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Randall Dean Daves

April 28, 1956 - November 19, 2017

RANDALL DEAN “RANDY” DAVES Memorial services for lifelong Cortez resident Randall Dean “Randy” Daves will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 25 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Randy was born April 28, 1956 in Cortez, Colo. the son of Willie Dick and Jeanette Amanda (Carlson) Daves. He passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Southwest Memorial...
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Barbara Maxine Johnson

March 4, 1928 - November 17, 2017

BARBARA MAXINE JOHNSON Funeral services for longtime area resident Barbara Maxine Johnson will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Cahone Cemetery. Maxine was born March 4, 1928 in Yanush, Okla. the daughter of Hiram Hughston and Nora Alice (Sconce) Long. She passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Mercy...
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Dale Alfred Lemmon

October 21, 1937 - November 14, 2017


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Carmelita Gallegos Archibeque

December 13, 1928 - November 4, 2017

Carmelita Gallegos Archibeque passed away on November 4, 2017 in Cortez, CO at the age of 88. She passed peacefully at her home with family by her side. She was born on December 13, 1928 to Adolfo Gallegos and Eufemia Gurule Gallegos, in Cebolla, New Mexico. Her family moved from Cebolla, NM to Ignacio, CO and then to McPhee, CO where her father worked at the...
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Raymond Patterson Fosdick

July 27, 1936 - November 3, 2017

Raymond Patterson Fosdick, Jr., 81 years old of Dove Creek, CO, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 surrounded by his wife and three children. Ray, respectfully known as “Sir” to most of the Dove Creek community, liked to drink beer, put his hands in his pockets, stamp his foot, laugh and tell stories. He was a man of...
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Betty Ethel Porter

March 16, 1922 - November 2, 2017

BETTY ETHEL PORTER Betty Ethel Porter passed away at Vista Grande Inn on Thursday, November 2, 2017. She was 95 years of age. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Lucy Kelley; her siblings, Luther Kelley, Pete Kelley, Jewell Fenter, Mary Roberts, Gene Masters, and Pauline Hare; her husband, Charlie Porter; and her children, Emily...
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Shirley Ann Kvasnicka

August 15, 1946 - November 1, 2017

SHIRLEY ANN KVASNICKA Memorial service and a potluck for lifelong Cortez resident Shirley Ann Kvasnicka will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Lewis Arriola Community Center. Shirley was born August 15, 1946 in Cortez, Colo. the daughter of Victor Murdock and...
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Frank Joseph Spore

October 1, 1936 - October 30, 2017

FRANK JOSEPH SPORE Funeral Mass for longtime area resident Frank Joseph Spore will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 4 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery. Reverend Pat Valdez, C.R. will officiate. Visitation has been scheduled for Friday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel. A Rosary service has been scheduled at 6 p.m. at...
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Billy Roy Steel

October 22, 1984 - October 29, 2017

Billy Roy Steele was born October 22, 1984 in Cortez, Colo. the son of Steven Eugene and Lyla Jean (Cox) Steele. He passed away on Sunday, October 29 2017 in Grand Junction, Colorado at the age of 33. Surviving Billy are his wife, Jessa Lynn Olsen of Meeker; his daughter, Alexia Isabelle Steel of Des Moines, Iowa; his mom, Lyla Jean Steele of Cortez; and his...
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Letitia Lynelle Pioche

October 25, 2017

LETITIA LYNELLE PIOCHE Funeral services for Letitia Lynelle Pioche of Farmington N.M will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Letitia was born May 31, 1973 in Cortez, Colo. the daughter of David Johnson Lee and Marita (Benson) Lee. She passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at her residence in Farmington, N.M. at the age of 44. ...
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John Knight Wing, Jr.

October 9, 1938 - October 21, 2017

John Wing Jr., 79, of Towaoc, died October 20, 2017 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. He was born October 9, 1938. He is Survived by his children, Glynis and Norman Wall, Jana Mills, David Wing and Charlene Benally; and by his sister Carol Jean Wing. John was a burnot ranger for the Ute Mountain Tribe. He was appointed first special force officer for...
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June Iralee Bertram

June 16, 1935 - October 17, 2017

June Iralee Bertram was born on June 16, 1935 at Old Ackman, CO to Robin and Marie Hollen. She passed away at her home in Dolores, CO on October 17, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward H. Burris; her brothers, Howard Hollen and Junior Hollen; her sisters, Roberta Hollen, Jean Hollen, Ruth Dewell, and Waneta Martin; her daughter,...
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Maria Audilia Martinez

July 8, 1926 - October 17, 2017

Maria Audilia “Lela” Martinez went to be with our Lord on October 17, 2017 in Boerne, TX. She was surrounded by loved ones and went peacefully without pain. Maria was born in Ensenada, NM to Manuel Valdez and Josefa Martinez Valdez on 8 July 1926. Maria was one of 10 children. She endured many hardships such as losing her father when she was only 5. Her family suffered...
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Jackie Lynn Calhoun

