Jill Bernadeen Brown Sink
January 24, 1981 ~ October 20, 2006
Jill Bernadeen Brown Sink was born Jan. 24, 1981, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., to Joan K. Stephenson Brown and Joe E. Brown of Meeker, Colo. Jill enjoyed fishing along the White River with her dad and was a great big sister to baby sister Kate.
No matter where, what or when, it was always Mom, Jill and Kate. Joan and Jill were exactly the same person in so many ways; they were so alike they mirrored one another.
Jill attended grade school in Craig, Colo. and junior high and high school in Meeker, participating in basketball and dance. In 1999, Jill was graduated from Meeker High School. She served as the class treasurer from 1997 to 1999. Jill was a member of the high school band, track team, basketball team and volleyball team. Jill received high scholastic honors and was a vocational student with Dr. Charles Vandiver, DDS.
She donated time for elementary and middle school students, assisting them with their academic endeavors.
Jill was also a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, attending youth group and helping with church dinners.
During her junior high school year, she established strong friendships with classmates Michaela McKinley, Wendy Cook, Cheyenne Zurfluh and Lindsay Stevens.
These friendships lasted all her life. Jill worked during the summer and after school at both the Rio Blanco County Abstract Company office and at Dr. Vandiver’s office.
Jill attended Colorado Northwestern Community College and was accepted into the dental hygiene program, graduating with an associate of science degree in 2003. Upon graduation, Jill obtained her dental hygienist licenses in Colorado, Utah and Arizona.
Jill moved to Phoenix, Ariz., after graduation and began her career as a hygienist for a dentist in the Phoenix area. Jill enjoyed her patients and her work very much and got to know many of them personally.
She enjoyed boating and playing with her dogs while living in Phoenix.
Jill married Bradley Sink Aug. 28, 2004, in Meeker. Jill and Bradley lived in Phoenix until mid-2005 when they returned to Craig, Colo.
Bryce Thomas Sink was born March 13, 2006. He was the light of Jill’s life. She stayed home with Bryce instead of going back to work. Jill enjoyed taking Bryce out to see all the people they knew who exclaimed what a handsome fellow he was. She loved nothing more than playing with her baby and watching him grow.
Jill died Oct. 20, 2006. Her mother Joan Stephenson preceded her in death.
Jill is survived by her son, Bryce Thomas Sink; husband, Bradley Sink; sister, Kate Schafer; father and stepmother Joe and Kim Brown; and aunt and uncle Jean (Stephenson) Talkington and Larry Talkington and their children Lindsey, Leah and Lindsey’s daughter Kaedyn. Her mother-in-law Kathy and husband Jerry Rowe, father-in-law Charlie and wife Vonda Sink and sister-in-law Angela and her husband Jon Peck also survive Jill as well as numerous extended family members and dear friends.
Brandi Lee Watson
Dec. 4, 1982 - Oct. 18, 2006
Brandi Lee Watson started her journey Dec. 4, 1982. Born in Meeker, Colo., she began her journey with her parents Keith and Kim (Wix) Watson and siblings Riley, Rianna and Brian.
Later, Jeff and Matt joined the group. Brandi’s education started in the Meeker school system. When she was in third grade, the family moved to Grand Junction so the children could further their education.
Brian, Brandi and Jeff had vision problems and needed assistance. Brandi completed grade school at Shelledy Elementary in Fruita, then moved on to Redlands Middle School. She was graduated from Fruita Monument High School on May 21, 2001.
Brandi continued her education at Mesa State College where she was a junior majoring in finance at the time of her death. Through this journey, Brandi endured numerous medical obstacles, which she strove to overcome with a bright smile, an incredible attitude and genuine compassion for others.
Brandi loved to travel and enjoyed vacations with the family. She visited the Pacific Ocean, the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, Yellowstone National Park, Seattle and Nashville at Christmastime.
These were just a few of the many family experiences that she played an important role in. Brandi departed from this journey on Oct. 18, 2006, much to the sadness of her family and many friends. Services were held Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Martin Mortuary Chapel in Grand Junction. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brandi Watson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Mesa State College, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction, Colo., 81501.
Her next journey begins.
Willard Vernon 'Woody' Hughes
August 4, 1924 ~ September 14, 2006
Willard Vernon 'Woody' Hughes, 82, of Lander, Wyo., passed away at his residence on Sept. 14.
