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Clara Beth Henry
Wife of Paul Henry
April 20, 1919 Dec. 13, 1998
MONTROSE Clara Beth Henry, age 79, of Montrose, died on Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, in the Colorow Care Center at Olathe.
Born on April 20, 1919, in Las Animas, Colo., Clara Beth Carpenter was the daughter of Cleve and Elsie (Heathfrinch) Carpenter. She spent her childhood, received her education, and grew to adulthood in Vona, Colo.
Miss Carpenter was married in Englewood, Colo., to Ralph Henry, who preceded her in death on May 21, 1971.
Mrs. Henry was a member of the Grace Baptist Church of Montrose and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Her special interests and hobbies she enjoyed during her lifetime were reading, writing letters, and crocheting.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Henry's life include one brother, Ed Carpenter, of Cedaredge; and five sisters: Mary Waterman, of California; Georgia Frisky, of Dothan, Ala.; Maxine Loopstra, of Galt, Calif.; Doris Beardsley, of Belleville, Kan.; and Louis Stephenson, of Slidell, La.
Mrs. Henry was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph Henry; and one brother, Junior Carpenter.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Henry's life will be officiated by The Rev. Frank Brummitt on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. from the Grace Baptist Church in Montrose. The service will conclude at the church.
Cremation will precede the service, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Burtis W. Hill
World War II Veteran
Aug. 4, 1917 Dec. 21, 1998
OLATHE Former Fargo, N.D., resident, Burtis W. "Burt" Hill, age 81, died on Monday, Dec. 21, 1998, in his Olathe home.
Burtis W. Hill, the son of Burtis William and Betsey (Helgeson) Hill, was born on Aug. 4, 1917 in Fargo, N.D., where he grew up and graduated from the Fargo Central High School with the class of 1935.
On Sept. 5, 1938, Mr. Hill married Amy J. Olson of Fargo and they lived in Minneapolis and Waseca, Minn., before returning to Fargo, N.D., in 1940.
During World War II, Mr. Hill served his country in the United States Navy, returning to Fargo in 1946. He was in the grocery business and, later, in the restaurant business, owning and operating Friday's and Tuesday's A & W Drive-Ins in Fargo.
Mr. Hill later married Helen Knudson and they owned and operated a grocery store in Pelican Rapids, Minn. They then moved to Estes Park where they owned and operated an antique business.
Following Mr. Hill's retirement, he moved to Olathe where he remained until the time of his death.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Hill's life include two sons: Michael Hill and wife Caryl, of Coppet, Switzerland; David Hill and wife Julie, of St. Louis, Mo.; three daughters: Bobbi and husband Chuck Carney; Janice and husband Bruce Anderson, all of Fargo, N.D.; Betsy and husband James Khalili, of Kansas City, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one brother, J. Pomeroy Hill, of Salt Lake City, Utah; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his parents, Burtis W. and Betsey Hill; and two brothers: Warren Hill and Kenneth Hill.
Visitation for family and friends will begin at noon on Monday, Dec. 28, at the Hanson-Runsvold Chapel in Fargo, N.D., and continue until service time at 1 p.m. at the chapel.
Interment will be held in Lake Ida Cemetery at Cormorant, Minn., with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose and Hanson-Runsvold of Fargo, N.D.

Joe Belarmino Lucero
Enjoyed Being A Farmer
April 25, 1918 Dec. 28, 1998
MONTROSE Joe Belarmino Lucero was born in Govenador, N.M., on April 25, 1918, the son of Antonio Jose and Manuelita Atocha (Valdez) Lucero. Mr. Lucero, a farmer, died on Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, at his home in Montrose after a long battle with cancer.
He spent his childhood, received his education, and grew to adulthood in New Mexico.
Mr. Lucero married his wife, Angella, and they were blessed with 11 children. The couple made their home in Montrose for the past 27 years.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Montrose.
Mr. Lucero especially enjoyed being a farmer.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Lucero's life include his wife, Angella Lucero, of Montrose; five sons: Leroy Lucero and wife Bonnie, of Montrose; Tony Lucero and wife Martha; of Olathe; Joe Lucero; Eugene Lucero and wife Rosselle, of Montrose; Fred Lucero, of Limon; and four daughters: Carmen Lucero, of Olathe; Stella Siwierka, of Aspen; Della and husband Juan Silva, of Montrose; and Beatrice Lucero, of Fort Collins.