March 17, 1967 - October 16, 2017

Jackie Calhoun Nelson Jackie Calhoun Nelson of Bayfield, Co passed away unexpectedly in her home on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the young age of 50. Jackie is survived by her father Clearance Calhoun of Cortez, Co. As well as many siblings. Laurie(Calhoun) Winemiller, Clancy and Charlotte Calhoun of Aztec, NM, Sarah(Calhoun) and Don Miller of Cortez, Co,...
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Beverly Vonda Conny

June 13, 1938 - October 14, 2017

Beverly Conny was born June 13, 1938 in Nebraska, the daughter of George and Elena Wissink. She passed away on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 in Cortez at the age of 79. She was a beloved Mother and Nana and will be greatly missed by her family. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Beverly is survived by her children, Simone Conny and his wife, Renita, Danielle...
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Andrew Andy Rizzo

September 22, 1947 - October 14, 2017

Andrew “Andy” Francis Rizzo passed away 10/14/2017 at the age of 70 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis and Dementia. He is survived by a son and daughter, his mother, a brother and half sister. Andy is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served with the Air Force in the 6990th Security Squadron and spent time stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He grew up in...
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Julian Oliver Loomis, Sr.

January 20, 1950 - October 13, 2017

Memorial services for longtime Cortez resident Julian Oliver Loomis Sr. will be held on Tuesday, October 24 at the Evangel Assembly of God Church at 11:00 a.m. Julian was born January 20, 1950 in Pagosa Springs, Colo. He passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 67. For further information please call Ertel Funeral Home at 565...
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Jo Anna Miller

January 16, 1948 - October 11, 2017

On October 11, 2017 at 7:13pm, Jo Anna Miller went to be with her Lord. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Joseph Hamblin (Papa Joe) and Betty Lou Fugitt. She is survived by her husband, Tim Miller; her sister, Jeannie Schenk; her two daughters and their spouses, Wendy and Matt Eytchison, and Hattie Miller and Steve Ward; and her four grandchildren,...
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Susan Ann Sanders

May 7, 1961 - October 6, 2017

Susan was born May 5, 1961 in Gunnison, Colorado the daughter of Oraly and Ethel (Smith) Muzzy. She passed away on October 6, 2017 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Oraly and Ethel Muzzy; her husband, Jon Sanders; and her siblings, Beverly Hughes and Danny Muzzy. She is survived by her children&...
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Margie Russell

May 11, 1948 - October 6, 2017

Margie Russell was born May 11, 1948 to Clay and Jean Bader of Mancos, CO. They lived in town until 1960 then moved up to the ranch. She returned to the house in town in 1981 to raise her family. During her youth, in the Mancos Schools, she was very active in Cheerleading, Methodist Youth Fellowship, Rainbow Girls, and Band. She graduated from Mancos High School in...
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Richard Lex Greenlee

October 9, 1943 - October 3, 2017

Richard Lex Greenlee of Dolores, age 73, passed away October 3, 2017. Richard was born October 9, 1943, the third of 8 children, to Wilbur “Red” and Jo Greenlee. He married Joyce Tibbits in 1968 and together they had two daughters, Kelly Morrell (Mike) and Betty Jo McMullen (John), both of Rawlins, WY. Beginning at a young age, Rich worked...
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Wayne Bartlett Highland

June 14, 1921 - October 3, 2017

Wayne Bartlett (Bart) Highland passed away on October 3, 2017, at the age of 96. He was born on June 14, 1921, the fifth child of nine born to Royal Ray and Nellie Grace (Bartlett) Highland in Akron, Colorado. Surviving Bart are his wife, Mabel Lou (Scotte McQueen), and his children, Malcolm (Shari) Highland, Raye (Bill Brown) Highland, and Penny (Joe)...
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Carolyn Anne Tanner

July 1, 1946 - October 3, 2017

CAROLYN ANNE (KETCHEM) TANNER Carolyn Anne Tanner age 71, passed away on October 3, 2017 in Cortez, Colo., as a result of lung and liver cancer. She was born in Cortez on July 1, 1946 the daughter of John Cornett “Cooney” Ketchem and Marjorie Frances MacLeod. Carol graduated Montezuma Cortez High School in 1964. She married Harold Rodney Tanner in 1965. Together...
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Anna Pauline Johnston

July 5, 1930 - September 29, 2017

Anna “Pauline” Johnston A celebration of life for longtime Cortez resident Anna “Pauline” Johnston will be held at 10 a. m. on Tuesday, October 3 at First United Methodist Church of Cortez. Inurnment will be at Cory Cemetery in Orchard City, Colorado at a later date. Pauline the daughter of William and Luella Weaver was born July 5, 1930, in Austin&...
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Ramona Lorraine Mitchell

June 14, 1937 - September 27, 2017

Memorial services for Mancos resident Ramona Lorraine Mitchell will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3 at Ertel Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Ramona Mitchell was born June 14, 1937 in Altadena, CA. the daughter of Elmer Conrad Schultz and Edna Lorraine (Chamness) Schultz. She passed away on Wednesday 27, 2017 at Vista Grande Inn, she was 80.
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Barr Turner Chittick, Jr.