Woody was born Aug. 4, 1924, in Denver, to Harry and Ruth W. (Hauck) Phelps. He was raised by Ruth and Jess Hughes and attended school in Rifle, Sunbeam and Hiawatha and in Bear Oil and Rawlins, Wyo.
Some of his first jobs were herding sheep, punching cattle, working at filling stations and working for the city of Lander. On the side, he owned and operated a bicycle repair shop.
On July 3, 1951, he married Elsa Bloomquist in Big Timber, Mont. After the couple moved to Meeker in 1974, he was employed by Barry Brothers Ready Mix. From 1981-98, they lived in the Rifle area, where Woody worked for Battlement Mesa Service Center and Casey Concrete. In 2002, they returned to Lander.
Woody was a member of the Lander Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He enjoyed fishing, four-wheeling, playing table games with family and friends and simply being in God’s nature.
Survivors include his wife, daughters Sandra Taylor of Lander and Reba Cook of Rulison, brother John Hughes of Lander, sisters Mabel Applehans of Riverton, Wyo. Shirly Black of Dubois, Wyo., and Vada Galvan of Farmington, Mo., grandchildren Hiede and Anthony Clandt, Daniel and Benjamin Cook and Rebecca and Willard Parker and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters. The family requests no flowers, please, but memorials to a worthy cause of your choice.
Della LaVerne Mobley
June 19, 1944 ~ Oct. 7, 2006
Della LaVerne Mobley, 62, passed away unexpectedly at her home Oct. 7, 2006. Della was born June 19, 1944, in Jerome, Ariz., the daughter of James Thomas Turner and Emma Mary Courseland.
Della was married several times in her life, with her first marriage at the age of 11. Four sons were born to her over the course of the years: Jody, Hugo, Larry and Ernest. Della loved her sons and though she only gained an 11th grade education she worked hard to support them. She worked as cook most of her life in various restaurants and nursing homes. She could recite recipes to feed a great number of people from memory.
Della had several hobbies. She was a talented bead worker and her crocheted tablecloths and dollies were things of beauty to behold. She also enjoyed tatting, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and cooking. Della also enjoyed making people laugh.
On March 24, 1998, in Wamsutter, Wyo. she married Donald (Jim or Major) J. Mobley, the love of her life. They had eight wonderful years together.
They moved to the Rangely area to retire where Donald had grown up. They lived near the White River, a place of beauty and peace that Della dearly loved. She was a friend to everyone, truly a person without guile. She was loved by the ones that mattered.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to Della’s wishes, she was cremated. She was preceded in death by her parents and sons Jody J. Hartwell and Hugo J. Sergent.
There was a memorial service Oct. 11, 2006, to honor her life at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Helen B. Seely
October 23, 1907 - October 10, 2006
Longtime Meeker resident Helen B. Seely, 98, died Oct. 10, 2006 at the Walbridge Wing, less than two weeks shy of her 99th birthday.
Helen Burnett was born Oct. 23, 1907, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the only child born to Carrie Christine Rasmussen and William Alfred Burnett. Her ancestors came from Scotland, Germany and Denmark.
Helen attended Franklin Elementary, Jordan Junior High and West High School all in Salt Lake City. She was graduated from Henegar’s Business College in 1928. She worked as a filing clerk for the Deseret Mortuary and for the phone company until she was married to Carl H. Seely in 1931.
Helen was baptized about 1915 in the Latter Day Saint Tabernacle on Temple Square and received her Patriarchal blessing from Hyrum G. Smith on May 27, 1931.
Helen began taking piano lessons when she was about nine and became a very accomplished pianist. She played many of the classicals for her church, as well as other churches in the community. After she was married, she played for many weddings, funerals, style shows and other occasions. She also learned to play the pump organ and was the LDS 34th Ward organist for eleven years.
Helen met Carl H. Seely in 1926. He was a junior at the University of Utah. At one point in their relationship, Carl told Helen that he couldn’t afford to get married. She told him that they could no longer see each other if that were the case. They were married on July 8, 1931, in the Salt Lake City Temple. They spent their honeymoon at Fish Lake and their first summer in sheep camp above Leadville, Colo. Their first home was in Castle Dale, Utah. Helen was a city girl who didn’t know how to cook, can, bake or sew. Having married a sheep man, these first few years were very challenging, as she learned to do all of these things very well while often living in a small cabin or tent with very limited supplies and facilities.
