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Sybil M. Stealey
Homemaker and Rancher
Sept. 21, 1911 Sept. 22, 1999
MONTROSE Sybil M. Stealey, a homemaker and rancher, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 22, 1999, in the San Juan Living Center at Montrose the day after celebrating her 88th birthday.
Sybil M. Downen was born in Grand Valley, Colo. on Sept. 21, 1911, the daughter of Charles Downen and Mamie (Craven) Downen. She spent her childhood in Grand Valley and Rifle.
Sybil married Vaughn L. Stealey on Dec. 10, 1940, in Moab, Utah. After their marriage, Sybil and Vaughn moved to Cow Creek where they made their home until Vaughn's death in August of 1981 at Montrose.
Following her husband's death, Sybil moved to Montrose in 1982 where she made her home until the time of her death.
Sybil loved crocheting, fishing, and playing cards.
Survivors include one brother, Virgil Downen and wife Inez, of Grand Junction; three sisters: Peggy Lloyd and Opal Cline, both of Montrose; Zella and husband Lloyd Wonderley, of Rifle; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Visitation for family and friends will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel and will continue until service time at 11 a.m.
Funeral Services in remembrance, to honor, and pay respects to Sybil's life will be officiated by Ken Backman, Hospice Chaplain, on Friday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. in the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in the Valley Lawns Cemetery south of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose, 802 Main St., Montrose, Colo. 81401; telephone (970) 249-2121.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley, In Memory of Sybil Stealey, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804.

Darline M. Matthews
An Inspiration to Everyone
Jan. 12, 1926 Sept. 18, 1999
FRUITA Former Olathe resident, Darline M. Matthews, age 73, of Fruita, died on Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, in Family Health West at Fruita.
Darline M. Hartness was born in Omaha, Neb. on Jan. 12, 1926, the daughter of Elbert L. Hartness and Ruth (Doty) Hartness. She spent her early childhood in Omaha before moving with her family to Fontana, Calif. around the age of 7.
Shortly after moving to Fontana at the age of 7, Darline met Phillip W. Matthews. Over the years they fell in love and were married at her parents' home in Fontana on June 10, 1943, the same day Darline graduated from the Chaffey High School in Fontana. Their union was blessed with four daughters and this year in June they were privileged to celebrate 56 loving years of marriage.
Following their marriage, Phillip and Darline established their home in Fontana until 1965 when they moved to Las Vegas, Nev. where they operated a metal and paper recycling business.
After making their home in Las Vegas until 1984, Phillip and Darline moved to Olathe, Colo. to be closer to their family. While living in Olathe, Darline baked pastries for local auctions in town and made a number of family wedding and anniversary cakes.
She loved cooking meals for her family and friends, and dedicated her life to helping people whether it was her family or friends. With her positive and optimistic attitude, she was an inspiration to everyone. Above all, Darline loved and delighted in taking care of her family. She will be so deeply missed by her family and friends.
Survivors grateful to have shared Darline's life include her husband, Phillip W. Matthews, of Fruita; four daughters: Cyndy Rowan, of Bandon, Ore.; Mylissa Franks, of Olathe; Phyllis Matthews-Wolfington, of Vancouver, Wash.; and Lin Matthews, of Coos Bay, Ore.
Darline was the proud and loving grandmother of 10 grandchildren; and the great-grandmother of 19 great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one brother, Ivan Hartness, of Sequim, Wash.
Darline was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Robert Hartness, Russell Hartness, and Don Hartness.
Funeral Services in remembrance, to honor, and to pay respects to Darline's life will be officiated by Pastor Tim Wade on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Family Health West, In Memory of Darline M. Matthews, 228 North Cherry, Fruita, Colo. 81521.

Betty Ann Cook
Collected Dolls and Bears
Sept. 3, 1917 Sept. 21, 1999
MONTROSE Betty Ann Cook, a homemaker and resident of Montrose, formerly of Loveland and Berthoud, died on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, in the University Hospital at Denver, 18 days after celebrating her 82nd birthday.
Betty Ann Casady, the daughter of Earl Casady and Rhoena (Murdock) Casady, was born on Sept. 3, 1917, in Milton, Iowa.
Betty Ann was married on Sept. 26, 1949, in Raton, N.M., to Robert Christian Cook. Their union was blessed with two sons and three daughters.
