Miscellaneous LaPlata County, Colorado Obituaries


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Suzanne Sue Watts 

   Funeral Services for Suzanne Sue Watts, age 31, were January 28, 2000, at Indian Baptist Church in Ignacio. Rev. Kelly Winlock officiated; interment was at Ouray Cemetery. 
   Suzanne was born October 27, 1968, to Ed and Rosa Watts. She attended school in Ignacio. Suzanne was a homemaker who like to hunt and fish and enjoyed traveling. 
   She was preceded in death by her father, Ed Watts; niece Meredith Watts in ‘97, and nephew Richard Box in ‘99. She is survived by her husband Ronald Rock of Ignacio, sons Darvin Rock, Darren Rock and Derrick Watts, daughter Dionna Rock, her mother, sisters Gloria Frost and Virginia Watts of Ignacio, brothers Tim Watts of LaBoca, Raphael Watts, Sr., Marshall Watts, and Robert Watts all of Ignacio, aunts Colleen Sage of Ignacio and Crystal Hanson of Milwaukee WI, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Laurie J. Ladyhawk” Wharton 

   Laurie J. Ladyhawk” Wharton died February 5, 2000, of brain cancer at her home in Bayfield where she had lived eight years. 
   Funeral services was February 9 at Vallecito Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Dick Smith. Burial at Bayfield Cemetery. 
   Wharton was born March 31, ‘1951, in Providence RI to George and Doris Burke. She married James F. Wharton October 21, ‘95, at Vallecito Baptist Church. 
   She lived in various places in the nation including Taos, Sausilito, San Francisco and the town she loved most, Central City. Wharton will be remembered by many for her businesses selling southwestern art. She owned Taos Traders 30 years and was an accomplished weaver. Wharton was involved in the community for which she mentored and gave good advice. 
   Wharton is survived by her husband James Shamus” Wharton in Bayfield, son Jeremy Jennings of New York NY, daughter Jessica Jennings in Durango, sister Chris Rovinski Burke of North Scituate RI, brothers and sister- in- law Steven and Lynn Burke of North Scituate and Douglas Burke in Atlanta, father- and mother- in- law Bob and Jan Wharton of Fullerton CA, brother- in- law Tim Wharton of Seal Beach CA and sister- in- law Debbie Counts at Anaheim CA. 
   Her parents died earlier. 
   Her family will be grateful for memorial contributions in the name of Jeremy Jennings to the Leukemia Society of America, 475 Park Avenue South 21st Floor, New York NY 10016. Jeremy is running in a 27 mile marathon in Alaska and hopes to raise at least $10,000 in his mother’s name for cancer research. 

Emmet L. Roberds 

   Emmet Lacy Roberds, 93, died February 10, 2000, in Durango. 
   Graveside service was February 14 at Vista memory Gardens in Truth or Consequences NM. 
   Roberds was born April 30, 1906, in Trinidad to Hardy and Maude Roberds. 
   He married Ernestine Davenport on September 15, ‘27. They were married 66 years until her death. 
   Roberds lives most of his life raising and training quarter horses in Colorado and New Mexico. 
   His survivors include son and daughter- in- law Thomas and Barbara Roberds of Aztec; daughter and son- in- law Roxie and Carl Comyford at Bayfield; grandsons Larry Roberds in Aztec, Terry Roberds and Carl W. Comyford of Springtown TX; granddaughter June Ashment in Las Vegas NV; six great- grandchildren, five great- great- grandchildren, some nephews and a niece. 
   Roberds’ younger brother Carl H. (Billy) Roberds and granddaughter Janie Rhoades died earlier.

Robert Bob” L. Holcomb 

Graveside services officiated by David McCaw where at Allison Tiffany Cemetery February 16, 2000, for Robert L. Holcomb who passed away February 10 in Palm Desert CA after a short bout with lung cancer. 
   Bob was born in Fort Worth TX September 13, 1933. Bob joined the Navy and served aboard the USS L.S.T. 887 stationed in San Diego. His ship served in Japan and Korea. He was discharged from the Navy in ‘53. 
   He met Grace Halle Engler in San Diego. They were married by Rev. David McConoughy September 19, ‘53, in Allison Community Church. A son, Glenn, was born to them April 5, ‘59. Bob enjoyed many fishing trips with his wife and son. 
   Bob graduated from San Diego College and San Diego State University in ‘59. He loved to come to Colorado to play golf and fish with his father- in- law and brothers- in- law. A game of horseshoes with his father- in- law was especially enjoyable. 
   He is survived by his wife, son and daughter- in- law Glenn and Yolanda Holcomb, granddaughters Nicole and Danielle of Lakeside CA, and many brothers- and sisters- in- law, nieces and nephews. 
   Donations in his name to American Cancer Society, Box 5034, Durango CO 81301, will be appreciated. 