Helen and Carl moved to Green River, Utah in 1933, where they lived for about 10 years. In 1942, they moved to the Meeker area, making their first home there on Scenery Gulch, just west of Meeker, later moving into town where they spent the rest of their lives.
Helen moved into the Walbridge Wing nursing home in July of 2001. While living there, she became very fond of many of her caretakers and they likewise, became very attached to her. It was always a treat to see how well she was treated there and how much mutual respect there was between her and her caretakers. In 2002, her caretakers at the wing encouraged Helen to travel to the Colorado State Fair to participate in the fair’s annual 'Silver Queen Contest,' Helen participated and won the contest, playing two beautiful piano solos for the large crowd attending. In 2003 Helen was selected to be grand marshall of the July Fourth Range Call Celebration.
In addition to her music, Helen loved reading, memorizing poetry and scriptures, going to the Temple, needle work and knitting. She loved to have many visitors and her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her many friends have been greatly influenced by her strength, kindness, generosity, and loving nature. She has truly been an inspiration to us all and her spirit will continue to guide us for many years to come.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Carl in 2001, an infant son in 1947, her grandsons David Seely, George Richardson and Joseph Burdick. She is survived by her two daughters, Beverly Jane Burdick and Patricia Ann Richardson and her two sons Daniel B. Seely and Jerry Carl Seely, as well as ten grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Helen’s life was one filled with love, music, family, religion and charity. Her faith in God and her amazing perseverance has been an inspiration to us all. She was well respected by all who knew her and loved by all who knew her well.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 14, from the Meeker Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment was made in the Highland Cemetery. Friends may make memorial contributions to either the LDS Church Missionary Fund or the Walbridge Memorial Wing through Cochran Memorial Chapel which has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Phillip L. Boyer
May 16, 1934 ~ September 21, 2006
Phillip Boyer, 72, well-known and highly respected Mountainair, N.M., resident, was called home to his Lord following a massive heart attack Sept. 21, 2006.
His sudden death occurred at his travel home in the Joyce vicinity near Port Angeles, Wash., where he and his wife Zona had spent the summer enjoying many visits with their sons and families living close by.
Phillip Lee Boyer was born May 16, 1934, the first of six children, to Rueben and Wanetta Boyer in Albuquerque, N.M., where he was graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1952. That same year, Sept. 27, he was united in marriage with Zona R. Dye also of Albuquerque. To this union were born two sons, Nelson and Michael.
Phillip was always steadily employed in the demanding operations of heavy equipment and spent several years in Jackson Hole and Steamboat Springs as lift operator and maintenance counselor. Other employment included that with TIC where in Meeker, Colo., he worked at the CA Tract during the shale boom. Following, he joined TIC in operations at Challis, Idaho, then in California. His final employment was in Sacramento where he operated a cement pump truck for Associated Concrete, retiring there in 1997. He was always regarded as a loyal, dedicated and resourceful employee who valued efficiency and a high quality of workmanship.
Following retirement Phillip and Zona returned to their roots, locating in Mountainair, where they completely restored a vintage home inside and out, including the beautiful grounds they have created.
Christmas was Phillip’s favorite holiday and his wondrous works of art at their home during the holiday season have been a sight to behold and a joy for all to see. Their lovely home was decorated with thousands of lights onto each of several gables, with Santa and his reindeer riding high above the roof top. Dozens of luminaries bordered the yard as a final touch to this fantasyland for which preparations began in October, lasting until dismantling in February. Meanwhile, with Zona’s decorating talents and Phillip’s help, the inside of the home has been a picture book of holiday delight.
Phillip was a quiet man, retiring from the spotlight but with a depth those who knew him well so appreciated. He faced each of his numerous projects, some seemingly monumental, with forethought, outlining in his mind just how he would achieve the desired results, always with fastidious precision.
