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Cortez Journal Obituaries
Cortez Journal

Obituaries 
Sep. - Oct. 2000


Helen Norma Amidon

Leona Harmony Baker
Harold Batemen
William "Bill" Beard
Mary Blackhorse
Georgetta Brossard
Emma Jones Chilly
Jack D. Clark
Alice Crapo Conn
Juana M. Cox
Bernice C. Davis
Alma Duran
Angela Frances Emrick
Courtland Chester Fellers
Nelma Finley
Michael Lynn Fisher
Courtland Chester Fellers
Billy Eldon Froman

Layton Todd Graf

Audra Emerald Hamilton

Lodema Hendrickson
Louise Higgins
Ambrosia Hoeschen
John H. Ihnen
Thomas Lloyd Jackson
Bruce N. Jacobson
Orval Jahnke
Paul Lyle Kemph

Sherry Lynn McBride Kibel
Van N. "Nate" Kitchens III

Edna Rose Swisher Lea
David Lee
Gloria P. Lopez
Ruth O. Maichel
Helen Mauler
Patty R. Maynes
Bonnie Thelma McNutt
Herbert Miller
Clarence Mirabel
Lou Ann Evelyn Nicholson
McKean Peabody
Jerry T. Phillips
Freelin Martin Portner
Gary D. Powell
Robert Hemp Root

Bernice Rose
Margaret Shull
Betty Schutt
Hill Strofer
James R. Taylor
Lee Trujillo
Harry Bruce Waugh
Donald Wells
Robert "Bob" B. Williams
Thomas 'Tom' Wood
Lillie Wilson Yazzie 

Betty Schutt

Betty Schutt of Cortez passed away Monday, Oct. 23, 2000 at University Medical Center in Denver. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church. A reception will follow the service.

She was born Betty Jean Diers on June 14, 1928, in Sheboygan, Wis., to Viola Grupe Diers Henning and Harold Diers.

She married Donald Schutt on Jan. 24, 1948, and they moved to Phoenix, Ariz. in 1954. She was employed by Reynolds Aluminum and later by Maricopa County Public School in Arizona. She and Donald built their retirement home in Cortez in the early 1980s. Betty was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was actively involved in the Cortez Christian Women’s Club.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Vicki) Schutt of Phoenix; Mary (John) Gleeson of Littleton, Colo. and Kathy (Paul) Turner, also of Littleton.

She is also survived by four grandchildren, William and Bradley Gleeson, Katie Turner and Jenny Schutt; her sister, Patricia Runstrom of Ladysmith, Wis.; brother, Harold Diers of Tucson; stepsisters Doris Wagner of Sheboygan; Shirley Van Ess of Waldo, Wis.; aunts Eleanore Oehmke of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Dorothy Wick and Lucille Peterman of Sheboygan; uncle Raymond Grupe of California; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; son Thomas Schutt; grandsons Alexander Gleeson;s stepfather, Frank Henning; stepsister Betty Jane (Henning) Wisman and step brother, Milton Henning. Her husband of 49 years, Donald Schutt, passed away Nov. 27, 1997.

Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church. Top of Page  

Alice Crapo Conn

Graveside services for Alice Crapo Conn, a former longtime Dove Creek resident, will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Peel Cemetery beginning at 1 p.m.

Mrs. Conn passed away in Lakewood, Colo., on Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, at the age of 91.

She was born in Coalbed, Colo. on May 28, 1909, the daughter of George W. and Harriette (Crapo) Snyder. Her husband, William Homer Conn, preceded her in death.

For further service information, please contact the Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468. Top of Page  

Thomas Lloyd Jackson

Funeral services for Thomas Lloyd Jackson, a lifelong resident of Dove Creek, are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 3, at the First Baptist Church of Dove Creek beginning at 2 p.m. Pastor Don Daniels will officiate. Interment will follow at the Dove Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Ertel Memorial Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Thomas was born to Lawrence and Eulah (Briggs) Jackson on Oct. 2, 1914 in Paris, Texas. He went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home. He was 86 years old.

Thomas served his community as a rancher and farmer. He was married on July 2, 1939 to his bride, Overa Mary Ragsdale. To this union three children were born. Thomas loved the outdoors and especially loved to hunt. He also spent some time working for the Civilian Conservation Corp Camps in Mesa Verde during the Depression. Thomas was a former member of the Cortez Elks Lodge and a member of the Dove Creek First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Overa Mary Jackson, and by his children, Verdell Jackson and his wife, Linda of Kalispell, Mont., Gary L. Jackson of Berthoud, Colo., and Vera Deann Knuckles and her husband, Loyd of Dove Creek, Colo. His grandchildren, Bryan Jackson of Longmont, Colo., Scott Loyd Knuckles of Dove Creek, Colo., Shawn Dustin Jackson of Berthoud, Colo., April Marie DeZell of Calispell, Mont., Shelly Ann Purkat of Aztec, N.M., and four other great grandchildren survive Mr. Jackson. He is survived by extended family, Viola Martin of Dove Creek, Colo., Imogene Utley of Cortez, Colo., Hubert Jackson, of Salinas, Calif., Ira Lee Jackson of Weiser, Ida., Truman Jackson of Sparks, Nev., and George Jackson of Yuma, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Memorial contributions can be made with the Community Bank of Dove Creek.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. Top of Page  

Harold Bateman

Funeral services for former Cortez resident Harold Bateman, 78, of Chickasha, Okla., will be held Friday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Parkview Christian Church, with Rev. David Woods officiating.

Harold Bateman was born April 4, 1922 in Drumright, Okla., to Mark Bateman and Martha Humphreys. He passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2000 in Chickasha.

Harold grew up in Garber, Okla. He graduated from the high school there before going into the US Army for two years. He and Juanita Kilpatrick were married in 1945, in Seminole, Okla.

He started working in the Oklahoma oil fields in 1947. Later, in 1956, he was transferred to Cortez, where he continued to work for an additional 23 years. He returned to Chickasha in 1980, and retired in 1985.

Harold loved baseball, basketball, football and golf. He was a great youth baseball coach for about 15 years while in Cortez.

Harold is survived by his wife, Juanita; two daughters, Karen Sue Bateman of Denver and Janet Lee Rakowitz of San Antonio, Texas; sons Kerry Lynn Bateman of Huntington Beach, Calif. and Alan Neal Bateman of Grand Junction, Colo.; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both parents, one brother and three sisters.