He was the proud grandfather of 36 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include six sisters: Louise Evilsisor, of Sacramento, Calif.; Cerila Martinez, of Aztec, N.M.; Sarah Gomez, of Cortez; Mary Ann Martinez, of Reno, N.M.; Irene Meirrman, of San Bernadino, Calif.; and Lupe Martinez, of Farmington, N.M.
Mr. Lucero was preceded in death by his father and mother and two daughters: Carmelita Lucero, an infant who died in 1945; and Theresa (Lucero) Martinez, who died in 1996.
Vigil for the deceased will be recited on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m. from the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Mass in remembrance and to honor Mr. Lucero's life will be officiated by The Rev. Dan Huber on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Montrose.
Rite of Committal will follow the Mass in the Valley Lawns Cemetery south of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Jesse W. Marchbanks
Mylars Auto Refinishing Retiree
Feb. 9, 1917 Dec. 30, 1998
MONTROSE Jesse W. Marchbanks was born on Feb. 9, 1917, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Jerry and Mabel (Thoman) Marchbanks. He died Wednesday morning, Dec. 30, 1998, in the Family Health West Nursing Home at Fruita at the age of 81.
Mr. Marchbanks moved with his family from Kansas to Delta when he was a baby. He spent his childhood, received his education, and grew to adulthood in Delta.
He served his country in the United States Army.
Mr. Marchbanks married Nina Hotchkiss on April 15, 1940, in Delta, Colo. The couple were blessed with a son and a daughter and were privileged to share 48 years of marriage this year in April.
In 1948, the Marchbanks family moved from Ridgway to Montrose where Mr. Marchbanks made his home until the time of his death.
He was an auto-body man and was employed with Mylars Automotive Refinishing in Montrose prior to his retirement years ago. Mr. Marchbanks greatly enjoyed working on automotive motors for races and the actual racing itself. He absolutely loved the outdoors, fishing, and boating.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Marchbanks' life include his wife, Nina Marchbanks, of Montrose; one son, Jerry Marchbanks and wife Kathy, of Utah; one daughter, Sherlyn Carles, of Montrose; eight grandchildren which includes a grandson, Tim Marchbanks and wife Tara, of Montrose; and five great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include two brothers: Ralph Marchbanks, of Montrose; Hubert Marchbanks, of Montana; and one sister, Irene Carver, of Montrose.
Mr. Marchbanks was preceded in death by his father and mother, one brother, and one sister.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 1, 1999, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Marchbanks' life will be officiated on Saturday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. from the Crippin Funeral home Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Omadell Martin
Wife, Mother, Grandmother
May 5, 1910 Dec. 28, 1998
HOTCHKISS Omadell Martin, age 88, a homemaker and resident of Hotchkiss for 75 years, died on Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, in the Delta Care Center.
Omadell Bryant, the daughter of Madison Monroe and Emma A. (Miller) Bryant, was born on May 5, 1910, in Byers, Colo. She spent her childhood in Byers and Excelsior Springs, Mo.
She moved to Hotchkiss in 1923 where she made her home for 75 years until the time of her death.
Miss Bryant married Merral O. Martin on July 19, 1928, in Hotchkiss, Colo. Mr. Martin preceded his wife in death on Jan. 1, 1989, in Paonia.
Mrs. Martin was a member of the Bible Baptist Church of Hotchkiss and had belonged to the Harmony Club since 1959.
She loved and enjoyed gardening, playing the piano, crocheting, and quilting.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Martin's life include three daughters: Edith L. Watson, of Delta; Nina M. and husband Les Haller, of Grand Junction; and Gladys L. and husband Bill Miller, of Fort Collins.
She was the proud grandmother of 15 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one brother, Marvin Bryant, of Littleton; and two sisters: Ellen Thompson, of Osborne, Kan.; and Mary Hollembeak, of Hotchkiss.
In addition to her parents and husband, Merral O. Martin, Mrs. Martin was also preceded in death by one brother, Wallace Bryant; and one grandson, Steven Joel Criswell.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Martin's life will be officiated by Pastor Delbert Golike on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. from the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss.
Interment will follow the service in the Riverside Cemetery at Hotchkiss, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Bible Baptist Church, In Memory of Omadell Martin, P.O. Box 2067, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419.