In 1953 the Cooks moved from Brush, Colo. to Loveland. In 1960, they moved to Berthoud and farmed east of there. Betty Ann and Robert moved to Olathe in 1976 and then to Montrose in 1987.
Robert preceded Betty Ann in death on Oct. 28, 1991.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Olathe and Order of the Eastern Star.
Betty Ann especially loved and enjoyed sewing, reading, quilting, playing cards, and collecting dolls and bears.
Survivors grateful to have shared Betty Ann's life include two sons: Tim Cook and wife Bonnie, of Broomfield; Mike Cook, of Leadville; and three daughters: Sue and husband Terry Ingram, of Leadville; Mary and husband Davis Watson, of Norwood; and Rhoena Dobrovolny, of Louisville.
She was the proud grandmother of 12 grandchildren; as well as the great- and great-great-grandmother of several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one sister, Florence Sauerbreit, of Brush; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Betty Ann was also preceded in death by one brother, Cyrus Casady.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23, from noon to 5 p.m. and again on Friday, Sept. 24, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home in Loveland.
Graveside Services in remembrance, to honor, and pay respects to Betty Ann's life will be officiated by The Rev. Raymond Scott, on Friday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. in the Greenlawn Cemetery at Berthoud.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colo. 80537; telephone (970) 667-5885.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Betty Ann's life will be officiated on Monday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church at Olathe. The service will conclude at the church.

Louis John Baudino
President, General Manager
Western Colorado Power
April 28, 1910 Sept. 11, 1999
DURANGO Louis John Baudino, a Durango native and the son of John and Katie Baudino, was born on April 28, 1910 in Durango, Colo. He died on Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, in Durango, at the age of 89.
Louis was an achiever and enjoyed a busy life. He attended schools in Durango, graduating from Durango High School as valedictorian of the class of 1927. He was a graduate of Colorado University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity.
Louis married Dorothy Stough in 1931 and their union was blessed with two sons. Louis and Dorothy celebrated 68 years of life together.
He started working for Western Colorado Power setting poles on Lime Creek. In 1958, Louis became vice president and general manager at which time he moved to Montrose where he resided until his retirement in 1975. His employees periodically honored him as "Boss of the Year.' He was also president of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League. He and Dorothy moved back to Durango after he retired.
Louis was a Boy Scout leader for many years, president of the Western Colorado Council, earning the Silver Beaver Award. He was president of the Durango Lions Club and Montrose Rotary. He was also District Governor and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.
Louis was one of the organizers and the treasurer of the original Spanish Trails Fiesta in Durango for as many years as the Fiesta was active. He was a member of the Durango Chamber of Commerce and president of the State Chamber. He was a life member and a Past Exalted Ruler of Durango Elks Lodge No. 507 and a member of the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge.
Grateful for having shared his life are his widow, Dorothy Baudino, of Durango; and two sons: Louis J. Baudino Jr., of Laguna Hills, Calif.; and John H. Baudino, of Homewood, Ill.
Louis was the proud and loving grandfather of two grandchildren: Michael Baudino and Cari Shanahan, both of Illinois; and the great-grandfather of two great-grandchildren: Katie and Colleen Shanahan.
Other family survivors include two sisters: Frances Wegher and Lena Babey, both of Durango.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in memory of Louis be made to the Hospice in Durango.

Carol Elizabeth Virtanen
Artist, Massage Therapist
1943 - 1999
DELTA - Carol Elizabeth Virtanen, age 56, of Delta, died on Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, in her home at Delta.
Carol was an artist and a message therapist.
Survivors include three daughters: Meri and husband Jim Faulkner, of Montrose; Elsa and husband Barry Jordan, of Nacogdoches, Texas; and Anna and husband Paul Rodriguez, of Delta.
Carol was the proud and loving grandmother of two grandsons: Timothy Faulkner and Gabriel Rodriguez; and a granddaughter on the way, Carolyne Elizabeth Faulkner.
Carol's family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and affection to the following individuals for their participation, support, and blessings: Dr. Ken and Nita Edgar and staff of Alpine Health, Dr. Kaye Loverink, Dr. Joanne Virgilio, Jeanette Hobenitsch of Delta Hospice, Susan, Colleen and Carol of Montrose Hospice, Aggie Jordan and Robert DeLaurenti, Don Bailey, Beasie Whaley and all the rest of you who recently touched our lives with your kindness and tenderness.