Internment will be in the Covington Cemetery in Covington, Okla. at 2 p.m. under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home (405-224-1344). Top of Page  

Nelma Finley

Services for Nelma Finley, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 1 2000, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. For further details, please call 565-3468. Top of Page  

Freelin Martin Portner

Freelin Martin Portner was born May 15, 1903, to William and Olga Lackmann Portner, in Deadwood, S.D., where his father was one of the early miners to work in the world-renowned Homestake Gold Mine. He passed away Oct. 27 in Durango, at the age of 97.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall, 2537 County Road 203, Durango. Steven Geiger will officiate.

He is survived by one son, four daughters and spouses, 22 grandchildren and two generations of great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irma Arline Portner, two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; one son-in-law; one grandson; one granddaughter and four great-grandchildren. Top of Page  

Audra Emerald Hamilton

Funeral services for Audra Emerald Hamilton, a 39-year resident of Dolores, will be held on Wednesday, Nov.1, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at the Summit Ridge Cemetery.

Audra was born on May 10, 1911, in Cedar County, Mo., to Jasper and Nancy (Rose) Williams. She passed away on October 27, 2000, at the Mesa View Retirement Home in Cortez. She was 89.

Audra and her husband were dairy farmers and later farmed wheat and beans. For several years she worked in the nursery at the Methodist Church.

Audra is survived by her children, Margaret Brubeck and her husband, Arnold of Lamar, Colo., Zella McGettrick and her husband, Veryl of Springfield, Mo., and Maurice Hamilton of Cortez. She is also survived by six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents, her loving husband, Harold, one grandson, Gene Brubeck, and one sister.

Ruth O. Maichel

Funeral services for Ruth O. Maichel, 87, of Cortez and a longtime resident of Williams, Ariz., will be held Friday, Oct. 27, at the Canyon Chapel Foursquare Church in Williams beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at the Williams Cemetery. The Rev. Ed Malone will officiate.

Ruth went into the arms of her Savior on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at the Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez. She was born in Mulberry, Kan., on Dec. 21, 1912, to Joseph and Ida Matilda Greer. She married Glenn "Mike" Maichel on Oct. 4, 1929; they had two children, Robert Maichel and Joan Arriaga. They moved to Williams in 1945.

Ruth attended L.I.F.E. College in Los Angeles and was ordained as a minister of the Foursquare Gospel Church. She served the Lord in Northern Arizona planting churches, preaching, working with the Native Americans, and helping out wherever she was needed.

Those who knew "Sister Ruth" were blessed by her servant's heart and her passion for her Savior.

Ruth moved to Cortez in September 1999 and passed away here after suffering a stroke.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; her son and daughter; and two grandchildren. She is survived by four granddaughters, Sandi (Maichel) Teter of Poncha Springs, Colo., Cindy (Maichel) Slyter of Cortez, Wendi Maichel of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Shelley Manacso of Williams, Ariz.; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

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Robert "Bob" B. Williams

Bob Williams of Grand Junction (formerly of Norwood), passed away Oct. 21, 2000. He was 82. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Christian Church in Norwood at 2 p.m. Following the graveside service, family and friends are invited to the Community Building for a luncheon.

Bob was born May 13, 1918, to Roger and Kate Williams. He was a decorated soldier who fought in eight major battles in World War II, and shot the Howitzer, the largest gun, in the war.

He married Lois Hogle on July 24, 1946. They had three children.

He was also a boxer and held the title of division champion in boxing. He was a retired rancher who loved his ranch in Shenandoah. Bob broke horses for his many friends and family members. He was one of the last "true" cowboys, and enjoyed the rodeo, where he was a top bronc rider in his younger years.

He was a friend to everyone he met. Many people in the area knew him as "Uncle Bob" or "Cowboy Bob."

He is survived by his daughter, Jo Anne of Farmington, N.M.; sons, Floyd of Grand Junction and Larry, of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; a sister, Birdie of Cortez; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lois, on Aug. 15, 1972, four brothers, four sisters and one grandchild.

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Alma Duran

Former area resident Alma Duran passed away on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1 a.m. Cremation is being arranged. She is survived by many family members in Cortez and the surrounding area, including her son, Dillard Duran.

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Clarence Mirabel

A Mass of Christian burial for Clarence Mirabel of Cortez will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Father Joseph McGuinness will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in Cortez Cemetery, with military rites performed by the American Legion Post No. 75. A dinner will follow at the church.

Mr. Mirabel was born July 30, 1919. He passed away on Oct. 20, 2000, at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife, Beneranda, of Cortez; sons, Daniel (Dorothy); Tommy (Cecilia); Joseph (Verna); George and his girlfriend Sunshine Hargrave; daughters, Mary Ann (Donald) and Della Mirabel; two brothers; one sister; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Montezuma.

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Hil Strofer

Graveside services for Hil Strofer are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Cortez Cemetery beginning at 2 p.m. Pastor David Dahl of the Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate.

He passed away on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. He was 84.

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Thomas 'Tom' Wood

Thomas I. Wood passed away at his home in Cortez on Friday, Oct. 20,2000, at the age of 82. He was born in Salmon, Idaho, on Dec. 11, 1918, to John Albert and Helen (Laswell) Wood.

Tom earned a B.S. in pharmaceuticals from the Idaho State University. He married Helen L. Downey in Pocatello, Idaho, on April 11, 1938. They had three daughters.

They moved to Spokane, Wash., where Tom was employed as a pharmacist for over 40 years. He retired in 1982 and loved to travel with his wife. Helen passed away in 1990 in Spokane. He married Arene E. Kern in 1991. They resided in Idaho in the summer months and spent winters in Mesa, Ariz. In 1999 they moved to Cortez.

Tom is survived by his wife, Arene, of Cortez, daughters, Diane Middlebrook Dejarassi of San Francisco, Colleen Dae of Spokane, Michole Goldman of Los Altos, Calif., stepdaughter, Mary K. Hughes of Cortez, and stepson, James C. Kern of McAll, Ida. He is also survived by three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one step-grandchild, and two step-great-granchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, parents, and brother.

Interment services will be in Spokane, Wash.

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Gloria P. Lopez

Funeral services for Gloria P. Lopez, a lifetime resident of Mancos, are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, at the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

There will be a Rosary service and viewing on Friday, Oct. 20, at the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church at 7 p.m. Father Kevin Novack will officiate.

Gloria was born to José and Mary (Ulibarri) Martinez on Feb. 4, 1945, in Civola, N.M. She passed away on Monday, Oct. 16, 2000 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos at the age of 55.

