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Walter G. Berl
Oct. 24, 1998
Walter G. Berl of Bethesda, Md., died suddenly of heart failure on Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, while visiting Durango with his wife, Shirley Anne Hargraves. He was 81. The death occurred at the home of his step-son, R.T. Zak Hargraves.
Dr. Berl was born July 3, 1917, in Vienna, Austria. He came to the United States in 1933 when his father, Professor Ernest Berl, was appointed to the faculty of Carnegie Technological Institute, now Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pa. He earned degrees in physical chemistry at Carnegie Tech and at Harvard University in 1937, 1939 and 1941.
Dr. Berl retired from the principal staff of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in 1994 after 49 years of employment there. His particular field of interest was combustion and fire science.
His hobbies included books, music, the New York Times crossword puzzle, tennis and hunting for wild mushrooms, especially in Durango, where he and his wife own property.
In retirement, his most recent accomplishment was the publication of the Journal of the Cosmos Club of Washington, of which he was the editor. He was a member of several scientific organizations.
In addition to his wife, Shirley Anne Hargraves, survivors include a brother, Herbert Berl of Washington, D.C.; daughter, Kathleen Victorino of Bethesda, Md., and Boston, Mass.; step-children, Cynthia Tobin of Blue Hill, Maine, and R.T. Zak Hargraves of Durango; seven step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

John William Wallace
Oct. 31, 1998
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Ertel Memorial Chapel in Cortez for John William Wallace, who died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at his home in Arriola, Colo. He was 73.
The Rev. Jimmy Kennedy officiated.
Mr. Wallace was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Dell Wallace, of Cortez; son, David Wallace of Denver, Colo.; sisters, Mary Hedric of Edgewood, N.M., Kathleen Barcus of Durango and Mildred A. "Polly" Darrah of Roswell, N.M.; brother, Ned Wallace of Durango; one granddaughter; one grandson and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez, CO 81321 or to the First Southern Baptist Church Building Fund, 300 N. Elm St., Cortez, CO 81321.

John Burton "Jack" Herrick
Oct. 29, 1998
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Durango Elks Lodge for John Burton "Jack" Herrick, a former logger, construction worker and foreman, who died Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998 in Durango. He was 69.
Mr. Herrick was born July 15, 1929, in Athens, Pa., and moved to Norwood, Colo., at age 3 months. He married Virginia Watson on September 20, 1953, at Nucla, Colo.
After attending grade school and high school in Norwood, Mr. Herrick worked as a logger, built houses, and built culverts and steel buildings as a foreman for Mesa Pipe & Bridge Co. of Grand Junction for 13 years. He moved to Durango with his family in 1969 and worked for 12 years in the floor covering business in Durango. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling with his wife in the couple’s motorhome.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of Durango; a son, David Herrick, of Durango; a daughter, Carolyn Hately, of Durango; a brother, William Herrick, of Grand Junction, Colo., two sisters, Molly McCall, of Farmington, N.M., and Leona Tate, of Farmington, N.M.; and four grandchildren. 
A reception will follow at the Durango Elks Lodge and the public is invited.
The cause of death was unavailable.

Cecilio Arsenio Sanchez
Oct. 28, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Bayfield for Cecilio Arsenio Sanchez, who died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, at his home in Bayfield. He was 86.
The Rev. Eddie Andary will officiate. Burial will be at Crestview Cemetery. 
Mr. Sanchez was born Nov. 22, 1911, in La Sevillo, N.M. He married Rufugio "Ruth" Garcia April 20, 1929, in Tierra Amarillo, N.M.
Mr. Sanchez was a lumberman throughout his life, and also worked for the WPA for many years.
Mr. Sanchez was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, in which he helped build.
He was preceded in death by his wife Aug. 26, 1981.
Survivors include his children, Virginia Martinez and Gilbert Sanchez, both of Bayfield, Alicia "Alice" Marquez and Lawrence O. Garcia, both of Salt Lake City, Utah, Felix D. Sanchez of West Valley, Utah, and Dorothy Favela of Victorville, Calif.; sisters, Arbelia Vigil of Santa Fe, N.M., Madeline Martinez and Beatrice Cordova, both of Tierra Amarillo, N.M., and Geri Velasquez of Denver, Colo.; 34 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren.
The cause of death was not available.

