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
Mrs. Lindsey was born May 20, 1911, in Durango. She graduated from
Durango High School, then attended and graduated from Stevens College in
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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.