Celebrity Obituaries

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Sami Katelyn Sparks

February 10, 2000 - June 8, 2018

Memorial Mass for Lewis resident Sami Katelyn Sparks will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 15 at Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church. A Rosary will be held on Thursday, June 14th at the church from 6 - 7 p.m. Cremation will follow the Rosary. Sami passed away June 8, 2018 at the age of 18 in Cortez. Sami was born in Clinton, Iowa on February 10, 2000 to parents Douglas...
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Mariea Ann Rivera

September 2, 1962 - June 7, 2018

Memorial services for Towaoc resident Mariea Ann Rivera will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 18 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Mariea passed away on June 7, 2018 at the age of 55 in Montezuma County. Mariea was born in Shiprock, New Mexico on September 2, 1962 to parents Achilles Eugene Root and Rose Marie Bancroft. Mariea is survived by her adopted mother Sophie Stevenson of...
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Jessie Nolan Carter

May 9, 1917 - June 7, 2018

Graveside services with Military Honors for Cortez resident Jessie Nolan Carter will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 11 at Lebanon Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Jessie passed away June 7, 2018 at his residence in Cortez at the age of 101. Jessie was born in Checotah, OK on May 9, 1917 to parents Isaac...
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Leslie Marcel Jacobsen

October 13, 1946 - June 6, 2018

Memorial services for Cortez resident Leslie Marcel “Jake” Jacobsen will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 18 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Jake passed away June 6, 2018 at his residence in Cortez at the age of 71. Jake was born in St. George, UT on October 13, 1946 to parents Marcel and Irene (Farnsworth) Jacobsen. Jake is survived by his wife, Margaret of Cortez&...
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Ross Elbert Wright

January 19, 1924 - June 5, 2018

Ross Elbert Wright, 94, of Cortez, Colorado, passed away June 5, 2018 at Southwest Memorial Hospital with his wife, Donna, and daughter, Alicia, by his side. Ross was born in McPherson, KS on January 19, 1924 to Ray and Grace Wright. After graduating from McPherson High, Ross was hired on a sheetrocking crew in Parsons, Kansas where he met...
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John Howard Glazner

November 28, 1931 - June 4, 2018

West of Cahone, Colorado existed a small homestead, home of Fletch and Winnie Glazner. It was a site of hard work, clearing ground and farming dryland pinto beans and wheat. Three children already formed this precious family, but November 28, 1931, there was the birth of a special child. His name was John but was known affectionately as “Johnny” to all the...
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Harriet Johnson Durand

May 31, 1928 - June 2, 2018

Harriet Viola Durand was born May 31, 1928 in Buffalo, WY and passed away June 2, 2018 at Madison House Assisted Living in Cortez, CO. Harriet passed away two days after her 90th birthday. Harriet is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Nettie Johnson; her brother, Charles; her dear friend, Pat Durand; her son, Lee; and two grandsons, Adam and Tommy. ...
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Larry Lynn Larsen

September 3, 1939 - May 30, 2018

Larry Lynn Larsen, a resident of Cortez since 1988, passed away Wednesday, May 30, at 12:15 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Durango where he was an I.C.U. patient for about one week. He died from multiple internal organ failure, after removal of life support systems, as was his wish. Larry led a very complex and satisfying life. Born in Houston, Texas, September 3&...
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Donna Hare Hyatt

November 19, 1934 - May 29, 2018

Donna Hare Hyatt, 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. She was born in Santa Ana, Calif. to Marquise and Fountell Hara (deceased) on November 19, 1934. Donna retired from White Sands Missile Range in Las Cruces, N.M. She spent 27 years in the Atmospheric Science Laboratory. Donna started her career in Tooele County Utah at Dugway Proving Grounds as an...
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Viola Elaine Slavens

March 2, 1929 - May 29, 2018

Viola Elaine Slavens passed away May 29, 2018 at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez at the age of 89. Elaine was born in Hugo, CO on March 2, 1929 to parents Homer and Jesse (Crouch) Selbe, the first of six children. Elaine is survived by her son, Gary and his wife, Nova Slavens of Cortez; her granddaughter, Stacy and her husband, Shawn Wilson of Cortez; her...
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Clyde Ray Sanchez

March 8, 1928 - May 25, 2018


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Max J. Olivas

April 19, 1952 - May 25, 2018

Max J. Olivas, 66, of Cortez, Colo. passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018 from an automobile accident in Aneth, Utah. Max, son of Oralia “Lala” and Antonio Olivas, was born April 19, 1952 in Parkview, N.M. He is survived by his wife, Carmen of 46 years; and by his three children, Rachel Olivas, Carlos Olivas and Cristy Gomez. He is...
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Otter Jeremy Lopez

