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Doris S. Olson
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church for Doris S. Olson, who died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, in Durango after a lengthy illness. She was 81.
The Rev. Richard Calhoun will officiate. Interment of Mrs. Olson’s cremains will follow at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mrs. Olson was born July 8, 1917, in Cleveland, N.D. She married Lloyd Olson Oct. 8, 1939, in Sykeston, N.D.
Mrs. Olson was a retired medical records transcriptionist at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Durango.
Mrs. Olson was Past Matron of La Plata Chapter, Order of Eastern Star 83, past president of the Animas Valley Garden Club, Past Grand of the Rebekah Lodge, past president of the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter and a member of the Animas Valley Grange.
Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Olson of Durango; sons, William Olson of Lewistown, Mont., Thomas Olson of Fargo, N.D., and James Olson of Alamosa, Colo.; daughter, Betty Peterson of Salt Lake City, Utah; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and brothers, Irvin Stiles of Grand Forks, N.D., Stanley Stiles of Bothel, Wash., and Charles Stiles of Riverside, Calif.
Memorial donations may be made to The San Juan Shrine Crippled Children’s Fund. 

Giani Eileen Barrows
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Greenmount Cemetery for Giani Eileen Barrows, a second-grade student at Florida Mesa Elementary School, who died Sunday, Jan. 24, near the Piedra River. She was 7.
Father Mike McCleary will officiate at services. A reception will follow at the Clinton residence, 40 Applewood Loop. 
Ms. Barrows was born Aug. 30, 1991, in San Diego, Calif. She was called a friendly child and very inquisitive of people and life. She loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up.
She is survived by her mother, Lori Barrows of Durango; her mother’s fiancé, Ralph Roberson of Durango; a stepsister, Allyson Roberson of Farmington; a grandmother, Eileen Drey of Argyle, Wis.; two aunts, Dawn Bury and Tammy Kelly; an uncle, Greg Barrows; and many cousins.
Contributions may be made to the Giani Barrows Memorial Fund, c/o First National Bank, P.O. Drawer L, Durango, CO 81302; or to the La Plata County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2164, Durango CO 81302.
Barrows died in a car with her father, Lawrence Gierisch of Durango, from inhaling toxic gas, according to the Archuleta County coroner.

Mary Elizabeth Steinberger
Mary Elizabeth Steinberger died Thursday, Jan. 28, in Durango. 
She was 83.
No funeral services are planned. The body is at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango.
Mrs. Steinberger was born Sept. 16, 1915, in Denver. She grew up in Hollywood, Calif. and volunteered at the Santa Terasita Hospital, helping elderly patients.
Mrs. Steinberger was preceded in death by her husband, Lorn L. Steinberger.
She is survived by two daughters, Angela M. Steinberger of Ignacio and Sue Johnston of Henderson, Nevada.
Cause of death was not available.

Willette H. Wood
A memorial graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for Willette H. Wood, who died Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Durango. She was 86.
Mrs. Wood was born Oct. 8, 1912, in Corona, Ala. She married Charles C. Wood on July 4, 1937, in Jasper, Ala. He preceded her in death in May 1978. Mrs. Wood moved to Durango in 1992 to be near her children.
She is survived by a daughter, Jan Brown of Durango; two sons, Don Wood of Farmington and B.J. Harris of Birmingham, Ala.; a sister, Hazel Myers of Birmingham, Ala., six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
Cause of death was not available.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 3801 N. Main Ave., Durango CO 81301.

James E. Stinson
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for James E. Stinson, who died Thursday, Jan. 28, 1999, in Durango. He was 82.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate. Visitation will be 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Cremation will take place at Hood Mortuary Crematory.
Mr. Stinson was born Nov. 10, 1916, in Durango. He was a rancher in the Hesperus area.
Mr. Stinson was a member of the Marvel Grange No. 479 and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed fly-fishing and hunting elk. 
Survivors include his wife, Lois M. Frame Stinson of Hesperus; daughters, Marie Conner of Farmington, N.M., and Judy Crocker of Montrose; son, James R. Stinson of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister, Bonnie Meredith of California; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The cause of death was not available.

