Miscellaneous LaPlata County, Colorado Obituaries

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LoVisa Lindsey
Feb. 27, 1998
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for LoVisa Lindsey, who died Friday, Feb. 27, 1998, in San Gabriel, Calif. She was 86.
The Rev. Jerry Boles will officiate. Interment will follow at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mrs. Lindsey was born May 20, 1911, in Durango. She graduated from Durango High School, then attended and graduated from Stevens College in Missouri.
After college, Mrs. Lindsey returned to Durango and worked with her parents, John and Bessie McDevitt, who at the time owned the Durango Herald. After the family sold the newspaper, Mrs. Lindsey spent time working at the Strater, Fort Lewis College and for several years with her brother-in-law at the Colorado State Tax Office. 
She and her husband, Ray Lindsey, moved to California in 1969, returning to Durango for visits.
Mrs. Lindsey was preceded in death by her husband in June 1987.
Survivors include her son, Richard Lindsey of Glendora, Calif.; two granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

Ethel Fern Stafford
Feb. 26, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Durango Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Ethel Fern Stafford, who died Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, in Durango. She was 85.
Bishop Leonard Tanner will officiate.
Mrs. Stafford was born Oct. 31, 1912, in Cahone, Colo. She owned and operated the Lake Haven Resort at Vallecito Lake. She retired a number of years ago.
Mrs. Stafford was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Durango. She was an avid fisherwoman, wrote cook books, made handicrafts and was an artist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Nelson Stafford, Feb. 7, 1986.
Survivors include her daughter, Connie Wells of Durango; sisters, Faye Curling of Idaho, Erma Parker of Arizona and Angie Travis of Missouri; nephew, Jess Ellis of Durango; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Southwest Safehouse, P.O. Box 2107, Durango, CO 81301. 

Victoria Salvador
Feb. 25, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church for Victoria Salvador, who died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, in Durango. She was 87.
The Rev. Eddy Andary will officiate. Burial will be at the Ignacio Cemetery.
Mrs. Salvador was born June 25, 1910, in San Juan County, N.M. She was a lifelong area resident.
Mrs. Salvador was a homemaker and ranched with her family.
She was preceded in death by her adopted son, Isaac Salvador, in 1993.
Survivors include her son, Jerry Wilmer of Ignacio; daughter, Mary Gallegos of Ignacio; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
 
Mary Manuelita Abeyta
Feb. 25, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Mary Manuelita Abeyta, who died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, in Durango. She was 84.
The Rev. Joseph Gallegos will officiate. Burial will be at the Ignacio Cemetery. A Rosary service will be 7 p.m. today at the church.
Mrs. Abeyta was born May 1, 1913, in Edith, Colo. She was a longtime resident of Durango.
Mrs. Abeyta was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Porfirio Abeyta in 1988; by son, Edward Jerome Abeyta and by daughters, Maria Agapita Abeyta and Mary Crucita Abeyta.
Survivors include her son, James Abeyta of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter, Mary Ann Abeyta of Durango; brother, Silviano Martinez, Jr.; granddaughter, Sonya Abeyta and great-grandson, Michael Abeyta-Griego.

Chad W. Steinberg
Feb. 24, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Chad W. Steinberg, who died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, in Durango. He was 18.
Mr. Steinberg was born Sept. 6, 1979, in Silver City, N.M. He moved to Durango in 1996 for his junior year of high school.
Mr. Steinberg was a senior at Durango High School. He was active with the speech and debate team at Durango High School and liked snowboarding.
Survivors include his father, Scott Steinberg of Durango; mother, Nancy Frederick Steinberg of Durango; sister, Jaime Steinberg of Tucson, Ariz.; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick of Joliet, Ill.; and grandmother, Rita Steinberg of Tucson, Ariz.
Memorial contributions may be made to the La Plata County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2164, Durango, CO 81302.
Police ruled the death a suicide.

Lawana M. Johnson
Feb. 23, 1998
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fort Lewis College Chapel for Lawana M. Johnson, who died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, in Durango. She was 63.
The Rev. Carolyn Ringo will officiate.
Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 8, 1935, in Lubbock, Texas. She moved to Colorado in 1969 and to Durango from Norwood three years ago for health reasons. 
She and her husband, Art, managed the Durango Mini Storage on U.S. Highway 160 west. Mrs. Johnson was also a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur Johnson of Durango; sons, Tony Whittle of Durango and Robert Whittle of Vencencio, Italy; daughters, Jackie Sale and Terry Armstrong, both of Omaha, Neb., and Debbie Deckert of Warner Robins, Ga.; and seven grandchildren, including Steve White of Durango, who was raised as a son in her home.