Gloria suffered the loss of her husband, Victor Andrew Lopez, in July of this year. A large loving family survives her. Her mother, Mary C. Ulibarri of Bloomfield, N.M., survives. Also surviving are her children, Connie Paredes of Cortez, Carol Lopez of Cortez, Debra Brito of Summit Ridge, Johnny Lopez of Cortez, and Dolores Lopez of Summit Ridge.

She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her brothers, Tony Martinez of Bloomfield, N.M., Robert Ulibarri of Bloomfield, N.M., Gilbert Martinez of Denver, Roman Martinez of Bloomfield, N.M., and her sister Maria "Nina" Ballon of Bloomfield, N.M., survive her.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

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William "Bill" Beard

Memorial services for William Leonard "Bill" Beard of Cortez will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 10 a.m. Pastor Larry Chappell of the Lighthouse Baptist Church will be officiating.

Bill was born to Leonard Samuel and Gladys (Pettid) Beard on April 5, 1917, in Brooklyn, Iowa. He passed away at his home on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000. He was 83.

Bill's father moved from Iowa in order to farm when Bill was young. After being discharged from the military, Bill returned to Colorado and moved to Cortez. He loved this area and its recreation of hunting and fishing. He liked to mine and staked a few small gold-panning claims. Bill was a master electrician and helped to set up and wire all of the electrical work at the Rico Argentine Mine.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Edith LaVerne Beard of Pueblo, Colo. Also surviving are his children, David William Beard and his wife, Irene of Craig, Colo., Jerome Richard Beard of Clifton, Colo., and Barbara Costello and her husband, James of Cedar Point, Utah. His grandchildren, Robert Shannon Martin, Lynn Shelton Martin, Lex Beard, David Beard, Robert Beard; two step-grandchildren, Victor Costello, and Walter Costello also survive.

Preceding William in death was his grandson, William Shane Martin; a brother Robert Beard; and both of his parents.  Top of Page   

Patty R. Maynes

Patty R. Maynes, 75, a retired legal secretary for the U.S. Labor Department, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000 at her home in Fort Worth, Texas. Graveside services are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 20, at the Cortez Cemetery in Cortez, beginning at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Maynes was born Oct. 12, 1925 in Abilene, Texas. She graduated from Abilene High School and attended the University of Texas. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth. Mrs. Maynes was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Maynes in 1983. She is survived by one son, Douglas B. Adams of Iowa City, Iowa.

Memorial contributions can be made to the National Spina Bifida Association.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.  Top of Page   

 

Donald Wells

Funeral services for Donald Dean Wells will be Saturday, Oct. 21, in Tulsa, Okla.

Donald was born in Lockney, Texas, on Feb. 8, 1917, to Omar and Ruby Wells. He married Bertha LaVon Randol May 14, 1936, in Cortez. He departed this life on Oct. 16, 2000, at his home in Tulsa.

He is survived by his wife, Bertha; daughters: Imogene and James Daves of Cahone, and Bernadean and Jack Sweet of Tulsa, Okla; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Top of Page   

Billy Eldon Froman

Billy Eldon Froman, 70, of Crowley County, Colo., passed away Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000. Services will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Griffy Family Funeral Home (719-263-4221).

He is survived by his wife, four children and their spouses; four step children; 19 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; one brother and one sister.

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Louise Higgins

Funeral services for Louise Margeritte Higgins, a longtime resident of Lewis, will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 2 p.m. Pastor Conway Wood will be officiating. Interment service will follow at the Lewis Cemetery. Visitation is set for Friday afternoon between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Louise was born to Marion Arthur Miller and Minerva Elizabeth (Williams) Miller on Aug. 21, 1910 in Wheeler County, Texas. She passed away at the Valley Inn Nursing Home on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000 at the age of 90.

Louise was a dedicated homemaker to her family and enjoyed gardening, canning, and quilting. Louise loved to play basketball in high school. She was wed to Allen Denton "Dent" Higgins on July 26, 1928 in Cheyenne, Okla. Dent and Louise were married for 70 years. Her loving husband preceded her in death last year.

A large loving family is left behind, including her seven sons, Millard Higgins of Dolores, Colo., Revis Higgins of Casa Grande, Ariz., D. Royce Higgins of Cortez, Colo., Ervil Higgins of Lewis, Colo., Don Higgins of Bloomfield, N.M., Myrle Higgins of Peoria, Ariz., Billy Higgins of Cortez, Colo.; and by her daughter, Arvita Higgins of Albuquerque, N.M. She is also survived by 36 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 6 great great-grandchildren. Her brother, Marion A. Miller of Lubbock, Tex., and her sister, Geneva Brown of San Jose, Calif. also survive her.

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Mary Blackhorse

Funeral services for Mary Blackhorse, 78, of Montezuma Creek, Utah, will be held Friday, Oct. 13, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

Mrs. Blackhorse passed away at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Monday, Oct. 9, 2000. She was born July 1, 1922.  

Lou Ann Evelyn Nicholson

Funeral services for Lou Ann Evelyn Nicholson will be on Monday, Oct. 16, at the Cortez First United Methodist Church beginning at 10 a.m. Reverend Lynn Evans will be officiating. Interment service will be on Tuesday, Oct. 17,at the Kim Cemetery in Kim, Colo. Visitation will be held at the Ertel Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 14, between 5 and 7 p.m.

Evelyn was born to Jesse Oran and Sarah Eleanor (Goodwin) Doolen on Aug. 23, 1905 in Paducah, Tex. She passed away at the Valley Inn Nursing Home on Monday, Oct. 9, 2000. She was 95 years old.

Evelyn and her husband, Ace Nicholson, owned a filling station in Cortez where Evelyn did all of the bookkeeping for their business. She also worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Patterson Office Supplies in Cortez. She was active with the Ute Mountain Study Club, Business and Professional Women's Club, and a member of the United Methodist Church. She truly enjoyed her Sunday drives with a special group of ladies who she would take out to lunch each Sunday. She was very involved in her family, attending all family activities. She loved to play the violin and piano.

Her husband, Ace Nicholson, preceded her in death. She is survived by one brother, Lorin Doolen of Port Aransas, Tex. and one brother has also preceded her in death. She will be missed by her many nieces and nephews, Larry Doolen of Aurora, Colo., Chuck Doolen of El Paso, Tex., David Doolen of New Castle, Colo., Sarah Bormuth of Billingham, Wash., Dona Wittwer of Mancos, Janie Dixon of Texas, and LaMoine Sammons of Texas.

Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Evelyn Nicholson with the Cortez First United Methodist Church. Top of Page    

Robert Hemp Root 

Funeral services for Robert Hemp Root, a lifelong resident of Towaoc, will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Towaoc Cemetery.

Robert was born into the Tom and Effie (Hemp) Root family on Sept. 2, 1935, in Towaoc. He passed away at the Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez on Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at the age of 65.

Robert was a laborer for the Ute Mountain Tribe. He had many loves, some of which included playing bingo and hand game and participating in Sun Dances.

Both of Robert's parents have preceded him in death. He leaves behind his brothers, Steve Root, Alfred Wall, and Wilbert Root, all of Towaoc; and his sisters, Virginia Root of Towaoc, Genevieve Root Thompson of Ignacio, and Pearl Root Laner of Towaoc. Also surviving is one close aunt, Jessie Root House of Towaoc, and many nephews and nieces.

Sherry Lynn McBride Kibel

Funeral services for Sherry Lynn McBride Kibel, a Cortez resident, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 2 p.m.

Pastors Jonathan Bland and David Merritt will officiate. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

Sherry was born to Guy Frank McBride and Mary Lou (Lokey) McBride on July 10, 1950 in Tyler, Texas. She died at her home in Cortez on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at the age of 50.

David Lee

David Lee, a former Cortez resident, passed away on Oct. 7, 2000, in the Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas. He was 64.

A graveside service is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Cortez Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by VFW Post 4031 of Cortez. Visitation is set for Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, from 4 to 9 p.m.

 

Helen Norma Amidon

Memorial services for Helen Norma Amidon, who died Oct. 6, 2000, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Durango Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Brothers Billingsley and Mitchell will be officiating. Interment service will be held at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Calif. following memorial services on Oct. 21, at 54440 Troost Ave. in North Hollywood. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. and will be conducted by a local elder.

 

James R. Taylor

Memorial services for James R. Taylor will be held at the home of John Bishop, 30651 Highway 184, Monday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m.

Lee Trujillo

A memorial Mass will be held for Lee Trujillo on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the St. Jude Catholic Church in Dove Creek beginning at 11:15 a.m. Rosary and Mass services will be held in Abiquiu, N.M., with the interment to be at the Abiquiu Community Cemetery.

Lee Trujillo was born on Oct. 14, 1912, to Jose Zacarias Trujillo and Vicentita (Madrid) Trujillo in Abiquiu, N.M. He passed away at his home in Dove Creek on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000. Lee was 87.

Lee worked for many years as a sheepherder. He is dearly missed by his companion of 23 years, Virginia Ortega. He is also survived by his children: Jose Trujillo, Jr., of Greeley, Colo., and Alfonso Trujillo, Dorida Vinson, Fred Trujillo and Larry Trujillo, all of Colorado. He leaves behind 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, 17 step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. His sister, Rosaura Trujillo Martinez of Espanola, N.M., survives him.

He was preceded in death by his wife and both of his parents.

McKean Peabody

Private family memorial services for McKean Peabody will be held at the Towaoc Cemetery on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. Services will be officiated by Jerald Peabody and Terry Knight.

McKean was born on June 30,1929, to Isaac and Patty (Suma) Peabody in Towaoc, Colo. He passed away in June of this year. He was 70.

McKean was a retired cattleman with the Ute Indian Tribe. He was married to Loretta (Thompson) Peabody, who preceded him in death. His parents also preceded him in death. He is survived by his children, Jerald and Kathryn Peabody of Towaoc, Colo., Melvin and Janis Peabody of Ignacio, Colo., Ike Peabody of Towaoc, Colo., Tyrone Peabody of Baltimore, Md., LueWanna Peabody of Grand Junction, Colo., and Michelle Peabody of Denver, Colo. He is survived also by 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

His brother, Joe Peabody of Towaoc, Colo., survives as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Harry Bruce Waugh

A wake service for Harry Waugh will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Mr. Waugh’s residence, 305 E. Montezuma in Mancos. Harry Bruce Waugh, a resident of Mancos, passed away Sept. 29, 2000 at his residence. He was 63.

Mr. Waugh was born Aug. 2, 1937, in Denver.

He married Bonnie Lee Smith on May 23, 1959 in Denver. Prior to his marriage, he had served in the U.S. Navy for four years, stationed at Beeville, Texas.

Mr. Waugh enjoyed working for his uncle, who founded the PET City stores in Denver. He and his family had previously lived in Montrose, Colo., and in Missiouri.

He also enjoyed stockcar and barrel racing with his wife Bonnie; animals, hunting in his early years, helping people spiritually to know God, and helping any way he could. He loved nature, and enjoyed his privacy too.

Mr. Waugh was an intelligent man with a great sense of humor. He was open minded, a great teacher, and an outstanding human being.

Harry Bruce Waugh is survived by a son, Guy Waugh of Alaska; daughters, Linda "Pumpkin" Luce of Mancos; Debora Waugh of Burlington, Vermont; Denice Waugh; and granddaughters, Amanda Lee and Jessica.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife Bonnie on Feb. 6, 1995 in Dolores; two infant sons, Kenny and Eddie; grandfather Harry Munger and paternal grandmother.

Van N. "Nate" Kitchens III

Military services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 12:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Cortez for Dolores resident Van N. "Nate" Kitchens III. Memorial services will be in Orange, Texas. Nate died on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born in Orange, Texas, on Jan. 18, 1964, the son of Van N. Kitchens Jr. and Elaine McCray Kitchens.

Nate was a member of 12th Street Missionary Baptist Church in Orange. He was a Persian Gulf veteran and an active member of the 928th National Guard.

Survivors include his father, Van N. Kitchens Jr., of Birchtree, Mo.; his mother, Elaine Thompson of Jefferson, Texas; a son, Van N. Kitchens IV of Bourbon, Mo.; his sister, Kim Ware of Bolivar, Mo.; and his grandmother, LaVerne McCray of Orange, Texas.

 

Bonnie Thelma McNutt

Graveside services for Bonnie Thelma McNutt will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Cortez Cemetery beginning at 2 p.m. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt of the Cortez Church of Christ will be officiating.

Bonnie was born on March 5, 1909, to William Elmer and Mary Matilda (Burk) Orurk in Stonington, Colo. She passed away on Oct. 1, 2000, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. She was 91.