Prince Henry Schroeder 

   Prince Henry Schroeder died March 18, 2000, in Brownwood TX. A memorial service was held in Brownwood March 25. When the snow melts, friends will gather with Joye Schroeder at Vallecito to return his ashes to the beloved mountains that he considered home. 
   Prince was born October 10, 1906, in Dayton TX, youngest of three sons of Henry and Josephine Haag Schroeder, immigrants from Jagsfelt, Germany. Henry was a harness maker who had been trained at an early age by decree of Kaiser Wilhelm. 
   Prince went to New Mexico while still a teen and worked in a bakery in Albuquerque. He graduated from the American Institute of Baking in Chicago IL in ‘26. He married Lou Weiss in ‘29. Prince worked for Van de Camps in California before buying his own bakery in Winslow AZ. 
   Later Prince sold the bakery and moved to Albuquerque. He built a log home at Vallecito in the early ‘40s and spent all the summers for the remainder of his life there. 
   Lou died in ‘71, and in ‘73, Schroeder married long time friend Joye Knapp. 
   Prince was a member of Heart of Texas Shrine Club and recently received his 60 year recognition. He was also a Mason. He was a 50 year member and past director of Albuquerque Court #24 R.O.J., where he was the first director to include women in social events. 
   Prince traveled extensively during his lifetime and told wonderful stories about his adventures. He visited 232 countries, survived two plane crashes, a train wreck and many revolutions. He was in Buenos Aires when Peron was overthrown and later was aboard a freighter which carried US equipment to track the first Sputnik. In ‘60 he freighted his car to Cape Town, South Africa, and spent five and a half months touring Africa, en route introducing air conditioning to some very startled tribesmen. On another trip he spent 72 days on a bus from London to Madras, India, traveling through Europe, the Middle East and Persia. 
   In ‘98 Prince and Joye moved their winter home to Brownwood. They attended First United Methodist Church where Prince was a member of the Victory Bible Class. 

Dean M. Taylor

   Dean M. Taylor died April 16, 2000, at his home in Los Angeles CA. A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 25 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church and officiated by Father Eddie Andary. Burial was in Ouray Memorial Cemetery. 
   Taylor was born October 5, 1954, in Durango to Victoria and Henry Taylor, Sr. He worked for KSUT Radio Station in Ignacio before moving to Los Angeles where he lived for a number of years. 
   Taylor was preceded in death by his mother, Victoria Waratza, brothers Jason and Jack, and sister Beverly. 
   He is survived by his father, Henry Taylor, Sr. of Ignacio, brothers Henry Taylor, Jr. of Ignacio, Laddy Taylor of Bayfield, sisters Faith Taylor of Ignacio, Sally Velasquez of Ignacio, Desiree Sunni” Waratza of Denver, Henrietta Taylor of Denver, Norma Fern Bojorpuez of Ignacio. 

Annetta B. Frost 
   Annetta B. Frost died April 22, 2000, at her Bayfield home. a Mass of Christian Burial will be April 26, 10 a.m., at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Fr. Eddy Andary will officiate. Cremation will be at Hood Mortuary Crematory. 
   Frost was born February 2, 1913, in Ignacio. She was raised by her uncle, Steve Burch, along with her sister, Essie Richards Kent. In ‘36 she married Jack Frost. She was a graduate of Albuquerque Indian School and worked as Education Director for Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Frost was a member of the Committee of Elders and served as chairwoman for a number of years. 
   She was a homemaker and grandmother who lived her entire life at Bayfield. She helped raise race horses, enjoyed pow-wows and other tribal and native functions both and off the Southern Ute Reservation. She was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church. 
   Frost is survived by Dorothy Naranjo of Bayfield, Dixie Naranjo at Bayfield, Darlene Frost of Ignacio, Dona Frost in Ignacio and Debra Frost of Bayfield; sons Clement Frost of Bayfield, Ray Frost at Hesperus, Byron Frost of Ignacio, and Ronald Frost of Ignacio; sister Essie Kent at Ignacio; 26 grandchildren, 17 great- grandchildren and one great- great- grandchild. 
   She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993, by son Wade Frost, sister Cora Allen Jefferson and grandchildren Sadie Rosalend Frost and Alden Howard Naranjo. 
   Memorial contributions may be sent to Southern Ute Tribal Dialysis Program.