Janice Marie Miller
Published Author
Feb. 20, 1944 Dec. 16, 1998
HONOLULU, Hawaii Janice Marie Miller was born in Craig, Colo., on Feb. 20, 1944, the daughter of Irby and Ival Miller, who now reside in Montrose. She died on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, at the age of 54 after a long bout with cancer in the Kaiser Hospital at Honolulu, Hawaii.
Ms. Miller and her son, Ronald Tubbs, moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1973, and after living there for about two years, moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1975, where Ms. Miller made her home until the time of her death.
Survivors grateful to have shared Ms. Miller's life include two sons: Ronald "Ron" Tubbs, of Hawaii; Rick Medlen, of Portland, Ore.; one daughter, Kimberly Neufeld, of Grand Junction; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include her parents, Irby and Ival Miller, of Montrose; two sisters: Carole Altes and Marjie Kurtz, also of Montrose; and one brother, Roger Miller, of Delta.
Ms. Miller was an avid reader and had written several books which were published by Ballentine Press, P.C. Nelson, and Moody Press in the last 20 years.
Although she is home with the Lord, Ms. Miller will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Hilda Opthelia Erickson Minerich
Mother of 12 Children
March 17, 1902 Dec. 21, 1998
RICHMOND, Ky. Former longtime North Fork Valley homemaker, Hilda Opthelia Erickson Minerich, age 96, of Richmond, Ky., died on Monday, Dec. 21, 1998, in the Pattie A. Clay Hospital in Richmond, Ky.
Born on March 17, 1902, in Summet County, Kokomo, Colo., Hilda Opthelia Erickson was the daughter of Erick Evon and Elizabeth Christine (Howell) Erickson. She spent her childhood in Somerset and Bowie, Colo., and attended the Paonia High School.
Miss Erickson was married on Dec. 4, 1920, in Delta, Colo., to John Evon Minerich. The couple were blessed with 12 children.
Shortly after their marriage, the Minerichs lived for two years in Milwaukee, Wis., before establishing their home in the North Fork Valley area, Somerset and Lamborn Mesa, where they remained for the next 52 years. Mr. Minerich worked in the coal mines in the surrounding areas, and the couple enjoyed their little farm up to the time of Mr. Minerich's death in May of 1973.
Following her husband's death, Mrs. Minerich remained on the farm for the next 13 years. During that time she traveled with her children, seeing a lot of beautiful countryside.
Mrs. Minerich left the North Fork Valley and lived the next 12 years in Arizona, and then moved to Richmond, Ky., where she made her home until the time of her death.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of Richmond, Ky.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Minerich's life include her 12 children: Elma Elizabeth Wiening and Hilda Marie Bouwens, both of Paonia; Joan Christine Lemon, of Carbon City, Utah; John Edward Minerich, of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; Erick Emanuel Minerich, of Cedaredge; James Cecil Minerich, of Paonia; Franklin Dale Minerich, of Richmond, Ky.; Paul Willard Minerich, of Paonia; Stephen Keith Minerich, of Richmond, Ky.; Thera Ann Sanburg, of Montrose; Robert Wayne Minerich, of Richmond, Ky.; and Daniel Patrick Minerich, of Paonia.
She was the proud grandmother of 146 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one brother, Emanuel Erickson, of Fairview, Utah; and two sisters: Anna Teasley, of Glasco, Kan.; and Ida Marie Erickson, of Chicago, Ill.
In addition to her parents and husband, John Evon Minerich, Mrs. Minerich was also preceded in death by one grandson; one granddaughter; one great-grandson; one great-granddaughter; two brothers: Erick Erickson and James Erickson; and one sister, Thelma McConnel.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Minerich's life will be officiated by Bishop Randall Fizer on Saturday, Dec. 26, at 2 p.m. from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Paonia.
Interment will follow the service in the Crawford Cemetery at Crawford, Colo., with local arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. and out-of-state arrangements being handled by Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home of Richmond, Ky.

Clark F. Niles
Commercial Engineer
April 13, 1921 Dec. 23, 1998
CEDAREDGE A Cedaredge resident for 21 years, Clark F. Niles, age 77, died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998 in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service Inc. of Delta.
