mona" Lawson will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Mancos First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Reverend Ora Daily will be officiating. A visitation has been scheduled for noon Wednesday at the church.

Mona was born to Milton Sherman and Florence May (Sheek) Roberts on Oct. 2, 1922 in Mancos. She passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home. She was 79.

During Mona's younger years, she worked for the Mancos Match Factory where she was as a chemist. It was her job to make sure there was enough of the white section on the match.

For 50 years, Mona was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Later she and her third husband, Mark Lawson, moved to the Salt Lake City, area where they lived for a number of years.

Upon her return to the area, Mona remained a devoted member of the Mancos First United Methodist Church.

Her son, Johnny Gerbitz; granddaughter, Julie M. Gerbitz; and grandson, Jeff (Jane) Gerbitz survive her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Herbert M. Roberts; her daughter, Mildred May Lawson; her first husband, John W. Gerbitz; and her third husband, Mark F. Lawson.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.


Frances Wall

Services for Francis Marie Wall, a lifelong resident of Towaoc, will be held at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 19, at the Towaoc Recreation Center. Raymond Sells will officiate. Interment will follow at the Towaoc Cemetery. A dinner will then be held at the Ute Mountain Casino.

Francis Marie Wall was born to Joe and Sara Ute House Wall on April 1, 9126, at Cottonwood Wash (Hatch Trading Post), Utah. She passed away Jan. 16, 2002, at Southwest Memorial Hospital. She was 75.

Mrs. Wall was very active and attended the Pentecostal Church in Towaoc. She was an artisan who created beautiful beaded items and woven baskets. She also made cradle boards, and gave each of her children one. She was very interested ii promoting the Ute tradition, and attended ceremonies and events such as the hand games and the Sun Dance and Bear Dance ceremonies, along with pow-wows.

Francis Wall is survived by her children, Ernest House Sr.; Pastor Davis Badback, Angelia Badback, Gloria Tom, Vernita Kay Tom and Rosalina Tom, all of Towaoc; brothers, Alfred Wall St. and Paul Ute, both of Towaoc; sister, Eva Wall Colorow of Towaoc, and numerous other relatives from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Southern and Northern Ute tribes, along with many friends.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken, are serving the family.

 

Thelma V. McKinley 

Thelma Vanera McKinley, a lifelong resident of this area passed away at her home in rural Dolores on Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at the age of 81. She was born in Hobart, Okla., the daughter of Charles R. and Rachael (Sigfried) Ivie on May 12, 1920.

Thelma loved to read and was an avid outdoors person. She enjoyed camping, mountain scenery, and was a great swimmer. Thelma spent her time as a devoted homemaker. She was a fabulous cook of "health foods" long before it was popular.

Surviving Thelma are her children, Patricia (Clinton) Medley of Cahone, Mona (Johnnie) Samora of Mancos, Frank L. (Carol) McKinley of Wisconsin, and Robert I. (Ericka) McKinley of El Paso, Texas; a10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her brother, James Ivie of Alamogordo, N.M., and her sister-in-law, Barbara McKinley of Cortez.

Her husband, Frank Ralph McKinley; and two sons, Howard Junior Myers in 1941, and Michael James McKinley in 1999, preceded Thelma in death.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being made through the Ertel Funeral Home.

Harley Dale Graves

Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident Harley Dale Graves will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Marvin Graves will officiate. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75.

Harley was born to Fred Hardey and Ina Madora (Sughurt) Graves on Sept. 27, 1911, in Alexander, Neb. He passed away at his home in Cortez on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at the age of 90.

On June 8, 1936 in Cortez, Harley took Ida Marie Gregory to be his bride and lifelong companion. Harley and Marie shared 65 years of marriage.

Harley spent 26 years working for Empire Electric as an equipment operator. Harley was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the Foursquare Church.

Surviving Harley are his beloved wife, Marie of Cortez; his son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Donna Graves also of Cortez; and five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. His sister, Madge McMillan of Farmington, N.M.; and sister-in-law Vyla Belle and husband, Clark of Arlington, Texas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews also survive Harley.

Memorial contributions can be made with Hospice of Montezuma. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Leon Cassady

Funeral services for Leon Cassady, a longtime Pleasant View resident will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Yellow Jacket.

Leon was born on March 22, 1904, in Covington, Okla. to Edward and Eliza (Corbin) Cassady. He passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 97.

On March 21, 1940 Leon married his sweetheart, Flossie Brazle. Leon was always a hard worker. He worked as an oil driller and gold miner for the Silverton Mines for a time, but primarily worked as a farmer. Leon drove his John Deere tractor up until one year ago.

His wife, Flossie; and his daughter and son-in-law, Cubazell and John Omohundro, survive him. Two grandsons, Jeffrey Wilmarth and Dan Wilmarth, and one great-granddaughter also survive Leon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.


Ezma Anona Weatherly

Ezma Anona Weatherly was born to Charles and Etta Belle (Booco) Terrell on Jan. 27, 1905, in Minturn, Colo. She ,passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2002 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home. She was 96.