Those who love Carol will be honoring her at a Memorial Service on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. For further information on the location, please call 240-4256 or 874-9947.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose; telephone 970/249-2121.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to: Delta County Hospice Project, In Memory of Carol Virtanen, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo. 81416.

Marjorie M. "Marge" Phipps
Colorado-Ute Electric Assn.
Assistant Personnel Director
July 16, 1918 Sept. 27, 1999
MONTROSE Marjorie M. Goble, the daughter of Raymond Goble and Gertie (Osborn) Goble, was born on July 16, 1918, in Healy, Kan. Marge died early Monday morning, Sept. 27, 1999, in her home at Montrose at the age of 81.
She graduated from high school in Conway Springs, Kan., and continued to pursue her education at a business college in Kansas.
Marge married Virgil L. Phipps on March 8, 1941 at Wichita, Kan. Their union was blessed with four daughters. In 1957, the Phipps' family moved to Denver, Colo. In 1963, they moved from Denver to Montrose where they established their home until the times of their deaths.
Prior to her retirement, Marge was employed as assistant personnel director with the Colorado-Ute Electric Association in Montrose. She was involved in the fund raising efforts at the Colorado-Ute Electric Association to start "The Happiness School."
Virgil preceded Marge in death on Jan. 11, 1998, in Montrose. At the time of his death, the couple had celebrated 57 loving years of marriage together.
Marge was a member of the Montrose Christian Church and was a former board member of the Delta-Montrose Vo-Tech Center.
She loved fishing, crocheting, and needlework. She was also an avid cross-word puzzle fan. This very special lady will be remembered for being such a great cook and a wonderful grandmother.
Grateful for having shared Marge's life are her four daughters: Judy and husband Ray Langston, of Montrose; Jane and husband Jon Schieltz, of Beaverton, Ore.; Linda and husband Ken Jones, of Olathe; and Terri and husband Gary McLean, of Montrose.
Marge was the proud and loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren; and the great-grandmother of six great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers.
Memorial Services in remembrance, to honor, and pay respects for Marge's life will be officiated by Ken Backman, Hospice Chaplain, on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. in the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel.
At Marge's request, cremation preceded the service. Inurnment of the cremains will follow the service in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, In Memory of Marjorie Phipps, c/o Lucille Masden, 715 N. 4th St., Montrose, Colo. 81401 or Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley, In Memory of Marjorie Phipps, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804.

William "Harry" Dobbs
Retired Assistant Manager,
Colorado Division of Wildlife
July 7, 1908 Sept. 25, 1999
GRAND JUNCTION William "Harry" Dobbs, age 91, formerly of Montrose, Craig, Steamboat Springs, and Meeker died peacefully in his sleep Saturday morning, Sept. 25, 1999 at Integrated Health Services Mantey Heights in Grand Junction where he had lived for the past year.
William Harry Dobbs, the son of Claud and Clarissa (Wells) Dobbs, was born on July 7, 1908, in Meeker, Colo. The family later moved to Kansas where he attended school. Harry was an outdoorsman of the old order. He quit school after the eighth grade when his teacher insisted he not trap skunks if he was going to come to school. It seemed an easy decision to him. Skunk hides brought 35 cents each!
After returning to Colorado with his parents and sisters, Harry made his living during the Depression years as a fur trapper and caretaker on the Flattops in the winter and as a wrangler in the summer at the dude ranch at Trapper's Lake. It was there he met and worked crossword puzzles with Bonnie Mills, the local school teacher, who also worked at the dude ranch one summer. Harry and Bonnie were married in July of 1935.
He began working as a beaver trapper for the Colorado Game and Fish Department in 1938. He was promoted to Fur Inspector in Routt County. He then was area supervisor in Craig and finally retired in 1974 as assistant manager of the Southwest Region for the Colorado Division of Wildlife in Montrose.
In the 1940s, Harry was known as an avid snowshoe racer and challenged his skiing counterparts in the Forest Service to a cross-country race. Harry won by a decent margin to the surprise of many in the ski town of Steamboat.
In the 1950s, he joined the local rifle club. He and Bonnie participated in shooting matches throughout the area and the state, often returning with a live turkey or two as well as medals! Harry was a first class marksman and represented Colorado as a civilian at the National Rifle Matches in Ohio in 1959. His sharpshooter team returned with first place medals.