Bonnie Marie Isgar

   Bonnie Marie Isgar, 78, died April 22, 2000, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. Funeral services were held April 7 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, followed by burial at Ignacio Cemetery. 
   Isgar was born May 2, 1921 in Bates City MO. She was the oldest child of Everett and Fay Barnett and spent most of her early years on her parent’s ranch east of Ignacio. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which was a crucial part of her life. She was involved in a number of church projects and helped in the church nursery for over 30 years. Isgar was also active in various civic projects. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, Rosanna Marie, and sisters Jessie Fay Barnett and Audrey Elizabeth Taylor. 
   She is survived by a son , David John Isgar, Jr. of Denver, brothers Everett Earl and wife Ruth of Ignacio, Jon H. and wife Bonnie of Hesperus, sisters Leota Anderson and husband Olin of Cottonwood AZ, and Alice Sutherlin and husband Fred of Farmington, several nieces and nephews and church members whom she considered family.

Philip Lewis Sapp

   Funeral services were May 6, 2000, at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Cortez for Philip Lewis Sapp. The grandson of the first mayor of Bayfield, Sapp was born May 25, 1919, to Peter Lewis and Ida Margaret Wheeler Sapp. It is not known how much he weighed at birth, but when they took him to the doctor at 10 days, he weighed 1 1/2 pounds. His bed was a shoe box kept behind the stove to keep him warm. 
   His dad worked in the logging industry, so they lived all over this area. Phil and his sister, Mary Gene, went to a different school every year while they were growing up, then the family settled in Bayfield where he went to high school, graduating in ‘37. He worked as a ranch hand and a construction worker until November ‘41, when he enlisted in the US Army. He served in the last horse drawn artillery in the European theater. 
   After Phil got out of the service, he worked several odd jobs. He was one of the first school bus drivers in the joint Bayfield School District. On June 8, ‘51, he married Barbara Parks of Bayfield. In the fall of ‘51, they moved to Cortez. Phil worked for Montezuma County Road Department for 42 years. For most of that time, he was a maintainer operator and for the last several years, District Supervisor. 
   He could do anything with a horse and make it look easy. Phil was extremely proud of his little herd of good Red Angus cows. 
   A favorite activity of Phil’s was the Cortez High School basketball season. If his health would allow, Phil and Bobby never missed a home game for the last 27 years. Phil’s family was very important to him, and any time he could spend with them was greatly valued. He especially enjoyed the Corrigan cousin eat- togethers and family reunions. 
   Phil’s sense of humor, positive outlook on life and strength of spirit are an inspiration to all who came in contact with him. No matter what obstacle life threw at him, Phil was able to make the best of it and come out stronger. Mary Gene split his head open with an axe when he was 6 or 7, he had a coal mine cave in on his head right after graduation from high school, he was in some of the thickest action during the war, and he never lost his joy at being alive. He lived 12 years past the time when doctors told him he would probably not get to go home from rehab until around Christmas. He went elk hunting the third season. He greeted each day with a smile, joke or smart comment. He often said, If you can’t laugh, life isn’t worth living.” Hopefully, we can all take his example and make ourselves richer by emulating him. 
   Phil is survived by his wife Bobby of the family home, son Lew, daughter- in- law Ginger, daughter Genie, granddaughters Terra and Tamis of Durango, brother Roger and sister- in- law- JoAnn of Casa Grande AZ, a large extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother- in- law Mary Gene and Elmer Harvey, brother and sister- in- law Dan and Vera Sapp. 
   An account has been set up at Dolores State Bank in his memory, with the proceeds to go to the Leukemia Society of America. 