September 30, 1971 - May 25, 2018


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Adrian Peter Van Nieuwal

June 20, 1929 - May 20, 2018

Adrian Van Nieuwal fell asleep in death May 20, 2018 with family by his side, at the age of 88. Adrian was born in Michigan on June 20, 1929. He will be dearly remembered for his love, kindness, patience, and good sense of humor! Wholeheartedly he loved his family and friends. Relatives from Holland fondly referred to him as “the stubborn Dutchman.” He had a...
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Roma Olena Riffel

May 12, 2018

ROMA RIFFEL A celebration of remembering the life and times of Roma Olena Riffel will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the Mancos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation has been set for Saturday morning at 9:00a.m. Roma was born December 14, 1923 in Mancos, Colorado to Daniel William and Ruby (Shilton)...
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Jeanne Cauthen Smith

June 6, 1928 - May 11, 2018

Jeanne Cauthen Smith of Cortez Colorado died Friday, May 11, 2018 in her Cortez Home. Jeanne was born in Albuquerque on June 6, 1928 to Katherine and John Cauthen. Jeanne was an excellent trumpet player at an early age and played in the Dolores High School Band. Jeanne graduated in 1948 from Dolores High all the while working for her Father at the Dolores Market. She...
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Rachel Louise Johns

July 8, 1927 - May 9, 2018


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Bennie Eldon Curtis

May 13, 1936 - May 8, 2018

Bennie Eldon Curtis May 13, 1936 - May 8, 2018 It is with sadness in their hearts that the family of Eldon (Ed) Curtis announces his death at his home in Egnar, CO. Eldon, born in Canon City, CO to Virgil and Cora Curtis was a man of the land, nature & wildlife. Family, hunting, camping, building, fixing and creating was his passion. His career allowed...
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Virginia Nell Colbert

October 17, 1938 - April 30, 2018

Virginia Nell Colbert, 79 of Buckeye, Arizona passed away on April 30, 2018. She was born on October 17, 1938 to the late Vernie and Frank Garcia Sr. in Waddell, Arizona. Virginia is survived by her husband of 60 years, Thomas Colbert, children Stephanie (Mark) Martinez, Bentley (Roma) Colbert and Marcus (Laurie) Colbert, brother Frank (Maria) Garcia Jr,...
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Mary Lou Asbury

December 4, 1933 - April 18, 2018

Mary Lou Asbury of Cortez, CO, left this life April 18, 2018, after a brief illness, in her home. She was born December 4, 1933 to Carver and Louise (Ellis) Gunz of Kansas City, MO. She is survived by her sons Greg, of Helena MT, and David, of Ft. Collins, CO. She has four grandchildren, Sophia Asbury of Bismarck, ND, Christina Asbury of...
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Jerry Lloyd Chadwick

June 27, 1932 - April 18, 2018

Jerry Lloyd Chadwick Born 6/27/1932-4/18/2018 Jerry has been a life-long resident of Montezuma County. He spent his early years serving our country and returned home to finish his life here. He was known for his dedication, hard work and wonderful sense of humor. He worked for City Market for many years and in his retirement served the community as a dedicated compassionate volunteer. ...
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Brandon Austin Heath

February 5, 1996 - April 17, 2018

Brandon Austin Heath, 22, of Mancos, Colorado, passed away unexpectedly on April 17th in Buckeye, Arizona. He’s our handsome, blue-eyed cowboy with a million friends and a heart of gold, who would give you the shirt off his back. There wasn’t a person that knew him who didn’t consider him family. Uncle Brandon was a real life superhero. Every kid...
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Joyce Lee Decker

August 31, 1938 - April 17, 2018

Joyce Lee (Nason) Decker of Mancos, 79, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 17, 2018. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, and friend. Joyce was born August 31, 1938 in Andover, Massachusetts to Lewis Nason and Attley (Coolidge) Nason. Joyce was a graduate of Punchard High School in Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from the New England...
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James Edgar Bridgewater

November 13, 1929 - April 16, 2018

JAMES “JIM” EDGAR BRIDGEWATER James Edgar Bridgewater was born November 13, 1929 in Aztec, NM the son of Franklin Bonnie and Laura Freda (Treec) Bridgewater. He passed away on Monday, April 16 at his residence in Cortez at the age of 88. Jim grew up and lived in Cortez, and when he was of age joined the Navy to serve his country. Jim was a very talented woodworker...
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Bonnie Dean Wilcox