Margret T. Perez
Services will be 11 a.m. today at St. Mary’s in Bloomfield, N.M., for Margret T. Perez, who died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in Farmington, N.M. She was 37.
The Rev. Dan Daley will officiate. Cremation is with the Alternative Society, and her ashes will be spread in the mountains that she loved this spring. 
A rosary was held Jan. 29.
Ms. Perez was born April 21, 1961. She was a former resident of Durango.
Survivors include her parents, Joe G. and Ruby C. Perez; grandmother, Sophie French; sisters, Debra K. Miller and Ruby Jo Calderon; nephews, David and Adam; great-nephew, Joseph Lee; and nieces, Ashley, Sydney, Jennifer, Ynez, Pati and Gabriela.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.
The cause of death was not available.

Willard Weaver ‘Bill’ Rusk Jr.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ertel Memorial Chapel for Willard Weaver "Bill" Rusk Jr., who died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in Cortez. He was 80.
The Rev. Gerald Andrews will officiate. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.
Mr. Rusk was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Denver. On Oct. 25, 1945, he married Thelma A. Slack in Aztec, N.M. He was a graduate of the University of Colorado and University of Colorado School of Law. Gov. John Love appointed Mr. Rusk as the first district judge of the newly formed 22nd Judicial District.
He was preceded in death by his son, Willard W. Rusk III.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma of Cortez; brother, David Rusk of Littleton, Colo.; nephew, Willard G. Rusk of Fremont, Calif.; and niece, Mary Margaret Rusk of Englewood, Colo. 
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, c/o Citizens State Bank of Cortez, Drawer T, Cortez, CO 81321.

Raymond Sanford Murray
Raymond Sanford Murray, a lifetime resident of the Four Corners area, died Tuesday, January 26, 1999, in Durango. He was 85.
No services are planned at this time. Cremation will take place at Hood Mortuary Crematory. Mr. Murray was born November 19, 1913, in Chama, N.M. He was a retired conductor from the D&RGW Railroad.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Gilbert Murray; his mother, Flossie Belle Murray; and his wife Lottie Murray. He is survived by his son, Adrian Murray of Colorado Springs; a stepson, Harold McConnell of Durango; two grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Harold D. Stauffer
Harold D. Stauffer, a longtime resident of Colorado Springs, died 
Jan. 24, 1999, in Durango. He was 79.
Private family memorial services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Stauffer was born Feb. 2, 1919 in Ignacio, where he attended school. He was a graduate of Ignacio High School. He served as a first lieutenant in the Air Force during World War II. After graduating from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, he received a degree in dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Stauffer practiced dentistry in Colorado Springs for 40 years, before retiring to Tucson, Ariz. He returned to the Durango area one year ago. 
He is survived by his sister, Jessie M. Hott of Ignacio; two nieces, Margaret Sterling of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Peggy Phebus of Littleton,Colo.; and a nephew, Robert Hott of Ignacio. He is also survived by numerous other nieces and nephews.

Fred E. Binnette
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Crestview Cemetery in Durango for Fred E. Binnette, who died January 25, 1999 in Farmington. He was 90. Mr. Binnette was born on January 19, 1909 St. Louis, Mo. He lived in the Farmington area for 30 years. He enjoyed oil painting.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; and his parents Edward and Gertrude Binnette. He is survived by a son, James Binnette of Kirtland, N.M.; a daughter, Necia Keith and her husband Jim, of Long Grove, Okla.; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Grace Wallace
Grace Wallace died Monday, January 11, 1999 at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. She was 89.
Ms. Wallace was born in 1909 in Clinton, Mo. She was employed as a school teacher for many years. Ms. Wallace was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Ray Romine. She is survived by two sons, Raymond Romine of Pagosa Springs, and Lawrence M. Romine of Los Angeles, Calif.; five grandchildren, Marvin Lee Romine of Oklahoma City, Okla.; James E. Romine of Atlanta, Ga.; Robert Ray Romine of Pagosa Springs; and Gerald Romine of Panama City, Fla.; 12 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren; and many friends.