Norman Arthur Olson

   Norman Arthur Olson died May 14, 2000, at his home in Ignacio, where he had lived all his life. Grave side service will be at Greenmount Cemetery, May 18, 2 p.m.
   Olson was born May 17, 1952, in Durango to Lyle and Fern Olson. He graduated from Ignacio High School. He obtained his teaching certificate at Fort Lewis College and his master’s degree at Silver City NM. He taught two years in Gallup NM and at Pueblo Community College in Durango. 
   Olson became a director of Ignacio School District 11Jt in fall 1999. At the time of his death, he worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart in Durango. 
   He is survived by his mother, brothers Chris Olson and Lynn Olson at Salt Lake City UT, two nieces, several cousins, and uncle Russell Vesper of Lordsburg NM. 
   His father and brother Charles R. Olson preceded him in death. 
   He will be remembered in his home town as a friend to those who needed a little help.

Lee Allen Hazleton

   Memorial services were held May 18, 2000, for Lee Allen Hazleton who died May 9 in Castle Rock. 
   Hazleton, the oldest son of Amanda and Bert Hazleton, was born September 7, 1909, at Byers KS. Lee graduated from Byers High School in ‘27. He attended trade school where he learned mechanics, welding and radio technology. During World War II he worked in Vallejo CA as a ship welder. After the war he returned to Bayfield and later moved to Denver where he worked as a heavy equipment mechanic until his retirement. 
   Hazleton was a member of Church of Christ in Castle Rock and was dedicated to the ministry and officiated at services many times. He loved life and was known in the community as a man who would help anyone any time. 
   Hazleton is survived by his wife Lavon; sons Marvon, Wayne and Dwight; sisters Evelyn Wommer of Bayfield, Inell Harvey of Kremmling CO and Mary McCaw of Ignacio, and stepmother Lois Cook of Ignacio. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Larry Hazleton.

Cathlene G. Rea

   A memorial service will be held June 3, 2000, 1 p.m. at First Southern Baptist Church, 1715 West Second Avenue, Durango, for Cathlene Rea who died May 17 at Four Corners Health Care Center. 
   Rea was born October 21, 1906, in El Rito NM. She moved to the Durango area as a child and graduated from Durango High School in ‘25. She attended Fort Lewis College in Hesperus and taught at Cherry Creek School. 
   Rea was a member of Village Christian Church and Senior Citizens Center in Dacono CO where she lived 25 years. She returned to Durango in ‘96 and was a member of First Southern Baptist Church of Durango. 
   She was preceded in death by her daughters Ramona Howard, Ruth Goulding, Nancy Gifford and Margaret Weddle, and son Ralph Rea, Jr. 
   She is survived by sons Earl Rea, Donald Rea and Ronald Rea of Ignacio, George Greer of Mancos, Chester Warner of Perry UT and Rex Rea of Arvada; daughters Shirley Sutherlin and Peggy Leyshon of Ignacio, Linda Searcy, Sandi Walker and Georgia Dittmar of Durango, and Mary Goeglein of Farmington; 76 grandchildren and many great- and great- great- grandchildren. 
   Contributions may be made to Residents Activities Fund, Four Corners Health Care Center, 2911 Junction St, Durango CO 81301.

Kenneth Wayne Pricer 

   Kenneth Wayne Pricer died at home in Aztec May 19, 2000, following a short illness. Graveside services were held May 24 at Aztec Cemetery. 
   He is survived by his wife Ethel Pricer; daughters Barbara Hensley of Bloomfield, Glenda Boeticher of Las Cruces and Irene Tole of California; brother Doyle Pricer in California; step children and their spouses Jerry and Lora McCaw, Larry and Renee Hronich, and Loretta Watson; many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. 
   Pricer was born December 23, 1928. He lived in Durango for years. He delivered milk from Creamland Dairies in Durango to surrounding areas and schools for several years. He then moved to Aztec and bought the Handy Bait Shop, which he owned and operated until he retired.

Donna Lee Kennedy 

   Donna Lee Kennedy died October 13, 2000, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. She lived in Durango the past two years. Burial will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. 
   Kennedy was born August 9, 1918, in Denver to Charles and Merle Crist. She attended schools in Fort Morgan and Denver, and graduated from South High School in Denver in ‘36. She then attended Colorado State University for two years. She married Donald M. Kennedy in ‘41 and served as a Grey Lady volunteer during World War II. Kennedy was a homemaker throughout her life. 
   She is survived by son Donald Kennedy of Eugene OR, daughter Peggy Iberg of Bayfield, brother Max Crist of Laguna Hills CA, and grandsons Jacob Iberg and Boothe Iberg both of Bayfield. 
   Her husband preceded her in death. 

