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Cortez Journal Obituaries - Nov - Dec 2001
Cortez Journal

Obituaries
Mar - Apr  2002 

Wallace N. Anderson
Flore F. Anselmi
Felix Anselmi
Maria Dora Archibeque
Patricia Barron
Pauline Barstow
Margaret Batten-Soto
Clarence Sleepy Ben
Carl Donald Beisswanger
Dean Blackketter
Flossie Edna Cassaday
Esther Archuleta Castaneda
Mabel Myrtle Clark
Braden Jace Clauson
Ruth L. Conner
T.V. Copeland
William Sidney Kayah Dean
Aura F. Delano
Kenneth M. Dennison
John Shannon Dodson
Raymond I. Donovan
William E. Evans
Ferne C. Foss
Douglas Craig Frazier
Eleanor Prukop Fuller
Joseph Weldon Gilbreth
Mary Elizabeth Gilliland
Gene Paul Graffis
Ernest Irving Hatfield
Raleigh "Dale" Heitzman
James A. Henley
Joseph "Joe" Paine Hill
Helen May Humiston
Henry "Hank" Fulton Hunter
Vera Mae Jarrett
Dean A. Johnson

Elaine L. Boren Johnson
Willie Mae Johnson
Carl W. 'Jonesy' Jones
Martin Vance Jones
Raina Ann Lansing
Frances Mabel Longenbaugh
Mary "Louisa" Louise Lucero
Roxan Maddux
Howard H. McCabe
Hannah Sell Nelson
Denen Root Peabody
Raymond Gilbert Perkins
Eugene Louis Possien
Dolores Ellen Presley
Elsie Quinn
Wilma Jean Reed
Mary Glenn Peabody Richert
Everett Brandon Robinett
Alice Estelle Taylor
Mona 'Andy' Rogers
John Sarada
Ruby Velma Smart
Dorathee Smith
Ella E. Smith
Robert C. Smith
James Jacob Jack Suckla
Jim Suckla
Leonard Tanner
Alice Estelle Taylor
Jo Ann Tompson
Craig Swope Trudeau
David J. Webb
Dwight Lyle Wallace
Wayne Joseph 'Jo-Jo' White Buffalo Jr.
Donald Yazzie

Everett Brandon Robinett

Memorial services for lifelong Dove Creek resident, Everett Brandon Robinett will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Brandon was born on Aug. 5, 1978, in Monticello, Utah to Rhoda Ann (Risenhoover) and Everett Duane Robinett. He passed away on Monday, April 29, 2002 at his home in Dove Creek at the age of 23.

The Colorado Avalanche were Brandon's favorite hockey team; he loved hockey. Fishing, rock climbing and hunting were also favorite pastimes of Brandon's.

He is survived by his mother and step-\ father, Rhoda and Cliff Bryan of Cortez; his father, Everett Duane Robinett of Dove Creek; his brothers and sisters, Stevie (Sean) Schaffer of Cortez, Joshua Seymour of Mancos, Darrel Robinett and Clayton Robinett both of Cortez, Christopher Bryan of Mancos, and Jackson Bryan and Kaitlyn Bryan, both of Cortez.

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

Clarence Sleepy Ben

Funeral services for lifelong Cahone Mesa, Utah, resident, Clarence Sleepy Ben will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel with burial following at the Cortez Cemetery.

Clarence was born at Cahone Mesa on Feb. 19, 1946, to Leroy and Lucy (Ben) Sleepy. He passed away at University Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, April 30, 2002. He was 56 years old.

Clarence had a very strong faith. He was a member of the Native American Church and enjoyed attending at types of Ceremonials and he was a very good singer and enjoyed doing beadwork. He took pleasure in traveling the big outdoors, horseback riding and hunting and camping. Clarence was an avid sports speculator.

Surviving Clarence is his wife, Rena (Harvey) Ben of Cahone Mesa; his son, Alvin T. (Sylvia) Ben of Aneth, Utah; daughter, Guyrene J. Ben of Aurora, Colo.; grandchildren, Jessica Ben and Douglas Ben; and his parents, Leroy and Lucy Sleepy of Hatch. He also leaves behind his former wife, Irene M. Ben of Aneth, Utah; six sisters, Hazel Blackhorse of Farmington, N.M., Daisy Thomas of Farmington, Ella Begay of Aneth, Bernice Eddie and Alberta Sleepy both of Hatch, Utah, and Sandra Bennallie of Montezuma Creek, Utah; and two brothers, Virgil Sleepy of Hatch, and Colonel Sleepy of Farmington.

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

Aura F. Delano

Services for Aura Frances (Love) Delano will be held at 2 p.m. May 3 in Carmen, Okla., at the Carmen Cemetery.

Aura was born near Hopeton, Okla., on May 24, 1916, to Joseph Milton and Harriet Hoyle Love. She died April 29, 2002. She was 85.

She was the sixth child in a family of eight. She attended school in Galtry, Okla., until the family moved to Carmen, where she completed the 11th grade.

It was in Carmen that she met and married Loyd Russell Delano on May 20, 1932. Aura and Loyd made their home there, and started a family. Loyd worked with the threshing crews, hauled fruit and worked in the elevators while Aura ran the laundry to provide for their family of four children, Bud, Wilma, Carolyn and Frank.

In 1949, the family moved to Dove Creek, where Aura once again found herself running a laundry while Loyd worked for farmers and in several different mines around the Four Corners area. After the laundry closed, Aura worked in the grocery store, first for Fred Young, then for Louie Beecher, until moving back to Carmen in 1970.

Aura became a widow on Jan. 5, 1972, but stayed in Carmen and again joined the work force. She worked for Jack and Connie at the Dairy Boy there until 1978, when she moved to Strattford, Okla., to help her sister, Bert, and brother-in-law, Roy.

Aura returned to Dove Creek in 1992 to be close to family and old friends. She resided there until 2000, when declining health necessitated a move to Madison House Assisted Living Facility. She then moved to the Valley Inn in Mancos, where she resided until her death on April 29, 2002, with her family at her side.

She is survived by her children, Wilber and Kay, Wilma and Chuck Meyers and Carolyn and El Porritt, all of Dove Creek, and Frank and Connie Delano of Flagstaff, Ariz.; sister, Maxine Case of Aline, Okla.; brother Willis (Joyce) Love of New Braunfels, Texas; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Ruby, Bertha and Nora, and brothers Wilber and Bill.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken are serving the family, with Wentworth Mortuary, of Carmen.

Ernest Irving Hatfield

Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident, Ernest Irving Hatfield will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt will officiate. Visitation is Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ertel Chapel.

Ernest was born on May 1, 1924, in Porterville, Calif., to Earl Wilson and Ethel Mae (Parker) Hatfield. He passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2002, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 77.

In 1943, at Denver, Colo., Ernest enlisted into the United States Army where he served as a seargent in the 452nd Engineer Depot Comm. He was later honorably discharged in San Francisco, Calif., in 1946.

On Sept. 7, 1982 in Cortez, Mr. Paul Spitzer married Ernest to his sweetheart, Zelpha Lou Fairchild. Together the couple operated the El Sombrero Restaurant here in Cortez. Some of Ernest's favorite pastimes were fishing, camping and hunting.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Zelpha Hatfield of Cortez; his two sons, Lou Hatfield of Philadelphia, Penn., and Tommy Hatfield of Florida; step-children, Jimmie Dwight Snider of Rockford, Ill., Randall Craig Snider of LaPorte, Colo., Elmer Gene Snider of Calahan, Colo., and Belinda Lou Payton of Fort Collins, Colo.; and adopted grandson, Travis Michael Hooker of Cortez. A sister, Marjorie Hastings, of Albuquerque, N.M., and numerous grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, also survive Ernest.

Preceding him in death are his parents, and his daughter, MaryAnn.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Martin Vance Jones

Martin Vance Jones was born on June 23, 1917 in Grand Pass, Mo. to Charles Alonzo and Gertrude (Jones) Jones. He passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at his home in Cortez at the age of 84.

Enlisting in the Army, Van worked as a gunsmith. He later moved on to become the buying supervisor for North American Aviation, now known as Boeing Aviation.

On Nov. 19, 1947, in Las Vegas, Nev., Van married Vivian Thompson. A true craftsman, Van loved making furniture and working with wood. He was also a member of the Masons.

His wife, Vivian Jones, and his daughter, Cheryl (Rick) Beisel all of Cortez survive him. He leaves three grandchildren, Carrie (Dallas) Walters of Parker, Colo., Christina Beisel, and Andrew Beisel both of Cortez; and his little dog Rusie.

Preceding him in death are his parents.

No services have been scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Montezuma at Vectra Bank.

Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.

Alice Estelle Taylor

Memorial services for longtime Monticello resident Alice Estelle Taylor will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Monticello First Baptist Church. Pastor John Williams will be officiating.

Alice was born on Dec. 18, 1905 in Philadelphia, Penn. to James Francis and Mary Estelle (Benfer) Rowe. She passed away on Thursday, April 25, at Madison House in Cortez. She was 96.