Memorial contributions, in memory of Mr. Niles, can be made to the American Cancer Society (for Cancer research), c/o Fredrica Morris, 1451 Hwy 65, Eckert, Colo. 81418.
Clark F. Niles, the son of Earl R. and Ada Cleo (Fenstermacher) Niles, was born on April 13, 1921 in Price, Utah. He spent his childhood, until age 12, in Price and moved with his family to Montrose, graduating from Montrose County High School with the class of 1939. He continued to pursue his education at Purdue University.
Mr. Niles spent six years in the Navy as an Electrician Mate 1st Class.
On Dec. 16, 1945, he married his wife Mardell in Montrose, Colo. The couple was privileged to share 53 years of marriage this year.
Mr. Niles was a commercial engineer for Mountain Bell Telephone.
Over his lifetime, he was also a resident of Wyoming (Casper/Cheyenne area) and spent the last 21 years in Cedaredge.
Survivors grateful to have shared his life include his wife Mardell Niles of Cedaredge; and two sisters, Harriet Pryor of North Hills, Calif., and Donna Zaelke of Fillmore, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Niles was a member of the Protestant faith. He also was a member of Grand Mesa V.F.W. Post No. 9221; Delta Elks Lodge No. 1235; and the Pioneer Telephone Company.
He loved to travel, spending winters in southern California and Arizona, fishing and woodcarving.

Cody Gene Rhoades
Former Montrose Resident
March 3, 1980 Dec. 18, 1998
WYLIE, Texas Cody Gene Rhoades, age 18, of Wylie, Texas, died on Friday, Dec. 18, 1998.
Cody Gene Rhoades was born on March 3, 1980, in Montrose, Colo., the son of Phil and Tamara (Dudley) Rhoades.
Cody was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Survivors grateful to have shared Cody's 18 years life include his parents, Chris and Tamara Hovde, of Wylie, Texas; his father, Phil Rhoades, of Delta; one sister, Nichole Hovde, of Plano, Texas; and one brother, Joshua Hovde, of Wylie, Texas.
Other family survivors include his grandparents: Mick and Beverly Hovde, of Montrose; Gene and Phyllis Rhoades, of Delta; grandmothers: Faye Dudley, of Montrose; Lula Dudley, of Vernal, Utah; Pearl Chivers, of Vernal, Utah; and uncles and aunts: Harold Ray and Shauna Dudley, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Craig and Roxie Hovde and family, of Nevada, Texas; and Steve and Jody Hovde and family, of Montrose.
Cody was preceded in death by his grandfather, Larry Dudley; and one sister, Kimmie Rhoades.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Cody's life were officiated by Kelly O'Conner on Monday, Dec. 21, in McKinney, Texas.
Interment will be held in the Avalon Cemetery at Vernal, Utah, with arrangements handled under the direction of Turrentine - Jackson - Morrow, Inc., Ridgeview Memorial Park, Inc., of McKinney, Texas; phone: 972-542-2601.

David Craig Roberts
Roberts Enterprise Owner
Oct. 12, 1945 Dec. 20, 1998
PAONIA David Craig Roberts, age 53, retired Roberts Enterprise owner and a resident of Paonia since 1955, died on Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
David Craig Roberts, the son of John Oliver and Lucille J. (Teser) Roberts, was born on Oct. 12, 1945, in Iowa City, Iowa, where he spent his childhood until 1955 when he moved to Paonia. He attended the Paonia High School, grew to adulthood, and made his home in Paonia from 1955 until the time of his death.
Mr. Roberts was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Paonia, the American Legion, and a past member of Hotchkiss Elks Lodge No. 1807, B.P.O.E.
Mr. Roberts greatest delight in life was playing with his granddaughters. He also greatly enjoyed fishing, hunting, and four-wheeling.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Roberts' life include one son, Shawn Roberts and fiancee Loriza Jensen, of Paonia; one daughter, Nicole and husband Sam Beattie, of Paonia; and four grandchildren: Kaysha, Shanea, Corissa, and Taylor.
Other family survivors include his mother, Lucille J. Roberts; one brother, Mark Roberts and wife Sheri, all of Paonia; and two sisters: Annette and husband Harold Burch, of Paonia; and Suzette and husband Bill Overman, of Austin.
Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by his father, John Oliver Roberts.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 26, from 9:15 a.m. until service time, 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paonia.