Nancy Diane Ream
Feb. 22, 1998
Memorial services are pending for Nancy Diane Ream, who died Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998, in Durango. She was 39.
Ms. Ream was born Dec. 9, 1958, in Durango and was raised in the area. She attended school in Aztec, N.M.
Ms. Ream had been a resident of the Four Corners Health Care Center after suffering injuries in an auto accident several years ago.
Survivors include her father, Delton M. Ream of Arboles; mother, Mae A. Ledford Ream of Ignacio; daughters, Racheal Ream of Las Vegas, Nev., and Savonna Harrison of Anchorage, Alaska; son, Zach Ream of Las Vegas, Nev.; brothers, Lesley Mace of Los Osos, Calif., Harlan Mace of Ignacio and Elvis Ream of Arboles; sisters, Debra Pursley of Ignacio, Delta Cunningham of Arboles, Donna Dennington of Farmington, N.M., Beckey Neeley of Gallup, N.M., Linda Baronet of Washington and Doris Allan of Grand Junction, Colo.; and two grandchildren.
 
Kate S. Knight
Feb. 22, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. today at St. Ignatius Catholic Church for Kate S. Knight, who died Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998, in Cortez. She was 89.
The Rev. Eddie Andary will officiate. Burial will be at Ouray Cemetery in Ignacio.
Mrs. Knight was born Oct. 25, 1908, in Ignacio. She was a homemaker and a resident of Cortez.
She was preceded in death by a son, Willard E. Knight, and a daughter, Helen L. Knight.Survivors include her daughters, Katherine Ridley of Whiterock, Utah, Elsie Watts Martinez of Cortez, Gladys Knight Hammand of Towaoc, and Judy Knight-Frank of Towaoc; sons, Terry G. Knight of Towaoc, Ben Watts of Fort Duchesne, Utah, and Carl A. Knight of Towaoc; 37 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Gregory Lawrence Walker
Feb. 21, 1998
Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Monday at Ignacio Cemetery for Gregory Lawrence Walker, who died Saturday, Feb. 21, 1998, in Pico de Orizaba, Mexico, after falling from a mountain peak. He was 23.
The Rev. Dan Straw will officiate at services.
Mr. Walker was born Feb. 23, 1974, in Denver. 
He is survived by his parents, Glen and Barbara Walker of Ignacio; brother, Christopher Walker of Ignacio; grandmothers, Aline Walker of Delhi, La., and Thelman Smith of Commerce City, Colo.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to any of the following: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Southwest Safehouse, Habitat for Humanity, Manna Soup Kitchen, or the Butch McClanahan Memorial Library in Ignacio.

Henry 'Hank' Reed
Feb. 19, 1998
Henry "Hank" Reed died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, at Centura Health-Mercy Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer. He was 71.
Mr. Reed was born Dec. 31, 1926, in Durango. He was a lifetime resident of La Plata County.
Mr. Reed was well known in the rodeo circuit for many years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mr. Reed was a board member of the Ignacio Sanitation District at the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife, Joann Reed of Ignacio; brothers, Sam and Dan Reed; sisters, Erma Bean, Kitty Wilson, Janet Looman Reed and Dee Reed; and several nieces and nephews.
In respect to Mr. Reed's wishes, no formal service is planned.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy and the Patrick W. Luter M.D. Cancer Center, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

Joan Conant Edwards
Feb. 17, 1997
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Crist Mortuary Chapel in Boulder, Colo., for Joan Conant Edwards, a former Durango resident, who died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, in Boulder from natural causes. She was 71.
The Rev. Don Henderson will officiate at services. Burial will be at Green Mountain Cemetery.
Mrs. Edwards was born March 31, 1926, in Flushing, N.Y. She married John (Jack) D. Edwards July 4, 1946, in New York. She lived in Boulder since 1991 and lived in Durango before moving there.
Mrs. Edwards received her master's degree in English from Fordham University in The Bronx, N.Y. and a master's in English literature from Manhattanville, N.Y. She was a retired high school honor's English teacher in New York and Houston.
She was a member of St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Boulder.
Mrs. Edwards is survived by her husband, John, of Boulder; two sons, Dr. John D. Edwards of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Dr. Charles F. Edwards of Rancho Bernardo, Calif.; three daughters, Heather Lalanne of Southport, Conn., Hope Stanton Edwards of Lewisville, Texas, and Nell Davidson Edwards of Gettysburg, Penn.; and 14 grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 1526 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80303 and Boulder Senior Foundation, 909 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO 80303.