After meeting in San Francisco, Calif. during World War II, Alice married Merlin Cummins Taylor in Mill Valley, Calif. With this union a daughter was born. Alice worked as a postmaster for the United States Government. She found herself to be a lover of art, and enjoyed music very much.

Alice's daughter, Susan M. (Victor Schafer) Taylor, and numerous nieces and nephews survive her. Preceding her in death are her parents, and her husband Merlin.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Madison House. Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.DEAT

 

Mary Elizabeth Gilliland

Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident, Mary Elizabeth Gilliland will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 29 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Yellow Jacket. Pastor Jimmy Kennedy will officiate.

Elizabeth was born on Dec. 22, 1914, in Hasting, Okla., to Luther F. and Effie M. (Knowles) Aulston. She passed away on Thursday, April 25 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 87.

On Dec. 24, 1932 Elizabeth wed Eddie M. Gilliland. She became a dedicated homemaker who took care of Ed for many years. Growing beautiful roses and gardening were talents Elizabeth possessed.

Her beloved husband, Eddie; and her two sons, Eddie Joe (Melba) Gilliland of Cortez and Leon (Yvonne) Gilliland of Yellow Jacket, survive her. She also leaves a special relative, Russell (Lolita) Aulston of Yellow Jacket; her brother Joe Aulston of Apache Junction, Ariz.; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Denen Root Peabody

Funeral services for Denen Root Peabody will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Visitation will e held from 10 a.m. until the service at Cortez Four corners Funeral Chapel. Sister Lois Wooten will officiate.

Cremation will follow, with the cremains to be spread at a private family service on May 1, at sunrise.

Denen was born to Dennis R. Peabody Sr. and Barbara J. Root on Oct. 4, 1971. He passed away at his residence in Towaoc on April 24, 2002.

Throughout Mr. Peabody’s journey in life, he found inspiration in his artistic abilities, which included pen and pencil sketching and acrylic painting. He enjoyed mountain biking and hiking, especially hiking to the elbow of the Ute Mountain.

He is survived by his wife, Bernadette Cuthair, stepsons Jacob Sparlin Dance Jr. and Jeremiah Voto Dance; mother Barbara and grandfather Joseph Peabody Sr., all of Towaoc. Two brothers also survive him, Dennis Peabody Jr. of Globe, Ariz. and Clendenen Peabody of Mancos; uncles Dennis Root, Rufus Peabody and Gabriel Peabody, all of Towaoc; his auntie Joyce P. Dutchie of Ignacio, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Julyeth Root, and Rolin Eric Root.

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

 

David J. Webb

David J. Webb, 48, passed away following a traffic accident on April 24, 2002. He was born on May 9, 1953, in Provo, Utah, to Lucile Jensen and Rex B. Webb.

Survivors include his wife, Delanie Johnson; children, Heather, Jason, Cassie, Jennifer and Tiffany, and his mother-in-law, DeEtta Johnson of Cortez.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, in Provo Utah.

The memorialize Mr. Webb, contributions may be made to a fund for his children at the Utah Community Credit Union, 1900 N. Canyon Road, Provo, Utah 84604.

 

Eugene Louis Possien

Memorial services for longtime Cortez resident, Eugene Louis Possien will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75. The Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75 will be officiating.

Gene was born on June 7, 1924, in Warren, N.J., to Victor A. and Louise (DuBoise) Possien. He passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 77.

After graduating High School Gene worked as an electrician at various high-voltage electric, utility and power companies. He also took Dorothy Newman as his bride.

Gene served his country by enlisting into the United States Navy. He later became a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Gene was very fond of horses as well.

Gene's son, Aaron, and his sister, Marie Neloy of Tucson, Ariz. survive him. Preceding him in death are his parents and his wife, Dorothy.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ute Mountain American Legion Rex Keeler Scholarship Fund at 320 N. Harrison, Cortez, CO 81321, to the attention of Armando Garcia.

Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.

Roxan Maddux

Roxan Maddux, a retired teacher from Fairfield Glade, Tenn., passed away April 24, 2002 at Mesa Verde National Park. She was 71.

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

 

Jo Ann (Shafer) Tompson

Memorial services for Jo Ann (Shafer) Tompson will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Cahone Senior Rec Hall. Pastor Bud Roussett will officiate and a potluck will follow.

Jo Ann was born in Frankfort, Kan. on May 2, 1932, to I.C. Shafer and Laura Louise (Jackson) Shafer. She passed away April 23, 2002.

She married Robert "Bob" W. Tompson on Dec. 14, 1951. Jo Ann and Bob moved to Dove Creek on March 31, 1983; transferred her by the Colorado Department of Highways.

Jo Ann worked at Main Supply for four years, before retiring to her ceramics and crocheting. She put in many hours volunteering at the Cahone Rec Hall.

She is survived by her husband; children, Laura Gott of Hot Sulpher Springs, Colo.; Clay Edward Tompson of Independence, Mont.; brother W.I. Shafer of Apache Junction, Ariz.; sister Mary Elizabeth Wyss of Independence; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Jr. and Michael E. Tompson, and by her parents.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Montezuma at 1108 N. Mildred, Cortez, CO 81321.

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

Dwight Lyle Wallace

Funeral services for lifelong Mancos resident Dwight Lyle Wallace will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at the family cemetery in Mancos with military services being conducted by the John Derrick Halls VFW Post #5231.

Visitation has been set for today at the Ertel Memorial Chapel from 3 to 5 p.m.

Dwight was born in Mancos on June 24, 1930, to Lyle C. and Mary (Porter) Wallace. He passed away at his home in Mancos on Saturday, April 20, 2002. He was 71.

On Christmas Day, 1951, in McElmo Canyon, Dwight married Jackie Meadows.

They devoted themselves to ranching in the Mancos area, tending to their cattle herd. Dwight was also a member of the American Legion, the Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the state and local Cattleman's Associations.

Surviving Dwight is his beloved wife, Jackie Wallace of Mancos.

Dean A. Johnson

Funeral services for former Cahone resident Dean A. Johnson will be held at Tahlequah, Okla., on Tuesday, April 23.

Dean passed away on April 20, 2002, in Muskogee, Okla. at the age of 77, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Dean leaves his wife, Evelyn Glaener Johnson; daughter Sharon and family; son Del Dean and family; daughter Janet and family and one sister, Carol Faye Johnson Boles.

Braden Jace Clauson

Funeral services for Braden Jace Clauson will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Arriola Bible Church. Interment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery. Pastor Kent Slyter will officiate.

Braden was sent from God on Wednesday, April 10, 2002, to Brad T. and Margaret M. (Wilson) Clauson. He was sent to God on April 19, 2002.

Braden is survived by his parents; his brothers, Bevan J. and Bryce J. Clauson of Dolores; his grandparents, Mrs. Agnes Clara Huegerich of Dolores, Ron and Robbi Wilson of Cortez, and Sandra Franks of Cortez.

Mona 'Andy' Rogers

Memorial services for Mona "Andy" Rogers will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center.

Andy was born March 14, 1924, at Arriola, Colo., the second daughter of the late George S. and Jewel Gardner. She passed away at the Vista Mesa Retirement Center on April 21, 2002.

She attended grade school at Arriola, and high school at Garrett Ridge and Dolores. After completing her schooling, she taught one year at the Goodman Point School.

Andy married Wayne Rogers on May 5, 1946, in Gallup, N.M. Wayne and Andy were in the cattle and ranching business their entire 50 years of marriage.

Andy was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne in 1994; her parents, George and Jewel Gardner; and brother-in-law, Hal Rogers.

She is survived by her son, Harry R. Rogers of Cortez; grandchildren, Jamie Rogers and Wayne H. Rogers of Arriola; and two sisters, Lavena E. Saunders of Arriola and Nola K. Welsh of Boulder. A nephew, Kenneth (Tina) Saunders of Cortez; a niece, Michelle Welsh of Boulder; and a sister-in-law, Shiela Rogers, and her children of Durango also survive Andy.

Memorial contributions can be made with Hospice of Montezuma, the Lewis-Arriola Community Center or the charity of your choice. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Carl W. 'Jonesy' Jones

Services for Carl Walden Jones ("Jonesy") will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cortez First Ward, 1700 E Empire. Friends may visit Friday evening from 6 to 8 at the Ertel Funeral Home and on Saturday one hour prior to services at the ward. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery.

Carl passed away April 20, 2002, in Salt Lake City. He was born on April 30, 1939, in Salt Lake, to Walden H. and Nannie Simmonds Jones. On Nov. 15, 1958, he married Nancy Wasecha.

Carl spent many hours serving family, friends and anyone in need, and taught his children to do likewise. He supported his children in their activities, leading to his service in Little League, soccer and Scouting.

Carl enjoyed his time on the Empire Electric board, and served in many capacities as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, enjoying his time with the children in the ward the most.

One of the highlights of his life was dressing up in red for special December visits.

Carl is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, David (Dawn) of Los Alamos, N.M.; Dan (Julie) of Layton, Utah; Karyn (Kent) of Spring City, Utah; Kami (Godwin) of Yellow Jacket; Paul of Salt Lake City; Mark (Angie) of Salt Lake; 18 grandchildren and a brother, Mike (Karen), of Salt Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister; brother Marlon and nephew Darwin.