Mass of Christian Burial in remembrance and to honor Mr. Roberts' life will be officiated by The Rev. Mike Smith on Saturday, Dec. 26, at 10 a.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paonia.
Rite of Committal will follow the Mass in Cedar Hill Cemetery at Paonia, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial gifts may be made to: American Diabetes Association, In Memory of David C. Roberts, 2450 S. Downing, Denver, Colo. 80210.

C. Nadine Saraff
Her Joy! Family/Grandchildren
Oct. 18, 1908 Dec. 30, 1998
MONTROSE C. Nadine Saraff, age 90, a resident of Montrose since 1994, died Wednesday evening, Dec. 30, 1998, in the San Juan Living Center at Montrose.
C. Nadine Brandenburg, the daughter of Francis E. and Lottie J. (Smith) Brandenburg, was born on Oct. 18, 1908, in Joplin, Mo., where she spent her childhood, graduated from the Joplin High School, and grew to adulthood.
Miss Bradenburg married Albert Z. Saraff on April 8, 1927, in Wichita Falls, Texas. The couple were blessed with one son and two daughters.
The Saraffs lived in Houston, Texas, and then moved to Tulsa, Okla., where Mr. Saraff preceded his wife in death on July 8, 1986.
Mrs. Saraff was a buyer for Sears & Roebuck Company for many years.
In 1994, she moved from Tulsa, Okla., to Montrose where she made her home until the time of her death.
Mrs. Saraff especially enjoyed Colorado, the ranch, walking, cooking, and dune buggy rides. Her family and grandchildren were very special to her.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Saraff's life include one son, Philip B. Saraff, of Montrose; two daughters: Charlotte and husband Thomas Vowell, of Montrose; Mercedes Lomont, of Portland, Ore.; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Saraff's life is being planned for a later date.
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

W.W. "Bill" Stevens
Retired Farmer and Rancher
April 5, 1899 Dec. 27, 1998
DELTA Retired farmer and rancher, W.W. "Bill" Stevens, age 99, a resident of Delta since 1958, died on Sunday. Dec. 27, 1998, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
W.W. Stevens was born on April 5, 1899, in Sheridan, Kan., the son of Will and Mattie Sue (Talkington) Stevens. He attended schools in Hoxie, Kan.
Mr. Stevens was married on Feb. 21, 1920, in Hoxie, Kan., to Affie Faye Cressler, who preceded him in death in Delta.
The couple moved from Kansas in 1926 and established their home in Craig where they resided until 1955. They then moved to Montrose where they lived until 1958 when they moved to Delta, where Mr. Stevens made his home until the time of his death.
He was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Delta.
Mr. Stevens' special interests in life revolved around his career as a farmer and rancher.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Stevens' life include his daughter, Eileen Reece, of Delta; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, Affie, Mr. Stevens was also preceded in death by one son, Lee Roy Stevens; one grandson; and one great-great-grandson.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mesa View Mortuary in Delta.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Stevens' life will be officiated by Pastors Lloyd Austin and Mike Kissner on Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999, at 2:30 p.m. from the Delta Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Interment will follow the service in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.
Memorial contributions, in memory of Bill Stevens, may be made to: Eileen Reece, 1491 Hwy. 50, Delta, Colo. 81416.

Mary Sue Swanson
Loved Family, People, Animals
Oct. 17, 1944 Dec. 28, 1998
RIDGWAY/ MONTROSE AREA A native of Arkansas and a resident of Ridgway and Montrose for the past year and a half, Mary Sue Swanson, age 54, died late Monday evening, Dec. 28, 1998, in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose after fighting a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
Mary Sue Carter, the daughter of George F. Carter Sr. and Helen (Bernier) Carter, was born on Oct. 17, 1944, in Little Rock, Ark., where she spent her childhood, graduated from the Little Rock High School with the class of 1963, and grew to adulthood. She continued to pursue her education at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock for two years.
Miss Carter married David Swanson on Oct. 15, 1970, in Little Rock, Ark. The Swansons were privileged to celebrate 28 years of marriage in October this year.
Mrs. Swanson was involved in Pro-Rodeo and later enjoyed a career as owner and trainer of thoroughbred horses.
She was a member of the Ridgway Community Church of Ridgway.
Mrs. Swanson traveled overseas and lived in the Middle East and Singapore, and also visited India and Nepal.