December 31, 1929 - April 15, 2018

Bonnie Dean Wilcox was born December 31, 1929 in Lafayette, CO the daughter of Edmond and Virginia (Sherrett) Hockaday. She passed away on Sunday, April 15 at Vista Grande Inn in Cortez at the age of 88. Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Wilcox in March of 2005 and her parents. Surviving Bonnie are her good friends Robert and Ruth Fury and family of Dove...
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Robert Gordon Squires

December 2, 1936 - April 13, 2018

Robert (Bob) Squires, born December 2, 1936, passed away April 13, 2018. An avid outdoorsman (hunter, trapper, etc.), after 51 years in Minnesota, he moved to Cortez in 1989 to follow his dreams (as described by Louis L'Amour). He loved life in Colorado and enjoyed 16 years as a deputy for the Montezuma County Sheriff's Department, retiring in 2007. He will...
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Denton Brake May

December 21, 1926 - April 12, 2018

Moving On: Advance Copy Denton May, a resident of the Cortez, Colorado area since 1995, was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1926 to Gordon and Leta (Anderson) May. He died April 12, 2018 at the age of 91. Denton graduated from high school in January 1945 and was immediately drafted into the U.S. Navy where he served until June 1946. As a veteran of the G.I. Bill, in 1947...
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Floyd Taylor Norris

May 28, 1923 - April 8, 2018

FLOYD TAYLOR NORRIS Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Floyd Taylor Norris will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Reverend Pat Valdez will officiate. Interment will follow at the Lewis Cemetery with graveside military honors being conducted by the Montezuma County V.F.W. Post 5231. A visitation will be held on Friday, April 13 at Ertel...
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Edith Davidina Threlkeld

October 11, 1928 - April 6, 2018

Edith D. (Plummer) Threlkeld was born October 11, 1928 in Warren, Michigan. She was the youngest of nine children born to William Tucker Plummer and Dorothy May (Drake) Plummer. Edith married Alvin Threlkeld (deceased) in Brownsville, Texas on October 12, 1946. Edith and Alvin were married for 61 years, until Alvin’s death in 2008. Shortly after they married, they...
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Larry Walter Spencer

November 29, 1938 - April 4, 2018

LARRY WALTER SPENCER Larry Walter Spencer was born November 29, 1938 in Mancos, Colorado the son of Sherron Spencer and Faye (Brown) Spencer. He passed away on April 4, 2018 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 79. Surviving Larry are his wife Catherine Lois (Beaty) Spencer of Cortez; children, Paula Pake, Laura (Brad) Wagner, Stephen Adams, and...
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Charles LeRoy Jenkins

August 1, 1928 - April 4, 2018

Charles LeRoy Jenkins was born August 1, 1928 in Chaney, OK the son of Howard Charles and Nelly (Whipple) Jenkins. He passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 89. Surviving Charles are his children, Mike Jenkins of Dolores, Brenda (Larry) Uresk of Myton, UT, Sandy (Patrick) Nowack of Sidney, NE, Shanna Jenkins...
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Bryan Merle Meadows

April 6, 1939 - March 31, 2018

Bryan Merle Meadows Born April 6, 1939 Died March 31, 2018 Byran lived in Canon City, CO. He is survived by his sons, George Meadows and Johnny Roy Meadows of Oklahoma, and Steve Merle Meadows of Durango; numerous grandkids and great grandkids; and his sisters, Gloria Loyd, Beverly Opferbuch and Liddie Rose, all of Cortez. A celebration of life will be held on...
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Mary Ette Wegner

February 8, 1927 - March 26, 2018

Mary Ette Wegner was born February 8, 1927 in Oklahoma, the daughter of C.W. and Viola Ames. She passed away on March 26, 2018 at her residence in Cortez. Surviving Mary are her children, Linda Monroe and Danny Wegner, both of Cortez; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her...
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Mary Jane Watkins

December 2, 1927 - March 24, 2018

MARY JANE WATKINS Funeral services for longtime Dove Creek resident Mary Jane Watkins will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 at Pioneer Center in Dove Creek. Interment will follow at Dove Creek Cemetery. Mary was born December 2, 1927 in Hugoton, Kan. the daughter of Robert Elree and Zelma (Lofland) Young. She passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at her...
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Jessie Harvey

December 19, 1937 - March 23, 2018


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Harold Wayne Pierce

June 18, 1937 - March 17, 2018

HAROLD WAYNE PIERCE Harold Wayne Pierce was born June 18, 1937 in Englewood, CO. the son of Harold Ollie and Alma Pauline (McEvers) Pierce. He passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Vista Grande Inn at the age of 80. Wayne owned and operated Force Four Excavation in Denver, CO. and took pride in his craft of heavy equipment operation. He was an avid hunter and...
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Pamela D. Stiegelmeyer