Violet Louise Gwaltney
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 29, 1999 for Violet Louise Gwaltney, of Durango, who died Tuesday, January 26, 1999 of a heart attack. She was 78.
The Rev. Larry Osborne will officiate at services. Interment will be at Greenmount Cemetery. Mrs. Gwaltney was born in 1920 in La Plata, NM. She graduated from Durango High School in 1937 and worked for Pennington Photography Studio as a dark room technician until World War II. During the war, she was a professional photographer in Long Beach, California where she married Captain Laverne Gwaltney in 1947. They lived in Tucson, Ariz. where they built an adobe house together. She spent much of her early life and all of her later years ranching and raising cattle near Durango on the Steward Ranch that has been in her family for over 100 years. Mrs. Gwaltney received the Western Heritage Service Award in 1992, and recognition from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1998. She remained active in the ranching business until her death.
She is survived by her husband Laverne Gwaltney of Durango; a daughter, Bonnie Brennan of Durango; a brother, Chester Steward of Farmington, NM,; and cousins Shirley Jones and Dorothy Peipenbrink, both of California.

Jack LePlatt
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, January 29, 1999 at Church of Christ in Bayfield for Jack LePlatt, who died January 25, 1999 in Bayfield. He was 74. The Rev. Dan Straw and Mr. Gene Chapin will officiate at the ceremony. Visitation will be today until 8:30 p.m. at Hood Mortuary. Interment will be at Bayfield Cemetery.
Mr. LePlatt was born February 11, 1924 in Rockyford, Colo. He married Jewell Ludwig on March 22, 1946 at Alameda, Calif.
Mr. LePlatt lived in the Bayfield area since 1939 and was active in local industry and community organizations. He was a boardmember for La Plata Electric for 12 years, on the Durango La Plata Airport Commission for 11 years, a member of the Bayfield Lions Club for 34 years, director of Pine River Valley Bank for 21 years, and was a member of the Church of Christ in Bayfield. Mr. Leplatt worked as an architect in the Navy during World War II and in Clovis, NM before moving to Bayfield. He ranched in the Bayfield area from 1949 to 1961 and in 1962 started the LePlatt Propane business and retired in 1982. He was awarded the Colorado landowner of the year award through the Game and Fish Department. He enjoyed oil painting, fishing, scuba diving and flying.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and his parents. He is survived by his wife, Jewell Ludwig, of Bayfield; a son and daughter-in-law, Herb and Betsy LePlatt, of Chanhassen,Minn.; two brothers, Richard LePlatt of Truth or Consequences, NM; and Harold LePlatt of Monte Vista, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to the Jack LePlatt Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Pine River Valley Bank, P.O. Box 500, Bayfield, Colo., 81122.

Beverly C. Powell Conway
Jan. 24, 1999
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Williams Catholic Church in Shelby, Mont., for Beverly C. Powell Conway, who died of natural causes Sunday, Jan. 24, 1999, at the Marias Care Center in Shelby, Mont. She was 72.
The Rev. Carl Deitchman will officiate. Committal will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Shelby.
Mrs. Conway was born Feb. 26, 1926, in Los Angeles, Calif. The family then moved to Durango, where she was raised and educated. She met Joe Conway, and they were married in 1948. They later divorced.
Mrs. Conway worked as a bookkeeper in Durango and later in Fort Collins, Colo., where she moved in 1979. She retired in 1988 and moved to Shelby. She was a member of St. Williams Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marian.
Survivors include her sons, Steve Conway of Fort Collins and Danny Conway of Bayfield; daughter, Debra Clark of Shelby, Mont.; and seven grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Williams Catholic Church.