Benjamin Robert Haynes

   Benjamin Robert Haynes died October 10, 2000, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. He lived in Ignacio and Pagosa Springs. Funeral services were October 13 at Community Bible Church in Pagosa Springs 
   Haynes was born September 29, 1992, in Durango. He loved Jesus. Benjamin played with his brothers, spent time with his Aamaw, Granddad and Aunt Barbara. He enjoyed snorkeling, fishing, 4- wheeling and other sports. He was active with AWANAs. 
   He is survived by his parents Randall and Sherie Haynes of Ignacio, brothers Spc Matthew Haynes stationed at Fort Bragg NC, John Mark Haynes, Jeremiah Haynes and Nicolas Haynes all of Ignacio; grandparents Joe B. and Mary Haynes of Grandbury TX, and Robert and Charlene Baumgardner of Pagosa Springs, many aunts, uncles and cousins, and friends. 
   Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be made to Ignacio Community Church, PO Box 317, Ignacio CO 81137.

Kenneth Elbert Burch, Sr.

   Kenneth Elbert Burch, Sr., died October 23, 2000, at his home in Ignacio, the community where he had lived his whole life. 
   Chaplain Myron Darmour officiated a funeral service October 30 at Hood Mortuary chapel. Burial was at Ouray Memorial Cemetery in Ignacio. 
   Burch was born July 17, 1933, the son of John Burch and Mary Price Bean. His father died while Burch was still very young, so his mother and stepfather, Roy H. William, raised him. Burch worked as a laborer, counselor and as community health representative for Southern Ute Indian Tribe. He enjoyed traveling and sightseeing, hunting and working on cars. 
   He is survived by his son Kenneth E. Burch, Jr. of Ignacio; daughter Sandra Burch in Denver; sisters Vonestine William and Mary Santistevan at Ignacio; five grandchildren, many nephews and nieces, and his companion Sarah Clah of Kirtland NM. 
   Burch’s parents, stepfather and sisters Mary Suazo and Eileen William died before he did. 
   Memorial contributions may be sent to Ignacio Volunteer Emergency Squad Box 800, Ignacio CO 81137. 

Clarence Richard Dick” Sutherlin

   Dick Sutherlin passed away at his home in Middle Mesa NM on October 25, 2000. 
   No services are planned. A family dinner will be held later 
   Sutherlin was born May 31, 1930, in Anthony NM to John Bart” Barton and Willie T. Sutherlin. He moved with is parents to Allison in ‘45. He worked several years farming and operating a service station in the Ignacio area. 
   He married Shirley C. Rea in Aztec in ‘50. 
   Sutherlin served four years in the US Navy aboard the USS Porterfield during the Korean War. He retired from Williams Co. in ‘85 after 25 years. In ‘90 he returned to work as a field lines inspector until July, ‘99. 
   He is survived by his wife; sons Rick Sutherlin and Carl Sutherlin of Middle Mesa and Mury Sutherlin of Bayfield; daughter Diana McGeeney of Bayfield; sister Ida Grant in Albuquerque; brothers John B. Sutherlin in Las Vegas NV, Charles Sutherlin at Grand Junction and Fred Sutherlin of Farmington NM. His survivors include grandchildren Cody Abernathy, Jason Abernathy, Jr. Sutherlin, Kresta Sutherlin, JB Sittner, Tucker Sittner, Carl Sutherlin and BJ Sutherlin. One great- grandchild, Covy, also survives. 
   Dick was preceded in death by his daughter Andrea Sittner, brother James Sutherlin, and sister Mildred Bartoo. 
   He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and grandpa! We will miss him forever. 
   Memorial contributions will be welcomed by Spring Creek Community Association, c/o Sally Powell, 5962 CR 334, Ignacio CO 81137. 