March 3, 1954 - September 23, 2017

BARR TURNER CHITTICK JR. Memorial services for Cortez resident Barr Turner Chittick Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Aaron Chittick will officiate. Visitation has been scheduled for Friday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Barr was born March 3, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio the son of Barr Turner and Mary ...
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Patricia Ann Fleming

February 10, 1930 - September 23, 2017

Patricia A. (Hansen) Suender Born February 10, 1930 in Waterloo, Iowa Died September 23, 2017, in Mancos, Colorado Pat leaves behind four children, Steven Suender, of Aztec, N.M., Marie Richmond, Dolores, CO., Greg Suender, Bloomfield, N.M., and John Suender, Bloomfield, N.M. Pat is survived by brothers, Maynard Hansen...
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Duane Dolliver Block

August 16, 1938 - September 19, 2017

Duane Block passed away September 19, 2017, at the age of 79. He was born and raised in Gladwin, MI along with two brothers and a sister. Since the time he was a child, he had a great fondness for Native Americans and the Old West. At the age of 16, that interest turned into a long road trip to the Four Corners area. Duane discovered a small community called Mexican Water,...
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Ona Lee Olson

October 20, 1928 - September 17, 2017

Ona Lee (Calhoon) Olson passed away at the age of 88 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Vista Grande Inn, Cortez, Colorado. Ona Lee was born on October 20, 1928 to Elwin J. and Elva Calhoon in Dolores, CO. On December 20,1948 Ona Lee and William (Bill) Olson were married in Aztec, New Mexico. They had been married 64 years when Bill passed away in 2013. Ona Lee...
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Johnnie Andrew Francisco

March 22, 1931 - September 17, 2017

JOHNNIE ANDREW FRANCISCO Funeral Mass for longtime area resident Johnnie Andrew Francisco will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 23 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Summit Ridge Cemetery. A visitation has been scheduled for Friday evening from 5 to 6 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Johnnie...
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Priscilla JoAnn Crook-Lopez

October 11, 1956 - September 15, 2017

PRISCILLA JOANN CROOK-LOPEZ Funeral Mass for lifelong Cortez resident Priscilla JoAnn Crook-Lopez will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 21 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Cremation will follow. Visitation has been scheduled for Wednesday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Rosary service will begin at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Priscilla was born on...
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Mary J. Gallegos

September 26, 1940 - September 9, 2017

Mary J. Gallegos Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Mary J. Gallegos will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 16 at Evangel Assembly of God Church. Cremation will follow. Visitation has been scheduled for Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Mary was born September 26, 1940 in Pagosa Springs, Colo. and she passed away on Saturday,...
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Judith Anne Walter

October 31, 1938 - September 8, 2017

Judith Anne Walter passed away on September 8, 2017 at the age of 78. She is joining the love of her life of 61 years, Richard Emery Walter. Born and raised in Dearborn Michigan, daughter of Howard and Blanche Gass. Judy made her home Colorado in 1956 as a newlywed, first living in Hesperus, then Durango, and settling in Dolores with Richard and their two children in 1967...
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John W. Bond

April 26, 1943 - September 5, 2017

JOHN WAYMUND BOND Celebration of life for longtime Cortez resident John Waymund Bond will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 9 at Rock Springs Community Church. John was born April 26, 1943 in Carnegie, Okla. the son of Julius Waymund and Minnie Gertrude (Sample) Bond. He passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango at the...
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Helen Charlieen Patton

November 6, 1931 - September 4, 2017

HELEN CHARLIEEN PATTON Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident Helen Charlieen Patton will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 9 at Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church. Charlieen was born November 6, 1931 in Cortez the daughter of Stephen Charlie and Myrtle Irene (Wright) Griffith. She passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017 at Vista Grande Inn Nursing Home at...
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Shirley Jean Fairbanks

April 23, 1935 - September 2, 2017

SHIRLEY JEAN FAIRBANKS A memorial service for longtime Cortez resident, Shirley Jean Fairbanks will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 8 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Reverend Bud Rousset will officiate. Shirley was born April 23, 1935 in Tuskegee, Okla. the daughter of Elen and Opal Marcella (Gower) Cullum. She passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at her...
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Nancy Ann Wiltgen

August 11, 1939 - September 2, 2017

Nancy Ann Wiltgen was born on August 11, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to Benjamin and Charlotte Michna. She passed away peacefully at home on Saturday September 2, 2017 at the age of 78. While living in Mundelein, Illinois she met her future husband Jerry and they were married September 9, 1961 and started their family by welcoming daughters Kathleen and Leslie. Nancy and Jerry...
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Helen Dolores Knight

September 11, 1926 - September 2, 2017

Dolores worked as a ranch wife and loved animals from childhood. She raised horses, cattle, sheep and chickens, loved her garden and flowers and raised many orphan animals. She also opened her hand and heart to anyone in need of a place to stay or advice. In her home, there was never a shortage of food at the table, whether you wanted it or not. The love of her life was her...
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Orland Gene Hatch

December 3, 1959 - September 1, 2017

ORLAND GENE HATCH Funeral services for lifelong Towaoc resident, Orland Gene Hatch will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Towaoc Cemetery. Visitation has been scheduled for Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Ertel Chapel. Orland was born December 3, 1959 in Cortez the son of Lewis Truman Hatch and Kathleen Ann Tobias....
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Roberta Caroleen Whatley