Charles T. Spencer
Jan. 23, 1999
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Charles T. Spencer of Ignacio, who died Saturday, January 23, 1999, in Durango. He was 88.
Father Mike McCleary will officiate at services. Visitation will be at Hood Mortuary on Tuesday, January 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Interment will be at Ouray Memorial Cemetery in Ignacio. An interment service will be provided by the American Legion.
Mr. Spencer was born on May 23, 1910 in Ignacio. He lived most of his life in Bayfield, where he was a farmer. Mr. Spencer served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the Southern Ute Tribe.
He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Juanita Spencer, and his wife, Stephana Martinez. He is survived by a daughter, Lucy Olguin, of Ignacio; seven grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Walter Frank Smith
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Greenmount Cemetery for Walter Frank Smith, a retired U.S. Army officer, who died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, in Durango. He was 79.
The Rev. Dan Straw will officiate at services. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mr. Smith was born Jan. 17, 1920, in White River, S.D. He married Ruth Miller, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He was stationed in Alaska. He lived in Arizona for 25 years, where he worked as a heavy duty welder. He retired in Durango in 1986. He was a member of the Elks Lodge.
He is survived by a daughter, Linda Willmett of Durango; two grandsons, and three granddaughters.
Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 1235 N. 4th, Grand Junction, CO 81501.
The cause of death was not available.

Cora Lee Johnson
Jan. 21, 1999
Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bayfield Cemetery for Cora Lee Johnson, a former school teacher, who died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, in Durango. She was 93.
The Rev. Dan Straw will officiate at services. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Hood Mortuary. Burial will be at Bayfield Cemetery.
Mrs. Johnson was born April 21, 1905, in Copeville, Texas. She married Jess T. Johnson, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Johnson worked as a school teacher, Eastern Star member and homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Wayne Johnson of Bayfield, Gene Johnson of Bayfield; four granddaughters, Kathy Soldevila of Durango, Michele Paimbouf of Dallas, Sharon Trigg of Colorado Springs, and Karen Dunivin of California; five grandsons, Mike Johnson of Montrose, Colo., Tracy Johnson of Texas, Curtis Johnson of Washington, D.C., Derrik Johnson of California and Leslie Ritchie of North Carolina; and, 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Phoebe Nell O’Donnell.
The cause of death was not available.

Warren Marvin Broman Sr.
Jan. 11, 1999
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church for Warren Marvin Broman Sr., who died Monday, Jan. 11, 1999, in McAllen, Texas. He was 81.
The Rev. Bill Postler will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mr. Broman was born Nov. 15, 1917, in Salina, Kan. He married Mary E. Hocker March 4, 1943, in Durango.
Mr. Broman served in the 
Army Air Corps during World War II.
He was an accountant throughout his life, and was a member of the Durango Elks Lodge.
Mr. and Mrs. Broman retired to south Texas in later years and spent summers in Durango at Lemon Lake. They enjoyed round dancing together.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1990.
Survivors include his son, Warren M. Broman Jr. of Durango, and one granddaughter.
Memorial donations may be made to the Educational Scholarship Fund, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 260 E. 12th St., Durango, CO 81301.
The cause of death was not available.

Arthur Allen Wolff Sr.
Jan. 13, 1999
No services are planned for Arthur Allen Wolff Sr., who died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, at his home in Durango. He was 79.
There was cremation.
Mr. Wolff was born Sept. 30, 1919, in Pueblo, Colo. He moved to Durango in 1955.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Wolff of Durango; children, Joan Haga of Ignacio, Bonnie Carpenter of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Arthur A. Wolff Jr. of Romeo, Colo.; brother, Gerald Wolff of Pueblo, Colo.; sister, Bertha Crispi of Pueblo, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The cause of death was not available. 