The family expresses gratitude for the generous support and love received. Memorial donations may be made to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2000 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.

Leonard Tanner

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Leonard Alan Tanner will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Cortez Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Kirk Peine will be conducting. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Visitation will be at the LDS Church from 8 to 9:15 a.m.

Leonard was born to Halworth and Carmon (Cardon) Tanner in Farmington, N.M., on March 3, 1943. He passed away at his home on April 18, 2002, at the age of 59.

Leonard wed Anita Henderson on June 17, 1966, in Salt Lake City. To this union were born six children.

Leonard joined his father and brothers to operate the Cortez Milling Company. He was an active member of the LDS Church. He enjoyed hiking and carpentry. Most of all, he drew great joy from his eight grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Anita Tanner of Cortez; children, Natalie (Brent) Smith of Loomis, Calif., Tamara Lynn (Darrin) Donithorne of Tigard, Ore., Ryck (Andrea) Tanner of Monroe, Wash., Ryan (Tara) Tanner of Orem, Utah, Brady Tanner of Provo, Utah, and Tiffany Marie (Kye) Hall of Fort Collins, Colo. He leaves behind also, his eight grandchildren, Brittany Smith, Jourdan Smith, Nicole Smith, Sierra Smith, Sydney Donithorne, Janelle Donithorne, Gavin Donithorne, and Cardon Tanner; and his brothers and sisters, Trent (Ann) Tanner, Gary (Gwen) Tanner, Linda (Ron) Enos, and Vicki (John) Dowell.

Memorial contributions can be made with Hospice of Montezuma.


James A. Henley

James A. Henley, the Grand High Priest of Colorado for the Masons, and Right Eminent Grand Commander for 2001-02, passed away at his home in Westminster, Colo. on April 11, 2001. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the Congregational Church of Boulder.

Jim was born on Nov. 13, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he attended both elementary school and high school.

In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Chimaera. After being honorably discharged in 1946, he returned home and completed his education, receiving his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana, in 1950.

After graduation, he was employed by Consumers Power Company for 34 years and retired as a senior staff engineer.

In 1957, Jim married Beverly (Bev) Crothers of Rockford, Mich. They had two daughters, Lynne Clay of Dolores, who is employed at Safeway, and Mary Seifert of Louisville, Colo., and four grandchildren, including Lynne’s children, John and Carrie Clay.

Jim began his Masonic career in March, 1958, when he was raised a Master Mason in Malta Lodge No. 465 in Grand Rapids. After being reassigned by his company to Jackson, Mich., he transferred his membership to Jackson Lodge No. 17, where he presided as Master in 1987. Jim joined Jackson Chapter No. 3, RAM, where he served as High Priest, and Jackson Council No. 32, R&SM, where he was Thrice Illustrious Master.

He was knighted in Jackson Commandery No. 9 and served as Commander in 1980. He was also Governor of Jackson York Rite College No. 3.

He was elected Grand High Priest, Royal Arch Masons of Michigan, in 1982. In 1983, Jim received the Order of the Purple Cross from the York Rite Sovereign College.

In 1985, he was appointed Grand Governor of Michigan for the York Rite Sovereign College. He held that position until he and Bev moved to Colorado in 1988.

When Jim and Bev relocated to Westminster, the York Rite Sovereign College appointed him as Grand Governor at Large, a position he held until his death. Jim was also elected as a Regent of the York Rite Sovereign college in 1995.

After moving to Colorado, Jim took plural membership in Columbia Lodge No. 14 in Boulder, where he was Master in 1990. He was most recently a member of Arvada Lodge No. 130, and also holds plural memberships in several other Masonic lodges and organizations.

In 1994, Jim was the Assistant General Chairman for the 59th Triennial Conclave Committee for the Grand Encampment of the Knights Templar. For his efforts, he received the commander of the Temple Award.

Jim was involved in numerous other Masonic activities, the El Jebel Shrine and Order of the Eastern Star.


Mary Glenn Peabody Richert

Mary Glenn Peabody Richert, 63, passed away April 5, 2002, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos

She was born on Dec. 24, 1938, to Glenn W. and Frances M. Peabody in Riverside, Calif., where she attended local schools and city college. She married in 1963, living in La Jolla, Calif., where her son, Justin Thomas Richert, resides.

In 1970, she moved to Colorado for 20 years, living in Aspen, Durango and Mancos before moving to Florida. The alternative health care clinic she opened in Winter Haven, Fla. helped introduce many therapies, therapists and doctors to area residents, over the years.

She is survived by her son, Justin Thomas Richert; brother, Donald A Peabody of Friday Harbor, Wash.; an aunt in Yucaipa, Calif. and cousins in Florida and Southern California.


Flore Felix Anselmi

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Flore Felix Anselmi will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. A rosary was held on Monday evening at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Flore was born on Oct. 29, 1909, to Oliva and Rosa (Dallarosa) Anselmi in Rock Springs, Wyo. He passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2002, at the Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez at the age of 92. His brother, Ole Anselmi, died the same day (that morning) in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Flore was married for 65 years to Laura Viola Steinbrook. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, the Redmen Organization, and the United Mine Workers Union.

Surviving Flore are his children, Shirley (Max) Cullum of Cortez, Carl (Pat) Anselmi of Beulah, Colo., and Phillip (Karren) of Selah, Wash. 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; and his brother, Angelo Anselmi of Rock Springs, Wyo., also survive Flore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Laura; and his brother Ole Anselmi.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Mary "Louisa" Louise Lucero

Funeral services for Mary "Louisa" Louise Lucero were held on Thursday, April 11, at the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Interment was held at the Cortez Cemetery.

Louisa was born on Sept. 3, 1917 in Alcalde, N.M., to Rosendo and Manuela (Montoya) Lucero. She passed away on Monday, April 8, 2002 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos at the age of 84.

Louisa worked as a sales clerk for Slavens in Cortez for many years. She also enjoyed gardening and singing in the church choir. Other favorite pastimes were sewing and knitting.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Celina Lujan of Santa Fe, Liz Gutierrez of Durango, Mike Kelly of Delta, Colo.; Richard Kelly of Albuquerque, Vera Salazar and Maxie Kelly both of Salt Lake City, and Gilbert Kelly of Grand Junction, Colo. Numerous cousins also survive her.

Louisa was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association at the Citizen's State Bank.

Services were conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Ruth L. Conner

Memorial services for Ruth Lucille Repp Conner will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Vista Grande Nursing Home, with Pastor David Seaforth of the Faith Bible Church officiating. Interment services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the Littleton cemetery.

Ruth was born in Barberton, Ohio, on May 20, 1906, to Demnon and Florence (Eichleman) Repp. She passed away at Vista Grande on Thursday, April 11, 2002, at the age of 95.

Ruth wed Raymond J. Conner, who passed away in 1954. Devoted to children, Ruth volunteered to teach those with learning disabilities, which was her vocation until she was 80. She loved to oil paint as well. She loved her children and grandchildren deeply, and delighted in doting on them.

Surviving Ruth are her daughters, Dolly I. Riggot of Cortez and Faith Illeen Walker of Denver; grandchildren, Larry Riggot, Steve Riggot, Judy Walker, Jim B Walker and Joy Mitchell; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, and two sisters.

Services will be conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.

Flore F. Anselmi

Funeral services for Flore F. Anselmi, 92, of Cortez are pending with the Ertel Funeral Home. Mr. Anselmi passed away at Vista Grande Nursing Home on April 11, 2002.

For further service information, contact 565-3468.

Margaret Batten-Soto

Memorial mass for former Cortez resident, Margaret Batten-Soto, will be held at 10 a.m. April 15, at St. Joseph’s Church, Grand Junction. Father Derrick Scott will officiate.

Margaret was born on Dec. 13, 1931, in the town of McPhee, to Gabriel and Arminda Chavez. She passed away on April 9, 2002, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Margaret served as a nurse in the Women’s Army Corps, holding the rank of Private First Class, from Nov. 3, 1950, to April 3, 1952. She married Gilbert Chihocky that year. Later, she married Charles Batten.

She continued her love for nursing while working at Southwest Memorial Hospital. She received her LPN in 1978 from San Juan Basin Vo-Tech.

In 1980, Margaret moved to Salt Lake City to be closer to her brother and sister. There, she continued caring for the elderly.

Her husband of 18 years, Charles Batten, died in 1987 and she married Larry G. Soto of Ogden, Utah, in 1992.

Margaret was a full-time nurse up until the time that her illness was diagnosed. She and Larry relocated to Grand Junction in 2001.

Margaret was a faithful Catholic and instilled these values in her family. She was a member of the American Legion, loved crocheting, fishing, camping, telling jokes, bingo, reading and most of all, caring for the less fortunate.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Larry; sister, Stella Talamante and brother, Rueben Raymond, both of Salt Lake City; children, Christina Meraz of Ogden, Ida Lobato of Ogden, Fred Chihocky of Cortez, Dolores Chihocky of Fruita, Colo., Bernadette Haag of Palisade, Colo. and Michael Chihocky of Mancos. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

Maria Dora Archibeque

A funeral mass in celebration of the life of Maria Dora Archibeque will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 12, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Dolores, with rite of committal following in the Cortez Cemetery. Father Kevin Novack will officiate.