September 28, 1940 - August 26, 2017

Funeral services for Roberta Caroleen Whatley will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 1 at First Assembly of God Church. Pastor David M. Compton will officiate. Roberta was born September 28, 1940 in Lawrence, Utah the daughter of Vernon Bryan Nichols and Ocie Alma (Maurer) Nichols. She passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Durango,...
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Lindy Max Dicken

December 6, 1929 - August 26, 2017

Lindy “Max” Dicken was born December 6, 1929 in Oklahoma, the son of Clara (Bill) and John Paul Dicken. He passed away on August 26, 2017 at his residence in Dove Creek, Colorado at the age of 87. Surviving Max are his children Linda Tope (Jerry) of Dove Creek and Janelle Conklin (Ed) of Greeley, Colorado; and his granddaughter Selene Cross of Durango,...
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Richard Emery Walter

June 21, 1937 - August 18, 2017

Richard Emery Walter passed away at his home in Dolores on Friday August 18, 2017 at the age of 80. He leaves behind his beloved wife and soul mate of 61 years, Judith Anne (Gass) Walter. Born June 21, 1937 in Durango Colorado to Charles Walter and Carrie (Hunt) Walter. Richard was a lifelong resident in Southwestern Colorado living in Durango, Hesperus, and making his home...
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Byron Kent Lively

April 11, 1956 - August 15, 2017

Byron Kent Lively was born April 11, 1956 in Oregon the son of Dwaine and Marie (Witaker) Lively. He passed away on August 15, 2017 at his residence in Dolores, CO at the age of 61. Cremation has taken place and a service is pending. For further information please call Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468 or log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.
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Robert Dean Green

March 16, 1933 - August 14, 2017

Robert Dean Green was born on March 16, 1933 in Dolores, Co. to John Thurman and Roberta Green. He passed away at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Monday August 14, 2017 at the age of 84. Robert graduated from MCHS as secretary of his class & a member of National Honor Society. Upon graduation he met and fell in love with Loretta Carlson and they married three years later at the...
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William Bruce White

August 13, 2017

William “Bill” Bruce White passed away peacefully at the Vista Grande Care facility in Cortez on August 13, 2017. Bill was born September 26, 1951, in Casper, Wyoming to Eli Clinton White and Louise Ann (Ort) White. After moving to Durango as a child, Bill completed all of his primary education in Durango graduating from Durango High School. After completing some...
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Athena Opal Rose (Annette) Sevon (Gallion)

October 16, 1960 - August 12, 2017

Athena Opal Rose Sevon (Renee Annette Gallion), 56, of Dove Creek Colorado passed away on Saturday August 12, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Jeffrey Sevon, two children, Zarah and Zakotah Sevon, her parents Lloyd and Bonnie Gallion, sister Barbara Burdick and brother Gary Gallion. A celebration of her life will be held on August 26th at Arriola...
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Jennie Hight Kuebler

August 29, 1947 - August 12, 2017

Jennie Hight Kuebler was born August 29, 1947 in Cortez, CO the daughter of Melissa (Leauders) and Jack Hight. She passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, CO at the age of 69. Jennie is survived by her daughter, Norine Kuebler of Towaoc; grandchildren, Basil Silas Jr., Gabriel Silas, Ashley Silas, Judith...
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Richard Leo Gallavan, Jr.

December 7, 1933 - August 7, 2017

Richard Leo Gallavan passed away at his home in Egnar on Monday August 7, 2017 at the age of 83. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 47 years, Hazel (Davis) Gallavan. Born and raised in Durango Colorado, the son of Richard and Regina Gallavan. Richard was a lifelong resident in Southwestern Colorado living in Durango, Pagosa, Cortez and Egnar. Richard is lovingly remembered...
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Genevieve Genny Wells

October 3, 1927 - July 31, 2017

Our mother, Genevieve Ardis Wells left us on July 31, 2017 to rejoin our dad, her parents, brothers and sisters and many others she loved during her long life. She was born in Shawano, WI on October 3rd 1927 to John and Elba Hafferman. She spent her early childhood in Shawano but later moved to a dairy farm near Bowler, WI. Being the oldest daughter of seven children&...
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Anthony Lee Martinez

October 17, 1972 - July 25, 2017

ANTHONY LEE MARTINEZ (TONY) Anthony Lee Martinez was born October 17, 1972 in Benton, AR, the son of Richard and Ann (Haile) Martinez. He passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 44. Surviving Tony are his father, Richard Martinez and step-mother, Merrilyn Martinez of Cortez; and his two sisters, Leann (Tom) Curtis of...
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Ben Pargin Watts, Jr.

