Nina Bernice Gilbert
Devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother
May 14, 1907 - April 25, 1999
MONTROSE - Nina B. Gilbert, age 91, a homemaker and resident of Montrose, died Sunday morning, April 25, 1999, in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose.
Nina Bernice Smith was born on May 14, 1907, in Kiowa, Kan., the daughter of Samuel and Jessie (Griffin) Smith. She spent her childhood in Woodward, Okla., where she graduated from Woodward High School with the class of 1928.
On July 27, 1929, Nina married Charley Gilbert in Woodward, Okla. To this union one son and one daughter were born. Charley and Nina had their 69th wedding anniversary last year in July.
Nina studied with the Jehovah Witnesses. Her faith in Jehovah God was very important to her as many of her friends were also Jehovah Witnesses.
Nina loved her family who was the main focus of her life. She was especially fond of her son-in-law. She greatly enjoyed genealogy, good religious music, gardening, and canning to preserve food.
Survivors include her husband, Charley Gilbert; one son who she had a special fondness for, Robert Lee Gilbert; and one daughter, Monna Lou and husband H.L. "Dude" Mills, all of Montrose.
Nina was the proud grandmother of three grandsons: Dennis Mills and wife Mary Jo; Danny Mills and wife Debbie; Darrin Mills; and the great-grandmother of four great-grandchildren: Dasha, Nicole, Andrea, and Jeremy Mills.
Other family survivors include two sisters: Lenore Lang and Lola Spray; one brother-in-law, Raymond Gilbert; and two sisters-in-law: Helen Witcher and Fern Schmaltz.
Nine was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and three sisters.
Cremation has taken place and at Nina's request no service will be held.
Private family inurnment of the cremains will be conducted on Friday, April 30, at 9 a.m. in the Cory Cemetery
at Cory, Colo.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Last Survivor of Eight Siblings
May 21, 1894 - April 23, 1999
GRAND JUNCTION - Minnie Bailey, one of eight children, was born on May 21, 1894, in Guthrie Center, Iowa, the daughter of Gene and Mahala (Vaughn) Bailey. She died on Friday, April 23, 1999, in Grand Junction at the age of 105.
When Minnie was 4 years old her mother died and the large family remained together with the help of older siblings, their grandparents, and other relatives.
When Minnie was 13 years old, her father brought the family to the Ash Mesa farming area of Delta, Colo. They traveled on an immigrant train, bringing with them household goods, farm implements, livestock, and their gray pony.
She spent some of her high school years in Pasadena, Calif. with an aunt and uncle.
Minnie married Grover L. Sanders on March 3, 1917, in Delta, Colo. After their honeymoon in Grover's home state of Oklahoma, they took the train to DeBeque where they took a wagon on the DeBeque cutoff to Collbran. The wagon mired in mud and they had to ride horseback the rest of the way.
Grover had a job with the Forest Service and they lived at the Hightower Ranger Station in the summer and moved into Collbran in the winter.
In 1927, Grover quit the Forest Service and bought out several beekeepers.
In March of 1930, Grover and Minnie bought a farm in the Pomona area of Grand Junction which is still the family home. The honey business expanded and Minnie had a big part in the operation plus taking care of chickens, cows, hogs, and a big garden.
The old-fashioned Beehive Honey stand still has a place on the front lawn.
Grover died in March of 1984 shortly after he and Minnie celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
She was a member of the Grand Junction First Congregational Church UCC and a lifetime member of Sunshine Chapter No. 453, Order of the Eastern Star. At one time she was a member of the Kannah Creek Cowbells, the Navy Mothers, and Pomona Wednesday Club.
Besides being actively involved in the family business, Minnie was noted for being a good cook making everything from scratch, and her family was almost never out of home-made bread and cinnamon nut rolls, sweetened with honey.
Her flower garden was a source of pride and she spent many happy hours caring for it.
Survivors very grateful to have shared Minnie's life include her four children: Daphne Branson, Sue Sanders, Gene Sanders, Jim Sanders, all of Grand Junction; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren, with most of them living in Colorado.
She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
In addition to her parents and husband, Minnie was also preceded in death by four brothers, three sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Minnie's life were officiated by The Rev. Richard K. Riddoch on Tuesday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. from the First Congregational Church in Grand Junction followed by an Eastern Star service. The service concluded at the church.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary of Grand Junction.
Memorial gifts may be made to: First Congregational Church, In Memory of Minnie Sanders, 1425 North 5th St., Grand Junction, Colo. 81501.
Raymond G. Turner
Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather
April 26, 1928 - April 23, 1999
MONTROSE - Longtime Montrose resident, Raymond G. Turner, age 70, died early Friday morning, April 23, 1999, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital three days before he would have celebrated his 71st birthday. During his lifetime Raymond worked as a truck driver, in heavy equipment, was a farmer, owned a pipeline construction company for 10 years, and was a barber in Montrose from 1959 to 1960.