Survivors include two daughters: Carolyn and husband Charles Hendrickson; Nancy and husband Sterling Hurst, all of Grand Junction; three sons: Gilbert, of Alaska and Arizona; Milton, of Golden; Roger, of Westminster; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include two sisters: Iola Hicken, of Meeker; and Lucile Hicken, of Arkansas.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Nellie and Irene; by the mother of his children: Bonnie Mills Dobbs, who died in 1971 after 35 years of marriage; his second wife, Minta Foster Dobbs, who died in 1992 after 19 years of marriage; and two grandsons: Charlie Hurst, who died in 1975; and Wesley Dobbs, who died in 1982.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Harry's life will be officiated on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in Valley Lawns Cemetery south of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions, in memory of Harry, may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Willard Wilson
A Jack of All Trades
June 16, 1913 Sept. 26, 1999
MONTROSE Willard Wilson, age 86, of Montrose, died Sunday evening, Sept. 26, 1999, in the Integrated Health Services of Mesa Manor in Grand Junction.
Willard Wilson was born on June 16, 1913, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Charles Wilson and Lorna (Roach) Wilson. He spent his childhood in Colorado.
In 1926, Willard moved to Wray, Colo. He owned and operated a ranch on Log Hill for 20 to 30 years. When he stopped ranching, he moved to Gunnison. For approximately 30 years, Willard was employed as a logger for Montrose and Gunnison Counties. He then drove a truck for Hawks Trucking for five or six years and worked as a high school janitor for four or five years. Willard was a jack of all trades during his lifetime, even being a caretaker for Lorella Gallegos in Montrose, and was a truck driver up until a month before his death.
He married Dorothy Ritchey who preceded him in death and is buried in Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose.
Willard loved mechanic work, fishing, hunting, the outdoors, and animals. He was deeply loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include four sons: Willard Wilson Jr., Robert L. Wilson and wife Rita; Bert Wilson and wife Bonnie, all of Montrose; Charles W. Wilson and wife Ronnie, of California; three daughters: Ethel Wilson, of Nebraska; Dorothy and husband John Schultz, of Paradox; Betty Jo and husband Russell Kitsmiller, of Montrose; one stepson, Orville Minton and wife Gayle, of Washington; 25 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents and wife, Willard was also preceded in death by one sister.
Graveside Services in remembrance and to honor Willard's life will be officiated by The Rev. John Martin on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Alice "Fern" Tolman
Loved Accounting
May 30, 1927 Sept. 24, 1999
MONTROSE Alice "Fern" Tolman, age 72, a resident of Montrose since 1997, died Friday morning, Sept. 24, 1999, at her home in Montrose.
Born in Edom, Texas on May 30, 1927, Alice Fern Shotts was the daughter of Troy B. Shotts and Velma (Ford) Shotts. She grew up in East Texas and spent a lot of time on her grandfather's farm. She moved with her family to Van, Texas, and at the age of 16 she graduated from high school there.
Fern then moved to Dallas, Texas for employment where she met Ronald O. Tolman. Fern and Ronald were married on Feb. 22, 1946, and were privileged to celebrate 53 loving years of marriage together.
After their marriage in 1946, the Tolmans spent the next 30 years at Dallas. They then moved to Heath, Texas, just east of Dallas, where they resided for 18 years.
Fern was employed at various office jobs and developed a love for accounting and spent most of her life in that profession until her retirement.
Following their retirements, Fern and Ronald moved to Almont, Colo. and in 1997 established their home in Montrose where Fern lived until the time of her death.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Fern loved yard work and landscaping, along with gardening. She was a creative person and enjoyed decorating and was blessed with a talent for sewing and making things with her hands. Among the many loves in her life, Fern loved the outdoors, fishing, boating, water sports, and traveling after her retirement.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald O. Tolman, of Montrose; one sister, Carolyn Hiebert, of Arlington, Texas; and two nephews.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Fern's life were officiated on Monday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Interment followed the service in the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale, Utah.
Local arrangements were handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Curtis Dell Petersen
A Kind, Gentle Person
June 20, 1964 Sept. 10, 1999
RIDGWAY Curtis Dell Petersen, age 35, of Ridgway, died on Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, in Ouray.
Curtis Dell Petersen was born in Murray, Utah on June 20, 1964, the son of LaMarr Petersen and Jean (Holrgren) Petersen. He spent his childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood in Olathe. He graduated from college in 1984 in Laramie, Wyo.