She loved her family, people and always animals. She had a deep love for her family especially her nieces and nephews.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Swanson's life include her husband, David Swanson, of Montrose; her mother, Helen B. Carter, of Cabot, Ark.; a twin brother, George "Bubba" Carter Jr., of Telluride; two sisters: Connie Hanson, of Ridgway; Caroline Carter, of Cabot, Ark.; four nieces; two nephews; and one great-nephew.
She was preceded in death by her father, George F. Carter Sr.
Graveside Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Swanson's life will be officiated by Pastor Joe Kirby on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 2:30 p.m. in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at Ouray.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Memorial gifts may be made to: The Ridge Community Church, In Memory of Mary Swanson, P.O. Box 322, Ridgway, Colo. 81432 or Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley, In Memory of Mary Swanson, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804.

Doris Evelyn Todd
Wife, Mother, Grandmother
July 14, 1913 Dec. 23, 1998
HOTCHKISS Doris Evelyn Todd, age 85, a homemaker, restaurant cook, and a resident of Hotchkiss since 1931, died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998, in the Paonia Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Doris Evelyn Bice, the daughter of Elmer and Alma (Addams) Bice, was born on July 14, 1913, in Codell, Kan., where she spend her childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood.
Miss Bice married Elmer W. Todd on June 3, 1931, in Hotchkiss, Colo. The couple were blessed with four children and were privileged to celebrate 67 years of marriage this year in June.
Following their marriage, the Todds moved to Hotchkiss where Mrs. Todd made her home for 67 years until the time of her death.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hotchkiss, the Hotchkiss Harmony Club, and the Cotton Wood Club.
The love and joy of Mrs. Todd's life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, and gardening.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Todd's life include her husband, Elmer Todd, of Hotchkiss; three sons: Rev. Keith Todd and wife Kathy, of Pine River, Minn.; Roger Todd and wife Jean, of Avon Park, Fla.; Jere Todd and wife Linda, of Rock Spring, Texas; and one daughter, Kaye Todd, of Hotchkiss.
She was the proud grandmother of 34 grandchildren and great-grandmother of numerous great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include two brothers: Hollis Bice, of Rickreall, Ore.; Raymond Bice, of Otis, Ore.; and six sisters: Patty Brooks, of Otis, Ore.; Gladys Penland, of Hotchkiss; Bonnie Ratharmell, of Gleneden Beach, Ore.; Lola Ansiel, of Lincoln City, Ore.; Jean Dunn, of Rockaway, Ore.; and Peggy Moore, of Mill City, Ore.
Mrs. Todd was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Alma Bice; three brothers; and one son, Rodney Todd.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Todd's life will be officiated by her son, Rev. Keith Todd, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist Church in Hotchkiss.
Private family interment will follow the service in the Riverside Cemetery at Hotchkiss, with arrangments being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial gifts may be made to: North Fork Ambulance Assn., In Memory of Doris E. Todd, P.O. Box 47, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419 or Hotchkiss Public Library, In Memory of Doris E. Todd, P.O. Box 540, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419.

Barbara Mary Underhill
Mother of Four Children
Feb. 18, 1924 Dec. 31, 1998
DELTA Barbara Mary Underhill, age 74, a homemaker and resident of Delta County for most of her life, died on Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Barbara Mary Schmaltz, the daughter of Adam Frank and Margaret (Mildenberger) Schmaltz, was born on Feb. 18, 1924, in Olathe, Colo., where she spent her childhood, received her high school education, and grew to adulthood.
Miss Schmaltz married Raymond A. Underhill on Jan. 19, 1957, in Grand Junction, Colo. Mr. Underhill preceded his wife in death on July 7, 1984, in Delta.
Mrs. Underhill, a homemaker, was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church of Delta, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), belonged to numerous square dance clubs, and the Women's Democratic Caucus.
She loved and great enjoyed her family, fishing, sewing, gardening, and flowers.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Underhill's life include one son, Daniel Raymond Underhill and wife Donna, of Colorado Springs; and three daughters: Betty Lou and husband Richard Woodall, of Eugene, Ore.; Judith M. and husband Ulysses Swiatek, of Rock Springs, Wyo.; and Laurie K. and husband George Chamberlin, of Springfield, Ore.