May 1, 1963 - March 13, 2018

Pam passed away quietly on March 13th surrounded by her family. She was born May 1, 1963 in El Centro, CA to Harold and Sandy Plunkett. She graduated from Central Union High School in 1981 and worked for Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, CA for approximately 15 years. In 1986 her son Joseph was born and in 1998 her son Andrew was born. In 2000 she and her two sons moved to Mancos...
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Rex Ira Vickers

August 3, 1938 - March 9, 2018

Rex Ira Vickers was born August 3, 1938 in Yampa, CO, the son of Ernest Lee and Chloe (Balentine) Vickers. He passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Vista Grand Inn at the age of 79. Surviving Rex are his children, Larry D. Vickers (Debbie) of CA, Debbie L. Hogan (Joe) of Yuma, AZ, and Danny R. Vickers (Lynette) of CA; his sister, Erma VanHaren of Yuma&...
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Ira Hamilton Hayes

March 29, 1960 - March 9, 2018

IRA HAMILTON HAYES Memorial service for lifelong Towaoc resident Ira Hamilton Hayes will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at the Towaoc Veteran’s Park. Military honors will be provided by the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75. Ira was born March 29, 1960 in Towaoc the son of Gus Darwin and Maxine Olive (Lang) Hayes. He passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018...
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Andrew John Baca

June 8, 1949 - March 8, 2018

Andrew (Andy) John Baca was born in Los Angeles, CA on June 8, 1949. He unexpectedly passed from this world on March 8, 2018 in Cortez, CO. Andy served in the U.S. Army for 4 years, and worked as a construction inspector for the Bureau of Reclamation until retirement. He loved to play golf, enjoyed fishing and “his” mountains. He worked hard, loved the...
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Christopher Dean Bancroft

October 15, 1987 - March 8, 2018

CHRISTOPHER DEAN BANCROFT Funeral services for lifelong Towaoc resident Christopher Dean Bancroft will be held at 10 a.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Towaoc Cemetery. Visitation has been scheduled for Monday morning at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Chris was born October 15, 1987 in Shiprock, New Mexico the son of Freddie Gene and Erna Louise (Hardy) Bancroft....
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Beverly T. Brom

March 23, 1930 - March 7, 2018

Beverly T. Brom was born March 23, 1930 in Winterset, IA the daughter of Lester and Lois Gertrude (Bruett) Trout. She passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Mancos, CO at the age of 87. Beverly and her family moved from Iowa to Boulder, CO in 1959. Along with her husband, she owned and operated a small business in Boulder for several years. Following her...
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Phillip Laner, Jr.

August 13, 1970 - March 6, 2018

PHILLIP “BELO” LANER JR. Funeral services for lifelong Towaoc resident Phillip “Belo” Laner Jr. will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 10 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Towaoc Cemetery. Visitation has been scheduled for Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Ertel Chapel. Belo was born August 13, 1970 in Cortez the son of Phillip Laner Sr....
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Carmen Good Alksnis

July 7, 1947 - March 5, 2018

Carmen Good Alksnis, 70 of Cortez, CO - formally of Gaylord, MI passed away on March 5th in Grand Junction , CO. Carmen is survived by her husband Roland of Cortez and her sons James of Warren, CO, Robert (Dominique) of Gaylord, MI and John of Mason, MI. She is also survived by grand-children Michael, Lynn, Lisa, Nathan, Samantha, Alex and...
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Bonnie Jacquelyn Boyce

June 8, 1932 - March 4, 2018

BONNIE JACQUELYN BOYCE Bonnie Jacquelyn Boyce was born June 8, 1932 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Kermit and Eva (Harbough) Tillett. She passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at her home at the age of 85. Bonnie was always a strong woman with a heart of gold and a passion for animals, especially horses. You could find...
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Dorris Evelyn Mellott

July 1, 1927 - February 25, 2018

DORRIS EVELYN MELLOTT Funeral services for Dorris Evelyn Mellott will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 1 at Dove Creek First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Dove Creek Cemetery. Dorris was born July 1, 1927 in Cortez the daughter of Hubert and Alma (Brown) Baker. She passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction at...
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Tammy Lee Gonzales

June 19, 1974 - February 24, 2018

Tammy Lee Baty was born to Frank and Rebecca Baty on June 19th, 1974. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but moved many times throughout her childhood before settling finally in Cortez, Colorado, where she would spend the majority of her life. During her late teens, she dropped out of school and began working at the Sonic Drive-In, where she met the love of her life...
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Helen VanDover

December 19, 1928 - February 21, 2018

HELEN VAN DOVER Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Helen Van Dover will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Cortez First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery. Helen was born December 16, 1928 in Andover, S.D. the daughter of Julius F. and Lucy Rose (Zimney) Dylla. She passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Morning Star...
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Wilma Darlene Kardokus

