March 2, 1910 Š November 17, 2004
Pauline Whitmire, 94, formerly of Denver, CO, died of natural causes on November 17, 2004, at E. Dene Moore Care Center, Rifle, Colo..
She was born March 2, 1910, in Henderson, Iowa, to James and Ida Wilson. She met Ellis Whitmire on a blind date; they married in 1928, and had three daughters. When she was 21, she moved back to her family home with her husband and daughters to help raise her younger siblings after the death of her mother.
As one of 13 children, she remained close to her brothers and sisters throughout her life. With Pauline's death, all 13 are together again.
Over the course of her life, Pauline lived in Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado. After her divorce in 1941, she lived in Denver and worked for many years at Uniroyal as an executive secretary, retiring in 1975. She remained busy after retirement delivering watches for a Denver jeweler. When her health began to fail, she moved to the Western Slope in 2002.
Pauline loved a good joke, visiting with family and friends, and , after retirement, she loved traveling in her brother-in-law's motor home all over the country with various siblings and friends. Throughout her life, her very favorite thing was to play raucous card games for hours and hours with family and friends.
Pauline is survived by her three daughters: Dorothy Velvick, Tecumsah, NE; Terri Middendorf of Lakewood, Colo.; and, Janice Burns of Rifle; seven grandchildren: Linda Mangold (Alan) of Summerfield, Kan.; Cheri Rogers (Robert) of Pawnee City, Neb.; Leslie Brumage (Terry) of Cody, Wyo.; Lisa Wilson (Kenneth) of Glenwood Springs; Kevin Krebill of Denver; Jeff Krebill of Rifle; and Kelley Stephens (Dan) of New Castle. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
Per her wishes, no services are planned, though her family will be telling great stories about her for the rest of their lives.
Velma B. “Vee” Stinson
April 29, 1923 — January 21, 2004
Velma B. “Vee” Stinson of Parachute died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at home with family in Carbondale. She was 80.
A celebration of her life will be held in the coming months. For information, contact either of Mrs. Stinson’s daughters.
Mrs. Stinson was born April 29, 1923, in Mazie, Ky., to Rufus and Rebecca Bailey. She spent her childhood in Kentucky.
She married James L. Stinson on Feb. 4, 1961, in Long Beach, Calif.
They lived in Las Vegas, Nev., and Long Beach, Calif. Mrs. Stinson moved to Parachute a year ago.
During her career, she worked as a real estate broker.
She was a member of the Palm Desert Board of Realtors and the Chaparral Women’s Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., and was president of the Balboa Power Anchoretts in Balboa, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Stinson, in February 2003; and by a brother, Clarence Bailey.
Mrs. Stinson is survived by daughters and son-in-law Donna Elm of Parachute and Connie and Bud Hickman of Carbondale; by a stepson, Scott Stinson of Huntington Beach, Calif.; by a sister, Ruth Overly of McAllen, Texas; by five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and by nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Tejon St., No. 201, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, or to Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.
Farnum Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
John Worthington Deer
June 20, 1915 - July 19, 2004
John Worthington Deer, 89, of Neodesha, Kan., died Monday, July 19, 2004, at Golden Keys Nursing Home in Neodesha.
John was born June 20, 1915, in Neodesha. His father, John Wesley Deer, was an early-day real estate man. His mother was Rose Park Deer, a teacher in the Neodesha schools in the early 1900s. John was the eldest of four children. He grew up in Neodesha and graduated from Neodesha High School.
In 1939, John married Ruby Fay Kelly in Independence, Kan. She preceded him in death on Sept. 12, 1952. In 1953, he married Ruth Bleakney Kinyon in Neodesha, where they made their home. She preceded him in death on July 22, 1998.
John was a retired farmer. He had been in the grocery and vegetable greenhouse businesses. He liked farming better, so he started farming in 1936. John served on the state board of the Kansas Crop Improvement Association and was vice president.
He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, Ascension Church, Metro Club and Rotary Club, and was active in forming and serving on the board of the Neodesha Industries, a former member of the school board, and helped start the Neodesha Arts Center.