Fidel J. Lucero
Oct. 27, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church for Fidel J. Lucero, who died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, in Durango. He was 79.
The Rev. Eddie Andary will officiate. Burial will be at Ignacio Protestant Cemetery. Viewing and visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Friday at the church prior to the Mass.
Mr. Lucero was born July 28, 1919, in Durango. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he moved to Ignacio. Mr. Lucero was a longtime resident of Ignacio.
Mr. Lucero was an avid animal lover who enjoyed working with his animals on his farm.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Lucero of Ignacio; son, Nicholas of Ignacio; daughters, Ruth Lucero and Olivia Lucero of Farmington, N.M.; brothers, Rueben Lucero and Albert Lucero, both of Boulder City, Nev.; sister, Teresa Lucero of Las Vegas, Nev.; uncle, Tobe Pacheco of Farmington, N.M.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

John Daniel McManus
Oct. 22, 1998
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for John Daniel McManus, who died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, in Oxford. He was 45.
The Rev. Eddie Andary will officiate. Burial will be at Oxford Cemetery.
Mr. McManus was born Feb. 6, 1953, in Lynwood, Calif. He was a longtime area resident.
Survivors include his mother, Juanita McManus of Oxford; brothers, Michael McManus and Terence McManus, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Patrick McManus of Oxford; sisters, Mary Anne Adair of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kathleen McManus of Oxford; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.

Ethel Lois Morton
Oct. 27, 1998
A private memorial service will be held Saturday in Quincy, Mo., for Ethel Lois Morton, who died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, of natural causes at The Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra, Mo. She was 95.
Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Hollywood Hills-Forest Lawn Cemetery in Burbank, Calif.
Mrs. Morton was born Oct. 26, 1903, in El Reno, Okla. She married Oscar S. Morton July 26, 1935, in Tulsa, Okla.
Mrs. Morton was a homemaker. She was a former church secretary for the First Christian Church in Tulsa and a preschool teacher for children with Down’s syndrome in Ontario, Calif. Mrs. Morton also attended the First Baptist Church in Van Nuys, Calif., and Durango.
She lived in Ontario, Calif., from 1951 to 1971; Van Nuys, Calif., until 1985 and at Tamarin Square in Durango and Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Aztec from 1983 to 1998. Earlier this year, she moved to Quincy, Mo. 
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1977.
Survivors include her son, John Morton of Quincy, Mo.; two grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and brother, Wayne Beebe of Tulsa, Okla.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Quincy, Mo.

Grace Elouise Carder
Oct. 26, 1998
Memorial services will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Christ the King Lutheran Church for Grace Elouise Carder, who died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, in Durango. She was 84.
The Rev. John Knutson will officiate. Burial will be Friday at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque, N.M.
Ms. Carder was born July 5, 1914, in Butte, Mont. She graduated from South High in Denver. She spent most of her life in San Francisco area. 
Ms. Carder was an executive secretary for Van Ness Oldsmobile for about 50 years. She moved to Durango in 1992 to be near family. 
She was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church and a volunteer at the Manna Soup Kitchen.
Survivors include her nephew, John A. Carder of Nederland, Colo.; nieces, Sarah Dalen and Mary Kruse, both of Durango and numerous grandnephews and grandnieces.
Memorial donations may be made to Manna Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 1196, Durango, CO 81302.
The cause of death was not available.

Richard Fredrick Holland
Oct. 22, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Englewood, Colo., for Richard Fredrick Holland, who died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, in Durango. He was 75.
The Rev. Robert Cooper will officiate. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver.
Mr. Holland was born May 8, 1923, in Glendo, Wyo. His family moved to Colorado when he was 2 years old. He graduated from South High School in Denver. 
Mr. Holland served four years in the Navy during World War II. He married Ida Mae Crocker Nov. 25, 1948, in Chillicothe, Texas.
Mr. Holland was a pastor with Southern Baptist Churches and was a barber throughout his life. He and his wife lived in the Denver area until 1977. While in Colorado, he was active in the Pioneer Southern Baptist Mission work for 25 years, and built church buildings in Burlington and Brighton. He then served as pastor of churches in Oklahoma and Texas. The Hollands became house parents at Buckner Boys Ranch in Burnett, Texas, retiring in 1987. Mr. Holland then retired to Marble Falls, Texas, where he and his wife lived until moving to Durango earlier this month to be near their daughter.
Survivors include his wife, Ida Mae Holland of Durango; children, Rick Holland of Denver, Colo., David Holland of Yakima, Wash., Janice Johnson of Durango and John Holland of N’Djamena, Chad, Africa; sisters, Ila Hayhurst, Myrtle Phillips and Ruth Westfall, all of Denver, and Rebecca Humrich of Lymon, Colo.; brother, Marlo Holland of Englewood, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The cause of death was not available.