She was the proud grandmother of 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include two brothers: Adam Schmaltz, of Grand Junction; Richard Schmaltz, of Delta; and seven sisters: Betty Downing, of Delta; Anna McElroy, of Grand Junction; Eleanor Timbrook, of Concord, Calif.; Bertha Thompson, of Bagdad, Ariz.; Beata Anders, of Delta; Kathryn Durbin, of Hoodsport,
Wash.; and Patricia Chick, of Rock Springs, Wyo.
In addition to her parents and husband, Raymond A. Underlhill, Mrs. Underhill was also preceded in death by three brothers: Edward, Andrew, and John Schmaltz; and two sisters: Margaret Barnes and Marie Wigner.
Rosary will be recited on Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999, at 7 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Delta.
Mass of the Resurrection in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Underhill's life will be officiated by The Rev. Charles Sena on Monday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. from St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Rite of Committal will follow the Mass in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.
Memorial gifts may be made to: St. Michael's Catholic Church, In Memory of Barbara Mary Underhill, 628 Meeker, Delta, Colo. 81416.

J. Morris "Moe" Walters
Wonderful Husband, Father, Pa-Pa, Friend
Feb. 3, 1926 Dec. 26, 1998
MONTROSE J. Morris "Moe" Walters, age 72, a boiler maker and welder who formed Moe-Jean & Son Boiler & Welding Shop in 1957 after moving from Ohio to Montrose, died on Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital.
J. Morris "Moe" Walters was born in Gibsonburg, Ohio, on Feb. 3, 1926, the son of Henry and Carrie (Ickes) Walters. He spent his childhood in Fremont and Tiffin, Ohio, and received his education and grew to adulthood in Ohio.
Mr. Walters married Shirley Beers on June 14, 1952, in Fremont, Ohio. The couple were blessed with one son and were privileged to celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary this year in June.
In September of 1991, Mr. Walters and his wife, Shirley, moved from Montrose to Porter, Okla. They moved back to Montrose in June of 1994 and were so happy to be back with their family and friends.
Mr. Walters was a member of Victory Baptist Church of Montrose.
The main focus, love, and joy of Mr. Walters' life was his family, his work which he enjoyed so very much, and fishing. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Walters' life include his wife, Shirley Walters; one son, Kevin Walters and wife Kathy; and three grandchildren: Michelle, Jeremy, and Angela Walters, all of Montrose.
Other family survivors include one brother, Richard Walters; and three sisters: Rhea Myers, Kathryn Weiker, and Shirley Munson, all of Fremont, Ohio.
Mr. Walters was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Walters' life will be officiated by Pastor Marty Riggan on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 10:30 a.m. from the Montrose Christian Church.
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.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Cops For Kids, In Memory of J. Morris "Moe" Walters, c/o Montrose Police Department, 434 S. 1st St., Montrose, Colo. 81401.

Margaret Barlow Cox Patton
101-Year-Old Orchard Rancher
April 15, 1897 Jan. 4, 1999
CEDAREDGE Margaret Barlow Cox Patton, a resident of the Cedaredge area for the last nine and a half years, died on Monday, Jan. 4, 1999, in the Horizons Care Center at Eckert at the age of 101.
Margaret Barlow Cox was born on April 15, 1897, the daughter of John W. and Sallie White (Carey) Cox, in Norfolk County, Va., where she spent her childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood. She continued to pursue her education and graduated in 1920 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Arts from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va.
Miss Cox taught for one year at the Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Va.
She was married on Sept. 1, 1921, in Denver, Colo., to Donald Patton, who preceded her in death in 1955.
Mrs. Patton, an orchard rancher, lived in Hotchkiss for 68 years before moving to the Cedaredge area where she remained the last nine and a half years of her life until the time of her death.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hotchkiss.
Mrs. Patton loved and enjoyed music and the arts, traveling, swimming, and spending time in Acapulco, Mexico.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Patton's life include two nephews: Dr. Nat Adamson and wife Ann, of Charlottesville, Va.; Edmond Adamson, of Newport News, Va.; one niece, Yvonne Patton Cottrell, of Martinez, Calif.; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and longtime friends; Marvin and June Taylor, of Cedaredge.