Laura Jane Richards Brown

   Laura Jane Richards Brown was born December 8, 1927, to Bill and Esther Richards on the family ranch northwest of Bayfield. She was fourth of seven children. 
   Her parents, older brother John, sisters Ruth Nichols and Rosemary O’Brien, and granddaughter Jori Linn died earlier. 
   On July 20, ‘47, she married Roy Brown, and this union lasted 53+ years. On May 2, ‘49, Roy and Laura were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Linda Sue, named appropriately because her name means beautiful. Laura’s world revolved around Roy and Linda until August 31, ‘80, when Granny’s delight, grandson Brandon, was born. On May 13, ‘84, more joy was spread with the birth of Jori Linn. 
   Laura was a member of Order of Eastern Star and Rebecca Lodge. 
   Roy and Laura came from very simple beginnings, maintained a true belief in God, and enjoyed the good times as well as the hard times. Her love for Roy and their family stayed strong. Laura would have been an excellent outdoors woman, if she could only have her feather bed, to which her friend Dolly Dillinger readily agreed. However, Roy and John Dillinger voiced loud reservations. 
   Laura will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, Granny, sister and friend. Laura was a wonderful cook and caretaker for her family. She left a legacy for all those who know her, memories that we all shall cherish. Laura Jane returned to her Heavenly Home October 28, 2000. 
   She leaves behind her loving husband, daughter, grandson, sisters and brothers- in- law Esther and Ted Orr of Pagosa Springs, Eileen and Deanie Hammond at Thermopolis WY; brother Tom Richards of Pagosa Springs; great grandchildren Lacee and Nichole, many nieces, nephews and other relatives, and a host of friends. 
   So, Granny, when you are watching over us, if something may displease you, please don’t give us that old Richards thin lipped frown. Thanks, Granny, for that big heart that was always full of love! We will love and miss you always. 

Elsie Burch Thorne

   Elsie Burch Thorne died October 29, 2000, at Valley View Home at Bayfield. 
   Family and friends conducted services November 1 at Hood Mortuary and burial at Ouray Memorial Cemetery in Ignacio. She was a Southern Ute. 
   Elsie was born May 27, ‘27, at Ignacio, the daughter of Sam and Clara Burch. She lived her life in Pine River Valley, although after she married Hoskie Thorne, they traveled all over the Four Corners for his job. 
   Her husband and son Daniel died earlier. 
   She was a great Mom, grandmother and sister. She was generous and helpful, and always kind. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 
   Those who survive Thorne include her daughter Norma Thorne of Bayfield; granddaughter Charmayne Plesko of Bayfield; grandson Michael Plesko at Bayfield; brothers Everett Burch and Leonard Burch of Ignacio and Anthony Burch in Fairbanks AK; sisters Bertha Grove and Sunshine Smith of Ignacio, and many nieces and nephews.

Robert C. "Bob" Flagg 

Memorial service was at First United Methodist Church of Durango for Robert C. "Bob" Flagg, who died December 27, 2000, following a stroke. 
Flagg retired from Bendix- Honeywell Corp., Kansas City MO, in 1988 after 30 years as a tool and die maker. 
Upon retirement, Flagg and his wife, Barbara, moved to Durango wehre he was acting in Durango Masonic Lodge #46, Kansas City Scottish Rite and Aly-Kaly Shrine. He was participated actively in First United Methodist Church, Emmaus Community and Amateur Radio Club. 
Flagg worked for Preferred Properties in Bayfield as a real estate broker. 
He is survived by his wife, sons James R Flagg of Aurora and Charles E Flagg of Ignacio, daughter Carolyn Meurer of St. Charles MO, sister Doris Roepke in Bend OR and five grandchildren. 
Flagg’s body was buried in Kansas City MO on December 29. Memorial donations will be welcomed by First United Methodist Church in Durango. 

Joe Alcario Enriquez

Joe Alcario Enriquez died January 1, 2001, at Center. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated January 6 at Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in Durango for Enriquez. 
He was born October 3, 1918, at Tiffany to Epifanio and Felecita Lopez Enriquez. He was a World War II veteran of the US Army. Enriquez retired from the logging industry where he drove trucks. He spent his time with his family, especially his grandchildren. 
Those who survive him include his wife, Mary Ida Enriquez; daughters Ruby Carrillo of Durango, Sally Granados at Center and Alyce Erwin in Durango; sisters Vivian Doyle of Denver, Mary Rocha at Brighton and Della Chapin in Bayfield; brothers Phillip Enriquez at Ignacio, Ned Enriquez in Farmington, Joe P. Enriquez in Denver and Frank Enriquez at Las Vegas NV; eight grandchildren, five great- grandchildren, two great- great- grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 
His brother Andrew Enriquez and sisters Josie Benavidez and Fina Love died earlier. 