Bonnie was married to her beloved spouse, Gordon McNutt, for over 60 years. Gordon preceded Bonnie in death in 1987. She is survived by her sons, Floyd McNutt of Cortez, and Ed McNutt and his wife, Gayle, of Cortez. She is also survived by five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one grandson, two brothers, three sisters, and one daughter-in-law.

Lillie Wilson Yazzie 

Lillie Wilson Yazzie of Immanuel Mission, Ariz., passed away Sept. 28, 2000, in the Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, N.M. She was 71.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. in the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Cortez, with the Rev. Larry Chapel officiating. Interment will follow at the Immanuel Mission Cemetery, Sweetwater, Ariz.

Mrs. Yazzie was born to the Salt Clan and the Near Water Clan, the daughter of James and Elaine Scott Wilson, on Oct. 16, 1928, in Sweetwater. Mrs. Yazzie lived in Cortez for 13 years.

She is survived by her husband, Donald, of Immanuel Mission; children, Irene (Kenneth) White of Mexican Water, Ariz.; Ben (Katie) Yazzie of Cortez; Dan Yazzie of Cortez; Vicki (Sheldon) of Towaoc; Jackson (Nancy) Yazzie of Aneth, Utah; and Lorraine (George) Williams of Sweetwater. She is also survived by one sister, two brothers, 32 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephew and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, three brothers, and her children: Bennie C. Benally, David C. Benally, Calvin Yazzie, Betty Yazzie, Alvin Yazzie and Baby Girl Benally.

Memorial contributions may be made to her fund at the First National Bank of Cortez.

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

 

Michael Lynn Fisher

Memorial services for Michael Lynn Fisher, 29, of Dolores, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 2 p.m. Mr. Santiago Lopez will conduct the services.

Michael was born at Burbank, Calif., on Feb. 27, 1971, to Michael Lee Fisher and Kathy Stowers Fisher. After the death of his father at the age of 1, Michael moved to Colorado with his mother and big sister Gina.

When Michael was 3, his mother married Jimmy Muniz and Dolores became his home. He graduated from Dolores High School in 1990. He then did construction and drywall work throughout the area.

Michael loved the mountains and would go camping, fishing and hunting every opportunity he could, which was what he was doing at the time of his untimely death. He died as a result of an automobile accident in the mountains on Sept. 23, 2000.

Survivors are his parents, Jimmy and Kathy Muniz of Dolores; sisters, Gina Koerber and her husband, Leo, of Dolores, and Anna Koellen and her husband, Danny, also of Dolores. His two nieces, Brittnie Fulks and Kyra Koellen; special friend, Margie, all of Dolores; his grandfather Carl Massey of Mancos; grandmother Ann Stowers of Boise, Ida.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mickey; grandmothers, Fay Massey, Norma Jean St. Germaine, and Tomacita Muniz.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name at the Dolores State Bank.

 

Georgetta Brossard

Graveside services for Georgetta R. Brossard are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Cortez Cemetery beginning at 10 a.m.

Georgetta Brossard was born on June 25, 1920, to George and Ethel (Hooser) Reynolds in Luna, N.M. Georgetta passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. She was 80.

Georgetta was a bus driver for the school district for many years.

She is survived by her loving husband, Lyle Brossard; and by her children, Richard and Cena Brossard of Bloomfield, N. M., Larry and Jane Brossard of Henderson, Nev., Joe and Linda Brossard of New Strawn, Kan., and Gary and Mythra Brossard of Colorado Springs, Colo. Georgetta is survived by her six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her brothers, Alvin and Leon Reynolds of Eager, Ariz. also survive her, as well as her sister, Adell Wiltbanks of Eager, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents, one son, one grandson, three brothers, and one sister.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

Orval Jahnke

Memorial services for Orval Louis Jahnke will be held at a later date.

Orval was born on Sept. 28, 1920, to Louis William Jahnke and Hulda (Mohling) Jahnke in Fort Morgan, Colo. He passed away on his 80th birthday, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez.

Orval was wed to Mary Daisy Patrick at Port Chicago, Calif., on Nov. 5, 1944. Together they had shared 55 years of marriage. From this union were born three children.

Arrangements are being made through the Ertel Funeral Home.

Juana M. Cox

Graveside services will be held in the Goodman Point Cemetery, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, for Juana M. Cox, of Clifton, Colo.

Mrs. Cox passed away Sept. 25, 2000, in Colorado Springs at the age of 67.

She was born on Feb. 4, 1933 in Cortez, to Olney Story and Marie Shields Story.

She attended schools in the Cortez area, graduating from Dolores High School in 1950. She later attended Fort Lewis A&M College.

In 1951, she married Jack Weaver and raised two sons. She resided in Sacramento, Calif. for several years before moving back to Colorado, and had lived in Clifton.

In 1975, she married Glen Cox, and lived in Cañon City for five years prior to returning to the Western Slope.

She worked as a land manager with the Bureau of Land Management.

Mrs. Cox is survived by her sons, Richard (Carol) Weaver of Cañon City and Steven (Cindy) Weaver of Carbondale, Colo.; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

She is also survived by her brothers, Kiergan (Leona) Story of Phoenix; Theron (Kate) Story of Cortez and Keith (Jean) Story of Canon City; sister, Janelle (Don) Olson of McCook, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vitreoretinal Research Foundation, 240 Autobon Medical Plaza, Louisville, KY 40217.

Cremation was arranged through Wilson-Andrews Funeral Home of Cañon City.

Courtland Chester Fellers

Courtland Chester Fellers, 84, died Sept. 18, 2000, in Mancos. Mr. Fellers lived in the area since 1969.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and cremation will occur at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango.

Mr. Fellers was born Dec. 28, 1915, in Denver, the son of Clinton and Ruth Fellers. He met and married Dorothea Elizabeth Fellers in 1944.

He was an active member of the ranching community and a member of both the Breen and Marvel grange halls.

He also was a member of the Colorado Mounted Rangers and a community 4-H leader.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Doug Ramsey of Hesperus; daughter Judy Seidel of Las Cruces, N.M.; grandchildren Cassie and Travis Ramsey of Hesperus; Jud Wright of Las Cruces; Jill and Linda of Las Cruces; and Nancy; and many great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea Elizabeth Fellers, and a brother, Byron Fellers.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Rocky Mountain Chaper, 789 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203

Helen Mauler

Helen Mauler of Denver, Colo., died July 22, 2000, at the age of 96. She was born in Silverton, Colo., in 1904, to Frank and Susan Mauler.

