Sylvia Anna Bogusch
A Celebration of Life for longtime Lamar resident, Sylvia A. Bogusch was held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at the Peacock Family Chapel with Reverend DeEtta Goettel of the Lamar United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery.
Sylvia Anna Bogusch was born on November 7, 1919 to Edgar J. and Mary C. (Thimesch) Smith eight miles west of Bristol at the family home. Sylvia would often say she was born in a ‘dugout shack’. She passed away on December 15, 2007 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO at the age of 88.
She attended the one room school house, Goodale School, for all of her 8 years of grade school. She then attended the Granada school for three years then Lamar for one year graduating from Lamar Union High School.
Following graduation she returned to the family farm and ranch where she helped with the many chores associated with the farm. Sylvia found time to work at Duckwalls in Lamar on the weekends.
Sylvia met George Bogusch when he returned to Lamar with his infant daughter, Nita following his wife’s death in 1937. Following a one year courtship, Sylvia and George were married on October 7, 1939 at Las Animas, Colorado. They returned to his farm where they made their home until early spring of 1985.
Sylvia worked in the field, became a mother to Nita and made a home for their family near Sand Creek.
Sylvia was a member of the Lamar United Methodist Church as well as a devoted and faithful member of the Lamar Vaqueros Saddle Club where she was an excellent horseman, attending and participating in all saddle club functions such as rodeos, horse shows and overnight outings.
She will be truly missed by her family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband George O. Bogusch on April 13, 1986, her parents, brothers; Herbert Smith and Ed Smith as well as her sisters; Edith Gruenloh and Betty Marriott.
Sylvia is survived by her daughter Nita and husband Robert Caulk of King City, CA; four grandchildren; Stacey (Nick) Azcoma, Anthony (Linda) Caulk, Beau (Lorena) Caulk, Tyson Caulk and her six great grandchildren; Chelsey and Paige, Christopher and Kayla, Carson and Aidan and Logan and Zane as well as her great great grandson, Ian.
She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law; Coy Marriott of Aurora, CO, Frances Smith of Mitchell, SD and Norma and Loren Linville of Aztec, NM, Toni Bogusch of Lenexa, KS as well as her many friends.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice either direct or through the funeral home office.
Graveside services for longtime Lamar resident, Brenda Lavallee were held, Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM in the Veteran’s section at Fairmount Cemetery
with Ian Blacker officiating.
Per Brenda’s request cremation will take place and there will be no visitation.
Mrs. Lavallee was born February 4, 1941 at Memphis, Tennessee and passed away following a short illness, at Prowers Medical Center on May 26, 2009 at the age of 68.
Brenda is preceded in death by her husband; Henry J. “Hank” Lavallee, Sr. on January 1, 2009 and by her parents.
She is survived by her many friends.
Memorial Contribution may be made to the Lamar VFW, Post #3621 or to the American Legion Post #71 direct or in care of the Peacock Funeral Home.
Zella Mae Castle-Blackburn
Funeral services for longtime Lamar resident, Zella M. Castle-Blackburn will be held Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 1:00 PM at the Peacock Family Chapel. Ian Blacker of the Lamar Christian Church will be officiating. Interment will follow at the Fairmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, September 12, 2008 at the Peacock Chapel
Zella was born on December 25, 1915 at Gage, Oklahoma to Russell I. and Mary A. (Nine) Mills and passed away on September 9, 2008 at the Juniper Village at Lamar. She was 92.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, David D. Castle who passed away in June 8, 1990; her second husband George Blackburn, who passed away October 13, 2007, a son Jesse L. Castle who passed away in September 1, 1997; grandson Randy Castle, and granddaughter Bobbi Lee Castle. She is also preceded by her great-grandchildren Taylor Castle and Christopher Stephens.
Zella is survived by her children; Emma Jean (Frank) Sauer of San Pedro, California, Bonnie (Everett) Smith of Lamar, and Andy (Melba) Castle also of Lamar. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren,16 great-great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lamar Christian Church direct or in care of the funeral home office.
A graveside service for longtime Lamar Resident, Katie O. Bigelow was held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at the Fairmount Cemetery
with Ian Blacker officiating.
Per Katie’s request there was no public viewing.
Katie was born November 12, 1920 at Ordway, Colorado to Frank J. and Dora (Angland) Watson and passed away on January 3, 2009 at the age of 89 at the Crowley County Nursing Center in Ordway, Colorado.
She is preceded in death by her husband Ernest C. Bigelow, parents, and her daughter; Mabel Ann Bigelow.
