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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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Ramona Small

March 26, 1929 - March 25, 2017

RAMONA SMALL Graveside services for longtime Cortez resident Ramona Small will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 at Cortez Cemetery. Ramona was born March 26, 1929 in Buhl, Idaho the daughter of Arthur B. and Bessie Julia (Grimm) Fairchild. She passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Vista Grande Inn Nursing Home at the age of 87. Surviving Ramona are her husband of 69 years,...
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Patricia Jean Melby

February 23, 1929 - March 23, 2017

Patricia Jean (Lee) Melby, long-time resident of Cortez, passed away quietly on March 23, 2017, at the age of 88, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's Disease. In the face of her illness, she never lost her sweet smile, her quiet laughter, and her joy in being surrounded by her children, their spouses, and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pat was born on February 23, 1929...
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Chester Cemore Leonard

July 21, 1942 - March 23, 2017

Graveside services for lifelong Cortez resident Chester Cemore "Chet" Leonard will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 at Goodman Point Cemetery. Pastor Marvin Graves will officiate. Chet was born July 21, 1942 in Cortez, Colo. the son of Linley Franklin and Willie Ann (Carver) Leonard. He passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2017 at the Vista Grande Inn in Cortez at the age of 74. ...
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Mary Ann Pickens

February 13, 1945 - March 22, 2017

MARY ANN PICKENS Memorial services for longtime Mancos resident, Mary Ann Pickens will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 27 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Mary Ann Pickens, age 72, passed away at her home peacefully with family by her side on March 22, 2017 in Mancos, Colorado. Born February 13, 1945, in Magee, Mississippi to James Layvon (Smitty) and Kolean Smith, Mary Ann was the 4th of 6...
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Wilson Hamlin

May 28, 1942 - March 22, 2017

Funeral services for lifelong Towaoc resident Wilson Hamlin will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Towaoc Cemetery. Visitation has been set for Friday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at Ertel Chapel. Wilson Hamlin was born to Joe Hamlin and Eva Mills on May 28, 1942 in Towaoc, CO. He passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at...
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Herbert Hoover Poole

August 29, 1928 - March 20, 2017

HERBERT HOOVER "RED" POOLE Funeral services for longtime Dove Creek resident Herbert Hoover "Red" Poole will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 27 at the Dove Creek First Southern Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Coffey officiating. Interment will follow at Dove Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday morning beginning at 10 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church. Herbert (Red)...
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Leslie Dale Slavens

October 12, 1947 - March 14, 2017

Leslie Dale Slavens was born to Edward Dale and Viola Elaine (Selbe) Slavens on October 12, 1947 in Johnson Hospital in Cortez. Les is survived by his wife, Sandra A. Slavens of Cortez and daughter, Karla Robson of Dolores, her children, Joshua and Rachel, Crystal and Billy, and her eight grandchildren, of Cortez; and by his sister-in-law, Tammy "T" Helland of Huxley, Iowa. Les is also...
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Marjorie Ann Coppinger

September 6, 1932 - March 13, 2017

MARJORIE ANN COPPINGER Funeral services for Marjorie Ann Coppinger will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery. Bud Rousset will officiate. Visitation has been schedule Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ertel Chapel. Marjorie was the 3rd child of B and Helen Slade. She was born on the Dunkley Ranch near...
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Helen Arlene Diffendaffer

November 17, 1921 - March 8, 2017

HELEN ARLENE DIFFENDAFFER Helen Arlene Diffendaffer was born November, 17 1921 in Pueblo, Colo. the daughter of Harold Hugh Hamilton and Gladys (Fisher) Hamilton. She passed away on March 8, 2017 at Vista Grande Nursing Home at the age of 95. Surviving Helen are her children, Gary Diffendaffer (Linda) of Cortez, and Gordon Diffendaffer (Nancy) of Chino Valley, Arizona; and by four...
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Eloise Lyree James

March 20, 1938 - March 5, 2017

ELOISE LYREE JAMES Eloise Lyree James was born March 20, 1938 in Cortez, the daughter of Claud and Jewel (Stanford) Maslen. She passed away on March 5, 2017 at The Valley Inn at the age of 78. A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday March 8, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Eloise was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She enjoyed crocheting, crafting, and...
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Mary Jo Roundtree

July 11, 1927 - March 4, 2017

MARY JO ROUNDTREE Mary Jo Roundtree was born July 11, 1927 in Marlow, Okla. the daughter of Ernest Montgomery and Lizzy Dell (Rainey) Luttrell. She passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at her residence at the age of 89. Surviving Mary Jo are her children, Melvina Sperle of Dolores, Linnie Graves (Don) of Old Town, Idaho, Wesley L. Roundtree (Marcie) of Broken Arrow Oklahoma, Valarie Veach ...
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Phyllis Lorraine Todd

March 15, 1924 - March 3, 2017

PHYLLIS LORRAINE TODD Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident Phyllis Lorraine Todd will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7 at Ertel Funeral Home. Interment will take place at the Lewis Cemetery. Mr Raymond Boyd will officiate. Visitation has been scheduled Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Phyllis was born March 15, 1924 in Tryon, Oklahoma the daughter of Alva...
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Evelyn June Shutt

April 7, 1933 - March 1, 2017

EVELYN JUNE SHUTT Graveside services for lifelong Dove Creek resident Evelyn June Shutt will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4 at Dove Creek Cemetery. Visitation has been scheduled for Friday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Evelyn was born April 7, 1933 in Joplin, Missouri the daughter of John Sylvester and Mertie Lee (Swanger) Estes. She passed away on...
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Waneta Pearl Martin

March 4, 1926 - February 27, 2017

Waneta Pearl Martin Waneta Pearl Martin, age 90, passed away on February 27, 2017 at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. Waneta was born to R. R. Hollen Sr. (Bob) and Marie Hollen on March 4, 1926 in Tribune, KS. In 1927, the family moved to Alberta, Canada where they farmed and raised cattle. When Waneta's grandparents and some of her uncles and aunts moved back to the U.S., her family did...
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Charles Terrance Lehi, Sr.