A vigil and rosary will be recited tonight at 7, at the church.

Dora was born to J. Abe Salazar Sr. and Maria Constancita (Montoya) Salazar, on July 28, 1926, in Manassa, Colo. She passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2002, in Montrose, Colo., at the age of 75.

Dora spent her childhood in Manassa, Lebanon, Dolores and Cortez. On Oct. 4, 1950, she married the love of her life, Ralph Archibeque, in Aztec., N.M. Dora and Ralph had the joy of celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary last October.

Dora was a true homemaker, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a beloved friend. Arts and crafts of all kinds were Dora’s favorite hobbies. She had a great love for the outdoors and the mountains. Dora always had a smile and welcomed everyone.

Dora took great pride as a gardener, and Ralph would often pick wildflowers in the mountains for her. She loved her truck, and had a lot of excitement horse racing in Phoenix and Littleton.

A favorite pastime was reading the Bible, and Dora always found time for her family and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.

Dora is survived by her husband, of Montrose; children Barbara Jean (Jasper) Sandoval; Joe "Ralph" Archibeque and Patricia Jean Archibeque, all of Montrose. She was the loving grandmother of six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and is also survived by one brother, five sisters and her special friend, Natalie of Phoenix.

Dora was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Juan Louis Salazar and daughter-in-law, Alice Archibeque.

Arrangements are through the Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory of Montrose.

Mabel Myrtle Clark

Memorial services for Mabel Myrtle Clark, a resident of Dolores will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Cortez Nazarene Church. Pastor Chris Curry will officiate.

Mabel was born on Aug. 21, 1922 in Abilene, Texas to Melvin Earl and Alice Myrtle (Cromwell) Greer. She passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 79.

On Nov. 23, 1947, in Glendale, Ariz. Mabel married Ralph Clark. She worked as assistant office Mmanager for Bendics Building Supplies for many years, and was a devoted member of the Cortez Nazarene Church.

Mabel is survived by her beloved husband, Ralph Clark, of Cortez; her son, Bruce and his wife, Donna Mossman of Georgetown, Texas; and her grandchildren, Rachel Mossman, David Mossman, and Debra Denny. She leaves her three siblings, Mildred Bell of Merced, Calif., Milton Greer of Brownville, Texas, and Curtis Greer of Aubrain, Calif.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions can be made with the Dolores State Bank to the Nazarene Church. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Wayne Joseph 'Jo-Jo' White Buffalo Jr.

Wayne Joseph "Jo-Jo" White Buffalo Jr., 25, passed away April 5, 2002, in Denver. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aril 12, at the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Towaoc Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, until the time of services.

Mr. White Buffalo was born into the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, to Wayne Joseph Sr. and Cleo (Lehi) White Buffalo, on Sept. 19, 1976, in Englewood, Colo. He attended the Denver Indian Center Preschool, Dora Elementary and East High School, all in Denver.

Mr. White Buffalo was a painter by trade. He enjoyed basketball, ‘rap music, heavy metal and the oldies.

Jo-Jo White Buffalo is survived by his mother, Cleo Douville of Denver; father, Wayne Sr., of Mission, S.D.; brothers, Donavan Duncan of Denver; Jeremy Douville of Rosebud, S.D.; half-bothers, Calvin White Buffalo, Cedric White Buffalo, Wayne White Buffalo II and Kermit White Buffalo, all of Mission; sister, Chastity White Buffalo Davis of Denver; half-sister Candice White Buffalo of Mission; grandfather, Chris Lehi of White Mesa, Utah; his niece, Lanette Lehi of Denver, and other relatives and friends.

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

Joseph Weldon Gilbreth

Graveside services for Joseph Weldon Gilbreth, of Cedar Point, Utah, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Cedar Point Cemetery. Visitation has been set for Tuesday from 8 to 11 a.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Joe was born Aug. 10, 1920, in Wellington, Texas, to Freeman Gilbreth and Ezlee (Morris) Gilbreth. He passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at the age of 81.

Joe is survived by his children, Ike Gilbreth, Mary Lee and Kenneth Gilbreth; two grandchildren and his brother, Clyde Gilbreth of Blanding, Utah.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Elmer and Preston.

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

T.V. Copeland

.Funeral services for Cortez resident, T.V Copeland will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Mr. Shelby Smith will officiate. Interment will follow at the Lockney Cemetery in Lockney, Texas.

TV was born on June 5, 1914 in Canyon, Tex. to James Frank and Lula Ruth (Willman) Copeland. He passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home at the age of 87.

TV married Winzella Grantham and worked as a blacksmith and welder for many years.

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

Flossie Edna Cassaday

Memorial services for Flossie Edna Cassaday, a longtime Pleasant View resident, will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Church of Christ. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt will officiate.

Flossie was born on Sept. 30, 1910, in Hinton, Okla., to William and Mary Frances (Wight) Brazle. She passed away on April 7, 2002, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos at the age of 91.

On March 21, 1940, Flossie married her sweetheart, Leon Edward Cassaday, in Monticello, Utah. Leon passed away on Jan. 10, 2002, at the age of 97.

Flossie was a homemaker and active member of the Pleasant View Church of Christ.

She is survived by her daughter, Cubazell, and her husband, John Omohundro, of Kennewick, Wash.; grandsons, Jeffrey Wilmarth and Dan Wilmarth; and one great-granddaughter. Preceding her in death were her parents; her beloved husband; her daughter, Mayme Lee Routt; and her brothers, William "Bill" Brazle, and Alpha "Al" Brazle.

Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Wallace N. Anderson

Funeral services for Wallace N. Anderson will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel with interment following at the Cortez Cemetery. A luncheon for family and friends will follow at the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75.

Wallace was born Oct. 31, 1920, at Swink, Colo., to Jim and Ina (Barneycastle) Anderson, the youngest of three children. He passed away at Casa Grande, Ariz., on April 6, 2002, at the age of 81.

Wallace grew up and attended school in Arizona and New Mexico. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Marines and served in the South Pacific. He was wounded in action on July 8, 1944, and was returned to the United States and honorably discharged on May 25, 1945.

In 1946 Wallace married Ila Sayan. To this union four children were born, Linda, Randell, Richard and Danny. Wallace and Ila spent most of their working life on the Navajo Reservation where they owned and operated trading posts. In 1990 they semi-retired and moved to Casa Grande.

Surviving Wallace are his children, Linda (H.D.) Randolph of Cortez, Randell (Garilyn) Anderson and Richard (Wendy) Anderson all of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Danny Anderson of Wasilla, Alaska; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Theoline; brother, Elton; and his wife of 46 years, Ila.

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

 

Joseph "Joe" Paine Hill 

Funeral services for Joseph "Joe" Paine Hill of Naturita, Colo., will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Nucla Moose Lodge No. 635. Lodge members will perform funerary rites and Gene Greenwood will give the eulogy.

Joe was born to Bert and Louise (Paine) Hill on July 18, 1936, in VanBuren, Alaska. It was in Yuma, Ariz., where his soul united with Barbara J. Mayer, on March 16, 1956. They moved to Naturita a quarter of a century ago.

Joe completed junior college and was recently employed by the Umetco Corp. out of Uravan, Colo., as an electrician. He formerly worked in the electrical, mechanical and minding industries as a "jack of all trades."

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Kathy Bennett of Naturita; one brother, and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and his precious son, Michael J. Hill.

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

Vera Mae Jarrett

Services for longtime Cortez resident Vera Mae Jarrett will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 8 at the Cortez First Baptist Church. The Rev. Ron Horne will officiate. Internment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

Vera was born in Winfield, Kan., to Carrie (Stillwell) and Samuel Waldorf on Jan. 25, 1921. She went home to be with the Lord on April 4, 2002, at the age of 81.

Vera was the fourth of six children. She graduated from high school in Rolla, Mo. On March 24, 1940, Vera married Archie Jarrett. They moved to the Cortez area in 1946, where they raised five children.

Vera had been an active member of the First Baptist Church of Cortez since 1948. She was also a member of the Lewis Grange, state and national granges, the National VFW, and sold grange insurance for several years.

She enjoyed her family, swimming, gardening, plants, knitting and crocheting. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

She is survived by Archie, her husband of 62 years; daughters Jeanene (Jim) Moore and Bonnie Jarrett; sons, Sam (Juli), Bill and Melvin (Cheryl); grandchildren, Jay (Tracy), Roger (Chris), Jon (Janine), Jarrod, Joel, Stacie, Katee, Jacqueline and Miranda; and four great-grandchildren: Courtney, Kendall, Austin and Nichole. She is also survived by a brother, Warren Waldorf and his wife, Aliene, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Memorial contributions can be made in Vera's name with the Shriner's Hospital, Escalante Shriner's Club, P.O. Box 211, Cortez, CO 81321 or to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Esther Archuleta Castaneda

Esther Archuleta Castaneda was called home to her Heavenly Father on Saturday, March 23, 2002. Esther was born June 23, 1928, in Ensenada, N.M., to Lucas G. Martinez and Rosa Fernandez.

