Thelma Marie McCabe
Funeral services for lifelong resident Thelma Marie McCabe will be held Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Lynn Evans of the Cortez First United Methodist Church will officiate.
Thelma was born in Cortez on Aug. 10, 1918, to Leslie E. Gawith and Helen May (Englehart) Gawith. She passed away at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos on Oct. 25, 1999. She was 81 years old.
Thelma was a graduate of Cortez Union High School. She married Francis M. McCabe on Feb. 18, 1938, in Aztec. N.M. She raised five sons, Dean, Jay, Pat, Rex, and Reed. Thelma worked in the high school cafeteria until 1962 and she then went to work for the Cortez J.C. Penney store. She remained there for 20 years. For those who shopped at the Cortez Penney store, Thelma was a familiar and pleasant face.
Her interests involved her in the Cortez Garden Club and the Lake View Grange. She was also a member of the Four Corners Square Dance Club.
Thelma is survived by her five sons and their wives, Dean and Roberta McCabe, of Tome, N.M.; Jay L. and Beth McCabe, of Cortez; Pat and Nene McCabe, of Gillette, Wyo.; Rex and Terry McCabe, of Cortez; and Reed and Nihla McCabe, of Dolores. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters and their husbands, Leona and Stan McCabe, of Dolores, and Nelda and Richard Lindsay, of Cortez.
Preceding Thelma in death were her husband, Francis, in June of 1971; her parents; and two sisters, Verda Ping and Shirley Gawith.
Memorial contributions can be made in Thelma McCabe's name with United Search and Rescue. Ertel Funeral Home will be conducting the services.
Mr. Willie Coyote, a lifelong resident of Towaoc, passed away Oct. 26, 1999 in the Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 65.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. in the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel with Reverend Father Joe McGuinnes officiating the service. Interment will follow in the Towaoc Cemetery.
A visitation is set for Friday, Oct. 29, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the funeral chapel. A prayer service will be offered there on Friday at 4 p.m.
Willie was born to Oyana Coyote and Inis Salt Coyote on Feb. 22, 1934, in Towaoc. He attended school there, and later furthered his education by attending business college in Farmington, N.M.
Mr. Coyote was a former secretary for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Government.
Willie’s special interests were playing the piano, accordion, and the organ. He also enjoyed beadwork and cooking.
Mr. Willie Coyote’s portrait hangs in the Denver International Airport. This was a very special honor for him.
Willie Coyote is survived by his mother, Inis Salt of Towaoc; sister, Verna Coyote of Towaoc; aunt Leah Salt of Towaoc; nieces Caroline Coyote, Cass Winger and Annette Lopez, all of Towaoc; nephews Brian Coyote of Towaoc and Aaron Coyote of Stranford, M.O.; and numerous other relatives, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken Funeral Directors are serving the family.
Alma Osie Nichols
Funeral services for Alma Osie Nichols, a lifelong resident of Cortez, will be held Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 2 p.m. Interment will be at the Summit Ridge Cemetery. Pastor Don Henderson will officiate. There will not be a public viewing.
The daughter of Elmer Elsworth Mourer and Fannie Belle (Shaw) Mourer, Alma was born Aug. 21, 1914, in Blackfoot, Idaho. She passed away at the Golden Years Retirement Home in Cortez on Friday, Oct. 22, 1999. She was 85.
Alma married Vernon Bryan Nichols on Feb. 14, 1934, in Monticello, Utah. They had three children, LaVerne, Norman, and Roberta. They celebrated 45 years of marriage until Vernon's death.
Alma was preceded in death by husband, Vernon Bryan Nichols, and son, Norman Carol Nichols, grandson, Tray Davis, both parents, one sister and one brother.