October 21, 1932 - February 21, 2018

WILMA DARLENE KARDOKUS Funeral services for loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Wilma Darlene Kardokus will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Reverend Sammy Jamison will officiate. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery. A viewing will be held at Ertel Memorial Chapel from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2&...
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Carl Rolston Armstrong

September 20, 1927 - February 16, 2018

Carl Rolston Armstrong, born to Franklin Daniel and Bannie Mason Armstrong (both deceased), went home to be with the Lord on February 16, 2018 at the age of 90. Carl was born on September 20, 1927 in Seminole, Oklahoma, and moved to Colorado in 1936 with his parents and three sisters; Claudine Wilhite, Estelle Blaisdell (deceased), and Pearl Risenhoover (deceased)...
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Taelar Lynn Rowley

February 4, 2015 - February 15, 2018

TAELAR LYNN ROWLEY Memorial services for Mancos resident Taelar Lynn Rowley will be held at noon on Friday, March 9 at the Mancos Cowboy Church. Taelar was born February 4, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah the daughter of Shayne Lyle Rowley and Celeste Dawn Monique Murdock. She passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colo. ...
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Katie Mae Waggoner

January 1, 1931 - February 12, 2018

Katie Mae (Dornik) Waggoner passed away in Mancos, CO on February 12, 2018 at the age of 87. Katie was born January 1, 1931 in Bisbee, AZ to Tony S. and Musa Mae (Grosh) Dornik. She lived her early life in Miami, AZ where she graduated from Miami High School and was a member of the marching band. Katie spent her life working as a secretary, homemaking and raising...
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Caroline Blumve Ebeid

December 29, 1922 - February 11, 2018

Caroline Blumve Ebeid, 95, passed peacefully at Valley Inn Nursing Home on February 11, 2018. She is survived by her daughters Cathy Seibert and Christine Heimann, sons Gregory Seibert and Tremaine Ebeid, ten grandchildren and great grandchildren, sisters, and cousins. She was predeceased by her daughter, Nawal Giscard D’Estaing. Caroline lived in...
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Robert Lawrence Harrah, Jr.

April 29, 1948 - February 10, 2018

ROBERT LAWERNCE “BOB” HARRAH JR. Robert Lawrence “Bob” Harrah Jr. was born April 29, 1948 in Ronceverte, West Virginia the son of Robert Harrah Sr. and Blanche “Betty” (Spitzer) Harrah. He passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at his home at the age of 69. Bob was a member of the Cortez Elks Lodge #1789 an avid golfer and enjoyed...
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Charlotte Mae Baxstrom

May 11, 1928 - February 7, 2018

CHARLOTTE MAE BAXSTROM Memorial services for lifelong Cortez resident Charlotte Mae Baxstrom will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13 at the Cortez Cemetery. Charlotte was born May 11, 1928 in Mancos, the daughter of Hiram Ensley Baker and Easter Hazel (Nelson) Baker. She passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Vista Grande Inn at the age of 89. ...
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Debby Lynn Hammell

June 11, 1960 - February 7, 2018

Debby Lynn Davis Hammell, born June 11, 1960 in Denver, Colorado, passed away February 7, 2018 in Cortez, Colorado. Daughter of Orvil and Juanita (McKenzie) Davis. She graduated from Plateau Valley High School May 1978 in Collbran, Colorado. Married Russell Hammell October 2, 1982 in Mesa, Colorado. They had two children, Heather and Donald, twins...
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Benjamin Sanchez

January 13, 1932 - February 7, 2018

Benjamin Sanchez was born January 13, 1932 in Lumberton, NM the son of Salvador and Ascencion (Valdez) Sanchez. He passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Vista Grande Inn in Cortez, CO. Benjamin married Tony Eleanor (Romero) Sanchez, on May 15, 1961 in Aztec, NM. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for most of his life and it was something that he...
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Sande Jenell Johnson

June 8, 1941 - February 6, 2018

Sande Jenell Johnson Born June 8, 1941 Died February 6, 2018 Sande lived in Vancouver, WA. She is survived by Rudy Robles of Bremmerton, WA; Shenda Robles of Vancouver, WA; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and her sisters Gloria Loyd, Beverly Opferbuch and Liddie Rose, all of Cortez. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, June 14th at 11...
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Allie Elizabeth James

September 15, 1923 - January 31, 2018

Allie Elizabeth Baer, always called Betty, was the first child born to William (Bill) and Willie Meadows Baer. She was born in Cortez, Colorado on September 15, 1923 and passed away in Farmington, New Mexico on 31 January, 2018, at age 94. The family lived in Rico, Colorado where her father was a miner. She was especially close to her daddy. When she was seven&...
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Rita Mabel Martinez