His talents and advice will be greatly missed. Phillip had many hobbies, too. He loved cars and knew how to take the best of care of them. He tied the most beautiful fishing flies, much in demand for their outstanding performance. He was into converting 35mm and 16mm film onto VHS and DVD. He repaired old radios and VCRs just for fun. He was a great music lover, sometimes letting down his guard and belting out a few notes on his saxophone. Phillip was the epitome of the phrase, 'still waters run deep.'
Phillip was ever-devoted to his family and he highly regarded all of his many friendships. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 54 years, Zona; sons Nelson (Hatae) and Michael (Theresa); eight grandchildren, Joe (Kim), Stacy (Richard), Becky (Gus), Amber and her mother Cathy, Ashley (Justin), Joshua, Jessica and Zane and seven great grandchildren; his sisters Marcia Smith, Diana (Paul) Beck, Linda (Gene) Riley and his brother, Paul. His parents and one brother, David Boyer, preceded him in death.
In addition, Phillip will be sorely missed by his host of friends across the country who mourn his passing.
Memorial services will be held at the Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Mountainair at l p.m. Oct. 7, 2006, with reception following at the Boyer home.
In lieu of flowers those who wish may contribute to the Phillip L. Boyer Memorial Fund established at the Bank of Belen, 307 West Broadway, Mountainair, N.M., 87036.
The Boyer home mailing address is P.O. Box 479, Mountainair, N.M., 87036.
James Frank Sheridan
March 9, 1919 ~ September 30, 2006
Well-known Meeker rancher James F. Sheridan died Sept. 30, 2006, at Pioneers Hospital.
James Frank Sheridan was born March 9, 1919, in Meeker, Colo., the son of James Wash Sheridan and Iva Hildreth (Garrison) Sheridan.
Jim was educated in the Meeker schools and was graduated from Rio Blanco High. He attended Colorado A&M (Colorado State University) in Fort Collins and later served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
Jim was an excellent athlete, participating in high school sports and was an accomplished rodeo competitor.
He married Catherine Pauline Stephenson March 30, 1937. Seven children were born to this marriage: Philip Michael, Ann Kathyrn (Turner), James Patrick, Mark Hamilton, Paul Matthew, Mary Hildreth (Simpson) and John Luke.
Jim served many years as member and president of both the local school board and the Rio Blanco County Stockgrowers Association.
Jim lived in Meeker with his family and raised cattle on the family ranch — the place he loved — the Bar 7. He was one of the best stockmen in Rio Blanco County. He raised sheep for a short time in the late 1950s.
In 1965 he and his family moved to Rifle where he managed the Rifle Sales Yard. Jim returned to Meeker in 1977 and to the Bar 7 in 1984 where he lived the remainder of his life.
Jim married Mary Ann Mazzola June 13, 1982. Her children Gina, Kris, Anthony, Ray and Cathy became an important part of his life to the very end.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandson Casey Turner, first wife Pauline, second wife Mary Ann, sister Dorcas, oldest son Philip, and daughter-in-law Joan. He is survived by his sisters Shirley Coppock, Suzanne Ruddy and Sally Sizemore, his four sons and two daughters, 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Raised to be a gentleman, he loved telling a good story — whether true or not — and working the ranch. He died Sept. 30, 2006, of an aortic aneurysm doing what he enjoyed most, punchin’ cows to the Bar 7 Ranch with members of his extended family.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Freeman Fairfield Community Center in Meeker.
Interment was made in the Bar 7 Cemetery
on the Sheridan family ranch.
Anna Rose Lasco
July 20, 1973 ~ September 22, 2006
Private family services will be held in Meeker for Anna Lasco of Wilcox, Neb.
Anna Rose Lasco, 33, of Wilcox, Neb., passed away Sept. 22, 2006, at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, Neb.
She was born July 20, 1973, the second of four children born to Marilee (Arnold) Guice.
After her education, she held various jobs in Utah and Colorado and was a trained emergency medical technician.
Anna is survived by her spouse, Christopher Myers, and her two daughters, Dakota Storm and Aspen Wind Myers, all of Wilcox, Neb.; by her mother, Marilee Guice of Rifle; two brothers, Eric Guice of Grand Junction and Michael Guice of Rifle; a sister, Sharilee Guice of San Antonio, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
A memorial has been established in her memory.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson Bauer Funeral Home of Holdrege, Neb., is in charge of the arrangements.