August 30, 1949 - July 23, 2017

BEN PARGIN WATTS JR. Funeral services for lifelong Towaoc resident, Ben Pargin Watts Jr., will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Towaoc Cemetery. Visitation has been set for Tuesday evening from 5 to 6 p.m. at Ertel Chapel. Ben was born the son of Ben Pargin Watts Sr. and Jean Marsh on August 30, 1949 in Cortez. He...
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Edith Lynne Jarmon

December 24, 1957 - July 14, 2017

EDITH LYNNE JARMON Memorial services for Edith Lynne Jarmon, 59 of Mancos will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 20 at Cortez Elks Lodge, 2100 North Dolores Road, Cortez. Edith was born December 24, 1957 in Apple Valley, Calif., the daughter of Richard T. and Betty Marie (Wilson) Fogarty. She passed away at her home in Mancos on Friday, July 14, 2017. On October 6, 1979 Edith married David...
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Rayola Eiman

May 15, 1931 - July 13, 2017

RAYOLA EIMAN Rayola Eiman was born May 15, 1931 in Shelley, Ida. the daughter of Samuel Ray Larsen and Lamar Jenny (Thompson) Eiman. She passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at her home in Cortez at the age of 86. On July 23, 1949 Rayola married Robert Harvey Eiman in Idaho. Later the couple moved to Cortez in 1970. Rayola liked to do crafts in her free time and was an excellent...
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Vicki Lorriane Cugler

April 19, 1947 - July 8, 2017

Vicki Lorraine Cugler, 70, passed away Saturday, July 08, 2017 at her home in Mancos CO. Vicki was born on April 19, 1947 in Salisbury, Maryland to the late John Clinton Niblet and Jane Outten Niblet. She married Walter G. Cugler on December 21, 1965. During her lifetime, she ran A furniture store and she was a care giver to the elderly for many years. Her most favorite things to do were cook...
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Ila Mae DeRosier

November 1, 1930 - July 3, 2017

ILA MAE DEROSIER Funeral services for former Cortez resident, Ila Mae DeRosier, will be held at 10:00 A.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 26525 County Road M, Cortez, Colorado on July 18, 2017. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery. Ila Mae was born November 1, 1930 in Cortez, Colorado to Alexander and Myrtis (Tate) DeRosier. She passed away of natural causes on Monday...
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Mario George Giannone

May 26, 1924 - July 2, 2017

MARIO GEORGE GIANNONE Please join the family on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for a prayer service and rosary for M. George which will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 28 E. Montezuma Ave., Cortez and his celebration of life at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 07, 2017 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. M. George was born in Middlebury, VT on May 26, 1924 the son of Carrado...
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Edith Elaine Flanagan

October 25, 1925 - June 29, 2017

EDITH ELAINE FLANAGAN Funeral services form lifelong area resident Edith Elaine Flanagan will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 7 at the Cortez First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Goodman Point Cemetery. Edith was born October 25, 1925 in Rena Ray, Colo. the daughter of Thomas E. and Margaret Elizabeth (Chastain) Martin. She passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Vista Grande...
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Barbara Jean Millard

February 13, 1937 - June 28, 2017

BARBARA JEAN MILLARD Funeral services for longtime area resident, Barbara Jean Millard will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 3 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Old Dolores Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ertel Chapel. Barbara Jean Millard lived to be 80 years old. She was born in Adel, Iowa on February 13, 1937 to Earl and Hazel...
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Wilson Anthony Buck

February 1, 1945 - June 25, 2017

WILSON ANTHONY BUCK Graveside services for Cortez resident Wilson Anthony Buck will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Cortez Cemetery. Visitation will take place Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ertel Funeral Home. Pastor Kenny Norton will officiate. Wilson was born February 1, 1945 in Mexican Water, Ariz. the son of Willie Buck and Mary (Hadley) Buck. He passed away on...
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Ila June Hazen

June 9, 1920 - June 24, 2017

ILA JUNE HAZEN Ila June Hazen passed away at The Mancos Valley Inn on Saturday, June 24th at 12:05 am, at the age of 97. Ila was born June 9, 1920, in Fort Benton, Montana, to Mary and James Grant. She was one of 6 children. She grew up on a ranch and rode in a covered wagon when they moved to other homes. She married Frank Olson Jr. in August of 1939. To this union three children...
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Mildred Louella McGettrick

December 23, 1924 - June 23, 2017

MILDRED LOUELLA "MILLIE" McGETTRICK Memorial services for longtime Cortez resident Mildred Louella "Millie" McGettrick will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 29 at Cortez First Baptist Church. Pastor Marvin Graves will officiate. Millie was born December 23, 1924 in Delta, Colo. the daughter of Jesse Alva and Sarah Maude (Merica) Leonard. She passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017 at her...
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Dickie Ray Keck

February 10, 1952 - June 18, 2017

A celebration of life for longtime Cortez resident, Dickie Ray Keck will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 1 at Empire Electric, Calvin Denton Room, potluck luncheon to follow. Dick was born on February 10, 1952 in St. Jo, Tex. to parents Richard Keck and Betty Exum. He passed away on June 18, 2017 at Southwest Memorial Hospital, Cortez at the age of 65. Dick is survived by his children...
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Mary Halene West

January 16, 1949 - June 13, 2017

MARY "HALENE" WEST Halene West was born January 16, 1949 in Cortez, Colo. the daughter of Wilford and Juanita (Edmonson) Winship. She passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at her residence in Cortez at the age of 68. Halene is survived by her husband, George West of Cortez. Halene was preceded in death by her parents, Wilford and Juanita Winship. Cremation is taking place and private...
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Clarence Cordell Uptain