Helen grew up and attended school in Mancos. She attended college in Greeley to become a teacher, which she didn’t really like.

So she went to Denver and accepted a temporary position with Denver Tramway. It took her 52 years to get the work done.

Even after her retirement she continued to assist the Denver Tramway Co. with the retirement of other employees. The highlight was writing a check for $2 million to cover the company’s retirement fund.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy, of Denver and sister-in-law, Betty Mauler, of Mancos, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brother Frank, brother George and half-sister Laura.

Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mancos.

Paul Lyle Kemph

Paul Lyle Kemph of Denver passed away on Sept. 10, 2000. He was born on Dec. 16, 1952, in Chicago, Ill. He was 47 years old.

A private ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. Mike Forshee will officiate.

He is survived by his mother, Delores Judge of Cortez; father, Paul Kemph of Chicago; sisters, Lorraine Lee and husband, Ted, of DeWitt, Mich. and Lydia McAfee and husband, Buzz, of Cortez; and his brother, Dennis Judge and wife, Vonda of Cortez.

He is also survived by his aunt, Beverly and uncle, Harold of Lansing, Mich.; his aunt, Florence McComore of Chicago; and 10 nephews and nieces.

Angela Frances Emrick

Angela Frances Emrick was born to Ralph and Angela (Starichca) Mance on Aug. 21, 1921, in Milwaukee, Wis. She passed away on Sept. 21, 2000, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez, Colo. She was 79.

Angela was joined in matrimony to Donald Hayes Emrick on Aug. 31, 1951 in Albuquerque, N.M. She loved to read and never ceased to expand her knowledge.

She loved the outdoors and especially loved to fish. Angela loved to travel and see the United States. She was a devoted fan of basketball.

Angela is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Donald Emrick of Cortez, and her daughters; Joy D. Maase of Durango, and Patty and husband, Noel Savignac of Albuquerque, New Mex., and grandson Scott Maase of Campbell, Calif. She is also survived by her brother, Ralph Mance Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Aubrey Costello, who passed away last month.

A private family memorial service is tentatively being planned. through the Ertel Funeral Home.

Lodema Hendrickson

Memorial services for Mary Lodema Martin Hendrickson, who passed away on Sept. 19, 2000, will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 in the Calvin Denton Room of the Empire Electric Association, 801 N. Broadway.  She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's seven years ago, but was active and enjoyed travel for the first five years after the diagnosis.

She was 69, having been born to Jewell and Sterling P. Martin in Clovis, N.M., on Jan 25, 1931. She was a 1948 graduate of Mancos High School, attended the old Fort Lewis, and in 1953, graduated from the University of Hawaii.

She met William Hendrickson while they were both employed at Mesa Verde. They married in Hawaii during the time he was on active Navy duty because of the Korean conflict. He helped with her final year of her studies in Hawaii, and as a skilled home-maker, she later enabled his graduate study in Oregon. The family followed his work as a teacher and an ecologist and manager in several national parks.

Lodema was a member of the Durango Unitarian Fellowship.

Her husband, their three children, two grandchildren; as well as her mother and three brothers survive her.

Memorial contrtibutions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, or organization of personal choice. The Alternative Society of Farmington, N.M., has assisted with arranging cremation.

 

Herbert Miller

Funeral services for Herbert Dayton Miller are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Cortez. Pastor Dan Rhodes will be officiating. Interment services will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Ertel Memorial Chapel on Friday, Sept. 22, between 7 and 9 p.m.

Herb was born to Clyde and Irene (Dehaas) Miller in Denver on April 20, 1930. He went to be with the Lord on Sept. 15, 2000. He died at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 70.

Herb was dearly loved. Many remember him from his time employed as the produce manager for City Market. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Cortez. He gave of his time to help keep the grounds of the church looking beautiful.

He belonged to the Gideon Bible Society. He spent his time of pleasure fishing, gardening, watching sports, and spending time with his grandsons, whom he dearly loved. He was a true Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos fan.

His bride, Bettie (Nichols) Dayton, of 51 years survives him. Also surviving are his children: Tommy and Candace Tidwell of Mt. Peasant, Texas, Rick and Patti Miller of Wheaton, Ill., and his grandsons; Zack and Cody Tidwell of Mt. Peasant, Texas, and Ryan, Brad, and Colin Miller of Wheaton, Ill. He is also survived by brothers and sisters Clyde and Esther Miller of Montrose, James Miller of Montrose, Margaret Brown of Montrose, Alan and Laura Zeigel of Denver, Ron and Virginia Luttrell of Greeley, and Lucy and Luther Miller of Olathe. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and extended family that will miss him.

Memorial contributions may be given in his name to the Gideons International at the Southwest Camp, P.O. Box 62, Cortez, Colo. 81321. Donations may also be made to Mission of the Americas at Box 828 Wheaton, Ill. 60189.

Bernice C. Davis

Bernice Catherine Davis was born on May 2, 1915, to Elwood and Jennie (McKnight) Searcy in McKiney, Texas. On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, Bernice passed away at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. She was 85.

Bernice married Henry Thomas Davis on Aug. 12, 1933, in Guymon, Okla. She had been a resident of Cortez since 1974. She was an active member to TOPS for several years and enjoyed crafts until her eyesight failed.

Bernice is survived by her children, Lynn and Martha Davis of Morse, Texas; Bob and Marilyn Davis of Waco, Texas; Shirley and Frank Nechero of Gallup, N.M., and Hazel and Richard Gallavan of Cortez. Her brothers, Cleo Searcy of Amarillo, Texas, and L.H. Searcy of Ft. Worth, Texas, also survive. She leaves behind seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces an nephews. She has been preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry, in March 1950; sister, Viola Coffee; and great-grandson, Chad Davis.

Memorial services are currently pending in Texas.Arrangements are being Made through the Ertel Funeral Home.

Leona Harmony Baker

Funeral services, "homegoing from this earth to heaven," for Leona Harmony Baker, a longtime resident of Cortez, will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Elder Lyman Black of the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church will be officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service at the Cortez Cemetery.

The family invites friends and family to join them in a fellowship following the services at the home of Tony Hamilton, Leona's grandson, 706 W. North in Cortez.

Leona was born to Daniel Gantz and Jessie Kate (Churchill) Gantz on May 21, 1909, in Madison, Wis. She passed away at her home in Cortez on Friday, Sept. 15, 2000 surrounded by family and hospice workers. She was 91.