Charles R. ‘Dick’ Bauma
Oct. 12, 1998
A memorial service was held Oct. 15 at The Christ Way Community Church for Charles R. "Dick" Bauma, who died Monday, Oct. 12, 1998, in Englewood, Colo. He was 78.
There was cremation.
Mr. Bauma was born May 19, 1920, in Kansas City, Mo. He married Janet A. Addy Oct. 11, 1940, in Princeton, Mo.
He was a retired U.S. Army Colonel, serving in Korea and World War II.
Mr. Bauma was employed as an insurance agent. He was a resident of Parker, Colo. He and his wife lived in Durango from 1989 to 1991.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet in November 1994.
Survivors include his daughters, Judy King of Durango and Jill Cackowski of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; son, Rick Bauma of Arvada, Colo.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice or to the La Plata County Humane Society.
The cause of death was not available.

Dorine Marie Holdman
Oct. 24, 1998
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Perryton, Texas, for Dorine Marie Holdman, who died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, in Perryton, Texas, after a lengthy illness. She was 65.
The Rev. Ted Latham will officiate. Burial will be at Ochiltree Cemetery. Mrs. Holdman was born May 28, 1933, in Perryton, Texas. She married Jim Holdman April 6, 1955, in Carlsbad, N.M. She had moved from Ignacio to Perryton, Texas.
Mrs. Holdman was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Perryton. She was an accomplished artist and loved to read.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Haskal R. Holdman and Amon J. Holdman.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Holdman of Perryton, Texas; daughter, Nina Lynn Wright of Ignacio; brother, J.T. Wright of Perryton, Texas; sister, Euella Spoonmore, who lives near Austin, Texas; and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Gideons, American Diabetes Association or the First Baptist Church, designated to the construction of the Belarus, Russia, Baptist Church.

Leo Oleskevich
Oct. 22, 1998
A memorial Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Columba Catholic Church for Leo Oleskevich, manager of City Market for 30 years, who died in his home Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, after an extended illness. He was 79.
The Rev. Mike McCleary will officiate. Mr. Oleskevich was born Aug. 13, 1919, in Chicago. He married his wife, Delores, in 1944. From 1950 until 1980 he served as manager of the City Market in Durango. For 46 years he volunteered at Centura Health-Mercy Medical Center.
Mr. Oleskevich was a former Exalted Ruler of the B.P.O. Elks and a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Durango Area Chamber Resort Association Board of Directors, the city of Durango Board of Adjustment, and was a member of the Fort Lewis College Booster Club. He was an active member of St. Columba and was past president of Hillcrest Golf Club.
Mr. Oleskevich is survived by his wife; two sons, Jim of St. Louis and Bob of Grand Junction; a sister, Ciola Sacke of Arvada; three brothers, Ed Oleskevich of Lakewood, Charlie Olesky of Belleview, Fla., and Chet Olesky of Sacramento, Calif.; two granddaughters; five grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

Marjorie A. Sylvia
Oct. 15, 1998
Funeral services will be at Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home in Orange City, Fla., for Marjorie A. Sylvia, a retired public school teacher who taught in Massachusetts and Colorado, who died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, at Memorial Hospital in DeLand, Fla. She was 93.
Ms. Sylvia was born in Bayfield before moving to Durango. She moved from Durango to Orange City, Fla., in 1979. Ms. Sylvia was a member of the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand, Fla., the Church Guild and Delta Kappa Gamma.
She is survived by Phillip Anderson of Rockford, Mich., David Anderson of Coopersville, Mich., and Charles Anderson of Colorado Springs.
Contributions may be made to St. Barnabas Church School Scholarship Fund, 319 West Wisconsin Ave., DeLand, Fla., 32720. 
The cause of death was unavailable.

Richard M. Lopez
Oct. 17, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter-St. Rosa Catholic Church for Richard M. Lopez, who died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998, in Farmington, N.M. He was 68.
The Rev. John Bowe will officiate. Burial will be at Rosa Cemetery in Arboles. Rosary service will be 6 p.m. today at the church. Mr. Lopez was born March 6, 1930, in Arboles. He was a lifetime area resident.
Mr. Lopez served in the U.S. Army in Korea, in which he became disabled for life. He farmed his property when able.
Survivors include his brothers, Tony Lopez of Denver, Colo., Daniel Lopez of Baltimore, Md., Lee Lopez of Las Vegas, Nev., Manuel R. Lopez of Seattle, Wash., and Pedro F. Lopez of Arboles; sisters, Florence Vallejos of Ignacio, Angelina Barela of Albuquerque, N.M., and Elesida Enriquez of Durango; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The cause of death was not available.