Esther is survived by her sons Louie Archuleta, Rudy Archuleta and Roger Archuleta and a daughter, Carolina Madrid. She is also survived by her brothers Jake Martinez, Phil Martinez and Juan Martinez and sisters Ophelia Rivers, Bernice Campbell, Lydia Martinez, Helen Martinez, Chon Maddera, Mae Ervin and Evangaline Trujillow. She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Archuleta.

Rosary services were held Monday, March 25, 2002, at 7 p.m. at the Cope Memorial Chapel in Farmington, N.M.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Rita of Cascia Church in Mancos, with Father Kevin Novack officiating.

Pallbearers were Norman Madrid, Gabriel Archuleta, Joaquin Archuleta, Nathan Archuleta, Joshua Archuleta and Jeremy Archuleta.

Honorary pallbearers were Jason Archuleta, Donnie Archuleta, Evania Archuleta, Shannon Madrid, Jeannine Madrid, Cindy Muldoon, Bernabe Madrid and Heather Montoya.

Funeral arrangement were under the direction of Cope Memorial Chapel of Farmington.

Howard H. McCabe

Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident and businessman Howard H. McCabe will be held at 10 a.m. today, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church with interment to follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

Howard, the younger of two sons of John Arch and Augusta Elizabeth (Lupke) McCabe, was born near Dolores, on Dec. 15, 1927. He passed away at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at the age of 74.

On Jan. 1, 1951, Howard took Janet Caryl Brown as his wife in Mancos. To this union three children were born: Kevin, Kelly, and Kimberly.

Howard owned and operated Howard's Sporting Goods for 31 years.

Surviving Howard are his wife of 51 years, Janet McCabe of Cortez; his children and their spouses, Kelly and Sara McCabe of Cortez, and Kim and Steve Franchini also of Cortez; eight grandchildren; and his daughter-in-law, Shawna McCabe, of Grand Junction, Colo

Preceding Howard in death were his son, Kevin H. McCabe in 1989, and his brother, Lowell H. McCabe in 1997.

Memorial contributions can be made in Howard McCabe's name with the Citizens State Bank of Cortez. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

James Jacob Jack Suckla

Memorial services for James Jacob Jack Suckla, a longtime Cortez area resident, will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Cortez Livestock Action. Mr. Glen Randol will officiate.

Jim was born in Frederick, Colo., on July 25, 1919, to Anthony and Dorothy (Pintravich) Suckla. He passed away at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, April 3, 2002. He was 82.

After moving to the Cortez area around 1935, Jim met and later married Helen Lucille Bradfield in Aztec, N.M., on July 29, 1941. Jim founded the Cortez Livestock Auction, which continues to serve this area with weekly livestock sales.

He served his country in the Navy during World War II, and was the longest dues-paying member of the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75.

Surviving Jim are his wife of 60 years, Helen Suckla of Cortez; his children and their spouses, Jimmy Gene and Darline Suckla of Cortez, Larry and Donna Suckla of Cortez, Steve and Pam Suckla of Disappointment, Colo., and Toni and Chuck Bates of Cortez. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren; 8.5 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren and two brothers.

To honor Jim’s memory, the family suggests helping a neighbor or someone in need, or making a contribution in Jim's name with the Lewis Arriola Fire Department.

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

Helen May Humiston

Graveside interment services of cremains for Helen May Humiston, lifelong Mancos resident, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Mancos. Reverend Ora Dailey will be officiating.

Helen was born on May 29, 1908, in Galland, Iowa to Warren E. and Maude May (Stanley) Lyen. She passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos at the age of 93.

Helen married Frank Doss Sr. in Iowa. They had two sons, Frank Doss, Jr. and Gene W. Doss. In 1929 Helen moved to Colorado with her sons and her parents. Helen's parents became longtime residents of the Mancos area.

On Feb. 24, 1936 Helen married Edward Max Humiston, son of Edward Everett and Belle Humiston of Mancos. Helen and Max moved to Grand Junction where they lived until after World War II. In the 1950s they moved to California where they resided until Max retired in 1971; they then returned to Mancos.

In 1986 Helen and Max celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. As part of their celebration, they went to Hawaii for two weeks with their son, Gene and his wife. Upon their return they celebrated with friends and relatives in Mancos. Helen was an active member of the Lioness Club and enjoyed bowling until recent years.

She is survived by her son, Gene Doss and his wife, Dorothy of Fresno, Calif.; her daughter-in-law, Tomi Doss of Dennison, Tex. Her grandchildren, Tim Doss and Jane Doss; her five great-grandchildren; and numerous Humistons in the Mancos, and Southern California area survive her.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Max Humiston; her son, Frank Doss Jr.; her brother, Emerson Lyen; and her sister, Margaret Lyen Kuykendoll.

Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Raina Ann Lansing

Services for Raina Ann Lansing will be held at 10 a.m. April 4, at the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel. John and Nola Shoemaker will officiate.

Raina was born in Cortez on Oct. 10, 1971 to Alfred and Regina Price Lansing. She passed away on March 27, 2002.

She attended school in Cortez, and later moved to Denver where she finished high school. She later married, and was the mother to three children, Maria Ann, Margarita Marie and Alfred, all of whom live in Denver.

She spent her time among the laughter and beauty of the next generation. She enjoyed artistic crafts, such as drawing and crocheting. Enmeshed in her culture and heritage, she enjoyed dancing, and when she was younger, participated in the pow wow circuit.

She is survived by her children; siblings, Louie Price, Cecil Tabbee, Ann Tabbee, Ernestine Tabbee and Maggie Lansing; uncles, Stacey Lansing, Norman Lansing, Herbert Lansing Jr., Ernie Price, James Price Sr., Neal Lang and Wayne Marsh; aunt, Janice Lang; grandmothers May Marsh, Ruth Root and Jean Taylor.

Raina was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clement and Waldon Tabbee; grandparents Molley Deer and Herbert Lansing Sr., Elizabeth Marsh, Andrew Price, Roosevelt and Charley Marsh; uncle, Alfred Parker Lang and aunt, Colleen Lansing.

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

Frances Mabel Longenbaugh

Funeral services for Frances Mabel Moon Longenbaugh will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5, at the Cortez First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Lynn Evans officiating. Interment will follow at the Arriola Cemetery. A luncheon for family and friends will follow at the Methodist Church.

Frances Mabel Moon Longenbaugh was born Nov. 14, 1906 in Golden, Colo. She was the fourth of six children born to Frances and Delauzon Moon. She passed away in the Denver area on Saturday, March 30, 2002.

After graduating from Colorado A&M College in Fort Collins, Colo., Frances married Harry Longenbaugh, and moved to Hesperus. Both Frances and her husband taught at Fort Lewis College there during the 1930s. The celebrated nearly 65 years of marriage.

They raised two children, Robert and Harriet. During the World War II years they worked on a ranch north of Steamboat Springs, Colo. and later at LaSalle, Utah. In 1945, Frances and Harry began to build their home-located northwest of Cortez on farmland they purchased in 1930.

Frances was active in the community and belonged to the Ute Mountain Study Club and the Colorado Federation of Women. She was Montezuma County Easter Seal chairperson for over 35 years and was a Cub Scout and 4-H leader, as well as "Pinto Bean Queen" numerous times.

Survivors include a son Robert (Lale) Longenbaugh, of Lakewood, Colo.; a daughter, Harriet (Ernest) Cox of Port Matilda, Pa.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Frances' sister, Iva Moon Pearce, resides near Boulder, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Harry, in 1992.

Memorial donations be made to the Historical Collection of the Cortez Public Library, or a charity of your choice.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Raymond Gilbert Perkins

Services for Raymond Gilbert Perkins of Dove Creek will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the First Assembly of God Church in Dove Creek. Pastor Wesley Dean Davis will officiate. Visitation is prior to the services, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Dove Creek Cemetery.

Mr. Perkins passed away March 24, 2002, at his home. He was 89.

Raymond was born October 3, 1912 to Henry George and Sarah Elizabeth Gano Perkins at Barnes, Kan., where he spent his childhood and attended schools. In 1938 he moved to Dove Creek where he was a long time farmer and rancher.

He married Pauline Brown in 1945. She passed away in 1977. He was then married to Alma Martin from 1981 to 1986. On March 12, 1994, he married Beverly Topping Merz.

Raymond was a longtime member and helped build the First Assembly of God Church in Dove Creek. He loved gardening, canning, fishing, reading and playing cards and especially spending time with his family. He will be remembered as compassionate, tender hearted and loving may with a good sense of humor.

Raymond is survived by his wife and best friend, Beverly Perkins of Dove Creek, daughter Janell (Terry) Boggs of Grand Junction, Colo., son Kenneth (Debra) Perkins of Cortez, stepchildren, Raymond, Peggy, Patty, Carol, Jerry, Cecil, Charlotte, sister Edith Musil of Wamego, Kan., six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Willie Mae Johnson

Memorial services for Willie Mae Johnson will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Brother Vic Walker will be officiating.

Willie Mae was born on October 14, 1945 in Gallup, N.M. to Clarence Ernest and Donna Lucia (Maria) Portley. She passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 56.

Reading was a favorite pastime of Willie Mae's. She also loved to cook and cherished spending time with her grandchildren.