Funeral Services in remembrance, to pay respect, and to honor Mrs. Patton's life will be officiated by Pastor Bill Stoddardt on Friday, Jan. 8, at 10:30 a.m. from the Hotchkiss Taylor Funeral Service Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in the Riverside Cemetery at Hotchkiss, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society, In Memory of Margaret Patton, P.O. Box 343, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419 or Hotchkiss First Baptist Church, In Memory of Margaret Patton, P.O. Box 26, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Larry G. Paxton
Husband, Father, Grandfather
May 14, 1937 Dec. 31, 1998
DOLORES Larry G. Paxton, age 61, died on Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, at his Dolores home.
Larry G. Paxton, the son of Harry Landon Paxton Jr. and Marie Jane (Thompson) Paxton, was born on May 14, 1937, in Durango, Colo., where he lived for 16 years and attended high school.
On Dec. 5, 1953, Mr. Paxton married Gerri Dora Brown in Gallup, N.M. The couple were blessed with three daughters and were privileged to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary last year in December.
Mr. Paxton was a member of the Cortez Elks Lodge since 1972.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Paxton's life include his wife, Gerri Paxton, of Dolores; and three daughters: Debra and husband Rick Majors, of Salida; Connie and husband Greg Majors, of Montrose; and Becky and husband Len Dorr, of Woodland Park.
He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren: Randy Majors and wife Cayenne, of Lafayette; Danny and Kristen Majors, of Montrose; Kendra and Brandon Dorr, of Woodland Park; and two great-grandchildren: Megan and Makenna Majors, of Lafayette.
Other family survivors include a sister, Lois and husband Larry Long, of Aztec, N.M.; an uncle, Ed Thompson, of Durango, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Paxton's life were officiated by The Rev. Dan Rhodes on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist Church in Cortez.
Interment followed the service in the Summit Ridge Cemetery, with arrangements handled under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home of Cortez.
Memorial gifts may be made in Larry Paxton's name with the Dolores State Bank to benefit Hospice of Montezuma.

Warren Lee Wallace
A Very Generous Man
Feb. 14, 1946 Dec. 31, 1998
QUARTZ HILL, Calif. Vietnam War veteran, Warren Lee Wallace, the son of Leonard Keith and Mable Caroline (Miller) Wallace, was born on Feb. 14, 1946, in the old hospital on Duke Hill in Hotchkiss. He died on Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, at the age of 52, in the Antelope Valley Hospital at Lancaster, Calif. He was a supervisor engineer for Southern California Gas Co. for 27 years in Quartz Hill, Calif.
Mr. Wallace spent his childhood up on the Ragged Mountains, above the North Fork area, and graduated from the Hotchkiss High School with the class of 1964.
He also lived at Sunny Side, Utah; Paonia, Somerset, Bell Creek, and on Bone Mesa.
During the Vietnam War, Mr. Wallace served his country as an E-5 Minesweeper Electrician in the United States Navy from December of 1965 until November of 1969. He served aboard the U.S.S. Albatross between Vietnam and Sasebo, Japan.
Mr. Wallace married Margaret "Margie" Dillon in Bull Head City, Ariz., on Aug. 8, 1996.
He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3000 of Quartz Hill, Calif.; and a 23-year member of Hotchkiss Elks Lodge No. 1807, B.P.O.E.
Known as a very generous man and an avid Denver Bronco fan, Mr. Wallace had many loves in his life that he greatly enjoyed that included: Vegetable gardening, flowers, horseback riding, moving cows, golfing, bowling, fishing, hunting, and camping. He especially enjoyed spending time up Leroux Creek and on Oak Mesa.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Wallace's life include his wife, Margaret "Margie" Wallace, of Quartz Hill, Calif.; two daughters: Sarah Elizabeth Wallace and Hannah Rose Wallace, both of Quartz Hill, Calif.; and one stepdaughter, Shannen and husband Jon Gordon, of Charlotte, N.C.
Other family survivors include one brother, Norman Wallace and wife Kay, of Crawford; and one sister, Sherry Robley and husband Dave Cotten, of Hotchkiss.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Mable Wallace.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Wallace's life will be officiated by Dennis Richards on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. from the Hotchkiss Taylor Funeral Service Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in the Garden of Memories at Crawford, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Hotchkiss.
Memorial gifts may be made to: St. Judes Cancer Research Center, Attn.: Memorial Program, In Memory of Warren L. Wallace, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis Tenn. 38105.


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