She is survived by daughter, LaVerne Hinton, and her husband, Dale, of Cortez, and daughter, Roberta Robinson, of Prescott Valley, Ariz. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, Tom Davis and wife, Kathy, Deanna Hinton, Donna Small and husband, Don, Doris Spall and husband, Mike, Leslie Hinton and wife, Pat, Darla Huff, Steve Davee Hinton and his wife, William Whatley, Ronnie Whatley, Danny Whatley and wife, Dorsia, Deneta Jeter, Kerry Davis, Bryan Nichols and his wife; as well as 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild on the way.
There are also two sisters, Ofie Miller, of Monticello, Utah, and Ruby Heer and husband, Hank, of Montrose, Colo.; a brother and his wife, Olin and Della Chapin, of Bayfield, Colo; a brother-in-law and his wife, Merle and Betty Nichols, of Pampa, Texas; a sister-in-law, Juanita Nichols, of Liberal, Kans.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Ertel Funeral Home will be conducting the services.
Willie R. (Bill) Bailey
Willie R. (Bill) Bailey, a former long-time resident of Albuquerque, N.M., and recent resident of Madison House in Cortez, passed away Oct. 21, 1999, in the Vista Grande Nursing Home. He was 82. Maj. Bailey was born to Joseph Andrew and Rosa Harris Bailey on June 1, 1917, at Gravely, Ark. Maj. Bailey was retired from the United States Air Force and also from the New Mexico Department of Health and Human Services. A memorial service is planned for a later date at Madison House. Inurnment is also planned for a later date in the Santa Fe National Cemetery with full military rites. Maj. Bailey is survived by his wife, Violet, of Cortez; two daughters, Brenda Clark of Heber Springs, Ark., and Barbara Rightley of Cortez; a sister, Bernice Reid, Loving, N.M.; four grandchildren: Kyle and Shane Rightley of Cortez; Steven and Cynthia Clark, Heber Springs, Ark.; two great-grandchildren: Mason and Shelby Clark, Heber Springs, Ark.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. at Madison House. Rev. Bud Rousset will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Maj. Bailey to the Hospice of Montezuma, Inc., 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez, CO 81321. The family is being served by Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken Funeral Directors.
Charles Oren Kindig
Graveside interment services for Charles Oren Kindig, a resident of Cortez, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999 at the Cortez Cemetery. Mr. Kindig was cremated. Rev. Dr. Lynn Evans will officiate. Military services will be conducted by the Ute Mountain American Legion Post No. 75.
Mr. Kindig passed away at his home in Cortez on Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999. He was 72. Charles was born July 26, 1927, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Gilbert Kindig and Helen May (Carlyle) Kindig.
His son, Gregory Kindig of Cortez, survives him.
Arrangements are being handled by the Ertel Funeral Home.
Graveside services for former Cortez resident, Betty Click, will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver, beginning at 2 p.m. Rev. Olon Lindemood of the Loveland First United Methodist Church will officiate.
Betty passed away in Prescott, Ariz., where she had been a resident since 1991, on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999. She was 79 years old. Betty was born the daughter of H. Walter Baldwin Jr. and Helen (Irvine) Baldwin in Denver, on May 24, 1920.
Betty had a deep love for her children and enjoyed crocheting as a favorite pastime.
She leaves behind her beloved children, Cynthia Ann Carroll, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Sally Ann Maggart, and her husband, Woody, of Ft. Collins, Colo.; Jack Click, and his wife, Carol, of Cortez; Pete Click, and his wife, Carol, of Ankeny, Iowa; Terry Ann Kimbrel, and her husband, Jerry of Ca–on City, Colo.; and Elizabeth Ann Stinebrink, and her husband, Kurt, of Prescott, Ariz. Betty is also survived by 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; her sisters, Annie Evans, Jane Howard, and Alma Sanderson; and her brother, Alan T. Baldwin.
Preceding Betty in death were her husband, Wes Click; a daughter, Carol Ann Johnson; and one brother.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Betty Click's name with the Cortez Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 1327, Cortez, Colo. Services will be conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.