Clara Ellen McCord Funderburk
Oct. 11, 1998
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Allnutt Funeral Service Macy Chapel in Greeley for Clara Ellen McCord Funderburk, who died Sunday, Oct. 11, 1998, in Amarillo, Texas. She was 84.
Mrs. Funderburk was born Oct. 15, 1913, in Osawatomie, Kan. In 1919, she moved to Durango. She graduated from Durango High School and from Fort Lewis College with an associate of arts degree. After teaching grade school from 1933 to 1935 in Rockwood, Colo., she attended Colorado State University, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1937.
Mrs. Funderburk completed a dietetic internship at the University Hospital of University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1938 and became a registered dietitian. She worked as an administrative and teaching dietitian at a hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.; as a therapeutic dietitian at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, New York, and as home management supervisor in the Farm Security Program of the Department of Agriculture in Grand Junction.
She married Earl W. Funderburk Jan. 1, 1942, in Durango. During World War II, while Mr. Funderburk was in the Army, she worked at the University of Washington and North Dakota A. and M.
In 1963, Mrs. Funderburk received a master of arts degree in home economics from the University of Northern Colorado and joined the faculty as associate professor of home economics. She also served as department chairperson for several years, retiring with the title of Emeritus in 1973. She continued as an instructor for Morgan Community College and field representative for the Weld County Council on Aging until 1978, when she became fully retired. She was a member of numerous professional organizations and volunteered for many nonprofit organizations. She moved to Amarillo, Texas, in 1995.
Survivors include her husband, Earl of Amarillo, Texas; daughters, Ruth Ellen van der Maas of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Earlene Kay Steffensmeier of Canyon, Texas; one grandson and two step-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to memorial scholarship funds at the University of Northern Colorado or Fort Lewis College, c/o Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631.
The cause of death was not available. 

Marjorie J. Muehlstedt
Oct. 13, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Marjorie J. Muehlstedt, who died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998, in Durango. She was 84.
Kay James will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mrs. Muehlstedt was born Nov. 28, 1913, in Long Beach, Calif. She married Verne Muehlstedt Nov. 28, 1935, in Riverside, Calif.
Mrs. Muehlstedt was a homemaker. She was chairman of the Motor Corps with the Red Cross during World War II. She enjoyed antiques and collectibles.
Survivors include her husband, Verne Muehlstedt of Durango; son, Bill Muehlstedt of Durango; daughter, Joan Harris of Los Alamitos, Calif.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

Caren C. Kessel
Oct. 13, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Red Mesa for Caren C. Kessel, who died Tuesday Oct. 13, 1998, in Durango. She was 49.
Bishop Del A. Talley will officiate. Burial will be at Kline Cemetery in Kline, Colo.
Mrs. Kessel was born June 12, 1949, in Mesa Ariz. She married Arden L. Kessel Sept. 21, 1968 in Mesa Ariz.
Mrs. Kessel was a homemaker who practiced the Mormon faith. She was president of the relief society, young womens and primary. She was a chorister, organist and teacher of classes. She was a Boy and Girl Scout leader, a member of the election board and the school booster club, as well as a St. Jude Representative.
Survivors include her husband Arden Kessel of Hesperus; daughters, Arlana Noisom and Marissa Kessel of Hesperus; son, Arlyn of Hesperus; sister, Cherryl Beal of Kamas Utah; brothers Kayle McNeil of Lakeside Ariz. and Randy McDowell of Mesa, Ariz.
Cause of death was not disclosed.

Lydia I. Temple
Oct. 12, 1998
Private family services are planned for Lydia I. Temple, who died after a battle with cancer Monday, Oct. 12, 1998, at her daughter’s home in Maryland where she was visiting. She was 78.
Mrs. Temple was born in 1920 in Aberdeen, Wash. She married Carl J. Temple in 1945.
Mr. and Mrs. Temple moved to Durango with their two daughters in 1960 when Mr. Temple was transferred by the J.C. Penney company.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1992.
Survivors include her daughters, Katherine Adler of Highland, Md., and Barbara Tankey of Austin, Texas; sister, Leona Meldrich of Aberdeen, Wash.; and two grandsons.
Memorial donations may be made to the La Plata County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