Raymond G. Turner was born in Bern, Kan., on April 26, 1928, the son of John H. and Katherine I. (Baker) Turner. He spent his childhood in Humboldt, Neb., where he graduated from high school in 1946 and grew to adulthood.
During the Korean Conflict, Raymond served his country in the United States Navy beginning in 1950 and was honorably discharged in 1954.
On Sept. 6, 1953, he married Ruth Smith in Montrose, Colo. Their union was blessed with two sons and two daughters and they were privileged to share 45 years of marriage.
Raymond obtained his pilot license in 1974. Never losing his love for the air, he joined the American Model Association and the Montrose Model Aircraft Association. He was happiest flying his airplanes and talking with flying buddies.
Following his retirement in 1990, Raymond enjoyed driving a school bus for the Bennett School District in Bennett, Colo. He truly loved each child and cared for their well-being. After his retirement, he also returned to Humboldt, Neb., every year to attend the Alumni gathering on Memorial Weekend.
He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8449 in Bennett, Colo.
Raymond was so very proud of all his grandchildren and loved to attend events they participated in. He also loved to watch his son play softball.
Survivors very grateful to have shared Raymond's life include his wife, Ruth Smith Turner, of Montrose; two sons: Michael L. Turner and wife Marie, of Golden; Robert Turner and wife Tami; two daughters: Kate and husband Rick Chaney; and Martha Lehigh, all of Montrose; eight grandchildren; and one niece, Sherri Lyn, of Salem, Neb.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and two brothers.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Raymond's life will be officiated by Pastor Keith Howard on Friday, April 30, at 3 p.m. from the Montrose First Assembly of God Church. The service will conclude at the church.
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Humboldt Lake Fund, In Memory of Raymond G. Turner, P.O. Box 627, Humboldt, Neb. 86376 or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Harvey O. Gunn
Montrose Cattle Rancher
April 10, 1918 - April 26, 1999
MONTROSE - Harvey O. Gunn, the son of John F. and Esther Ellen (Wells) Gunn, was born on April 10, 1918, in Lucerne, Mo. He died Monday evening, April 26, 1999, in the Valley Manor Care Center after being a resident there for a short time 16 days after celebrating his 81st birthday. Harvey was a longtime Montrose area resident and a well-known cattle rancher.
He lived in Lucerne, Mo., until he was 7 years old. He then moved with his family to Springfield, Colo., where he spent the remainder of his childhood, received his education, and grew to adulthood.
At the age of 18, Harvey moved to Meeker, Colo., to work with his brother, Lewis Gunn, and A.Y. Wagner on a ranch. He later met Bertha Wagner in Canon City. Harvey returned to Meeker and Bertha moved there at a later date.
Harvey and Bertha Wagner were married on July 1, 1939, in Meeker, Colo. Their union was blessed with two sons and they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year in July.
In 1942, the Gunns moved to Grand Junction to a ranch called Caldwell Ranch which is near White Water and Orchard Mesa., where they lived for seven years.
Due to health issues, they moved on Dec. 24, 1949, to a ranch on Cow Creek, which is now part of the Sleeping Indian Ranch.
In 1969, Harvey and Bertha had to downsize their operation due to their health and moved to North Mesa near Montrose.
In 1977, they moved to High Mesa where they remained for the next 22 years. They spent their summers taking cattle up to the grazing land called Spring Grazing in Ouray County, San Miguel County, and Dallas Divide.
Harvey was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Ouray Cattleman's Association, and served as president of the state and local Colorado Guide and Outfitters Association.
Harvey loved the high country, fishing, and country western dance at the Cow Creek Dance Hall in Ridgway. Since the 1950s, he took care of the dance hall for about 20 years. He was also a 4-H leader in the 1960s in Ouray and Ridgway and he loved to spend time with the children.
Survivors include his wife, Bertha Gunn; two sons: Eldon Gunn and Lawerence "Butch" Gunn, all of Montrose; two grandsons: Gary Gunn and Lane Gunn; one granddaughter, Marla Berry; and one stepgranddaughter, Faren Wilbur, all of Montrose.
Other family survivors include one brother, Lewis Gunn, of Montrose.
Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, John and Esther Gunn, of Grand Junction; one brother, Raymond Gunn, of Las Animas; and one sister, Ruby, of Wichita, Kan.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, April 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Harvey's life will be officiated by Minister Alan Miller on Saturday, May 1, at 11 a.m. from the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in the Dallas Divide Cemetery
near Ridgway, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
A Unique and Creative Lady
April 20, 1930 - April 27, 1999
LAZEAR - Josephine Harrison was born in McKinney County, Texas, on April 20, 1930, the daughter of Ernest Rabin and Bessie Marie (Honea) Harrison. She died of cancer on Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at her Lazear home seven days after celebrating her 69th birthday.