On Sept. 12, 1927, Leona wed Horace Levi Baker in Antelope Hills, Okla. She was a member of the Lakeview Grange and the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church. She loved to garden, bake bread, can and crochet.

Leona is survived by her loving family: her son, Charles and Rosa Baker of Coleman, Texas; son, Don and Maxine Baker of Takysie Lake, British Columbia; daughter, Darlene and Tim Cumings of Richmond, Texas; and daughter, Nadene and Jack Hamilton of Cortez. Thirteen grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren also survive Leona, as do two sisters, Sadie Mae Oneto of Angels Camp, Calif., and Jessie Lucille Bray of Richmond, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Horace; son, Kenneth Howard Baker, a grandson, Gary Don Baker, and two brothers, Theodore Edwin Gantz and Eugene Ralph Gantz. Leona will be forever loved and missed for her generosity, her beautiful roses and homemade bread.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Montezuma, 1108 N. Mildred, Cortez, Colo.

Jack D. Clark

A celebration of the life of Jack D. Clark, 23, will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Highway Bible Church, located at Highway 666 and County Road N, Montezuma County. Shelby Smith will officiate, along with other friends of Jack’s.

Jack Clark was born on Oct. 1, 1976, in Durango. He passed away in Phoenix on Sept. 9, 2000, seven weeks after a tragic industrial accident.

His survivors include his wife, Becky Clark of Phoenix; his son, who is due to arrive in October; mother, Jeannie Olien; sisters, Ranada and brother-in-law, Charles Swindle of Cortez, and Tiandra Fields, of Farmington, N.M.; stepfather, Jamie Fields; grandparents Jim and Jan Fields, all of Farmington; grandmothers, Venice Clark and Marjorie Roberts; nephew and niece, Charlie Franklin and Alyssa Jo Swindle, and numerous other friends and family in Cortez, Durango and Farmington.

His father, Jack Clark, preceded him in death at the age of 26. He was also preceded in death by his grandfather, Curtis Clark.

Jack will be forever loved and greatly missed.

 

Layton Todd Graf

Funeral services for Layton Todd Graf, a lifelong resident of Mancos, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Mancos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Services will begin at 10 a.m. with Mr. Leslie White officiating. Interment will follow at the Webber Cemetery in Mancos.

The community of Mancos is grieving the loss of this young boy born to Dee Jay and Kathlene (Church) Graf on May 6, 1992, in Cortez. He passed away after an accident on Sept. 9, 2000, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. He was eight years old.

Layton was a special young man who loved drawing and spending time with his dad.

Surviving Layton is his beloved family; parents, Dee and Kathlene Graf of Mancos.; and his three sisters, Emily, Kae Lynn, and Sadie Graf of Mancos. He is also survived by his grandparents, Robert and Bea Graf of Mancos, and Mrs. Myra Church of Delta, Colo. He leaves behind extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved him and will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his granddad, Kenneth Church of Bullhead City, Ariz.

Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Layton Todd Graf at the Mancos Valley Bank.

Bernice Rose

Bernice Rose passed away on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at the age of 92. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home and will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m.

Bernice was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Evans in Bluehill, Neb., on Feb. 8, 1908, and passed away after a lengthy illness. Bernice made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Dee and Jack Niemann.

She married Jim Rose in 1926 and to this union were born two children, her daughter, Dee, of Cortez and son, Jim, of Glendale, Ariz. After Bernice and Jim moved to Cortez, they bought the Texaco service station. The war was on and employees were hard to come by, so Bernice worked at the station with Jim.

Her true love was flying. She bought a Taylor craft plane and spent many happy hours in the sky.

Bernice and Jim ultimately separated and she moved to Ventura, Calif., where she was owner-operator of a drapery shop.

She became seriously ill in 1981, and made her home with Dee and Jack in Hayward, Calif., from that time on. The three of them moved to Cortez in 1993, and while her memory wasn’t good, she delighted in seeing some of the things from days gone by.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dee and Jack Niemann; her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Eileen Rose; a brother; a sister; two brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

Edna Rose Swisher Lea

Funeral services for Edna Rose Swisher Lea, a longtime resident of Mancos, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the United Methodist Church of Mancos beginning at 10 a.m.

The Rev. Ora Dailey of the Mancos United Methodist Church will be officiating.

Interment services will be at the Bayfield Cemetery following the funeral service.

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Ertel Memorial Chapel between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Edna was born on March 30, 1924, to Alvin and Martha (Hubley) Swisher in Gypsum, Kan.

She passed away at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at the age of 76.

On Aug. 17, 1946, Edna was united in marriage to her sweetheart, James Calvin Lea, in Salina, Kan., while he was a master sergeant in the Army Air Corps.

Edna always prided herself in a clean house and a real love for "Rockies" baseball. She was a part of the VFW auxiliary for many years.

Surviving Edna is her beloved husband, James C. Lea of Mancos, Colo.

Edna is also survived by her daughters, Cathy L. Topper of Cortez, and Carol Lucero and her husband, Orly, of Cortez.

Her grandchildren, Larry Allen Lea and his wife, Connie of Cortez.; Felice Lucero of Cortez; great-grandchildren, Tabatha Sackett and her husband, Kenny of Cortez, Colo., Waylon L. Bennett of Cortez; and great great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Drew Sackett of Cortez, all survive their grandmother.

Edna is survived by her sister, Cleda Bethe and her husband, Paul of Gypsum, Kan., sister, Opal Jean Olsen of Janesville, Wis., sister, Dolores Merrill and her husband Bill of Forest Grove, Ore., brother, Lowell Swisher and his wife, Alice of Gypsum, Kan., brother, Russell Swisher and his wife, Evelyn of Irvine, Calif., and sister-in-law Opal Ellsbury of Farmington, N.M.

Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Edna Rose Lea at the Mancos Valley Bank. Services will be conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.

Bruce N. Jacobson

Memorial services for Bruce Norman Jacobson, a 12-year resident of Cortez, will be held at a later undetermined date.

Bruce was born to Norman and Evelyn (Wessman) Jacobson on Nov. 25, 1929, in Rockford, Ill. Bruce passed away in his home on Sept. 9, 2000, in Cortez. He was 70.

Bruce was an active lawyer in the city of Cortez. His love was the game of golf.

He is survived by his children; a daughter, Holly Steinmeyer of Staunton, Ill.; and his three sons; Robert Jacobson of Columbia, Md.; Andrew Jacobson of Byson, Ill.; and Timothy Jacobson of Byson, Ill.

Arrangements are being made through the Ertel Funeral Home.

