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Robert "Bob" Cordova

World War II Veteran

March 25, 1924 - Oct. 16, 2000

OLATHE - Robert "Bob" Cordova, age 76, of Olathe, died late Monday evening in the Delta County Memorial Hospital at Delta.

Robert Cordova, the son of Salvador and Clara (Lopez) Cordova, was born on March 25, 1924, at Rocky Ford, Colo. When he was a year old, Bob moved with his parents to Olathe, where he received his education at the Olathe Grade School and Olathe High School.

In 1943, during World War II, Bob joined the United States Army where he proudly served his country in the European Theatre. He received the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and was recommended for the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Bob's favorite pastime was horseback riding and working with horses.

Survivors grateful to have shared Bob's life include his wife, Patsy Cordova, of Olathe; one son, Robert Cordova Jr.; three brothers: Ray Cordova and wife Norma, of San Francisco, Calif.; Edward Cordova and wife Allison, of Orem, Utah; Charles Cordova and wife Benita, of Montrose; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by a half brother, Frank Enos, of Wyoming's Fort Washakie.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned.

Arrangements were handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose; (970) 249-2121.

Dorothy V. Phillips

Montrose Homemaker

April 13, 1918 - Oct. 18, 2000

MONTROSE - Dorothy V. Phillips, age 82, of Montrose, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 18, 2000, in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose.

Dorothy V. Truman, the daughter of Judson Truman and Bessie (Malcolm) Truman, was born on April 13, 1918, at Goble, Ore. She was one of five children born to the Trumans. She spent her childhood between Goble and Astoria, Ore., and graduated from high school in Oregon.

Dorothy was joined in marriage, for a lifetime partnership, to Lloyd Ross Phillips on Oct. 24, 1952, in Yuma, Ariz. Lloyd preceded Dorothy in death in 1982 in Portland, Ore.

A few years after her husband's death, Dorothy moved to Montrose to be closer to family where she remained until the time of her death.

Dorothy was a homemaker and she especially enjoyed sewing and reading.

Survivors very grateful to share Dorothy's life include one son, Dennis Henderson, of Milwaukie, Ore.; and two daughters: Pat and husband Glenn E. Lutz, of Montrose; and Vicki Clover, of Portland, Ore.

Dorothy was the proud and loving grandmother of five precious grandchildren: Skye Phillips, Jill Johnston, Kathy Shininger, Heidi (Lutz) Sepahi and husband Mehdi Sepahi, Ross Lutz; and 10 great-grandchildren: Kaesha Lutz, Audrey Johnston, Sonny Johnston, Christian Johnston, Erik Wilson, Amber Shininger, Mike Shininger, Eli Sepahi, Ameen Sepahi, and Kushan Sepahi.

Other family survivors include one sister, Mary Wukich, of Roseburg, Ore.

Along with her parents and husband, Lloyd, Dorothy was also preceded in death by one son, Thomas Patrick Phillips; one brother, Ruben Truman; and two sisters: Edith Martin and Myra O'Brien.

Cremation has taken place and no service is planned.

Pastor Paul Parsons, of the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, will celebrate the memory of Dorothy's life on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the 11 a.m. service at the church.

Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose; (970) 249-2121.

Laura Lee Morrissey

Loved The Ourdoors, Horses

Nov. 12, 1965 - Oct. 18, 2000

OLATHE - Laura Lee Morrissey, age 34, a resident of Olathe for three years, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 18, 2000, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital from heart failure.

Laura Lee Morrissey, the daughter of Richard Joseph Morrissey and Judith (Berger) Morrissey, was born on Nov. 12, 1965, in Buffalo, N.Y. The family moved often during Laura's childhood years because her father was a Border Patrol Officer. She graduated from high school in Camarillo, Calif.

Laura and Lyle Mitchell, her soul mate for eight years, who was born and raised in Imperial Valley, Calif., and where Laura referred to as "home," moved to Olathe three years ago. They established their home in Olathe and for the last two years Laura picked, transported and sold corn to the public in Montrose.

Laura was one of simplicity who loved the outdoors. She also really enjoyed fishing and raising her horses, with one of her two horses winning second place at a local race.

Laura's death has left a huge unwanted emptiness in the lives of all who knew just how very fortunate they were to have had her touch their lives. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors very grateful to have shared Laura's life include her soul mate, Lyle Mitchell, of Olathe; her father and mother, Richard and Judith Morrissey, of San Angelo, Texas; one brother, Kenneth Morrissey and wife Veronica, of El Centro, Calif.; and one sister, Christine Morrissey, of San Francisco, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

At Laura's request, cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Service and celebration of Laura's life will be officiated by Minister Ronnie Hanna on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. The service will conclude at the chapel.

Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose; (970) 249-2121.

Patricia Anne 'Pat' McBride

'Loving Wife, Mother & Friend'

Aug. 8, 1934 - Oct. 19, 2000

MONTROSE - Patricia Anne "Pat" McBride, age 66, of Montrose, died early Thursday morning, Oct. 19, 2000, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital.

Patricia Anne Kerrigan, the daughter of Edward M. Kerrigan and Hazel (Cornwall) Kerrigan, was born on Aug. 8, 1934, in Grand Junction, Colo., where she spent her childhood through elementary and most of high school, attending Catholic schools. Pat then moved with her family to California for a short time before returning to Colorado and making her home in Montrose where she resided until the time of her death.

Pat was joined in marriage, for a lifetime partnership, to Ralph McBride on July 13, 1955, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Montrose. They were the parents of two sons and two daughters and had shared 45 wonderful years of marriage at the time of Pat's death.