Ezma married her beloved Guy Elroy Weatherly on August 10, 1923 in Minturn. To this union six children were born. Ezma was a dedicated homemaker who became known as "Grammie" to her family. She always showed patience and love toward her family, and dearly cherished her grandbabies.

Ezma's children, Eileen Milstein of Guffy, Colo.; Bill and Tinie Weatherly, Richard and Barbara Weatherly, Edward and Darlene Weatherly, all of Cortez, and Kay and Dolores Weatherly of Rifle, Colo. survive her. She also leaves 15 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Edith Weatherly; and four brothers and three sisters.

There will be a private family service held at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.


Saundra "Sandy" Sue Jackson

Graveside services for longtime Cortez resident Saundra "Sandy" Sue Jackson will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at the Cortez Cemetery.

Sandy was born to Roy Everett and Gertrude (Burner) Moore on June 22, 1939 in Latham, Kan. She passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at the Golden Years Retirement Home in Cortez. She was 62.

Having a passion for the arts, Sandy loved to paint. She also possessed a deep appreciation for music and played the guitar and sang.

Sandy's children, Clint (Gale) Walker, Wes Walker, and Brent Walker, all of Cortez, survive her. She also leaves seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mary Lou Holaday.

Memorial contributions can be made in Sandy's memory with Hospice of Montezuma. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Nora Bancroft Mills

Funeral services for Nora Bancroft Mills, a lifelong resident of Towaoc will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Towaoc Cemetery. A visitation has been scheduled for Friday afternoon at the Ertel Memorial Chapel from1 to 5 p.m.

Nora was born on Sept. 29, 1939 in Towaoc to Harry Mills and Lizzie (Spencer) Bancroft. She passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002 at Southwest Memorial Hospital. She was 62.

Nora enjoyed making things with her hands such as embroidery, crocheting doing beadwork and putting puzzles together. She also had a true green thumb and took pleasure in gardening. Reading mystery books was also a favorite pastime for Nora.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Manuel Martinez of Towaoc; her children, Jeffery Whiteskunk, Willa (Alvin Weeks) Whiteskunk, Avery (Beverly) Whiteskunk, Selwyn (Loia) Whiteskunk, Valentina (George) Begay, and Rupert (Joselina) Whiteskunk all of Towaoc. Nora's siblings, Wilbert (Florence) Mills of Ft. Duchesne, Utah, Norton (Velma) Mills Sr., Raymond (Donna) Tom, Marjorie (Jesus) Soto, and Helen Munoz all of Towaoc also survive her.

She leaves behind 22 grandchildren, many other relatives and a lot of friends. Preceding Nora in death are her parents, her sister, Emily Tom and her brother, Miles Mills.

Memorial contributions can be made at Vectra Bank to benefit Hospice of Montezuma. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Victor Ernest Watts

Funeral services for Victor Ernest Watts, a lifelong resident of Towaoc will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 7 at Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Cortez. Interment will follow at the Towaoc Cemetery, with a dinner to be held after, at 3 p.m., at the Dining Hall.

Visitation has been set for 6 p.m., Sunday, with prayer services to follow at 7.

Victor was born on Feb. 5, 1953 to Wilford Watts and Maude Washington in Durango. He passed away on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002 at SouthwestMemorial Hospital. He was 48 years old.

He lived most of his life in Towaoc and during his school years, he lived and attended schools in Ignacio, Colo., San Diego, Calif., and Buena Vista, Colo. On June 1, 1997 Victor married Jodilynn Hulligan at The Chapel in Cortez. Together they resided in Towaoc.

Victor worked as program director for the Vocational Rehabilitation program in Towaoc. He was also the instuctor for the DUI classes. He was instrumental in helping tribal and community members attain training for employment.

When he wasn't working, he enjoyed traveling. Being around family and friends is what Victor loved the most.

Victor is survived by his wife, Jodilynn Watts of Towaoc; his daughter, Melissa Watts (Gregory McCook) of Towaoc; mother, Maude Washington of Towaoc; step-father, Rudy Alire of Buena Vista; sisters, Michela (Dale) AmericanHorse of Towaoc, and Sandra Ortiz of Salt Lake City, Utah; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wilford Watts; his brothers, Wade Smith Watts, Calvin Lyle Watts, Duane Thomas Watts, Alfred Alire, and Baby Alire; his daughter, Dorissa Watts; grandmothers, Jesse Monte and Dolly Watts; and grandfathers, George Watts and Walter Washington.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Helen Montana Thomas

A memorial service for Helen Montana Denny Thomas will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Cortez Church of Christ.

Helen was born Aug. 29, 1908, in Jardine, Mont. She passed away Jan. 1, 2002 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos, at the age of 92.

She is survived by her children, James (Mabel) Thomas of Eloy, Ariz., Art (Shirley) Thomas of Cortez, Lynne (Archer) Swank of Casper, Wyo., Gerald (Shirley) Thomas of Eloy, Ariz., Gayle (Ed) McNutt of Cortez, and Stanley (Jeanne) Thomas of Tucson, Ariz.; her siblings, Wayne (Viola) Denny, Dorothy Roatcap, Willard (Agnes) Denny, Shirley (Jim) Hunt, and Lawson (Lanore) Denny . Helen also leaves 15 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Grace (Palmer) Denny; beloved husband, Glenn Clarence Thomas; children, Louise Thomas and Glenn Thomas Jr.; three brothers, Tom Denny, Alec Denny, and Lee Denny; her sister, Emma Denny Swank; two grandchildren, Rich Ruff, and Bryon Thomas and her great-grandson, Luke McNutt.