September 29, 1939 - September 20, 2006
Lifelong Meeker resident Parna Etchart, 66, died Sept. 20, 2006, at her Powell Park ranch home. Parna Louise Taylor was born in Meeker Sept. 29, 1939, the daughter of Sherman Anderson and Deltha (Thompson) Taylor. She attended schools in Meeker and was graduated from high school with the class of 1957.
In the 1960s, Parna worked for Jim and Lois Robinson in their service station, where she met a local sheep rancher, Pierre 'Pete' Etchart. She was united in marriage to Pete in Meeker Dec. 6, 1967. The family ranched sheep, cattle and raised hogs for many years. Parna also worked briefly as a weekend dispatcher for the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office. For 10 years, Parna served on the A.S.C.S. Committee board. She was a member of the Yellow Jacket Water Board and a member of and contributor to the Colorado Woolgrowers Auxiliary.
Parna enjoyed fishing, coin collecting, dabbling in the stock market and her ventures to Blackhawk and Las Vegas. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister and friend but especially adored her grandchildren and treasured the time they spent together.
Survivors include her husband, Pete, of the ranch; five children, Doug Proctor and his wife Jennifer of Chandler, Ariz., Katie Proctor of Meeker, John Etchart and his wife Sheryl of Meeker, Mary Ann Harper and her husband Mike of Eaton, Marc Etchart and his fiancé Naomi Holland of Meeker; seven grandchildren, Anna Proctor, Jeff and Ryan McKean, Makaila Etchart, Catherine, Emily and Madeline Harper; three sisters, Nyla Merriam and her husband Dick and Shirley Taylor, all of Meeker, Colo., Beryl Taylor of Delray, Fla.; and one brother, Byron Taylor and his wife Sharon of Galt, Calif.
Her parents, two sisters, Twila and Helen; one brother, Sherman Lynn Taylor as well as her first husband, Everett Proctor, have preceded Parna in death.
Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Sept. 25, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Meeker. Interment was followed in the Highland Cemetery. A rosary was recited Sunday, Sept. 24 at the church.
Friends may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society through Cochran Memorial Chapel, which has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Lana Gregory Idol
March 30, 1913 ~ August 28, 2006
The community of Meeker was saddened recently by the loss of one of its oldest members. Lana Gertrude Gregory was born on March 30, 1913, on her family’s ranch near Elk, Wyo. to Noble Emerson Gregory and Lina Missouri Garber. She lived nearly all of her life in Meeker, Colo. in the White River valley. On Aug.28, 2006, at age 93, she passed over peacefully in Austin, Texas,
Lana was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Loren Ellis Idol, her first-born son Barnett Loren, her parents, her brother, and three sisters. She is survived by her six children, Pamela Idol, Kenneth Idol, Arlene Broadhurst, Sandra Shimko, Lorna Idol and Pauline Cogswell; her daughter-in-law Carol Sue Peck Idol and her son-in-law John Broadhurst. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Lana spent the early years of her life on the family (YY) ranch near Jackson Hole, Wyo. with her father, brother and four sisters. After the demise of her mother in 1918, Lana and her sister, Lois, were sent to Meeker to live with their mother’s sister, Lillian Purdy. She returned to the Wyoming ranch in 1921 and attended the country schoolhouse in Elk until she moved to Meeker in 1926 to live with Lillian and Will Purdy. During high school, she left Meeker to attend business college in Salt Lake City and worked as a secretary to an attorney before returning to Meeker to complete her studies. She graduated from Rio Blanco County High School on May 27, 1932. Throughout this period, she continued to spend the summers in her beloved Wyoming with her much-admired father and brother.
On Aug. 31, 1932, she was united in marriage with Loren Idol in Meeker, Colo. Lana and Loren made their home and raised their children in Meeker. In 1934, Lana joined Loren and his mother, Nellie Shisler Idol, in the operation of L. E. Idol and Co. Lana and Loren retired in 1972 and for several happy years spent their winters in Mesa, Ariz., traveling often to vacation in a small village south of Mazatlan, Mexico. After Loren’s death in 1980, Lana continued to make Meeker her home and, for several years, to spend the winters in Mesa, Ariz. Lana traveled widely in the U.S. as well as visiting Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Lana’s love of Meeker was apparent in her strong involvement in the community. She was a member of the Meeker United Methodist Church for 82 years and contributed many hours of service to the good works of her church. She was a Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Past Noble Grand of Josephine Rebekah Lodge, and a tireless supporter of Rainbow Girls. She taught cooking and sewing to 4-H clubs, was an enthusiastic supporter of the community concert series and a member of the Meeker Fortnightly Club. She was also an active member of the Republican Party and the League of Women Voters.