Willie Mae is survived by her children, Danton (Amy) Portley of Zuni, N.M., Ronald (Irene) of Gallup; her siblings, Henry Monarco of Albuquerque, Joe Portley of Adams, Ore., Arvella Williams of Gallup, Asaline Hill of Ft. Worth, Texas, Eleanor Smith of San Antonio, Texas, and Martha Hughes of Keene, N.H. She also leaves seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents.

Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.

Elsie Quinn

Graveside services for lifelong Cortez resident Elsie Quinn will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 1 at the Summit Ridge Cemetery. Pastor Steve Schwarz of the Seventh Day Adventist Church will officiate.

Elsie was born on Jan. 16, 1916 to Harrison M. and Dora (Maxfield) VanPelt in Sterling, Colo. She passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 86.

Elsie married Jerry Quinn, and became a homemaker who loved to crochet, and collect stamps. She was also a loyal member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and always studied her Bible.

Elsie is survived by her sister and brother, Leota King of Cortez, and Howard (Emma) VanPelt of Dolores. Her two nieces, five nephews, and numerous great-nieces and nephews also survive her. Preceding Elsie in death were her parents, and her beloved husband, Jerry Quinn.

Memorial contributions can be made in Elsie's name to any charity of your choice. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Ella E. Smith

Graveside services for Ella E. Smith will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Arriola Cemetery.

Ella resided in Aztec N.M. at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 7, 1911, in Scotsville, Ky., and passed away on March 26, 2002, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington.

She is survived locally by daughter Tracy (Vic) Duran and grandchildren, Tonya and Rob Yates, all of Arriola, and Vic (Candis) Duran of Cortez. Her daughter, Nellie Fisher of Aztec, N.M. and her family, also survive Ella.

Douglas Craig Frazier

Memorial services for Douglas Craig Frazier, 48, of Cortez, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds indoor arena. The Rev. Jerry Brown will officiate.

Visitation will be held Thursday, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Frazier was born Jan. 14, 1954, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Cecil Melvin Frazier and Leila Frazier. He passed away on March 27, 2002, at Southwest Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Paula of Cortez; son, Layne and daughter Amanda, all of Cortez; mother, Leila Frazier of Calhan, Colo.; brothers, Melvin, of Delta, Colo.; Leonard of Brighton, Colo.; Jesse of Fowler, Kan.; Jerald of Raton, N.M. and Clint of Colorado Springs; sisters, Evelyn Gotschall of Calhan and Pat Bromley of Gunnison, Colo.

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

Pauline Barstow

Graveside memorial services for Pauline Barstow, who passed away Dec. 23, 2001, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 29 at the Cortez Cemetery. Those wishing to pay their last respects should meet at the cemetery at 10:15.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Hospice of Montezuma, 1108 N. Mildred Road, Cortez, CO 81321.

Craig Swope Trudeau

Memorial services for longtime Dove Creek resident Craig Swope Trudeau will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29, at the Dove Creek First Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Daniels officiating.

Craig was born in Rifle, Colo., on Jan. 22, 1937, the son of Fred Swope Trudeau and Margaret (Wilder) Trudeau. He passed away at the New Mexico Heart Hospital in Albuquerque on Thursday, March 21, 2002, at the age of 65.

On Jan. 7, 1957, Craig took Carole Sue Young to be his bride. Together they shared 45 years of marriage. In 1967 Craig and Carole moved their family to the Dove Creek area.

Union Carbide employed Craig for 33 years as a mine electrician. He worked this job so that he could afford to do what he loved the most — to ranch and farm. He was a charter member of "The Poker Club" and was an avid fan of all Dove Creek sports.

Surviving Craig are his wife, Carole Trudeau of Dove Creek; children, Cameron Scott Trudeau of Dove Creek, Curt Steven (Patty) Trudeau of Cahone, and Coein Skipper (Jennifer) Trudeau of Upland, Ind.

Craig's grandchildren, Christina Diane Trudeau of Cortez, Teresa Marie Walton of Killeen, Tex., Chad Kinnett of Dove Creek, Crystal Funk of Aztec, N.M., Craig Trudeau of Cahone, Libby, Maddy, Gabby, Kitty, and Sam Trudeau of Upland, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Donovan Trudeau, Aarron Trudeau, Kody Walton, Dillon Funk, Hailey Funk, and Ophelia Kinnett; and sisters, Reny (Bob) McAulife of Seattle, Wash., Lynne (Roy) Smith of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, and Gary Robison of Reno, Nev.; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family survive him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and this brother, Casey Carson Trudeau.

Memorial contributions can be made in Craig Trudeau's name with the Community Bank of Dove Creek to benefit the Dolores County High School Athletic Fund. Arrangements are being made through the Ertel Funeral Home

Raleigh "Dale" Heitzman

Raleigh "Dale" Heitzman, former Cortez-area resident, passed away on March 18, 2002, at his home in Casper, Wyo., at the age of 76.

Services are at 11 a.m. March 23 at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 710 E. Second St., Casper. Pastor John Spear from Highland Park Community Church will officiate. Cremation has taken place.

Dale was born May 30, 1925, in El Reno Okla., to Raleigh and Clara Titterington Heitzman. He graduated high school in El Reno, and served in the Merchant Marines and U.S. Army during World War II. On Nov. 3, 1956, he married Mary E. Childs, in Lovington, N.M.

Dale worked for Superior Oil Company for 28 years in the exploration department, and retired in 1977 as the Rocky Mountain division scout. He then started his own wellsite permitting service. In 1980, Robert M. Anderson joined the firm as a partner, and remained one until his death.

He is survived by his daughters, Karen Hout and her husband, of Casper, and Debra Pierce of Bismarck, N.D., as well as by six grandchildren.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, in July of 1999 and his step-brother, Bill Owens.

 

Raymond I. Donovan

Graveside services for longtime Pleasant View resident Raymond I. Donovan will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the Cortez Cemetery. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt of the Cortez Church of Christ will officiate.

Visitation has been set for Friday afternoon at the Ertel Memorial Chapel from 3 to 6.

Raymond was born to Elmer David and Rose Zella (Millikan) Donovan in Shattuck, Okla. on May 18, 1922. He passed away at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at the age of 79.

When only a few months old, Raymond and his family moved to Colorado. He received the majority of his education in Kim, Colo. Prior to his sophomore year, Raymond and his family made another move to the Pleasant View area.

There he enrolled in school and remained for half of the year, deciding he would rather work. On March 24, 1943, witnessed by his sister Audrey and her husband, Raymond took Bessie Barnard to be his wife at Aztec, N.M.

Raymond was inducted into the Army on Feb. 6, 1945, serving in the Asiatic Pacific from Aug. 10, 1945 to May 29, 1946. He was honorably discharged on June 1, 1946. Returning to Pleasant View, Raymond spent his working life raising dryland wheat and beans. He was a Master Mason and a member of the VFW.

Surviving Raymond are his wife of nearly 59 years, Bessie Donovan of Pleasant View.; son Gene and Nellie Donovan also of Pleasant View; daughter, Raylene Ellen Harris of Las Cruces, N.M.; five grandchildren, Lisa (Bob) Deffenbaugh of Cassville, Mo.; Laura (Mike) Dalley of Loma, Colo.; Lana (Matthew) Laker of Phoenix; Amy (Joao) Nunes of Lubbock,Texas, and David (Stephanie) Harris of Grand Junction, Colo.; 10 great-grandchildren, Austin and Mikala Deffenbaugh, Jessica, Kayla, Lacy, and Justin Dalley, Kathy and Karl Nunes, and Trevin and Aspen Harris; as well as his sister, Thelma (Gene) Patton of Cortez.

His parents, and two sisters, Audrey Gai and Naomi Rippetoe, preceded him in death.

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

 

William E. Evans

Memorial services for William "Jim" E. Evans, a longtime Cortez resident will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 at the Cortez First United Methodist Church. Rev. Lynn Evans will officiate.

Born on July 13, 1918, at Rush, Kan., Jim was the son of William Oliver and Bessie C. (Thornton) Evans. He passed away at the Vista Mesa Retirement Center in Cortez on Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at the age of 83.

Surviving Jim are his children, Charles Oliver and Gloria Evans of Cortez, James Keith Evans also of Cortez, and Beverly Ann Milligan of Seattle, Wash.; as well as 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy May (Brown) Evans in 1996.

Arrangements are being made through the Ertel Funeral Home.

Ruby Velma Smart

Funeral services for Ruby Velma Smart, a longtime resident of Cortez, will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Elders Tim Janes and Clinton Smart, with Deacon Jim Phipps, will officiate.

Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ertel Chapel.

Ruby was born on Oct. 25, 1907 in Ruth, Texas to John Wesley and Lena Elizibeth (Tunnell) Kearney. She passed away on Friday, March 15, 2002 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos at the age of 94.

On Jan. 4, 1926 in Coryell County, Texas, Ruby married her sweatheart, James C. Smart. She was very active in the Primitive Baptist Church of Cortez and enjoyed sewing, gardening, and cooking.