Marie Patricia Hill
Feb. 16, 1998
Mass was celebrated Feb. 19, 1998, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., for Marie Patricia Hill, who died Monday, Feb. 16, 1998, at Glen Valley Care Center in Glenwood Springs. She was 78.
Burial was at Rosebud Cemetery.
Mrs. Hill was born Aug. 10, 1919, in Fargo, N.D. She graduated from Longmont High School and attended Fort Lewis College and Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs.
She married Gordon Eugene Hill Sept. 26, 1940, in Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Hill belonged to St. Anthonyís Circle of St. Stephenís Altar Society and St. Columba Catholic Schoolís Motherís Club. 
She served as president of both organizations. She was a 4-H leader and a Junior Great Books leader.
In addition to her husband, survivors include her daughters, Catherine Bullock of Zuni, N.M., Jackie Durrett of Glenwood Springs, Margaret Mortensen of Silt, Colo., and Patty Hill of Grand Junction, Colo.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Melanoma Research, Colorado/Rocky Mountain Division, 2255 S. Oneida, Denver, CO 80224. 

Marguerite Mary Paulek
Feb. 15, 1998
Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 at St. Columba Catholic Church for Marguerite Mary Paulek, who died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, in Durango. She was 93.
The Rev. Mike McCleary will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Rosary service will be 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Hood Mortuary Chapel.
Mrs. Paulek was born March 29, 1904, in Durango, and was a lifetime resident of the area. She and her husband, Victor Anton Paulek ranched on the Big Stick Mesa.
Mrs. Paulek was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church, the Breen Grange, La Plata Pomona Grange and the Colorado State Grange Association.
Mrs. Paulek was a member of the CowBelles and one of the first members of the Durango School District 9-R school board upon its formation.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Anton Paulek May 6, 1996.
Survivors include her son, Grant Paulek of Farmington, N.M.; her daughter, Marilyn Vitali of Denver; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 375 East Park Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

Julia M. Achierno
Feb. 14, 1998
Burial services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Santa Fe National Cemetery for Julia M. Achierno of Bayfield who died Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998, at Abernathy's Care Home in Bayfield. She was 93.
Mrs. Achierno was born Feb. 19, 1904, in Albuquerque. She moved to Bayfield from New Mexico two years ago to be near her son.
Mrs. Achierno worked at Kistler Collister in Albuquerque, where she became head buyer. She later moved to Denver where she met and married Louis Rocco Achierno. Mrs. Achierno was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Santa Maria No. 317, in Albuquerque.
She is survived by her son, Fredrick Achierno of Ignacio; and grandchildren Alicia and Jeffrey Achierno of Ignacio.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Masses be said in Mrs. Achierno's memory.

John Edward Dever Jr.
Feb. 13, 1998
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church for John Edward Dever Jr., a Fort Lewis College professor and former Durango School District 9-R school board president, who died Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, at Centura Health-Mercy Medical Center from cancer. He was 65.
Mr. Dever was born Sept. 24, 1932, in Camden, N.J. He served in the United States Air Force as meteorology instructor until 1956. He taught biology at Fort Lewis College for more than 30 years. He served two terms as 9-R school board president from 1987 to 1995.
Mr. Dever was an avid baseball fan. He was president and later state commissioner of Babe Ruth Baseball organization in the 1980s and early 1990s.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Ann Dever of Durango; two daughters, Suzanne Beth Dever of Farmington, and Sara Kathryn Dever of Durango; two sons, John Edward Dever III of Durango, and William Arthur Dever of Houston; three stepsons, Christian Robert Watson, Timothy Adam Watson, and Patrick Matthew Watson; and, two granddaughters, Chantel Alyssa Albo and Brianna Marie Dever.

Beatrice 'Bea' Motz
Feb. 13, 1998
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Beatrice "Bea" Motz who died Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, in Durango. She was 86.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate at services.
Mrs. Motz was born April 28, 1911, in San Diego before moving with her family to La Jara. She married Douglas F. Motz Sept. 9, 1933. Together they operated a produce business in Colorado and Arizona.
Mrs. Motz was the first woman elected to the La Jara Board of Trustees. In 1980 they moved to Durango, where she volunteered at the Methodist Thrift shop and participated in the Bible study fellowship.
She is survived by her husband, Douglas, of Durango; a son, Douglas, of Aztec; and three grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Disease Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 789 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203. 

Charles A. Dressing
Feb. 13, 1998
Charles A. Dressing died Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood, Ky. 
Mr. Dressing was the retired owner of Gradenís Shoe Store, part of Gradenís Mercantile, in Durango. He and his wife moved from Durango to Crescent Springs, Ky., in 1988.
Mr. Dressing served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4031 in Durango. 
Mr. Reed was preceded in death by his daughter Michele Anderson June 1, 1994.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Dressing of Crescent Springs, Ky.; his son, Mike Dressing of Fort Mill, S.C.; daughters, Denise Gradel of Lubbock, Texas, Melanie Dressing of Durango and Charlene Sutherlin of Bayfield; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Memorial donations may be made to St. Elizabeth Hospice, 201 E. 20th St., Covington, KY 41014. 