A pillar of her community, Lana always had time to lend her support to community activities, to be there for a friend or to help someone in need. Her beautiful, cheerful smile just made people feel good. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter-in-law, grandmother, aunt, mentor and friend.
Lana will be missed greatly by her family and her many friends. The memory of her life and her contributions to her community will continue to inspire all of us, especially her devoted family.
A memorial celebration of the life of Lana Gregory Idol will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Meeker, Colo. A graveside service will follow at Highland Cemetery.
For those wishing to make donations in lieu of flowers, consideration of the following charities is appreciated by the family:
The United Methodist Church in Meeker, Colo. Checks made to the United Methodist Church. You can indicate on your check if you want your donation sent specifically to UMCOR (Methodist organization for disaster relief) or the church-sponsored community food bank.
The Lana Gregory Idol College Scholarship Fund for a College of Education student, Concordia University at Austin. Contact information: Dr. Sandra Doering, Concordia University at Austin, IH 35 North, Austin, Texas, 78795-2799. Checks made to Concordia University at Austin.
We have established a scholarship fund at Meeker High School in memory of Lana Gregory Idol.
Checks may be sent to MHS District Office, c/o Peggy Griffin, P.O. Box 1089, Meeker, Colo., 81641.
Carolyn D. Bartrem
October 5, 1942 ~ September 8, 2006
Carolyn D. Bartrem, 63, died Sept. 8, 2006, at her Inkster, Mich., home.
Carolyn Dean Pollard was born Oct. 5, 1942, in Knoxville, Tenn., the daughter of Bruce and Peggy (Wilson) Pollard.
She attended school in Knoxville, graduating as valedictorian from East High School.
She attended the University of Tennessee where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. A retired college English instructor, Carolyn delighted in literature and took great joy it making it come alive for students.
Carolyn loved animals and routinely rescued stray and injured or abused animals, nursing them back to health and keeping many as her own pets.
She was a keen observer and follower of new trends and welcomed change and excitement in her life.
She is survived by her daughter Lisa Pollard and her partner, Gabrielle Elliott, of Meeker, Colo.; grandchildren Alethea Daheshiar of Grand Junction, Colo.; Felix Adam of Knoxville, Tenn.; granddaughter-in-law Kara Adam; husband Gordon Bartrem also of Inkster, her mother Peggy Pollard; a sister and brother-in-law Shelby and Don McCoy; and nephew Spencer McCoy of Knoxville, Tenn., and her five beloved dogs Cole, Max, Scruffy, Baby and Annie.
A private family service was held at Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker, followed by cremation. Her remains will be scattered at sea in the spring.
December 29, 1981 - September 15, 2006
Mike Fitzsimmons, 24, of Meeker died Sept. 15, 2006, in rural Meeker.
Michael Gene Fitzsimmons, Jr. was born Dec. 29, 1981, in Durham, N.C., the son of Michael Fitzsimmons, Sr. and Ann Toney. Mike had attended school in North Carolina, but especially enjoyed the time he spent at White Mountain School in Littleton, N.H. Mike had completed two years of college in Colorado. Mike was a hard-worker who had many different jobs. He loved his family and had a passion for learning. He spent a lot of time outdoors, snowboarding and rock climbing. He loved music and was a gifted writer.
Throughout his life, Mike battled bipolar disorder and was a valiant warrior in his struggles.
Survivors include his mother, Ann Toney of Meeker, his father Mike and his wife Linda Fitzsimmons of Taylors, S.C., his brother, Clarke Fitzsimmons of Taylors, aunts Marie Meckel of Whitefish, Mont.,
Jeanne Ruebke of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho and his
uncle Bob Fitzsimmons of Concord, N.H., as well as many other family members and friends.
A memorial service to honor Mike’s memory will be Saturday, Sept. 23 at 12 p.m. at Richard’s Hall of St. James Church. Services will conclude at the parish hall.