Curtis married Sherry Linscott on Aug. 25, 1996.
While living in Glenwood Springs, Curtis was employed as a convenience store manager. He then worked at "Peppers" Restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah and was also employed at City Market and Country Kitchen in Montrose. After moving to Mesa, Ariz., Curtis worked in concrete for a construction company and at the time of his death was managing the Ouray Livery Barn in Ouray.
Curtis' special interests were old pickups and Corvettes. He loved and enjoyed horses and being in the outdoors hiking, camping, and target shooting. Curtis was a very kind and gentle person. He was a very hard worker and enjoyed helping people any way he could. He will be so deeply missed by his family, friends, and co-workers.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Petersen, of Ridgway; his parents, LaMarr and Jean Petersen, of New Braunfels, Texas; one brother, Ken Petersen, of Fullerton, Calif.; one sister, Shauna Humphreys, of Jordan, Utah; a grandmother in California; and various aunts and uncles.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Curtis' life will be officiated by Ken Backman, Hospice Chaplain, on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. The service will conclude at the chapel.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Joseph Ryan "Joey" Larson
Mesa State College Student
Nov. 3, 1978 Sept. 23, 1999
MONTROSE Joseph Ryan "Joey" Larson, age 20, of 68840 Kinikin Rd., a resident of Montrose since 1991, died on Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, in a car accident in California.
Joseph Ryan Larson, the son of Peter L. Larson and Karen L. (Lambert) Larson, was born on Nov. 3, 1978, in Superior, Wis., where he spent his childhood, received his GED, and grew to adulthood.
In 1981, Joey moved from Wisconsin to Grand Junction where he resided until 1991. He then moved to Montrose, making his home here until the time of his death.
Joey was a student at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.
During his 20 years of life, Joey showed an enthusiasm and love for music, camping, and the outdoors.
Survivors include his father, Peter Larson and wife Maureen, of Montrose; his mother, Karen and husband Todd Sanders, of Grand Junction; one brother, Jason Larson and Sarah James, of Fort Collins; two sisters: Angie Barker, of Fort Collins; Jessica Larson, of Montrose; and two nieces: Acacia and Morgan Barker.
Other family survivors include his grandparents: Peter and Arlene Cassidy, of Montrose; Barbara Larson, of Superior, Wis.; and Devere and Darlene Lambert, of Salem, Fla.
Joey was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James Oscar Larson.
Memorial Services to honor and celebrate Joey's life will be officiated by Pastor Mark Fulmer on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. The service will conclude at the chapel.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Manuel Quintana Garcia
West End Uranium Miner
March 9, 1933 Sept. 29, 1999
MONTROSE Manuel Quintana Garcia, age 66, a resident of Montrose for 40 years, died early Wednesday morning, Sept. 29, 1999, in the San Juan Living Center at Montrose.
Manuel Quintana Garcia was born in Alamosa, Colo. on March 9, 1933, the son of Celestino Garcia and Mary (Narnjo) Garcia. He spent his childhood in the San Luis Valley.
Manuel married Nellie Montano in Canon City, Colo., and three sons and two daughters were born to their union. After 28 years of marriage, Manuel and Nellie were divorced.
Prior to his retirement, Manuel was employed as a uranium miner in the West End of Montrose County.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Montrose.
Among Manuel's loves in life that brought him happiness were: His family and grandchildren, cars, the Denver Broncos, fishing, social gatherings, and cooking. Manuel will be remembered for always having thumbs up for everyone.
Survivors include his former wife and mother of his children, Nellie Montano, of Montrose; three sons: Micheal Garcia, of Montrose; Gilbert Garcia and wife Susan, of Battlement Mesa; Mare Garcia and wife Mandy, of Montrose; and two daughters: Kim and husband Chris Samora; and Tammy and husband Steve Garcia, all of Montrose.
Manuel was the proud and loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren: Micheal S. Garcia, Suzanne C. Samora, Matthew S. Rendon, Allisa L. Samora, Kelsey B. Samora, Kayla A. Garcia, Taran S. Garcia, Mariah D. Garcia, Megan K. Garcia, and Izaac M. Garcia.
Other family survivors include one brother, James Garcia and family, of Twin Falls, Idaho; and one sister, Bernadette Chacon, of Grand Junction.
Manuel was preceded in death by his father and mother.