December 27, 1936 - June 12, 2017

CLARENCE CORDELL "CORKY" UPTAIN Funeral services for lifelong Lewis resident Clarence Cordell Uptain will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 19 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, County Road M. Chapel. Cordell was born December 27, 1936 in Lewis, Colorado the son of Clarence Rueben Uptain and Lula Belle (Maslen) Uptain. He passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Southwest...
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Charles Leon Mahaffey

August 16, 1932 - June 11, 2017

CHARLES LEON "CHUCK" MAHAFFEY Charles Leon Mahaffey was born on August 16, 1932 in Cortez, Colorado and passed away on June 11, 2017. Charles "Chuck" graduate high school in Mesa, Arizona and shortly after joined the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He then returned home to the family farm located in Yellow Jacket, Colorado. Chuck married the love of his life...
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Kristi Rae Roundtree

February 13, 1978 - June 10, 2017

KRISTI RAE ROUNDTREE Memorial services for former Cortez resident and current Minot, N.D. resident, Kristi Rae Roundtree will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 15 at the Lewis Arriola Community Center. Pastor Anthony Maes will officiate. Kristi was born February 13, 1978 in Cortez, the daughter of Dean Allen and Gloria Jean "Jeanie" (Wallace) Roundtree. She passed away on Saturday, June...
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Raymond Gerald Harriman

March 24, 1956 - June 6, 2017

RAYMOND GERALD "RAY" HARRIMAN A celebration of life for Ray Harriman will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 16 at Panther Stadium west of Cortez Middle School in Cortez. The man who often described himself as "a teacher who learns more from my students than they ever learn from me" Raymond Gerald "Ray" Harriman was chosen to join the heavens with the historians he often taught about. He...
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Raymond Gene Gerlach

April 7, 1950 - June 3, 2017

RAYMOND GENE "RAY" GERLACH Funeral services for former area resident and current Indianapolis, Ind. resident, Raymond Gene "Ray" Gerlach will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Empire Chapel. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Yellow Jacket. Ray was born April 7, 1950 in Cortez the son of Raymond Claire and Lois Frances ...
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James Leroy McCauley

January 21, 1929 - June 2, 2017

JAMES LEROY MCCAULEY Funeral services for long-time resident James Leroy "Jim" McCauley will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7 at Ertel Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Pastor Anthony Maes will officiate. Jim was born in Bear Valley, Wisc. the son of Sam and Caroline (Rosenal) McCauley. He passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Vista Grande Inn in...
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Kimberly Danell Hamilton

March 26, 1967 - May 26, 2017

KIMBERLY DANELL HAMILTON On May 26, 2017, Kim's two year battle with cancer came to an end as she slipped gently into the arms of the Lord, surrounded by family members, at the Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez, Colorado. Kim was born in Kearny, Arizona where she attended her K-12 schooling at Ray district schools. After graduating from high school, she then attended Northern Arizona...
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Robert Clifford Conner

June 15, 1935 - May 23, 2017

ROBERT CLIFFORD "BOB" CONNER Funeral services for Robert Clifford "Bob" Conner will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 27 at First Baptist Church in Cortez. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery. Bob was born June 15, 1935 in Durango, Colo. to Robert Simpson Conner Jr. and Iva Irene (Maness) Conner. He passed away at his Dolores home on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the age of 81. On...
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Brent Cash McClain

April 21, 1968 - May 22, 2017

Brent Cash McClain was born in Cortez, Colorado on April 21, 1968 to Vaughna and Corky McClain. He passed away at the age of 49 on May 22, 2017 at University Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At an early age Brent followed in his dad's footsteps and worked in the plumbing business for the next 30 years. Brent enjoyed time with his kids and grandkids, old cars, auctions, and antiques,...
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Jefferson Davis Knuckles

November 19, 1935 - May 21, 2017

Jefferson Davis Knuckles was born November 19, 1935 in rural San Miguel County to Tom and Tina Knuckles. He passed away on May 21, 2017 at the age of 81. Jeff married Marilyn McConnel on March 22, 1959 in Cortez, Colorado. They shared 57 years of marriage. Early in their marriage they made their home in many different places while Jeff was employed by General Dynamics Astronautics Corp and...
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Brent James Gagneaux

November 10, 1953 - May 17, 2017

BRENT JAMES GAGNEAUX Brent James Gagneaux, 63, passed away May 17, 2017. Born November 10, 1953 in Houma, La. to James and Rena Gagneaux. Before retirement, Brent spent most of his life working as a compressor mechanic and later an instructor passing his knowledge on to the next generation. His work took him from Texas to North Dakota where he finally settled in Cortez, Colo. He made...
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Freddie Espinoza

January 7, 1950 - May 13, 2017

FREDDIE "LEROY" ESPINOZA Funeral Mass for Freddie "LeRoy" Espinoza, a lifelong resident of Cortez, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery. Visitation has been set for Friday evening beginning at 5 p.m. at the Catholic Church with a Rosary service following at 6 p.m. LeRoy was born January 7, 1950 in...
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Johnnie Ray Brock