Stella Thompson
Feb. 10, 1998
Services were held Feb. 13 at the Smith Funeral Home in Sugarcreek, Ohio, for Stella Thompson, who died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, in Walnut Hills Nursing Home at Walnut Creek, Ohio, after a brief illness. She was 89.
The Rev. Gail E. Thompson officiated. Burial was at the Eastlawn Cemetery at Sugarcreek.
Mrs. Thompson was born April 13, 1908, in Manitou Springs, Colo. She married Gail E. Thompson Dec. 24, 1937.
Mrs. Thompson retired as a school teacher after 22 years. She was a member of the Bible Missionary Church of Durango.
Survivors include her husband, Gail E. Thompson; daughters, Barbara Dunn of Stebbins, Alaska, and Shirley King of Summerfield, Ohio; son, Keith Thompson of Dundee, Ohio; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Wayne Brewer of Aztec, N.M. 

Jackie Sue Schumacher
Feb. 10, 1998
No services are planned for Jackie Sue Schumacher, who died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, in Durango. She was 45.
Ms. Schumacher was born Dec. 10, 1952, in Durango and was raised in Durango. She was a graduate of Durango High School and Fort Lewis College.
Ms. Schumacher earned her doctorate from Arizona State University. She was employed as a computer programmer.
Survivors include her father, Charles E. Schumacher of Durango; mother, Dorothy J. Moore Schumacher of Durango; sister, Gerrie Chamberlain of Durango; grandmother, Mary Schumacher of Durango and grandfather, C.G. Moore of Flippin, Ark.
Police said the death is under investigation. 

Charles W. 'Chick' Neeley
Feb. 5, 1998
Memorial services will be held at a later date for Charles W. "Chick" Neeley, who died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, at his home in Mancos. He was 83.
There was cremation.
Mr. Neeley was born Feb. 9, 1914, in Canon City, Colo., and moved to Mancos as an infant where he was a lifelong resident.
April 30, 1940, Mr. Neeley married Helen Beers.
Survivors include: his wife, Helen Beers Neeley, of Mancos; four sisters, Ruth Brown of Mancos, Winifred Mallett of Rangely, Colo., Helen Caylor of Mancos and Geneva Cox of Mancos; two brothers, James Neeley of Cortez and Raymond Neeley of Farmington, N.M.; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. and Mrs. Neeley contributed a mountain cabin plus acreage to the Mancos Hose Co. No. 1, making the new ambulance possible. Contributions in Mr. Neeley's memory may be made through the Mancos Valley Bank to benefit the Mancos Hose Co. No. 1.

Eldon Burdell Hiner
Feb. 5, 1998
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Eldon Burdell Hiner, who died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in Durango. He was 80.
The Rev. Dan Straw will officiate. Burial will be at Crestview Cemetery with graveside services conducted by the Durango Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Hiner was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Durango. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He married Mozelle H. Hodge Skinner Sept. 1, 1978, in Santa Fe, N.M.
Mr. Hiner was a contractor and home builder. He attended the Florida Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Hiner was a member of the Durango Masonic Lodge and La Plata Chapter O.E.S. No. 83.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara in 1975.
Survivors include his wife, Mozelle Hiner of Durango; daughter, Lucky Messenger of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; brothers, Bill Hiner and Kenneth Hiner, both of Durango, and Albert Hiner of Lemon Grove, Calif.; sisters, Lillian Davis of Durango, Marion Webber of Farmington, N.M., and Marguerite Culhane of Calimesa, Calif.; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 375 East Park Ave., Durango, CO 81301, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 931, Durango, CO 81302.

Beverly Erickson
Feb. 4, 1998
Services were held at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bismarck, N.D., for Beverly Erickson, a Durango resident who died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998, in a Denver hospital from complications of breast cancer. She was 41.
The Rev. Ben Dove officiated. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Bismarck, N.D.
Mrs. Erickson was born April 23, 1956, in Bismarck, N.D. She was raised and educated in Bismarck; graduating with a bachelor's degree in health and nutrition from Moorhead State College. She worked for the State Health Department in Bismarck and continued working in the health field in Denver.
In 1981, she married Daryl Erickson in Bismarck. Following their marriage, they moved to Denver.
Mrs. Erickson enjoyed hiking, camping, biking and skiing. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church. She was involved in the Christian Education Committee, and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Mrs. Erickson served in the Women's Association and was involved in International Bible Study Fellowship.
Survivors include: Her husband, Daryl, daughter, Leah and son, Tyler, all of Durango; her parents, Bernie and Etta Schue of Bismarck, N.D.; one brother, Gary Schue of Grand Forks, N.D.; two sisters, Pam Hipple of Bismarck, N.D., and Julie Bell of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two nephews and four nieces.


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