Survivors include two children, John Michael Deer of Glenwood Springs and Pattie Bailey of Neodesha; grandchildren Kelly Deer of Tulsa, Okla., Sean Wallace and Heath Wallace of Neodesha, Jennifer Brooks of Littleton, Colo., and Heather Leedy of Dyersburg, Tenn.; two stepgrandsons, Tim Harrington of Los Angeles and Chris Harrington of Agoura Hills, Calif.; two stepgranddaughters, Lindley Bailey of San Marcos, Texas, and Geremee Bailey of Decatur, Texas; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Bacon of Neodesha, and a brother, Elmer Deer of Hoyt, Kan.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 22, at Ascension Church in Neodesha, with the Rev. Gerald Eytcheson officiating. Burial will follow in the Neodesha Cemetery
under the direction of the Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel in Neodesha.
Visitation hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at the Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel.
The family has suggested memorials to the Neodesha Arts Association, and contributions may be left at the Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel.The family has suggested memorials to the Neodesha Arts Association, and contributions may be left at the Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel.
December 6, 1922 - November 14, 2004
Irene Bretz was born to Richard Leander and Minnie (Lohoff) Morgan on a farm near Dighton, Kan., on Dec. 6, 1922. She attended rural grade school for several years, then completed high school in the Dighton school system in 1941. On Aug. 24, 1941, she married Gerald Bretz, who was engaged in teaching and farming. After her husband was called to service, she followed him to California and back to Kansas. In California, she worked at various jobs, attended UCLA, and worked in a defense plant until the end of the war. After the war they moved to Wichita, Kan. After living in Wichita for 10 years, they moved to Scott City, Kan., and stayed there for 25 years, where she had a small business and was also a licensed real estate sales woman.
Upon retirement in 1982 the couple moved to Glenwood Springs, where they built a house and had spent the winters traveling. ln 2000, Irene began suffering from spinal stinosis, which became increasingly painful. She died of complications on Sunday, Nov. 14, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Janet Kollman, of Woodston, Kan., and a grandson, Martin Kollman, of Hays, Kan.
Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh St., Glenwood Springs, is in charge of arrangements. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh St., Glenwood Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Ruth Harbison Darrough
June 11, 1924 - November 19, 2004
Betty Ruth Darrough of Snowmass Village died Friday, Nov. 19, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale after a courageous four-year battle with lung cancer. She was 80.
There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Carbondale Community United Methodist Church, with interment at Evergreen Cemetery
in Carbondale. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, Glenwood Springs, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charitable organization of choice.
Betty Ruth was born June 11, 1924, to Dr. James Edgar and Pearle (Keller) Harbison in Oklahoma City, at her father's hospital, Oklahoma City General, which later became Mercy Hospital. Betty Ruth is survived by her daughter, Diane Darrough, of Carbondale; her son, Paul G. (Marvel) Darrough III, of Wichita, Kan.; two granddaughters, Michelle Luff, of Carbondale, and Virginia Luff, of Eugene, Ore.; three sisters-in-law, Anne (Tom) Travis, of Wichita, Dorothy (Duke) Logan, of Vinita, Okla., and Ruthie (O.B.) Johnston III, of Vinita; and numerous nieces, including Mary Anne Harbison Watts, of Oklahoma City, nephews, and other relations. Her parents, sisters Joy Harbison Carmichael and Virginia Harbison Carmichael, their husbands Miles and J.D., brother Dr. Frank Harbison, his wife, Margaret, and sister-in-law Lina (Bill) Koelm preceded her in death. Her husband, Paul G. Darrough Jr., passed away in February of this year.
Betty Ruth and Paul moved to Snowmass Village in 1984, fulfilling a lifelong dream of retiring to the Roaring Fork Valley. Since 1950 the couple had spent summer vacations at the Darrough cabin at Mt. Nast Colony on the Fryingpan River and knew the area well. During their retirement years, Betty became involved with several bridge groups in Aspen and Snowmass, the ACIC Book Club, the local Republican Party and served on the board of the Aspen Community United Methodist Church.
Betty Ruth was known for her strength of character, beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor. She faced her challenges and painful illness with customary dignity and grace. She was a keen intellect with an astounding knowledge of history, an avid reader and an accomplished pianist. She reveled in English mystery novels, loving their sense of order and neatness. Never at a loss for words, she delighted in discussions and debates and had unwavering convictions on subjects after "much careful study." One of her lifelong heroes was Winston Churchill who symbolized to her honor, duty and strength of will, characteristics which she embodied as well. She was a loving wife and mother who believed in the sanctity of family, home and country. Betty Ruth was known for her strength of character, beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor. She faced her challenges and painful illness with customary dignity and grace. She was a keen intellect with an astounding knowledge of history, an avid reader and an accomplished pianist. She reveled in English mystery novels, loving their sense of order and neatness. Never at a loss for words, she delighted in discussions and debates and had unwavering convictions on subjects after "much careful study." One of her lifelong heroes was Winston Churchill who symbolized to her honor, duty and strength of will, characteristics which she embodied as well. She was a loving wife and mother who believed in the sanctity of family, home and country.