Violet Frances Kolz
Jan. 16, 1999
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Violet Frances Kolz, who died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, in Durango. She was 83.
The Rev. Bill Postler will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery following cremation.
Mrs. Kolz was born Dec. 18, 1915, in Telluride. Her family resided in Rico before moving to Durango in the late 1920s. 
She married Arvin Andrew Kolz. He preceded her in death in 1980.
Survivors include her son, Lawrence Kolz of Grand Junction; sister, Winifred Ford of Florida; brother, Jack Sadahiro of Durango and one grandson.
The cause of death was not available.

Gertrude Mary Fitts
Jan. 16, 1999
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church for Gertrude Mary Fitts, who died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. She was 78.
Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Rosary services will be 7 p.m. today at the church. The Revs. Joseph McGuinness and Thomas Munson will officiate.
Mrs. Fitts was born March 20, 1920, in Ignacio. She married Bernard Wayne Fitts in 1959 in Ignacio. He preceded her in death.
Mrs. Fitts was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Survivors include her children, Jolene Rael, Ray Trujillo and Anthony Fitts, all of Cortez; Violet Montoya of Ignacio, Linda Fitts-Liberman of Colorado Springs and Israel Trujillo of Denver; 19 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Arthur Martinez of Pagosa Springs, Ross Martinez of Santa Maria, Calif., Christopher Martinez of Lancaster, Calif., Benny Martinez of California and Edward Martinez of Stockton, Calif.; and sisters, Sophie Sabata and Daisy Madrid, both of Phoenix, Ariz., Angie Gonzales of Broomfield, Calif., Nevis Austeb of Texas, Julia Rodriguez of Grand Junction, Molly Flaherty of Aztec, N.M., Marcia Martinez and Bertha Boble, both of Farmington, N.M., Genieve Lopez of Dolores, and Olive Garcia of Sacramento, Calif. 
Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Fitts’ name at the Citizens State Bank of Cortez.

Patricia Jane Schuessler
Jan. 5, 1999
Memorial services were held Jan. 8 at Kutis Memorial Chapel in St. Louis, Mo., for Patricia Jane Schuessler, who died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999, in St. Louis after a long struggle with poor health. She was 60.
Burial will follow at a later date at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango, where her parents, Russell and Delia Pride, are buried.
Mrs. Schuessler was born Nov. 18, 1938, in Tulsa, Okla. After several moves around the country during World War II, the family settled in Wichita, Kan., where she graduated from East High School in 1958. She then attended Wichita University where she met and 
married Everett F. Andrews in 
1963.
Mrs. Schuessler moved to Colorado with her husband, eventually settling in Durango in 1970 where they started a photography business.
After divorcing in 1979, she was remarried to Robert M. Schuessler in 1981. They moved to California then St. Louis.
Survivors include her husband, Robert; daughter, Gretchen D. Fick; and one grandson.

Margarito "Mike" Vega Mendoza
Jan. 8, 1999
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hood Mortuary Chapel for Margarito "Mike" Vega Mendoza, a former La Plata County undersheriff, who died Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, from injuries suffered in a car crash in Durango. He was 71.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate. 
Mr. Mendoza was born Feb. 22, 1927, in Knippa, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army and fought in World War II. 
After moving to Durango, Mr. Mendoza worked for the La Plata County Sheriff’s Department until his retirement.
He is survived by two daughters, Dolores Rangel of Fort Worth, Texas and Margie Jones of Derby, Kan.; two sisters, Vickie Rotondi of Dallas and Gladys Bargas of Fort Worth; and a brother, Eugene Mendoza of Dallas.

Steven F. Perkins
Jan. 8, 1999
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Hood Mortuary Chapel for Steven F. Perkins, a Durango resident, who died Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, from injuries suffered in a car crash in Durango. He was 51. Rick Baker and family members will officiate at services.
Mr. Perkins was born April 1, 1947, in Marysville, Kan. For 20 years he lived in Beaumont, Texas. He moved to Durango in 1991.
Mr. Perkins is survived by his partner of 27 years, Ann Perkins; two daughters, Candice Freeman of Austin, Texas and Dale Lin Kord of Durango; five sons, Christopher, Steven D., Robert, Benjamin and Luke, all of Durango; a brother, Ben Perkins of Hutchison, Kan.; a sister, Deana Zumalt of Kansas; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Manna Soup Kitchen, or to the Community of Learners charter school.