Fred Victor Benson
Graveside services for Fred Victor Benson, a lifelong Colorado resident, will be held Friday, Oct 22, 1999 at the Cortez Cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. Jim Spurlock will officiate.
Visitation is scheduled for Thursday afternoon from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.
Fred was born in Lake City, Colo., to Carl Victor Benson and Emma Augusta (Johansson) Benson on Feb. 5, 1909. He died at the Valley Inn Nursing Home on Wednesday, Oct 20, 1999. He was 90 years old.
Fred was a rancher in the Lake City area, raising cattle. He also enjoyed prospecting. A very self-sufficient man; if Fred needed something, he made it. He was very dependable and was known for keeping his word. Mostly, though, Fred was very loving and lovable.
Four brothers survive Fred. They are Henry Benson, Paul Benson, Clarence Benson, and Art Benson. His dear friends, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Spurlock, with whom he had lived with for a number of years, will also miss his presence.
Ertel Funeral Home will conduct the services.
William Edward (Bill) Baldwin
William Edward (Bill) Baldwin died on Oct. 12, 1999, in Cortez at the age of 48. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at the Hudson Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Holdenville, Okla., with the Rev. Meredith Robinson officiating. Interment was at Holdenville Cemetery.
Mr. Baldwin was born in Holdenville on Jan. 18, 1951, to Robert R. and Edna Mae Baldwin. He was a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran, having served his country from 1969 to 1972.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Rufus Baldwin and Edna Mae Baldwin, and his oldest brother, Robert Ronald Baldwin.
He is survived by three sons: Billy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Brian Baldwin of Welston, Okla., and Minor Baldwin of Oklahoma City, Okla. Also surviving are two brothers, John M. (Mike) Baldwin of Eufaula, Okla., and Calvin Thomas (Tommy) Baldwin of Porum, Okla.
Emerson B. Silas
Funeral services for Emerson B. Silas, 45, of Cortez, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be at the Cortez Cemetery. Pastor Kenneth Norton of the Calvary Baptist Church in Montezuma Creek, Utah will officiate.
Emerson was born in Aneth, Utah on Dec. 15, 1953, to Johnny Boo Silas and Nancy (Silversmith) Silas. He passed away at San Juan Regional Medical Center on Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999.
He is survived by three brothers, Bobby Boo Silas, Ben B. Silas, and Benjamin Silas, all of Aneth, Utah; and a sister, Betty Sakizzie, also of Aneth. Emerson's parents preceded him in death.
Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
James L. Hasty
Funeral services for James L. Hasty, a longtime resident of Dove Creek, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at the Dove Creek First Baptist Church beginning at 2:30 p.m. Interment will follow at the Dove Creek Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.
James was born the son of Eva Pearl (Goforth) Hasty and Lester Noel Hasty on April 13, 1935, in St. Louis, Mo. He passed away in Cortez on Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at the age of 64.
The Hasty family moved to McElmo Canyon in 1941 and in 1944 they moved north of Dove Creek to the Burn area. James married Shirley Fury in Fruita, Colo., on Aug. 22, 1961. They had celebrated 38 years of marriage.
James loved to play golf with his lifelong friends, Paul Spitzer and Mike Mulligan. He was also a member of the Cortez Elks Lodge #1789.
He leaves behind his beloved family which includes his wife, Shirley, of Dove Creek; his daughter Lori A. Hasty Haley, and her husband, Don, of Cortez; two grandsons, Ryan J. Haley and Randy L. Haley; his mother, Pearl Hasty, of Dove Creek; two sisters, Donna M. Nielson, and her husband, Bill, of Spring Creek, Nev., and Wilma L. Kerr, and her husband, Cal, of Dove Creek; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
His brother, Bobby Hasty, preceded him in death in 1992.
Memorial contributions can be made in James Hasty's name with either the First National Bank of Cortez or the Dove Creek State Bank to benefit Hospice of Montezuma. Ertel Funeral Home will be in charge of the services.