Ruby is survived by her children, Lois Marie (John) Harris of Cortez, Joseph B. (Joan) Smart of Green Valley, Ariz., Billy F. (Jodee) Smart of Cortez, and Adina R. (Larry) Sowle of Renten, Wash. She leaves 14 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great grandchildren; and her brother John (Irene) Kearney of Burnet, Texas.

Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband, J.C. Smart; her infant child, Tiny Baby Smart; her sister, Golda Gleaton; and her brother, Sam Kearney.

Memorial contributions can be made in Ruby's name at the First National Bank of Cortez. The family can be reached at 1012 S. Oak Street. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

John Shannon Dodson

Funeral services for John Shannon Dodson a lifelong resident of Dolores will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 18, at the Cortez Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Larry Yarbrough will officiate. Interment will follow at the Summit Ridge Cemetery.

John was born on Nov. 27, 1962, to Paul L. and Allie Adeline (Gladden) Dodson. He passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2002 in rural Cortez at the age of 39 as the result of an automobile accident.

A dyed-in-the-wool cowboy, John enjoyed his time spent with his cattle and any activity related to being a cowboy.

Surviving John are his parents, Paul and Adeline Dodson of Dolores; his brother and sister-in-law, Justin and Robin Dodson of Cortez and their children, Jamie, Jessica, Coleton, Benjamin and Jacob Dodson; daughters, Misty (Marc) Spore and their daughter, Kylie of Dolores, Dusty Sullivan of Georgia, and Stormy McBride of Texas; his companion Rita Roofe of Cortez and her children, Kayla and Colton Roofe; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial contributions can be made in John Dodson's name with the First National Bank. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

Donald Yazzie

Services for Donald Yazzie, 84, of Cortez and formerly of Sweetwater, Ariz., will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, at the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel. Mr. Ben Yazzie will officiate. Interment will follow at the Immanuel Mission Cemetery, near Sweetwater.

Visitation is today at the chapel, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Donald passed away on March 11, 2002, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. He was born to Housteen and Pearl Yazzie on Jan. 15, 1918 , in Sweetwater. He attended schools in that area.

He married Lillie Wilson in 1953. She preceded him in death on Sept. 28, 2000.

Mr. Yazzie’s clans are Tachinii (Red Running Into Water) and Bitahnii (Within His Cover Clan). He was a medicine man.

He worked as a uranium miner on the Navajo Nation’s land and in Western Colorado. In his younger years, he enjoyed rodeoing and breaking horses. He liked working with livestock, telling stories to his grandchildren and visiting with his family. He attended Lighthouse Baptist Church with Lillie.

Donald Yazzie is survived by his children from previous marriages, Ben Yazzie, Dan Yazzie, Jackson Yazzie, Vickie House, Lorraine Yazzie; stepdaughter, Irene White; Carol Pinto, Harry Yazzie, Tom Yazzie, Ellen Bikis, Howard Yazzie, Frank Yazzie and Herbert Yazzie, and many other relatives and friends. He is also survived by 73 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren; brother, Lee Yazzie and sister, Emma Scott.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe Lee, Paul and Thomas and his children, Calvin, Betty and Alvin.

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

 

Patricia Barron

Memorial services for longtime Cortez resident Patricia Marie Barron, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Lewis Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ertel Chapel.

Pat was born on Oct. 13, 1953 to Melvin and Wilma (Cothern) Flowers in La Junta, Colo. She passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 48.

On Nov. 23, 1973 Pat wed Charles Barron here in Cortez. They had shared 28 years of marriage together. Pat was a hard worker who loved her job as manager of the Dollar World Plus store in Cortez. She loved Jesus and cherished her family dearly.

Surviving Pat are her husband, Chuck Barron of Cortez; parents, Melvin and Wilma Flowers; her daughter, Dawn (Shane) Beck of Cortez; her grandchildren, Stoney Beck, and Amy Jo Stockton; and her siblings, J.L. Flowers, Linda Roybal, and Melva Terry. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive Pat.

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

 

Dean Blackketter

Dean Blackketter, formerly of Cortez, passed away in Highlands, Calif. on March 11, 2002. He was born March 19, 1936.

Services are pending and cremation has been arranged.

 

Henry "Hank" Fulton Hunter

Memorial services for Henry Fulton "Hank" Hunter, a longtime resident of Cortez, will be held on at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the American Legion.

Hank was born on Aug. 24, 1926 in Reynoldsville, Penn., to Richard E. and Alberta Leone (Henry) Hunter. He passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango at the age of 75.

Hank was a U.S. Navy veteran who had served during both World War II and the Korean Conflict as a medic; he was honorably discharged on March 8, 1950. He married Betty Mae Peters on Feb. 5, 1955. Hank enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He was also an active member of the VFW, and the American Legion.

Surviving Hank is his wife of 47 years, Betty Mae Hunter; his children, Gaye (Ken) Martin of Dallas, Charles Hunter of Cortez, and Sharon (Todd) Baker of Cortez. His five grandchildren, Ian Martin and Rian Machelle Hunter of Dallas, and Brandon, Alizya, and Swazy Baker of Cortez; brother, Richard Dale Hunter of Cortez; brother-in-law, Fred L. Peters of Beaver, Penn.; sister-in-law, Kaye Marie Lewis of Vero Beach, Fla.; niece, Allison Louise Churovia of Beaver, Penn; and cousin, Shirley Henry Anderson of Brockway, Penn.; as well as several other nieces and nephews also survive Hank.

Preceding Hank in death were his parents; and six-month old grandbaby, Trina Alison Baker in 1992, a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Trina Alison Baker Fund at the First National Bank of Cortez. Services will be conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.


Kenneth M. Dennison

Funeral services for Cortez resident Kenneth M. Dennison will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Cortez L.D.S. Church. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

Kenneth was born in Cortez on July 28, 1921, to Clarence William and Irene Caroline (Mitchell) Dennison.

He passed away in Cortez on March 8, 2002, at the age of 80.

Kenneth served in the Navy and defended his country during World War II.

On May 5, 1945, Kenneth married Norma Leota Meadows in Aztec, N.M.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints and a former member of the Moose Lodge. Kenneth also loved to fish and camp and truly enjoyed the outdoors.

Surviving Kenneth are his wife of 56 years, Norma Dennison of Cortez; children, Gary (Karen) Dennison of Farmington, and Cindy (Allen) Lichliter of Cortez; grandchildren, Michelle (Scott) Blades, Michael Dennison both of Farmington, Jerrod Simmons of Cortez, Kevin (Karri) Simmons of Durango, Laci (Chad) Kibel, and Royanne Lichliter, all of Cortez, and eight great-grandchildren; brother, Vernon Dennison of Cortez; and son-in-law, Ray Miller of Salt Lake City, Utah; numerous nieces and nephews; and his extended family, Tyler, Brianna, Savannah Canyon, Nichole, Aspen, Austin, and Alyssa.

His daughter, Sherrill Miller, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions can be made with the Citizens State Bank of Cortez.

Eleanor Prukop Fuller

Funeral services for Eleanor Prukop Fuller will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 14, at Powers Funeral Home in Puyallup, Wash.

She was born to William G. and Julia Ann Clever in Patterson, N.J.

She is survived by her sons, Ronald (Madeline) and Raymond (Patsi) Prukop; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and sister, Alene Glenn of Cortez.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Don, Marvin, Darrell and Gordon Clever.

Gene Paul Graffis

Funeral services for Gene Paul Graffis of Cortez will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt will be officiating.

Gene was born on Sept. 24, 1936, in Burlington, Colo., to Ralph Thomas and Ruby Mable (Kintigh) Graffis.

He passed away on March 9, 2002, at Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 65.

On Aug. 28, 1962, in Cortez, Gene married Guyrene Darland.

A mechanic, he loved to work with his hands, working on cars, painting, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Guyrene, of Cortez; sons, Dexter Graffis, of Manhattan, Kan., Paul Graffis, of Farmington, N.M., Greg (Tracy) Graffis; and daughter, Sara (Dustin) Porter, all of Cortez; grandchildren, Brooke, Brittany, Amanda, Alyssa, Devon, Jason, Derek, and Courtney; one great-grandchild; brothers, Ted (Debra) Graffis of Castle Rock, Colo., and Trenton William Graffis of Warrensburg, Mo.; sister-in-law, Kathlene Graffis of Seibert, Colo.; many nieces and nephews; and stepmother, Clara Graffis of Cortez.

Preceding Gene in death were his parents; his infant son, Edward Graffis; and his brother, Elmer Graffis.

Memorial contributions can be made at the First National Bank of Cortez.

Wilma Jean Reed

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Wilma Jean Reed will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Wilma was born to Harlan Ray and Grace (Duey) Ray in Chester, Neb., on Aug. 2, 1925.

She passed away at the Vista Grande Nursing Home on March 11, 2002, at the age of 76.

On Feb. 12, 1944, Wilma became the bride of Richard K. Reed in Mesa, Ariz. Wilma was a devoted mother and very involved in her children's activities.

She was very civic-minded and gave her time and energy to many activities. Wilma and Dick made Cortez their home over 30 years ago.

She kept busy selling real estate and in her spare time she enjoyed painting, gardening and dancing.