Connie Lea Brors
1958 - 2004
A funeral service for Connie Lea Brors, 46, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Mountain View Church of Glenwood Springs, 2195 County Road 154. Pastor Jeremy Heiser will officiate.
Visiting hours will be 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, with a private burial in Rifle. A memorial dinner at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge 2286, 51939 Highway 6, will follow the service Thursday.
She was a Rifle resident for several years and sold auto parts. She also served in the U.S. Navy.
She was born Sept. 17, 1958, in Springfield, Mo., to Robert and Alice (Merten) Gilmore. She spent her childhood in Missouri, and graduated from Clark County Re-1 High School. She graduated from Regis University in Colorado Springs with a bachelor's degree in accounting and a minor in business.
She married Eric Brors on Nov. 23, 1979, in Falls Church, Va.
She was a member of Mountain View Church of Glenwood and treasurer of the Elks Lodge. She was an avid gardener, with a strong interest in photography.
Survivors include her husband of Rifle; her father of Mountain Grove, Mo.; her son Christopher Robin Brors of Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; daughters Jennifer Justice of Kaboka, Mo., Justen Perkins of Battlement Mesa and Melissa Brors of Rifle; brother Nathan Gilmore of Missouri; sisters Carmen Barsness of Kansas City, Mo., and Debbie Hallenback of Topeka, Kan.; and seven grandchildren.
Farnum Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to benefit her children and grandchildren may be sent to U.S. Bank Account No. 103674173291.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to benefit her children and grandchildren may be sent to U.S. Bank Account No. 103674173291.
Donald Emery Hicks
March 8, 1932 - July 6, 2004
Donald Emery Hicks, 72, of Parachute died Tuesday, July 6, 2004.
There will be a service at 1 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Grace Bible Church in Parachute with Dr. William Sillings officiating. Burial will be at Battlement Mesa Cemetery
He was born March 8, 1932, in Milesburg, Pa., the son of Howard F. and Edna G. (Kelly) Hicks. He spent his childhood in Pennsylvania.
He married Gwendolyn Russell on June 16, 1952.
He lived in Parachute for 12 years and was a minister. He was a member of the International Fellowship of Bible Churches of Oklahoma City, a church administrator and a college president for 12 years. He loved western Colorado and the outdoors.
He was an extremely hard worker and loved his God and his family. He had 24 years of education.
Survivors include his wife; his son Berry Hicks and wife Jan of Parachute; brothers Joe Hicks and wife Estella, and Richard Hicks and wife Kathy, both of Milesburg; sisters Jane (Carl) Corman of Milesburg, Ada (Don) Catherman of New Castle, Ind., and Anne (Charles) Powers of Nashville, Tenn.; granddaughter Katelyn Hicks and grandson Roger Hicks and wife Crystal, all of Parachute; great-grandchildren Purity and Charis Hicks; foster grandson Donald Prose of McAllister, Okla.; 33 nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and co-workers.
A brother, Myron Hicks, preceded him in death.
The Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship of Bible Churches, PO Box 1222, Bethany, OK, 73008.Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship of Bible Churches, PO Box 1222, Bethany, OK, 73008.
Donna Clara Moore
September 11, 1932 - July 7, 2004
Donna Clara Moore passed away at her home on the morning of July 7, 2004. She was born Sept. 11, 1932, in Palisade. She was the only child of Galeda Bernhardt.
She married Donald Moore on Feb. 8, 1953.
Donna was one of those rare Colorado natives. She spent her life raising her family and watching it grow. Donna loved watching the wildlife in her backyard. She had names for the big bucks that liked to hang out in the orchard. She could name the various birds that made their nests nearby.
Her deepest love, however, was her family. She lived for her Sunday family dinners. Donna considered herself blessed to have her children living close by so she was able to watch her family continue to expand. She rarely missed a school event, a ballgame, or anything her children or grandchildren participated in.