May 22, 1917 - January 31, 2018

RITA MABEL MARTINEZ Mass for lifelong area resident Rita Mabel Martinez will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 3 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow at Summit Ridge Cemetery. Father Pat Valdez, C.R. will officiate. Rosary service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Rita was born May 22, 1917 in Durango the...
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Mary Eleanor Dillingham

February 1, 1925 - January 30, 2018

Mary was born February 1, 1925 in Texas, the daughter of George and Vernie (Gaskin) Parker. She passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 92. Mary was survived by her children, Carolyn Newton of Dolores and Tracy E. (Kristine) Dillingham of Carbondale, CO; her grandchildren, Rebecca (Christophe) Venot of Anchorage, AK...
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Mary Lou Veach

December 28, 1931 - January 25, 2018

Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident Mary Lou Veach will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 3 at the Lewis Arriola Community Center. Pastor Marvin Graves will officiate. Mary was born December 28, 1931 in Toponas, CO the daughter of Roy and Irene (Hervey) Claycomb. She passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at her residence at the age of 86. Mary was...
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Jeanette Diana Dean

February 3, 1938 - January 25, 2018

Jeanette Diana Dean Born: February 3, 1938 St. Cloud, Minnesota Died: January 25, 2018 Cortez, Colorado Jeanette Diana Dean passed away peacefully on January 25, 2018 at Southwest Memorial Hospital. She was the 8th child total of 13 kids born to Corrina Evangeline (Doford) and Clifford Earl Dunn. She grew up in Aztec New Mexico, where as a teenager she was a waitress...
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Freddie Orville Skidmore

February 28, 1923 - January 22, 2018

Freddie Skidmore 1923-2018 Freddie Orville Skidmore, born February 28, 1923 in Tillman County Oklahoma to Owen Odis and Lena May Skidmore, left this Earth on January 22, 2018. On November 22, 1949 he married the love of his life Maudine Allie Skidmore; together they had 7 children, 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Freddie had many adventures in his life. He...
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Sheila Ann Aspromonte

October 28, 1938 - January 19, 2018

Funeral Mass for longtime Mancos resident Sheila Aspromonte will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 26th at St. Rita Catholic Church. A Rosary has been scheduled for Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church. Sheila was born on October 28, 1938 in Durango, the daughter of Richard and Regina Gallavan. She passed away on Friday, January 19th at the Valley Inn...
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John Bernard Schiller

March 2, 1935 - January 15, 2018

JOHN BERNARD SCHILLER ,82 DIED JAN 15TH 2018 JOHN WAS BORN IN BURLINGTON WI, TO EDGAR AND WILHELMINA (HENNINGFIELD) SCHILLER JOHN WAS A RESIDENT OF CORTEZ COLORADO FOR MANY YEARS PREVIOUSLY FROM BURLINGTON WI . HE WORKED IN THE ROOFING BUSINESS FOR MANY YEARS, HE ENJOYED CARPENTRY AND HUNTING IN THE NORTHERN WOODS AND HE ALSO ENJOYED PHOTOGRAPHY AND HIS TIME IN THE ARMY STATIONED IN...
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James Onslow Linnens

February 7, 1935 - January 15, 2018

James Onslow Linnens was born at home, attended by a mid-wife, on February 7th, 1935. He was called ‘Sonny’ by his family in his early years but preferred ‘James’ or ‘Jim’ as he grew older. He was the oldest of 8 children born to James Leon and Esther Oneta (Ludwick) Linnens at the family homestead near Egnar, Colorado known as ‘the burn...
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Rose M. Mark

January 8, 1932 - January 14, 2018

Funeral services for lifelong McCracken Mesa resident Rose M. Mark will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 19 at the Ertel Funeral Home. Norman Mark will officiate. Rose was born January 8, 1932 in McCracken Mesa, Utah the daughter of Tom and Jessie (West) Beletso. She passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the University of Utah Hospital at the age of 86. ...
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Curtis Fred Hammer

February 7, 1923 - January 13, 2018

Curtis Fred Hammer was born February 7, 1923 in Reasonor, Iowa the son of Ira L. and Mable Francis (Wilson) Hammer. He passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at his residence in Cortez at the age of 94. Surviving Curtis are his children, Russell Hammer (Nancy) of Gilbert, AZ and Marvin C. Hammer of Casa Grande, AZ; his three grandchildren and his five great...
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Joyce Jolanda Baca