Surviving Wilma are her husband of 58 years, Richard, of Cortez; daughters, Patricia Shaver of Yreka, Calif., and Judy Reed of Fort Collins, Colo.; granddaughters, Dawn Stanley-Butts of Redding, Calif., and Jennifer Perham of Grenada, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Joe Butts and Kayla Perham.

Preceding Wilma in death were her father, who died before her birth; her mother, Grace O'Neil; her son, Richard K. Reed III, who died in 1958 at the age of 10; and her brother, Roland Ray.

Memorial contributions can be made with Citizens State Bank of Cortez.

Elaine L. Boren Johnson

Funeral services for Elaine L. Boren Johnson will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 11, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Summit Ridge Cemetery.

Elaine was born on June 5, 1945, in Cortez to Alfred and Mary (Crouse) Boren. She passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at her daughter's home in Broken Arrow, Okla. She was 56.

Elaine was a caregiver and day care provider who loved her family and loved being a grandmother.

She is survived by her daughter Mary "Michelle" and husband, Stephen Crow of Broken Arrow.; son, Nick Johnson of Broken Arrow; sisters, Guyrine Ward and LeEtta Reed; brothers, Alan and John Boren and her grandson, John Michael Crow.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

William Sidney Kayah Dean

Funeral services for William Sidney Kayah Dean will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 10, at New Sarepta Baptist Church, Sarepta, La. Burial will be at Old Sarepta Baptist Church, next to his great-grandfather, Otis Dean. A family dinner will follow at New Sarepta Baptist Church.

William was born Dec. 28, 2001, and passed away March 6, 2002. He leaves his parents, Stephanie and Robert Dean of Lewisville, Texas; sister, Sarah; paternal grandparents Barbara and Bobby Dean of Cortez; maternal grandparents, Judy Johnston of Atlanta and Paul Johnston of Fort Collins, Colo.; aunt and uncle, Jessamyn and Christopher Stidham of Cortez and aunt, Jennifer Johnston, of California.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, Attention: Communications Department. Please include the Deans’ name and address so that they may be notified of your donation. Cards may be mailed to the Deans at 146 Valley View Drive, #512, Lewisville, Texas 75067.

 

Dorathee Smith

No services are scheduled at this time for Dorathee Smith, 89, who passed away Monday, March 4, 2002, at an assisted living center in Cortez.

Mrs. Smith was born Dec. 12, 1912 in Lytton, British Columbia, Canada, and move to California as a young girl. She attended schools in both the U.S. and Canada.

She married Gordon Stewart Bryant in 1934. To this union was born one son, Berkley Carlton Bryant. Mrs. Smith lost her husband in 1944, when he was killed in the South Pacific during World War II.

She was a single mother for many years, before marrying Richard Vernon Smith Sr. in 1953. To this union was born one son, Richard Vernon Smith Jr. in 1954.

She had resided in Salem, Ore. for the past 35 years, where she was a housewife and businesswoman. Mrs. Smith was a lifelong member of the Christian Science Church and enjoyed reading and receiving inspiration daily from her Bible and "Science and Health."

She will be missed by many who knew and respected her for her kind and loving consideration of others.

Dorathee Smith is survived by her two sons, Berkley Bryant of Hesperus, Colo. and Richard Smith of Salem; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as by extended family in both the U.S. and Canada.

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

 

Dolores Ellen Presley

Graveside services for Cortez resident, Dolores Ellen Presley will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 8 at the Arriola Cemetery.

Dolores was born to Harvey M. and Marie T. (Kelly) Rice in Orange County, Calif. She passed away on Monday, March 4, 2002 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 61.

Her husband, Earnest C. Shipman and many other family and friends survive Dolores.

Her parents preceded her in death.

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

Robert 'Bob' C. Smith

Funeral services for Robert "Bob" C. Smith of Cortez, will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Cahone Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, 8 a.m. to noon at the Ertel Chapel.

Bob was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on Aug. 16, 1944, to Chester Cecil and Marvis Earline (Parrott) Smith. He passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Durango on Friday, March 1, 2002. He was 57.

Bob owned his own truck and enjoyed making his living as a self-employed long haul trucker. In his free time, he enjoyed old vehicles and had recently restored an old pickup truck. He also drew pleasure from boating and four-wheeling and being with his grandchildren.

Bob was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to whoever needed one, and therefore, had made lots of lasting friendships throughout the area. He treasured his "coffee buddies."

Bob is survived by his companion and friend, Phyllis Barnett of Dove Creek; daughters, Valerie (Jim) Garland of Cortez; Patricia (Ralph) Nicolay of Fort Huachuca, Ariz. and Charlotte Smith of Tucson; seven grandchildren and Phyllis’ daughter, Brenda (Terry) Funk of Dove Creek.

He is also survived by his sister, Linda (David) Harris of Deer Park, Texas; brothers, James C. (Carolyn) Smith of Prescott Valley, Ariz. and Jerry (Lynda) Smith of Nacogdoches, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary L. Matthews and half-brother, Doyle Edison Parrott.

Memorial contributions can be made with the American Cancer Society.

John Sarada

Graveside services for John Karr Sarada will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at the Cortez Cemetery at 10 a.m.

John was born on July 4, 1949, to Steve A. and Marjorie L. (Karr) Sarada in Adams County, Colo. He passed away on Monday, March 4, 2002, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 52.

He is survived by his brother, Steven A. and Katherine Sarada of Englewood, Colo.; and his niece, Jennifer.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Hannah Sell Nelson

Memorial services for Hannah Sell Nelson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Cortez.

She was born in Terry, Mont., on Aug. 15, 1915, to Minnie Wilberg and Frank August Sell. In 1938 she graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degee in music and education. She taught in Minnesota until World War II when she became superintendent of a children's home in St. Paul, Minn.

In 1946 she married Gustav A. Nelson, a church musician and teacher. They lived in Helen, Ark., where she taught in the public schools and later developed a private school for handicapped children. When the couple moved to Waco, Texas, she opened the School of Remedial Instruction.

Upon Mr. Nelson's retirement, they moved to Dennehotso, Ariz., where she taught Navajo children for several years in the boarding school. When Hannah retired in 1974, they moved to a farm south of Cortez.

Throughout her life she was active in youth work, directing children's choirs and teaching Sunday School. After her husband died, she taught piano in Cortez and was the coordinator for the Four Corners chapter of the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

For 15 years she served as a "Pink Lady" in the local hospital and nursing home. She was a past member of the Cortez Garden Club and the Lewis Friendship Club. She was active in the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Cortez until her move to Mancos, where she was considered a special member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

When her health no longer permitted her to live alone, she sold her home and entered the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos, where she was happily situated until her death.

She is survived by two step-daughters, Constance Walker of Washington, N.C., and Helen Wettlaufer Park Rapids, Minn., four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband, one step-daughter, two brothers and a grandson.

For those who wish to give memorials, a fund for the care and upkeep of the organ has been arranged at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Cortez. An alternative is a gift to the Sunshine Acres Children's Home, 3405 N. Higley Road, Mesa, AZ 85215.

Ferne C. Foss

Services for Ferne C. Foss, 82, of Cortez, will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 6, at the Lighthouse Baptist Church. Pastor Larry Chappell will officiate. Interment will follow in the Summit Ridge Cemetery, Dolores. Visitation is Tuesday, March 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel.

Mrs. Foss was born to John J. and Blanch Irene Bogenrief Allison on Jan. 7, 1920, in Winnebago, Minn. She passed away March 3, 2002 at her granddaughter’s residence in Cortez.

She graduated from the Huntley High school in Huntley, Minn. On June 16, 1940, she married Wayne M. Foss. They farmed most of their lives and raised five children. She was also a library teacher’s aide.

The Fosses moved to Cortez in 1987 from Casa Grande, Ariz. Mr. Foss passed away Aug. 8, 2001.

Mrs. Foss was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church and remained very active until her illness.

Ferne Foss is survived by her children, Linda Long of Elmwood, Ill., Robert (Rhonda) Foss of Peoria, Ariz.; Roger Foss of Yuba, Colo.; Dianna (Clyde) Henkelman of Northglenn, Colo. and Melvin Foss of Glendale, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc.

Carl Donald Beisswanger

Carl Donald Beisswanger was born on Feb. 21, 1927, in Redding, Pa., to James William and Marion (Rankin) Beisswanger. He passed away on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at his home in Dolores at the age of 75.

On June 11, 1946, in Denver, Carl married Doris L. Clark. He was a college professor who taught for the State of Colorado for 20 years. Later, Carl began his own refrigeration and air conditioning business.

He is survived by his wife, Doris L. Beisswanger of Dolores; children, Ken Beisswanger of Dolores, Catherine Marie Helsel of Morresdale, Pa., and Daniel Scott Beisswanger of Westminster, Colo.; grandchildren, Chris Waters of Dolores; Paul Beisswanger who is stationed in Wahiawa, Hawaii; James Carl Beisswanger of Naturita; Dee Sue Beisswanger of Conifer, Colo.; and Angela Beisswanger of Albuquerque, N.M.;four step-grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Susann Mock of Reading, Pa., and brother, Harold Beisswanger of Mohrsville.

Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.

 

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