Doris "Marchie” McKesson-Dolph

Doris Dolph died January 2, 2001, at four Corners Health Care Center. She moved to Durango four and a half years ago to be near her daughters. 
Grave side service was January 5 at Bayfield Cemetery. 
Dolph was born March 1, 1916, in Kersey CO. She married Lewis McKesson in ‘45. Following his death, she married Glenn Dolph who also preceded her in death. She enjoyed golfing, watercolor painting and music. 
She is survived by her children Mike McKesson and wife Teri of Apple Valley CA, Barbara Longfellow and husband Dary of Bayfield, Scott McKesson of Oceanside CA, Patty Griffith and husband Jim of Bayfield; eight grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; sister Grace Schaefer of Petaluma CA and several nieces and nephews. 

Lester L. Lunsford

Lester L. Lunsford died January 6, 2001, evening at Valley Manor Care Center in Montrose. He was born December 14, 1909, at Fairview OK to William Homer and Junie Ardena Spear Lunsford. 
Lunsford, one of 11 children, attended school in Beaver County OK and spent most of his childhood in the Oklahoma panhandle. 
When he was nine, the family moved to Rogers AR where Lunsford got a job cutting meat and learning the trade. During the depression he was a major supporter of the family. 
He and Thelma Flowers married June 14, ‘36, in Aztec. 
After moving to Colorado in the ‘40s, Lunsford worked at Pinkstaff’s Market in Montrose and was foreman for Dan Hughes land in Dry Creek Basin. Lester and Thelma moved to Ignacio in ‘41 where he worked as a meat cutter at Ignacio Locker Plant. In ‘49 they bought the Jake McJunkin property and built a home behind the store and upgraded to a new and used furniture and appliance store. 
In ‘68 they sold the business and moved to Montrose to retire. 
Lunsford loved to be outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. You could fine him sitting on the ice at Blue Mesa Reservoir several times a week when he was well into his 80s. He was an accomplished appliance repairman and carpenter. He loved to build furniture for his friends and relatives. He had a little saying that he never started a job he couldn’t finish. 
Lunsford was a gentle man who never met a stranger. His loved ones comment he was quite the storyteller. 
Those who survive him include his wife, nephews who were like sons to him Donald Ray Penman and wife Sandra, and LaDell Penman and wife Connie; nieces who were daughters to him Donna Read and Jean Bieber all in Montrose; brothers Loyd Lunsford and wife Alice in Ignacio, and Paul K Lunsford at Glendale AZ; sisters Catherine Dickey at Bloomfield, Ardena J Figgnis in Ontario CA, and Davidena Flack and husband Harry at Montrose, plus many nieces and nephews. 
His parents, brother Ruben Oakla and sisters Lena, Daisy, Mae and Anna died earlier. 
Memorial service will be January 11, 11 a.m., at Montrose Christian Church, Minister Ronnie Hanna officiating. Arrangements are directed by Crippin Funeral Home in Montrose. Memorial contributions will be appreciated to Montrose Christian Church, 2361 Sunnyside Road, Montrose CO 81401. 

Lois Elizabeth Cook

   Lois Elizabeth Cook, 85, died March 21, 2001 at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. Cook lived in Durango since 1950. Funeral service was officiated by Pastors Joe Sparks and Jim Powell, followed by burial at Greenmount Cemetery. 
   Cook was born June 5, ‘15 in Madison County, AR. She enjoyed gardening, baking and making quilts. She was a member of Pine River Valley Baptist Church. 
   She is survived by daughter Mary and and husband Robert McCaw of Ignacio, step daughters Evelyn Wommer of Bayfield and Inell Harvey of Kremmling CO, sister Willie Bohannan of Aurora MO, granddaughters Linda Walter of Ignacio, Janet Reinhardt of Ignacio, Tammy Morrissey of Chandler AZ, grandson David McCaw of Ignacio, 12 great grandchildren, one great great grandson and numerous step grand and great grandchildren. 
   She was preceded in death by 2 husbands, Bert Hazleton and JB Cook, son Larry Hazleton, stepson Lee Hazleton and brother Jim Calico. 
   Memorial contributions may be made to Four Corners Health Care Center, Alzheimer’s Unit, 2911 Junction St, Durango CO 81301. 

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