May 22, 1964 - January 11, 2018

On January 11, 2018 the Lord called an angel home after her courageous battle with cancer. Joyce J. Baca was born May 22, 1964 to Libby Baker. She married Frank Lopez June 2, 1979 and they were married 23 years, even after the marriage ended they had a friendship that would last a lifetime. They had five amazing children together. Joyce worked at City Market for many years. She...
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Reed Branson

January 29, 1925 - January 10, 2018

WALTER REED BRANSON Funeral services for longtime area resident Walter Reed Branson will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16 at Arriola Bible Church. Interment will follow at Lebanon Cemetery. Reed was born January 29, 1925 in Springfield, Colo. the son of Charles Oscar and Leonora Ethel (Clayton) Branson. He passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Southwest...
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Kitty Marie Halls

November 27, 1926 - January 10, 2018

KITTY MARIE HALLS Graveside services for lifelong area resident Kitty Marie Halls will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Kitty was born November 27, 1926 in Cortez the daughter of Wade H. and Clara Pauline (Edmundson) Foster. She passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at her home at the age of 91. Surviving Kitty are her children&...
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Brian Billie

April 4, 1966 - January 9, 2018

Funeral services for Cortez resident Brian Billie will be held at 10 am on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. A visitation will be held Sunday, January 14 from 2-4 pm at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Brian was born April 4, 1966 in Oakland, Calif. the son of Nelson and Violet (Lewis) Billie. He passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Mercy Regional...
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William Parks Boovey, Jr.

August 21, 1951 - January 8, 2018

William (Billy) Boovey passed away peacefully in his sleep late Monday night, January 8th. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Nancy, and their 2 dear pets, Sophie and Dorothea. He also has two surviving sisters, Pat and Liz and many friends near and far who love him very much and will miss him. Billy and Nancy moved to Cortez 3 ½ years ago from Mead, CO. ...
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Billy Joe Baker

October 27, 1930 - January 6, 2018

Memorial services for Cortez resident Billy Joe Baker will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Arriola Bible Church. Pastor Kent Slyter will officiate. Bill was born on October 27, 1930 in Sayre, Okla. the son of Delbert Clarence and Lillian Mae (Harrell) Baker. He passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at his residence at the age of 87. Surviving Bill...
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Evelyn Jane Mecredy Vass

January 22, 1931 - January 6, 2018

Evelyn Jane Mecredy, she went by “Jane”, was born in Roanoke VA in 1931 to Evelyn Keeter and Henry Edwards Mecredy. She graduated from Richmond Professional Institute with a degree in Fine Arts. In 1959 she moved to Denver, Colorado where she met Jerome Vass, got married and had 3 children. From 1969-1988 she lived in Telluride and owned an art gallery, framing...
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Juanita Lee Harris

October 18, 1927 - January 1, 2018

Juanita Lee Harris Born October 18th, 1927 and left this Life on January 1st, 2018 This is the celebration of the life achievements of Juanita Lee Harris. Born in October 18th, 1927 in Shiprock, New Mexico to her mother Virginia Lee and father Jim Mitchell. Juanita Harris passed away on January 1, 2018 at Cortez, CO. She grew up at the base of Shiprock peak herding...
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Sheila J. Wilson

June 16, 1934 - January 1, 2018


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Shirley Mardella Whipple

July 5, 1929 - December 28, 2017

SHIRLEY MARDELLA WHIPPLE Funeral services for longtime Mancos resident Shirley Mardella Whipple will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the Mancos First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Pastor Craig Paschal will officiate. A visitation has been scheduled for Sunday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Shirley was...
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Timothy Eugene Miller

April 9, 1948 - December 27, 2017

Timothy Eugene Miller was born April 9, 1948 in Akron, Ohio and proceeded to conquer his world and whatever was in front of him. He passed away at home peacefully on December 27, 2017. He lived in this area as a child and then in Southern California where he met his wife Jo Anna Hamblin and raised his family, daughters Wendy Lee Miller (Eytchison) and Hattie Ann Miller. He and...
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Wanda Jean Koenig

May 25, 1931 - December 26, 2017

WANDA JEAN KOENIG Wanda Jean Koenig was born May 25, 1931 in Brownswood, Tx. the daughter of Arlye Levon and Amy Gertrude (Sweet) Williams. She passed away on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 86. Surviving Jean are her husband, James whom she married August 14, 1971 in Dolores; her children, Randy Barnes of Belize, Barbie...
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Wayne Sherman Cook

July 22, 1926 - December 26, 2017

WAYNE SHERMAN COOK Graveside services for lifelong Cahone resident Wayne Sherman Cook will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Cahone Cemetery. Mr. John Shriner will officiate. Military honors will be provided by Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75. Wayne was born July 22, 1926 in Cahone the son of Clifford and Eva Etta (Bane) Cook. He passed away on...
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Mary Karen Everson