 

Bessie Edith Hinton

Funeral services for Bessie Edith Hinton, a lifelong resident of this area,
will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints in Cortez at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at the Cortez
Cemetery. 
 
Visitation has been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Ertel Memorial
Chapel from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Bessie was born to Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Murphy) Stiles on Jan. 15,
1908, in Beulah, Colo. She passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001 at the
Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez. Bessie was 93 years old.

On Aug. 5, 1926, in Cortez, Bessie became the bride of Rudy David Hinton.
Bessie worked throughout the years within the Cortez area, retiring in 1969
She loved being with her family and enjoyed walking and eating out.
Crocheting, gardening and going to church activities were all pastimes
Bessie took pleasure in.

She is survived by her children; Arveda Bruce, Harold (Freeda) Hinton, Dale
(LaVerne) Hinton, Jerry (Vonita) Hinton, Betty Risenhoover, Rick (Murna)
Hinton; and foster-son, Melvin Belveal. Two sisters, Dorothy Smith and Ruth
Mangel; and a sister-in-law, Alma Stiles, also survive Bessie.

She also leaves 24 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 24
great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Bessie's parents
and her beloved husband, Rudy, precede her in death.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Charles "Chuck" Gonzales

Funeral services for Charles Elasario "Chuck" Gonzales, a former resident of
Mancos, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at St. Rita's Catholic Church
at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Father Kevin
Novack will officiate.

Rosary services have been set for Tuesday evening at the Ertel Memorial
Chapel at 6 p.m.

Chuck was born to Jake Felipe and Helen (Lujan) Gonzales in Monte Vista,
Colo., on Dec. 30, 1940. He passed away at his home in Kirtland, N.M., on
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, at the age of 60.

Chuck grew up in Mancos and in his early years was a barber. He loved being
outdoors fishing and hunting. His children, grandchildren and family were
his greatest treasure and he loved the time spent with them.

Surviving Chuck is his mother, Helen Gonzales of Mancos; his children,
Margaret (Tom) Maestas of Mancos, Charles M. (Marquita) Gonzales Jr. of
Bayfield, Colo., and Jennifer (Isais) Lopez of Durango, Colo.; and his seven
grandchildren, Brian and Stephanie Maestas of Mancos, Tristan and Kyra
Gonzales of Bayfield, and Taylor, Teagan, and Tarynn Lopez of Durango.

He also leaves behind his brothers and sisters, Fred Gonzales of Oxford,
Colo., Don Gonzales of Mancos, Gerald Gonzales of Farmington, N.M., Vera
Cardenas of Aztec, N.M., Dorothy Lopez of Cortez, and Rae Leon of Mancos.


He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Gonzales; and brothers, Jake
Gonzales Jr. and Joe Gonzales.

Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Charles E. "Chuck" Gonzales
with the First National Bank, Mancos branch. Services will be under the
direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Owen F. Burnham

Word was received on Dec. 30, 2001, that Owen F. Burnham had passed away at
his home in Hayward, Calif. Services are pending. Burnham was born and
raised in Mancos.

Genevieve Eppich

Funeral services for Genevieve Eppich will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31, at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Mancos. Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Rosary services will be Sunday at 6 p.m., also at St. Rita's.

Genevieve was born on Dec. 24, 1919, in Thompson Park, Colo., to Frank and Florence (Jones-Mahan) Sponsel. She passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, at her home in Thompson Park. She was 82.

She was a third-generation rancher whose family homesteaded the ranch that has been in their family for 114 years.

Genevieve is survived by her children, Mary Rita (Robert) Simmons of Lamar, Colo., Helen (Mark) Cernich of Phoenix, Ariz., Pauline (Les) Moody of Windsor, Colo., Tom Eppich of Thompson Park, Colo., Linda (Dan) Archibeque of Mancos, Theresa (Davin) Montoya of Hesperus, Colo., and Gary (Kathy) Eppich of Stafford, Va.

She also leaves seven granddaughters, seven grandsons, and two great-granddaughters. Four sisters and three brothers also survive Genevieve.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, son Joseph, grandson Dustin Eppich, and sister Ruth Bartel.

Memorial contributions can be made with St. Rita's Catholic Church.

Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Michelle (Phillips) Lucero

Michelle (Phillips) Lucero, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Paulson and the late George "Bill" Phillips, passed away as the result of an automobile accident on Dec. 26, 2001, in Santa Fe, N.M.

Michelle was born in Cortez. Survivors include her mother and stepfather; husband; daughter, Rachel; sister, Jeanette (Phillips) Schnell and her family, and many friends.

A memorial fund has been set up in Michelle’s name, partly to benefit her husband and daughter, who were injured in the same accident.

Donations may be made at both the Cortez and Dolores branches of the Dolores State Bank.

Services are pending. 

 

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