Katie is survived by her sisters-in-law; Sylvia Watson of Upland, Wyoming and Vera Hesslink of Winsor, Colorado. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Crowley County Nursing Center in care of the funeral home office.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Peacock Family
Mary Ellen Bever
A Celebration of Life for longtime Prowers County resident Mary Ellen Bever was held Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 1:00 PM at the Peacock Family Chapel. Ian Blacker of the Lamar Christian Church will be officiating. Interment followed at the Fairmount Cemetery.
Visitation was held Tuesday, July 22, 2008 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Peacock Family Chapel.
Mary Ellen was born December 24, 1911 at Ingraham, Illinois to Grant and Viola (Graham) Kepp and passed away at the age of 96 on July 20, 2008 at the Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly, Colorado.
Mary Ellen is preceded in death by her husband Everett Bever in 1982 and her parents Grant and Viola (Graham) Kepp. She is also preceded by her three sisters and one brother.
She is survived by her children Pauline Kepp of Alamosa, CO, Ellis (Bessie) Bever of Lamar, CO, Lonnie (Diane) Bever of Holly, CO and Louise (Keith) Clark of Rural Bristol, CO. Mary Ellen is also survived by her 5 Grandchildren, 14 Great-Grandchildren, and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren. Her sister Ruby Sniff of Lamar and a brother Grant (June) Kepp of Cheyenne, Wyoming also survive as well as many friends and other family members also survive.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lamar Christian Church or the Holly Nursing Care Center direct or in care of the Funeral Home office.
Betty J. Jones
Betty Jean Jones was born on March 22, 1923 at Prescott, Iowa to Fred and Jean (Allen) Chadwick and passed away at Prowers Medical Center in Lamar on April 5, 2008 at the age of 85. Per Betty’s request there are no services and cremation has taken place.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband E.W. “Casey” Jones, parents, and a sister Ethel Reed.
She is survived by her sons; Doug (Sandi) Nevius of Lamar and Rick (Oney) Jones of Wiley as well as her grandchildren; Scott, Jeff, Rob, Morgan, Ethan and Eli, Six grandchildren and two great great grandchildren also survive.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lamar Community College, Nursing Program either direct or in care of the funeral home office
A Celebration of Life for longtime Prowers County resident, Grace Best will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the Lamar First Baptist Church with Reverend David Davis officiating. Interment will follow at the Fairmount Cemetery.
Visitation for Grace will be held from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 PM, Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Peacock Funeral Home.
Ms. Best was born August 16, 1907 at the homestead 6 miles west of Lamar to Marian Simeon and Laura Belle (Smith) Davidson and departed this life on January 26, 2009 at the Applewood Living Center in Longmont, Colorado at the age of 101.
She is preceded in death by her husband Lewis Best, infant son Donald Keith Best, daughter Marlene Best Gamble and her son Eldon Best.
Grace is survived by her daughter Patsy (Bobby) Briskey of Longmont, CO, son Jerry (Ruby) Best. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren as well as her nieces and nephews; Maxine (Willard) Kasza, Jackie (Merlin) Rife, Ruby (Chris) Wilde, June Miles, Nellyne (Ray) McFarland, Ferril (Francis) Davidson and Charlie (Dorothy) Marriott.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association in care of the Peacock Funeral Home.
Jorge J. "J.J. Barrera
A Funeral Mass for Lamar resident, Jorge J. Barrera was held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at the St. Francis De Sales/Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Reverend Sergio Robles as celebrant. An Evening Rosary Service was held at 6:30 PM, Tuesday, May 27, 2008 with Fr. Sergio Robles officiating. Interment followed at the Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation for Jorge was held on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM at the funeral home
Jorge was born July 6, 1993 at Lamar, Colorado and passed away May 24, 2008.
He is survived by his parents; Angel and Jennifer Barrera and his brothers; Brandon and Javier Barrera all of the family home in Lamar. He is also survived by his Maternal Grandfather Jacob (Erma) Soodsma of Phillipsburg, KS, Paternal Grandfather, Angel Barrera of Ulysses, KS, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Jorge is preceded in death by his sister, Heidi Barrera, maternal grandmother, Roberta Soodsma, paternal grandmother, Carmen Barrera and an aunt Valentina Barrera
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Jorge Barrera Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home office.
Margaret M. "Marge" Barlow
A Funeral Mass for former Kiowa County resident and Lamar resident since 1981, Margaret Mary Barlow will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 13, 2008 at the St. Francis De Sales/Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Reverend Mario Murillo as celebrant with the Rite of Committal to follow at 2:00 PM at the Eads Cemetery. A Rosary Service will be held at 6:00 PM, Friday, December 12, 2008 at the Peacock Family Chapel with Deacon Henry Wertin reciting.