Donna is survived by a son and daughter in-law, Don Jr. and Linda Moore; daughter and son in-law, Vickie and Guy Herwick; daughter and son-in-law Bonnie and Ronald Palmer; sons David and Doug Moore; daughter Dee Moore; 16 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and many loving friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her mother, Galeda; a grandson, Michael Shane Herwick; and a great grandson, Michael Leroy Searcy.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 12, at the Old Grand Valley High School. Graveside will follow immediately after the memorial service at the Battlement Mesa Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial donation be made in her name to the Alpine Home Health and Hospice.
Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pierre O. Evans
June 1, 1913 - July 17, 2004
Retired U.S. Army Col. Pierre O. Evans, 81, of Battlement Mesa died July 17, 2004, at the Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle.
He was born June 1, 1913, in Tawas, Mich., to William S. Evans and Adelaide (Wagener) Evans. He spent his childhood in Duluth, Minn. He attended the University of Minnesota and received his degree in dentistry there in 1935.
Pierre married Lida L. Rothfus in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 8, 1938. They returned to Duluth, where Pierre practiced dentistry until joining the Army in June of 1940. Their first posting was Fort Crook, Neb., now Offut Air Force Base.
Throughout World War II, Pierre served in the southwest Pacific. After the war, he chose to remain in military service, practicing dentistry at various postings, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he became a diplomat of the American Board of Prostheodontics, a fellow of the American College of Dentists and a fellow of the New York Academy of Dentistry, Paris American Hospital, Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Aurora, 3rd Division headquarters in Wurzburg, Germany, and Fort Bragg, N.C., where he retired in 1969.
Pierre then spent two years in Florence, S.C., where he established the Dental Assistants and Hygienists Program at Florence/Darlington Technical Education Center. Deciding it was time to retire again, Pierre and his wife returned to Colorado and built a home at Woodmoor in Monument. After a year of relative inactivity, he opened a dental office in Monument, where he practiced for another seven years with his wife at his side as office manager. In 1986, they moved to Glenwood Springs and bought a home at Westbank. Nine years later, they moved to Battlement Mesa, where Lida still resides at their home in Monument Creek Village. As Pierre's health began to fail, he moved first to Mesa Vista Assisted Living and then to the Veterans Home in Rifle.
Pierre belonged to many service organizations over the years, and he was a Mason for more than 50 years. He served with distinction and received many awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit and the "A" prefix to his MOS, the highest Army award for professional competence, which signifies the recipient is a nationally recognized leader in his field. When practicing general dentistry in Monument after his military retirement, he referred to himself as "just a simple country dentist," but in his heart, he was an Army officer to the end.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Lida Evans, and his daughter, Michelle Foster, both of Battlement Mesa, along with three grandsons: Peter Caldwell and his wife, Margie, of Aurora; Jeff Caldwell and his wife, Amy, of Walden, N.Y., and Marc Caldwell and his wife, Melody, of Rifle; and seven great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all.
His daughter, Diane Evans, preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parachute Friends of the Library or the Disabled American Veterans. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parachute Friends of the Library or the Disabled American Veterans.
Irene Ann Finnin
April 28, 1927 - July 29, 2004
Irene Ann Finnin, 77, of Parachute died July 29, 2004, in Parachute.
There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at St. Brendan's Catholic Church in downtown Parachute. Father Robert Hahn will officiate. Burial will be at Battlement Mesa Cemetery
She was a bookkeeper and an 11-year resident of Parachute.
She was born April 28, 1927, in Breckenridge, Minn., the daughter of Elizabeth (Snyder) and Carl Conzemius.
She married Kenneth James Finnin in Arvada on Feb. 24, 1975.
She was a member of St. Brendan's Catholic Church. She passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She loved and was loved by her family and many friends. She touched many lives while she was on this earth and did many good deeds.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth James Finnin; sons Brian Kaiser and his wife, Linda, of Roy, Utah, and Jerry Kaiser and his wife, Linda, of Loveland; daughters Linda Pysto and her husband, Tom, of Las Vegas, and Nancy Graham of Parachute; two brothers; five sisters; and 10 grandchildren.
One sister, one brother and a granddaughter, Angela Rose Graham, preceded her in death.
The Rifle Funeral Home, 1400 Access Road in Rifle, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Roaring Fork Hospice, P.0. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601; or American Cancer, 1445 North Union, Suite B-100, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.Memorial contributions may be made to the Roaring Fork Hospice, P.0. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601; or American Cancer, 1445 North Union, Suite B-100, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.