February 27, 1967 - February 25, 2017

CHARLES TERRANCE "CHARLIE" LEHI SR. Funeral services for lifelong Towaoc resident Charles Terrance "Charlie" Lehi Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at the Towaoc Community Center. Interment will follow at Towaoc Cemetery. A Wake will take place Tuesday evening at 5:00 p.m. at the Towaoc Community Center. Charlie was born February 27, 1967 in Cortez the son of Bruce Donald...
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Mary Ann Watkins

March 15, 1924 - February 18, 2017

MARY ANN WATKINS Memorial Mass for longtime Dolores resident Mary Ann Watkins will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 24 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. Mary Ann Watkins went to her heavenly home Saturday, February 18, 2017. She was born in Kinsley, Kan. March 15, 1924 to Emma (Proberts) and Samuel Oaks. She had one brother, Fredrick. When she was 4 years old they moved to...
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Marjorie V. Stephens

March 7, 1917 - February 17, 2017

MARJORIE V. STEPHENS Memorial services for longtime Cortez resident Marjorie V. Stephens will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 20 at Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church. Marjorie was born March 7, 1917 in Caldwell, Idaho the daughter of John E. and Alberta Lou (Beckwith) Riddle. She passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Vista Grande Inn Nursing Home at the age of 99. On July...
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Ray Vance Ramsey

February 6, 1947 - February 15, 2017

RAY VANCE RAMSEY Ray Vance Ramsey was born February 6, 1947 in Cortez the son of Glen Daniel and Opal Lorene (Lewis) Ramsey. He passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at his Mancos residence at the age of 70. On March 11, 1968, Ray married Glenda Catherine Pribble in Boulder, Colo. Ray owned and operated a local concrete company. He was an avid water and snow skier and he was good with...
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Donald Lee Curtis

August 16, 1944 - February 13, 2017

DONALD LEE "DON" CURTIS Memorial services for lifelong Cortez resident Donald Lee "Don" Curtis will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 18 at Lifeway Baptist Church. Pastor Randy Curtis will officiate. Don was born August 16, 1944 in Ogden, Utah the son of Harry William and Josephine Gertrude (Watt) Curtis. He passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017 at his residence at the age of 72. ...
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Velma Dee Sherman

May 12, 1934 - February 11, 2017

VELMA DEE SHERMAN Velma Dee Sherman was born May 12, 1934 in Oklahoma City, Okla. the daughter of Arthur Reed and Edith Beatrice (Linden) Lee. She passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 82. Velma was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and she was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star. She was an avid...
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Barbara Clement Eastin

May 31, 1942 - February 10, 2017

Barbara Clement Eastin, age 74, passed away on February 10, 2017 in Cortez, Colorado. Barb had a love of nature and of history. She became a Master Gardener and hiked the mountains and canyons of the Four Corners region. She fostered her appreciation for other cultures by traveling extensively in the US and internationally. Barbara served her own community as a volunteer at the Cortez...
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Lois Ann Rogers

June 24, 1932 - February 4, 2017

LOIS ANN ROGERS Lois Ann Rogers passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Vista Grande Inn in Cortez at the age of 84. She was born the daughter of Wallace Lewis and Martha Jane (Willis) Warner on June 24, 1932 in Snowflake, Ariz. Lois is survived by her children, Marlene Harrison (W.D.) of Louisianna, Dean Rogers of Cortez, Bev Rogers of Florida, and Boyd Rogers of Cortez; by eight...
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Donald Lee Allen

May 16, 1938 - February 2, 2017

DONALD LEE ALLEN Donald Lee Allen was born May 16, 1938 in Casa Grande, Ariz. to Daniel Lee and Scenie (Moore) Allen. He passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. Donald was 78 years old. Surviving Donald are his children, Karie Adams (Bill) of Caldwell, Ida. and Donald G. Allen of Nampa, Ida.; by six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; his brother,...
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Paul Jordan Hanson

July 4, 1929 - February 2, 2017

PAUL JORDAN HANSON Paul Jordan Hanson, 87, of Cortez, died February 2, 2017 at Vista Mesa Assisted Living residence. Paul was born in Kolin, Mont. on July 4, 1929. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Thelma. Paul is also survived by his sons, Stephen and Jon. His grandchildren are, David, Travis, Brianna, Chad, Kelsey, Megan, Colton, Thomas and Kyle. Paul is also survived by 15 great...
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Lois Marie Harris

October 17, 1927 - January 31, 2017

LOIS MARIE HARRIS Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Lois Marie Harris will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 4 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Cortez Cemetery. Visitation has been scheduled for Friday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ertel Chapel. Lois was born October 17, 1927 in Comanche, Tex. the daughter of James Clinton and Ruby (Kerney) Smart. She...
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Eddie Ray Becher

November 25, 1947 - January 30, 2017

EDDIE RAY BECHER The sunlight dimmed the morning of January 30, 2017, when Eddie Ray Becher chose to leave us at age 69. Eddie Ray was born November 25, 1947 to Elvin (Bud) Becher and Ramona Becher. Because he was born with Down Syndrome he faced many challenges throughout his life. Just a little slower he met those challenges and as he became big brother to two siblings he tried to keep up...
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