April 29, 1939 - May 12, 2017

Johnnie Ray Brock Johnnie Ray Brock, known as John or Pop, passed away peacefully at home in Cortez on Friday, May 12, 2017, just 2 weeks after celebrating his 78th birthday on April 29. Born in Sherman, Texas, his father was Acyray Crump; he was raised by his mother and step-father, Mildred Charlcie Fike and John William Brock. John was a heavy equipment operator, then a police officer in...
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Hortencio Alvarez

February 17, 1933 - May 11, 2017

HORTENCIO ALVAREZ Funeral Mass for Cortez resident Hortencio Alvarez will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery. Visitation has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday evening at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church with a Rosary Service following at 7:00 p.m. Hortencio was born February 17, 1933 in El Paso, Tex. the...
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Margaret Joan Hughes

April 1, 1933 - May 8, 2017

MARGARET JOAN HUGHES Margaret Joan Hughes was born April 1, 1933 and passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017 in Rifle, Colo. at the age of 84. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 12 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Empire Chapel. Interment will follow at Arriola Cemetery.
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James Edward Foster

July 24, 1941 - May 5, 2017

James Edward Foster, 75, was called home May 5, 2017 in Cortez where he had resided the past three years to be close to his children and grandchildren. Prior to living in Colorado, he was a lifelong resident of Lewisville, Ark. James was born in Lewisville, Ark. to William and Margaret (Ward) Foster on July 24, 1941. He enjoyed outdoor life including fishing, and hunting. He credited his...
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Betty Jo Exum

April 13, 1931 - May 4, 2017

Betty Jo Weaver Exum, 86, left this life May 4, 2017 at Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez, Colorado. Born April 13, 1931 in rural Nocona, Texas in Montague County to Cordis Lee Weaver and Annie Ethel (Underwood) Weaver. She was the baby of nine children and to this day her birth certificate reads Baby Girl Weaver. Her father was killed when she was 4 years old so she was raised by a single...
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Hunter Gabriel Bryce Whitten

May 11, 2016 - May 3, 2017

HUNTER GABRIEL BRYCE WHITTEN Memorial services for Hunter Gabriel Bryce Whitten will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Cowboy Fellowship Church in Durango. Hunter was born May 11, 2016 in Durango, Colo. and passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in Mancos, Colo. Surviving Hunter are his mother, Kayla Whitten of Mancos; his step-father, Micheal Vallejos of Mancos; his...
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Michael Lewis

February 7, 1962 - May 3, 2017

Michael "Joe" Lewis passed away on May 3, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Lewis, son Cooper Lewis (Billie Jo Spillane), daughter Taylor Carter (Randy Carter), Mother Barbara Williams (Ernie Williams), father Perry Lewis (Lynne Lewis) and brother Perry Donathan Lewis (Victoria Lewis) and three grandchildren Kason and Mccray Carter and Reagan Lewis. Joe was born in Espanola, NM on Feb. 7,...
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Oscar Hamilton

June 22, 1936 - May 2, 2017

Lifelong Dolores resident, Oscar Hamilton passed away peacefully on May 2, 2017. Oscar was born June 22, 1936 to Art and Bernice Hamilton in McPhee Colo. He graduated from Montezuma Cortez High School and in 1954. He joined the Army in 1958 and later the National Guard until 1965. Oscar found the love of his life and married Barbara (Baker) Hamilton in 1961. Oscar and Barbara were married for 55...
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Maxine Petrose

July 16, 1927 - April 28, 2017

Maxine Petrose was born July 16, 1927. She passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017. Maxine was a very positive person. Anytime she heard someone say anything in a negative way, she would put a positive spin on it. Every dark cloud had a silver lining. Maxine had the spirit of an entrepreneur and was an accomplished jewelry-maker. At her request, Maxine has been cremated and there will be no...
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Jeanette Louise Cleaveland

June 4, 1947 - April 24, 2017

JEANETTE LOUISE CLEAVELAND Memorial services for longtime Dolores resident Jeanette Louise Cleaveland will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the First Assembly of God Church in Cortez. Pastor David Compton will officiate. Jeanette was born June 4, 1947 in Dudley, Mo. the daughter of Carl and Murl (Lishman) Turley. She passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 at her residence at...
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Mary Luisa Forest

October 12, 1928 - April 23, 2017

MARY LUISA "LUCY" FOREST Graveside inurnment services for longtime area resident Mary Luisa "Lucy" Forest will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Lewis Cemetery. Reverend Neely Lewis will officiate. Lucy was born October 12, 1928 in New Mexico the daughter of Carpio and Crusita (Trujillo) Lopez. She passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Vista Grande Inn Nursing Home at the age of 88...
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Ted Robert Koppenhafer

March 24, 1957 - April 21, 2017

TED KOPPENHAFER Ted went to sleep April 21, 2017. From the time of birth, he was faced with challenges, but he always faced them with courage, humor and insight. He never expressed a bad thought of anyone. A gentle soul that will be missed by family and his many friends. He is out of pain and at peace now. A Memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the...
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Gary Shane Foster

September 21, 1969 - April 21, 2017

Memorial services for Gary Shane Foster of Cortez will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at the Montelores Baptist Church. Shane was born on September 21, 1969 in Denver, Colorado to Seciel Gale and Linda Margaret (Flanagan) Foster. He passed away on April 21, 2017 at his home at the age of 47. Shane was a paraplegic from the time he was 18 years old. He was an experienced auto...
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Delvoria Dawn House