December 7, 1950 - December 23, 2017

Mary Karen (Eid) Everson went to be with our Lord in Heaven on Saturday, December 23, 2017 in Round Rock, Texas, near her family, after fighting a valiant 14 month battle with Cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the bile ducts). Her journey took her to see some of the best doctors in the country for this disease at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, MD Anderson...
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Nancy Jewell Nice

April 1, 1927 - December 23, 2017

Nancy Jewell Nice was born April 1, 1927 in Laurel County, Kent. the daughter of Dewitt and Celia Gregory. She passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. Surviving Nancy are her children, Glenn Nice (Cindy) of Kansas and Janet Davis (Richard) of Cortez; her grandchildren, Stanley Nice (Tracy) and Nathan Nice (Lindsay) both of...
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Joann Lemmon

December 24, 1937 - December 22, 2017

JOANN LEMMON Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend went to heaven on December 22, 2017. She was just 2 days short of her 80th birthday. Joann was born December 24,1937 in Neodesha, KS. to William H. Elam and Jeanette (Burton)Elam. She spent her growing up years in Rangely, Colo. where she met her best friend and husband Dale...
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Carol Perry Ross

March 2, 1945 - December 20, 2017

Carol Perry Ross was born March 2, 1945 in Carlsbad, New Mexico, the daughter of Milton and Sue (Hill) Perry. She passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at her residence in Mancos at the age of 72. Surviving Carol are her children, Kit Connally (Rex) of Mancos and Kelly Mitchell (Britta) of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; her grandchildren, Kiefer Connally of...
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Anthony Alan Miller-Harper, Jr.

December 18, 2017 - December 18, 2017

Funeral services for Anthony Alan Miller-Harper will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 22 at Rock Springs Community Church. Pastor Bob Casias will officiate Anthony Alan Miller-Harper Jr. was born December 18, 2017 in Durango, Colo. the son of Sarah Miller and Anthony Harper. He passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at Mercy Regional Medical Center. Surviving Anthony...
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Roberta Irene Williams

January 7, 1944 - December 8, 2017

Roberta Irene Gardner Williams was born January 07, 1944 in Cortez, CO to Robert H. and Marguerite Thomas Gardner. She passed from this life on the morning of December 08, 2017 at her home in rural Cortez. She is survived by her husband: Kenneth E. Williams. Her daughters: Susan L. Pernote (Joel) and Sandra K. Wall (Frank), as well as her brothers: Grady E. Gardner (Gayle)...
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Walter Calvin Sitton

February 3, 1934 - December 6, 2017

WALTER CALVIN SITTON Walter Calvin Sitton was born to Clyde and Iva Sitton on February 3, 1934 in Zafra, Oklahoma. He passed away in his home on December 6, 2017. In 1946, when Walter was 12, his parents were baptized in the Church of the First Born and relocated their family to Cortez where the church is located. Walter was baptized in 1960. He graduated from MCHS...
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Dixie Lorraine Sturman

June 27, 1924 - December 6, 2017

Dixie Rutherford Sturman passed away December 6, 2017 at Southwest Memorial Hospital, after a long and happy life. Dixie was born at the family home in Lewis, Colorado on June 27, 1924, and was a lifelong resident of Montezuma County, leaving only for nurses training during WW2 (although she graduated just weeks before the war ended), and working four years in...
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Jeanette Eve Summa

March 28, 1944 - November 28, 2017

JEANETTE EVE SUMMA Funeral services for long time area resident Jeanette Eve Summa will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday December 2, 2017 at the Towaoc Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at Towaoc Cemetery. Jeanette was born March 28, 1944 in Bacito, N.M. the daughter of Hugh John and Lillie Mae Benally. She passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Vista Grande...
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Jessica Sutch

April 18, 1978 - November 21, 2017

Jessica Sutch was born April 18, 1978 to Debby (Sharp) and Tom Sutch in American Fork, Utah. She grew up in Cortez graduating from MCHS. She went on to obtain her Associates Degree in Marine Sciences at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska. Jessica lived in Phoenix for several years working with her Uncle Don in the insurance business. After moving back to Cortez, Jessica...
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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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Lawrence Wilson

November 2, 2017

Wilson, Larry “Lawrence”, 76 a resident of Cortez, Colo. and a former longtime resident of Springer, N.M. passed away unexpectedly on November 2, 2017. Larry is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Monica (Steven) Steinberger of Cortez and Deborah (Alex) Romero of Alamogordo, N.M.; sister, Patricia Blotsky of Vale, S.D.; grandson,...
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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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