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Carl Rolston Armstrong

September 20, 1927 - February 16, 2018

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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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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 Funeral services for longtime area resident James Onslow Linnens are pending. James was born February 7, 1935 in Egnar, Colo. the son of James Leon and Esther Oneta (Ludwick) Linnens. He passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Vista Grande Inn Nursing Home. Surviving James are his wife, LaVaughn Linnens of Dolores; his children, Martha...
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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


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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 Castillas 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...
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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 LORRAINE STURMAN Memorial services for lifelong area resident Dixie Lorraine Sturman will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 9 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Inurnment will follow at Lewis Cemetery. Dixie was born on June 27, 1924 in Lewis the daughter of William Griffith and Roxie Elizabeth (Lewis) Rutherford. She passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at...
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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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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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