Dennis R. Hood
Oct. 7, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Dennis R. Hood, who died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998, in Durango. He was 95.
The Rev. Rick Calhoun will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Hood Mortuary.
Mr. Hood was born Nov. 27, 1902, in Kenefic, Okla., and was raised on a ranch in Oklahoma. He married Ollie Phelps Jan. 11, 1925, in Mill Creek, Okla.
Mr. Hood taught in the public schools then in the civil service at several Air Force bases in the United States. He and his wife moved to Alaska and taught with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 46 AF&AM, First United Methodist Church, Consistory and the Shriners.
Survivors include his wife, Ollie Phelps Hood of Durango; son, John Hood of Durango; sisters, Jonnie Bell Ratcliff of Dallas, Texas, Pallie Terry of Franklin, La., Lois Hood and Kathleen Pullen, both of Pilot Point, Texas; four grandchildren and six great-granddaughters.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shrine Burn and Crippled Children’s Centers, 2900 Rockpoint Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Louise Elizabeth Binnette
Oct. 6, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Cope Memorial Chapel in Farmington for Louise Elizabeth Binnette, who died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1998, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. She was 89.
The Rev. Paul Glover will officiate. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Crestview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in rural La Plata County. Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. today at Cope Memorial Chapel.
Mrs. Binnette was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post in Durango.
Survivors include her husband, Fred Binnette of Bloomfield, N.M.; children, Charles E. Bennett of Cedar Hill, Doris Parker of Roosevelt, Utah, and adopted daughters, Jeanine Paul Christman of Santa Fe, N.M., and Betty Collins of Bloomfield, N.M.; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Eduvigen Trujillo Gallegos
Oct. 3, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church for Eduvigen Trujillo Gallegos, who died Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998, in Durango. 
She was 86.
The Rev. Eddie Andary will officiate. Burial will be at Bayfield Cemetery.
Visitation will be today at Hood Mortuary. Rosary service will be 6 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary Chapel.
Mrs. Gallegos was born Feb. 25, 1912, in Lone Tree, Colo.
She was a resident of Ignacio.
Mrs. Gallegos was a homemaker. 
She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church.
Survivors include her sons, Jose Rogue Gallegos of Eaton, Colo., and Aurelio Gallegos of Farmington, N.M.; daughter, Sara Romero of Newarki, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, including Lillie Chaulklin, who was raised by her grandparents; 21 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
The cause of death was not available.

Mary Elizabeth ‘Mary Beth’ Barnett
Oct. 2, 1998
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Lewis College Chapel for Mary Elizabeth "Mary Beth" Barnett, who died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, at her home in Durango after an extended illness. She was 56.
Private burial of cremains will be at Skylawn Cemetery in San Mateo, Calif., at a later date.
Mrs. Barnett was born April 20, 1942, in Walsenburg, Colo. She was a longtime Durango resident. She worked for many years at Poor Boys and kept books for the Palace Restaurant.
Mrs. Barnett enjoyed playing volleyball and softball and also umpired softball. She was the anchor for the Farquahrt’s tug-of-war team and led her team to many victories. She was known as the Tug-O-War Queen.
Survivors include her mother, Margaret Alexander of San Mateo, Calif.; brothers, Dale Alexander of Daly City, Calif., Pat O’Brien of Golden, Colo., and Mike O’Brien of Dumont, Colo.; and sisters, Patti O’Brien-Wilson of Silverton and Erin O’Brien-Authier of Anchorage, Alaska.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, La Plata County Heart Fund, P.O. Box 1777, Durango, CO 81302.

William Morgan ‘Bill’ Howell
Oct. 1, 1998
Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Friday at Miners Union Theatre in Silverton for William Morgan "Bill" Howell, a longtime Silverton resident, who died Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, in Durango. He was 67.
There will be cremation. 
Mr. Howell was born June 24, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a longtime resident of Silverton where he was a businessman and active in community affairs. He attended the University of Chicago and the University of Kansas at Lawrence.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, of Silverton; a daughter, Mallory Downs of Bloomfield, N.M.; a son, Morgan Howell of Silverton; one grandson and one brother.
Contributions may be made to the Silverton San Juan County Ambulance Assoc., Inc. P.O. Box 493, Silverton, CO 81433 or to A Theatre Group, P.O. Box 56, Silverton, CO 81433.
The cause of death was unavailable.

Theodore Roosevelt ‘Ted’ Varner
Oct. 1, 1998
No services are planned for Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Varner who died Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, in Durango. He was 90.
Mr. Varner was born Feb. 6, 1908, in Blackwell, Okla.
A former resident of Farmington, N.M., Mr. Varner worked many years throughout the country for El Paso Natural Gas.
Mr. Varner was preceded in death by his wife, Anna May, who died in February 1993.
Survivors include his son Charlie Kaiser Sr. of Cortez; a brother, Charles Varner of Santa Barbara, Calif., and numerous grand, great-grand and great-great-grandchildren.


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