March 23, 1980 - April 21, 2017

DELVORIA DAWN "DEE" HOUSE Funeral services for Delvoria Dawn "Dee" House, 37 of Towaoc, will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 27 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery. Visitation has been scheduled for Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Dee was born March 23, 1980 in Monticello, Utah to Marvin Dutchie and Ophelia Kim Cantsee. She passed...
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Shirley Ann Eyetoo

November 6, 1942 - April 16, 2017

Funeral services for lifelong Towaoc resident Shirley Ann Eyetoo will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at the Towaoc Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at Towaoc Cemetery. A wake has been scheduled at 5 p.m. on Tuesday April 18, at the family home, 220 Whispering Wind Road in Towaoc. Shirley was born on November 6, 1942 in Towaoc, Colo., to Edward and Marie (Hight)...
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Roland Rudosky

December 26, 1938 - April 15, 2017

Roland Rudosky December 1938 - April 2017 Roland was 78 when he passed away at his home in Surprise, Ariz. on April 15th. He was born in Boulder, Colo. to Joe and Mary Rudosky, his enthusiasm for life revolved around family, friends and golf. At the age of 11, Roland was hired as a caddy for Boulder Country Club and found his lifelong passion for golf. Roland excelled in playing football,...
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Linda Louise Davis

April 5, 1938 - April 11, 2017

LINDA LOUISE DAVIS Linda was born April 5, 1938 in Morrison, Colo. to Morris and Vera Rooney. She passed away at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City, Ariz. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Surviving Linda are her husband of 37 years, Chuck Davis; three sons, Jim Henry, Mike Henry (Lisa) and Brandon Davis (April); her grandchildren, Andrew Jones and Gina McFarland; and her...
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William French Botwinis

November 18, 1928 - April 11, 2017

Bill (William French) Botwinis of Cortez, Colorado passed peacefully on April 11, 2017. Bill was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Adam William and Mary French (Archer) Botwinis on November 18, 1928. Bill is survived by many loving family members; he is survived by his eldest daughter Cay Cowan and her husband, Dave, and daughter, Flannery, of Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by his middleborn...
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Shelby Lee Bailey

May 14, 1941 - April 9, 2017

SHELBY LEE BAILEY Funeral services for Cortez resident Pastor Shelby Lee Bailey will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery. Shelby was born May 14, 1941 in Topeka, Kans. the son of Albert and Juanita Bailey. He passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Vista Mesa Assisted Living Center at the age of 75. ...
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Jasper Arklus Browning

July 3, 1920 - April 7, 2017

JASPER ARKLUS "ARKIE" BROWNING J.A. Browning went home to be with his loving wife of 69 years, Laura Browning, who passed on October 4, 2013 and his son, James who passed on November 7, 1965. He died peacefully in sleep with his close friend and "granddaughter" Jill Larson by his side. Arkie loved his family, life and trap shooting. He served in the US Navy from 1939 to 1944 as a Machine...
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Margaret Potter

March 6, 1915 - April 7, 2017

MARGARET POTTER Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Margaret Potter will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 14 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery. Pastor Anthony Maes will officiate. Margaret, 102, left this earthly plane on April 7, 2017. She and her husband, George moved to Cortez in 1950 and stayed. She is survived by her brother, Charles McLoon...
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Carol Lynn Majors

August 18, 1938 - April 4, 2017

Carol Lynn Majors, longtime resident of Dolores, passed away April 4, 2017 at the age of 78. Carol was the born August 18, 1938 to A.E. and Francis Calhoon in Elkhart, Kan. After graduation from Grand Junction High School, Carol attended Mesa College where she met her husband, Don. Upon Don's graduation from college the couple returned to Don's hometown of Dolores. Carol fell in love with her...
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Donna L. Graves

April 20, 1942 - April 4, 2017

DONNA LEE (HARRELSON) GRAVES Donna Lee (Harrelson) Graves came into this world on April 20, 1942 in Farmington, N.M. to Floyd and Sadie (Phillips) Harrelson and parted to soon on Monday night, April 3, 2017 at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. Donna brightened the lives of everyone she met, she knew no stranger. She was always chatty and loved to visit. Mom loved to tell us stories of...
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Steven Donald Haley

October 9, 1935 - April 2, 2017

Memorial services for longtime Dolores resident Steven Donald Haley will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 7 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Cortez. Inurnment will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery. Steve was born on October 9, 1935 in Durango, the son of Jesse LeRoy and Letitia Ann (Lane) Haley. He passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N...
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Brian Layne Leffel

April 1, 1979 - April 2, 2017

Brian Layne Leffel was born to Layne and Helen (Maestas) Leffel on April 1, 1979 in Cortez, Colo. Brian leaves behind his parents, Layne and Helen Leffel; his sister, Denise Sanchez her husband, Shane and their daughter, Sam; and his two very much loved dogs, Simba and MoNo. Also surviving Brian are his two grandmothers, Fern Maestas of Cortez, and Ella Leffel of Dove Creek, Colo.; and by...
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