A resident of Delta County for many years, Josephine was a writer and publisher.
In 1980, she was married in Dallas, Texas, to C.D. Potts who preceded her in death.
Josephine , a member of the Cedaredge Assembly of God Church, had a deep love and faith in God and encouraged others in their relationship with God.
Josephine was involved in the different communities she lived in and was a big supporter of issues and people she believed in. She had many dreams and saw many of those dreams become a reality because she believed in herself and brought so much enthusiasm and excitement into her plans. She also had a way about her that made others want to help her fulfill whatever she was endeavoring to accomplish.
Her special interests that added meaning and pleasure to her life were writing, creating poems, paper crafts, counseling, dried flower arranging, and her artwork pencil and ink drawings.
Josephine will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She will be remembered for her many, many creative abilities, her open mindedness, and always wanting to help others.
Survivors include two sons: Daniel McCreary and wife Barbara, of Cedaredge; Jim Potts and wife Joyce, full-time RVers with Sowers Ministry; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include two brothers: Ron Harrison and wife Marge, of Delta; Robert Harrison, of Dallas, Texas; and one sister, Doris and husband Glen Miller, of Paxton, Ill.
Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Dianne Stutesman; and one grandson, Lee McCreary.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Cedaredge.
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Josephine's life will be officiated by Pastor Dennis Gullion and James Jesser on Friday, April 30, at 1 p.m. from the Cedaredge Assembly of God Church.
Interment will follow the service in the Cedaredge Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Cedaredge.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Open Hands Network, In Memory of Josephine Potts, P.O. Box 971, Clifton, Colo. 81520.
World War II Veteran
March 12, 1921 - April 28, 1999
OLATHE - Daniel Davidson was born in Mount Vernon, Ky., on March 12, 1921, the son of Benjamin H. and Lula Belle (Ash) Davidson. He died Wednesday morning, April 28, 1999, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Grand Junction at the age of 78.
Daniel spent his childhood in Kentucky, where he received his education and grew to adulthood.
During World War II, he served his country in the United States Air Force from September of 1942 through September of 1945.
Daniel married Vicy Hudson on Dec. 27, 1947, in Kentucky. This union was blessed with two daughters and Daniel and Vicy were privileged to share their 51st wedding anniversary last year in December.
The Davidsons moved from Ohio to Olathe in 1961, where Daniel made his home until the time of his death.
During his lifetime, Daniel worked as a carpenter, and was a lifetime member of the Masons.
Daniel loved his family and took great joy in his grandchildren. Daniel was loved so much and will be missed by many who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Vicy Davidson, of Olathe; two daughters: Carolyn Davidson, of Riley, Kan.; Connie Davidson, of Edgewater; and two grandcildren: Eric George, of Denver; and Nicole George, of Fort Collins.
Other family survivors include five brothers: Earl Davidson, of Olathe; and Monroe, Hiram, Armel, and Everett Davidson, all of Ohio.
Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and one sister.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, April 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Daniel's life will be officated by Pastor Marty Riggan on Saturday, May 1, at 3 p.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Longtime Boulder Resident
Sept. 12, 1916 - April 27, 1999
DELTA - JoAnn Abercrombie was born in Aledo, Ill., on Sept. 12, 1916, the daughter of Claude and Ida M. (Berg) Abercrombie. She died on Tuesday, April 27, 1999, in her Delta home at the age of 82.
JoAnn spent her childhood in Aledo, Ill., and graduated from high school and college in Boulder, Colo.
She married Joe C. Stancato, who preceded her in death on April 18, 1980, in Boulder.
In 1986 JoAnn married Brett Croley in Boulder and he preceded her in death in December of 1992.
JoAnn, a homemaker, lived in Boulder until December of 1998 when she moved to Delta, where she made her home until the time of her death.
She was a member of the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church of Boulder and the All Saints Lutheran Church of Cory, Colo. She also belonged to the Ladies Aide at the the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church of Boulder.
JoAnn loved and enjoyed taking care of her family, gardening, and working in her yard.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth Stancato, of Gram, Wash.; two daughters: Claudia and husband Kelly Kellogg, of Delta; Terra S. and husband Dick Gonzales, of Laverne, Calif.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and both of her husbands, JoAnn was also preceded in death by two sisters: Dorothy and Peggy.
Funeral Services to honor JoAnn's life will be officiated by Pastor Mark Peterson on Monday, May 3, at 2 p.m. from Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Boulder. The service will conclude at the church.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial gifts may be made to: All Saints Lutheran Church, In Memory of JoAnn Stancato, P.O. Box 190, Cory, Colo. 81414; or Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, In Memory of JoAnn Stancato, 3485 Stanford Ct., Boulder, Colo. 80303.