Visitation for Marge will be held from 9:00 AM until the time of the rosary at the funeral home chapel.
Mrs. Barlow, better known to her family and friends as Marge, was born on February 10, 1919 at Grinnell, Kansas to George and Mary (Tholen) Lubbers and passed away at Prowers Medical Center in Lamar, CO on December 8, 2008 at the age of 89.
She is preceded in death by her husband Frank A. Barlow on December 22, 2002, parents, brothers; John Lubbers, Vincent Lubbers and her sisters, Patricia Byers, Frances Lubbers, Mary Ann Cline and Catherine Kemp.
Marge is survived by her children and their spouses; Bill (Phyllis) Barlow of Eads, CO, Rex (Sharon) Barlow of Chivington, CO, Kirk (Kim) Barlow of Eads, CO, Joyce (Ron) Reedy of Lamar, CO, Keith (Gloria) Barlow of Eads, CO and Barbara (Niels) Hansen of Rollins, WY. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, and a sister; Irene Dreiling of Wichita, KS.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Kiowa County Health Nursing Services direct or in care of the funeral home office.
Melanney Dawn Avara
Memorial services for former Lamar and Burlington, Colorado resident, Melanney Dawn Avara was held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the Peacock Family Chapel with Troy Wright officiating.
Melanney Dawn Avara was born February 17, 1964 in Lamar, Colorado to Richard and Lorene Thompson. Along with her parents, Richard and Lorene, she is survived by one daughter, Jessica May Strobel, (Billy) and granddaughter, Jamie Rae of Fort Collins, CO and one brother Monty Ray Thompson (Melissa) and children, Dalton and Garrett.
Melanney graduated from Lamar High School in 1982. In 1988 Melanney moved with her family to Norton, Kansas for a brief period and then moved to Burlington, CO where she lived until April, 2006 when she moved to Pueblo West, CO, and resided there until her death.
Melanney was a devoted mother and grandmother placing her daughter and granddaughter first and above all things. She enjoyed every minute she could spend with them. When they could not be together, she and Jessica had a set time on Saturday morning reserved for Saturday morning coffee by phone. Jamie Rae became the highlight of her life and there could not be enough time spent with her or enough pictures taken to share with friends and family. Jessica and her mother loved to just go shopping just to watch the people and drink coffee and had begun to train Jaime to love this also.
Melanney began her career with Farmers Home Administration on March 20, 1994 as a Temporary Office Automation Clerk in Burlington, Co. She was converted to career employee of Rural Economic and Community Development on March 5, 1995. She then transferred to Farm Service Agency as a Farm Loan Program Technician on October 1, 1995 and continued to serve FSA until her passing. She served the Burlington Farm Loan Program Team until April 27, 2006 then transferred to the Pueblo County Office. Melanney was responsible for numerous office duties that included working with several different computer systems in the early years to the current system with two different systems. She served Colorado State Farm Agency in several areas, from being a resource person for several systems and programs within Farm Loan to being a representative on the Colorado FSA Partnership Council. Melanney also provided training to numerous other Farm Loan Program team members throughout Colorado. She helped in the formation of training material for new Farm Loan Program employees and updates on changes to different systems and information. Melanney enjoyed challenges and was involved with the team installing new computer systems for several offices in Northeastern Colorado 2004. She received numerous performance awards throughout her employment with Farm Service Agency.
Melanney had a love for the outdoors, gardening, being outside in the sunshine, picnics and spending quiet times by the lakes. She had a deep compassionate spirit for those that were going through troubled times since she had walked this path herself. She always felt that one should not judge another because you never know what was going on in someone’s life. She was the support system of her family in many ways, always ready to listen, to help carry a burden or share in the joys and happy times. One of her favorite poems was Footprints, which she had done in counted cross stitch several years ago and is a symbol of the faith she carried within her heart.
On the lighter side, Melanney had a love for Winnie the Pooh. She loved the light heartedness of the music, the quotes, and the happy spirit it brought to her and to others. She had acquired a collection of Winnie the Pooh which she loved to share with others; each figurine had a special meaning.
Melanney’s courage and fighting spirit will always be remembered by her family and those who knew her and loved her so very much..
Melanney is survived by her daughter Jessica May (Billy) Strobel and Melanney’s granddaughter, Jamie Rae of Fort Collins. Her parents, Richard and Lorene Thompson of Lamar, brother Monty (Melissa) Thompson of Lamar, nephews Dalton and Garrett Thompson and special friend Dave Seaney of La Veta, CO as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Sangre De Cristo Hospice of Pueblo, CO direct or in care of the funeral home office.