Memorial Services in remembrance, to honor, and pay respects to Manuel's life will be officiated on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. in the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The service will conclude at the chapel.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Mary Frances (Bond) Compton
Retired School Teacher
Sept. 24, 1902 Sept. 28, 1999
PAONIA Mary Compton of 4036 Cedar Lane in Paonia, died on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, in her home four days after celebrating her 97th birthday.
Mary Frances Bond was born on Sept. 24, 1902, in Flagler, Colo., the daughter of Ernest Marion Bond and Anna (Lewis) Bond. Mary graduated from Canon City High School and was later a graduate of Western State College in Gunnison in 1928, followed by earning a Library Science degree from Denver University in 1950.
Mary married Marcus Basil Compton in 1926 and they moved to Pueblo where they lived until 1944. Their union was blessed with two sons.
Prior to her retirement in 1968, Mary taught in the Delta County School District for 32 years. She later became a nurse practitioner for the Christian Science Nursing Home in Denver until Basil's poor health forced them to move to Mississippi in 1980. Basil preceded Mary in death in 1984.
In 1991, Mary returned to Paonia to live out her remaining years with her son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Barbara (Bradshaw) Compton.
She is survived by her two sons: Lloyd Compton and wife Janice, of Pascagoula, Miss.; Keith Compton and wife Barbara, of Paonia; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Basil, Mary was also preceded in death by three brothers: Will, Bob, and Ernie Bond; and one sister, Florence (Bond) McCollum.
No services are currently being planned.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Paonia Public Library, In Memory of Mary Compton, P.O. Box 969, Paonia, Colo. 81428.

Carl John Botz
World War II Veteran/Miner
Jan. 31, 1920 Sept. 25, 1999
OURAY World War II veteran and retired hard rock miner, Carl John Botz, age 79, a resident of Ouray for 44 years, died of cancer Saturday morning, Sept. 25, 1999, in his home at Ouray.
Carl John Botz, the son of Frank Botz and Josephine (Skula) Botz who were both born in Yugoslavia, was born on Jan. 31, 1920, in Salida, Colo., where he spent his childhood, received his education, and grew to adulthood.
During World War II, Carl enlisted for military duty on April 28, 1946. He served as a United States Army Staff Sergeant of the 7th Cavalry Regiment. Carl was awarded the Army Medal of Perfect Attendance, the American Theater of Operation Service Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal AR 600-68, the Meritorious Unit Award, and the Victory Medal. He was squadron leader 653 of the Southern Philippines (Liberation) Luzon. He received the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Experienced Rifleman Badge. Carl was honorably discharged on Feb. 7, 1949 when his brother was killed in the United States and his family needed him at home. He returned to Salida and later moved to Alaska to work on the Alaska Railroad as an engineer.
On March 31, 1953, Carl married Christina Sierra in Taos, N.M. In 1955, Carl and Christina were remarried in a religious ceremony at St. Daniel's Catholic Church in Ouray.
He returned to Colorado and lived in Silverton where he worked in the mining profession. He eventually moved his family to Ouray in 1955 where he was associated with the Idarado Mine and later Camp Bird Mine where he retired.
Carl was a member of St. Daniel's Catholic Church of Ouray.
He loved hunting and earned the nickname "Dead Eye Dick" for his accuracy in hitting the target. He absolutely loved fishing and being outdoors camping. Later in life he enjoyed being outdoors gardening. Above all, Carl loved and delighted in spending time and just being with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Christina Botz, of Ouray; one son, Frank Botz and wife Trisha and their daughter, Natasha (Carl's only grandchild), of Ouray; one daughter, Judy Botz, of Ouray; two great-grandchildren; one stepson, George Sierra and wife Florence, of Montrose; and their family: George Sierra Jr. and family, of Montrose; Paul and family, of Pueblo; and Cliford and family, of Pueblo (Carl's three stepgrandchildren).
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Frankie Botz and Phil Botz; and one sister, Sally Lorving.
Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Daniel's Catholic Church in Ouray.
Memorial Mass in remembrance and to honor Carl's life will be officiated by The Rev. Nathanial Foshage on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. at St. Daniel's Catholic Church in Ouray.
Cremation has taken place, with inurnment of the cremains to follow the Mass in Cedar Hills Cemetery at Ouray. Veterans and Elks of Ouray will conduct the Committal Service. A luncheon will be served at the church following Committal.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions will be taken at the Citizens State Banks to be given in Carl's memory to the Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley.


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