Shirley Lucille Cobel
Jan. 6, 1999
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Shirley Lucille Cobel, who died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, in Durango. She was 75.
The Rev. Larry Snider will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary.
Mrs. Cobel was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Clayton, N.M. She married Art Cobel in 1942 and was a homemaker.
In addition to her husband, survivors include her daughters, Carol Snider and Cindy Fletcher; brothers Ben Williams and Alton Williams; sisters Madeline Green and Bobbie Freestone; seven grandchildren; and nine-great-grandchildren.
The cause of death was not available. 

Courtney Michelle Nuss
Jan. 5, 1999
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. today at Greenmount Cemetery for Courtney Michelle Nuss, infant daughter of Denise and Jason Nuss, who died at birth Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999, in Durango.
The Rev. John Richardson will officiate.
In addition to her parents, Courtney is survived by her sister, Brianna Nuss of Durango; grandparents, Teresa and Darryl Hunt of Durango, Dennis and Leigh Goodwin of Roswell, N.M., and Rick and Lynn Locke of Carlsbad, N.M.; great-grandparents, Gladys Davies of Durango, Marie and Roger Hunt of Farmington, N.M., Mary and Bob Crawford of Alamogordo, N.M., and Earl Goodwin of Blanco, N.M.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Billie Louise Branham
Jan. 4, 1999
Services and interment will be in Wynnewood, Okla., for Billie Louise Branham, who died Monday, Jan. 4, 1999, in Rock Springs, Wyo., after an extended illness. She was 80.
Mrs. Branham was born Aug. 10, 1918, in Marietta, Okla. She graduated from Wynnewood High School in 1936 and attended a business college.
She married William Doyle Branham Dec. 28, 1937, in Angleton, Texas. She was an assistant sales manager for McColum’s House of Fashion in Cortez for 10 years and member of the Methodist Church.
In addition to her husband, survivors include her son, Robert Branham of Torrington, Wyo.; daughters, Rebecca Marshall of San Antonio, Texas, Susan Graham of Rock Springs, Wyo., Sally Webb of Brighton, Colo., and Cindy Dean of Evanston, Wyo.; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

William Lester Webber
Jan. 5, 1999
Private family funeral and burial will be held at a later date for William Lester Webber, who died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999, at his home in Farmington, N.M., after a lengthy illness. He was 83.
Mr. Webber was born Jan. 24, 1915, in Springcreek, Colo. He graduated from high school in Ignacio. In 1938, he married Irene Moore. They moved to the San Juan County area in 1976.
Mr. Webber was a carpenter and worked in construction of every conceivable area.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his son, Leroy Webber of Henderson, Nev.; daughters, Barbara Randall of Grand Junction, Colo., and Betty Hollar of Bloomfield, N.M.; sisters, Emma Brown and Edna Morlan; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Douglas F. Motz
Jan. 1, 1999
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hood Mortuary Chapel for Douglas F. Motz, an Aztec, N.M., resident who died Friday, Jan. 1, 1999 in Phoenix. He was 88.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate at services. 
Mr. Motz was born July 8, 1910, in LaJara, Colo., where he served on the town council for several years. He married Beatrice B. McDaniel Sept. 8, 1933 in Pagosa Springs. He had been a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. 
Mr. Motz worked in agriculture and produce for more than 60 years. He worked with his son at Riverview Tractor Co. in Durango. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice, Feb. 13, 1998. 
Mr. Motz is survived by his son, Douglas R. Motz, of Aztec, N.M.; three sisters, Alice Gylling of Albuquerque, Ardith Wren of California, and Arlene Novak of California; grandson Douglas C. Motz of Phoenix; and two granddaughters, Melissa Motz of Aztec, N.M., and Pamela Motz of Aztec, N.M.
The cause of death was not available.


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