Margaret Shull

Margaret Mary Roark Shull passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at San Juan Medical Center, Farmington, N.M. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at New Covenant Methodist Church, 4600 College Blvd., Farmington, with Pastor Connie Hill officiating.

Margaret was born Nov. 30, 1946, at Hay Springs, Neb., to Robert and Erneta (Blum) Roark.

Margaret graduated from Montezuma-Cortez High School, had been employed by J.C. Penney Co., Schlumberger Oil Service and Advance Communications.

She is survived by a daughter, Teresa of Farmington; son, Garry and granddaughters Samantha and Shelby of Roswell, N.M.; sister, Roberta and husband, Dean McCabe of Tome, N.M.; brothers and wives, Joel and Patricia of Flora Vista, N.M.; Patrick and Michelle of Akron, Colo.; David and Denise of Farmington; and Kieth and Janet of Santa Rosa, Calif. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association, or a charity of your choice.

Emma Jones Chilly

Emma Jones Chilly of White Mesa, Utah, passed away Sept. 6, 2000, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. She was 61.

Visitation is set for Saturday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be on Monday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. at the chapel. Pastor Terrance Begay will officiate the services. Interment will follow in the Cortez Cemetery.

Mrs. Chilly was born to Tom and Beulah Jones on Sept. 15, 1938, in Hatch, Utah. She married Tom Chilly in 1969 in Shiprock, N.M. Mrs. Chilly was a homemaker. She lived in the Four Corners area all of her life.

She enjoyed cooking, butchering and the outdoors; helping other people, and she loved her family and enjoyed being with her friends.

Emma Jones Chilly is survived by her sons, Richard Chilly of Farmington, N.M.; Tommy White Horse (Rachael) of Red Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Roseanne Tenorio (Nicholas) of Aneth, Utah; Sylvia Lansing (Cecil) of Hogback, N.M.; Nancy Yazzie (Jackson) of Waterflow, N.M..; brothers, Harry Jones (Marilyn) of Cortez; David Jones (Rosie) of Cortez; and Charles Jones of Blanding, Utah; sisters Betty Nakai (Wayne) of Aneth; and Amelia Deschinny of Towaoc; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.,

She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Lee and Joe Jones.

Memorial contributions may be made in care of Citizens State Bank in Cortez. Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken Funeral Directors are serving the family.

John H. Ihnen

Memorial services for John Herman Ihnen, a longtime resident of Cortez, will be held Friday, Sept. 8, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 10 a.m. Elder Harry Burdick will officiate. Interment services will be held in Massena, Iowa on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Massena Cemetery.

John was born on Nov. 20, 1931, in Cumberland, Iowa to Frederick Ihnen and Theda Marie (Steffen) Ihnen. He passed away at the Valley Inn Nursing Home on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at the age of 68.

On April 6, 1958, John was united in marriage to Patsy Nadine Jensen at the United Methodist Church in Massena, Iowa. Patsy passed away on Oct. 3, 1999. John will be laid to rest beside Patsy.

During the Korean War, John served his country in the Army. After his discharge he became involved in the American Legion. He served as Commander in the Legion. He was also the fire chief for 24 years in Massena. John loved to tinker with engines. During his stint in the Army, John learned his mechanic working abilities. He was very involved in stock-car racing with his sons Tim and Terry. John also loved to fish.

Surviving John are his children, Sue Ihnen of Laughlin, Nev., Donna Ihnen of Laughlin, Nev., Tim Ihnen and his wife, Dody, of Cortez, and Terry Ihnen and his wife, Trish, of Cortez. A son, Mark Ihnen preceded him in death in December 1979. He is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Bourland of Edgewood, N.M., and Eloise Meyer of Chester, Iowa; and a brother, Vernon Ihnen of Cumberland, Iowa.

Memorial contributions can be made in memory of John Ihnen at the Dolores State Bank. Services will be conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.

Jerry T. Phillips

Jerry Thomas Phillips, a resident of Mancos since 1993, passed away on Sept. 4, 2000, at Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 59.

Services were held Friday, Sept. 8. Mr. Dave Doran officiated the services.

Mr. Phillips was retired and was enjoying his life here. He was a member of Iron Worker’s Local #416.

He is survived by his wife, Lorrie Lynn of Mancos; mother, Eva Skinner-Burigsay of Mancos; sons, Mark Phillips of Pittsburg, Calif., David Phillips of Antioch, Calif., and Allan Lawrence-Phillips of Mancos; daughters Gina Phillips of California, Jennifer Schmidt-Phillips of Cortez, April Mataele-Phillips of Mesa, Ariz. and Holly Lawrence-Phillips of Mancos.

He is also survived by his brother, Michael Burigsay of California; seven grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tom, brother, Dale and a sister, Joyce.

Mr. Phillips was an organ donor.

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

 

Gary Dell Powell

Funeral services for Gary D. Powell, a longtime resident of Cortez, are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. Services will be held at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Mr. Royce Atkinson will be officiating.

Gary was born to Morris and Sally Robena (Atkinson) Powell on June 5, 1940, in Shamrock, Texas. He passed away on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home after a long illness. He was 60 years old.

Gary worked for the United States Postal Service since 1962. He served the community of Cortez as a supervisor in the Post Office for many years. Prior to his work for the post office, Gary served his country in the US Marine Corps He was honorably discharged in 1962.

Gary was well loved by many and is survived by his son, Christopher Adam Powell of Cortez; and his daughter, Deanna Louise Powell of Dolores. He is also survived by his grandchild, Charlee Tehya Powell-Wiescamp of Dolores, and his aunt, Vena Kelso of Arriola, Colo.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

For further service details, please contact Ertel’s at 565-3468.

Ambrosia Hoeschen 

Ambrosia Mae Hoeschen, a longtime resident of Cortez, passed away Aug. 30, 2000, in the Valley Inn Nursing Home of Mancos. She was 84.

A mass is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Father Joe McGuinnes will officiate.

Mrs. Hoeschen was born on Dec. 7, 1915. She married Richard F. Hoeschen on March 12, 1943, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ambrosia was a member of Catholic Daughters of America. She loved all her friends and working in her yard raising her beautiful flowers that she shared with her friends and neighbors. She was always there when someone needed help. She loved to crochet and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much.

She is survived by a son, Alan Hoeschen of California; three grandchildren: David Hoeschen, Adrienne Quezada and Kim Bond; and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hoeschen precedes her in death, along with two sisters.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken, Funeral Directors.

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