She was more than a homemaker to her family, she was also a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was a member of the Catholic faith.

Pat loved sports especially the Denver Broncos and John Elway.

Survivors very grateful to share Pat's life include her husband, Ralph McBride, of Montrose; two sons: Steve McBride and wife Sam, of Farmington, N.M.; Mike McBride and wife Amy, of Page, Ariz.; two daughters: Diana Ambler, of Mears, Mich.; Tammi Sigler, of Montrose; and eight precious grandchildren.

Other family survivors include one brother, Mike Kerrigan, of Fruita; and two sisters: Rita Rottinghaus, of Olathe; and Joan Kerrigan, of Indio, Calif.

Pat was preceded in death by both of her parents, Edward and Hazel Kerrigan.

A Graveside Burial Service in loving remembrance and to honor and celebrate Pat's life will be officiated by The Rev. Dan Huber on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Dallas Park Cemetery near Ridgway.

Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose; (970) 249-2121.

Vern Dorsey

Beloved Father, Grandfather

Sept. 12, 1912 - Oct. 17, 2000

PAONIA - Vern Dorsey, age 88, of Paonia and a resident of the North Fork area since 1929, died on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, in the Paonia Care & Rehabilitation Center at Paonia.

Vern Dorsey, the son of William Dorsey and Mable Emma (Anderson) Dorsey, was born on Sept. 12, 1912, in Ontario, Calif.

Vern was married on May 3, 1939, in Delta, Colo., to Mildred Abbott, who preceded him in death on Aug. 30, 1995, in Paonia. At the time of Mildred's death, they had shared 56 years together.

In his younger days, Vern was a logger in the state of Washington. When he moved back to the North Fork area, he was a trapper in the upper west "muddy" country before becoming a partner in a logging and sawmill operation on Black Mesa. In the mid-50s Vern worked as a coal miner in Somerset and in the late-50s he became a partner in the Chevron station in Paonia.

He also worked as a fruit picker at various fruit ranches in the North Fork area and was employed as a bartender at Hotchkiss Elks Lodge No. 1807. At the time of his retirement, Vern was employed with the U.S. Forest Service.

At one time, he played baseball in the minor leagues and was a past member of Hotchkiss Elks Lodge No. 1807.

Vern's special interests and hobbies that brought him happiness and enjoyment were hunting, fishing, gardening, cards, and checkers.

Survivors grateful to share Vern's life include two sons: David L. Dorsey and wife Charlene; Norman W. Dorsey and wife Elizabeth, all of Paonia; and one daughter, Linda L. Peterson, of Tunisia.

Vern was the proud and loving grandfather of three precious grandchildren: Mark, Joy, Suelyn; and five great-grandchildren: Rachael, Joel, Joshua, Jerimiah, and Timothy.

Along with his parents and wife, Mildred, Vern was also preceded in death by one brother, E.V. Dorsey; one sister, Lorraine Taylor; and one grandson, Thomas Dorsey.

Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Paonia.

Graveside Funeral Services in loving remembrance and to honor Vern's life will be officiated by Marvin Pemberton on Friday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at Paonia.

Memorial contributions in Vern's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.; (970) 874-9988.

Elva Cleveland

Delta Homemaker

June 18, 1905 - Oct. 18, 2000

DELTA - Elva Cleveland, age 95, a resident of Delta for the last 22 years, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, in the Delta Care Center.

Elba Winder, the daughter of Daniel Winder and Myrtle (Hughes) Winder, was born on June 18, 1905, in Oborne County, Kan., where she spent her childhood and received her education.

Her marriage to Ray L. Stiverson ended in divorce in 1941. Elva married Joe Cleveland in 1942 and their marriage ended in divorce in 1947.

She lived in Fruita from approximately 1943 until 1955; Pueblo from 1955 to 1970; and from Pueblo she moved to Hotchkiss. Elva, a homemaker, moved to Hotchkiss to Delta 22 years age where she made her home until the time of her death.

She was a member of the Church of God in Delta.

Elva loved life and found happiness in playing bingo and Jenga, music, dancing, walking in nature, and shopping. She had been a resident of Delta Care Center for the last 10 years and the center's staff became like her family. Elva will be deeply missed by the center's staff.

Survivors include three sons: Dwight Stiverson, of Pratt, Kan.; Jack Stiverson, of Oregon City, Ore.; Joe Cleveland, of Smokey Point, Wash.; eight precious grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eleanor Murphy, of Natoma, Kan.

Memorial Services in loving remembrance and to honor Elva's life will be officiated by Rich Garrison on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta. The service will conclude at the chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Delta Care Center, In Memry of Elva Cleveland, 1102 Grand Ave., Delta, CO 81416.

Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.; (970) 874-9988.

Thomas S. 'Tom' Morris

Artist - Portrait Painter, Sculptor

Dec. 25, 1927 - Oct. 20, 2000

RIDGWAY - Thomas S. "Tom" Morris, age 72, of Ridgway, a renowned portrait painter and sculptor whose work is enjoyed by art lovers the world over, died Friday morning, Oct. 20, 2000, in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose. His memorable portrait subjects ranged from celebrities to wildlife and Western figures.

Thomas S. Morris, the son of Thurman Jesse Morris and Josephine Lee (Scott) Morris, was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1927, in Kansas City, Mo. He spent his childhood in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas. He graduated from high school in Rogers, Ark., and after attending the University of Arkansas for one year, the Kansas City native spent three years perfecting his original portraiture style and technique at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Billy Moran School of Art.

Tom proudly served his country during World War II in the United States Navy, and then the U.S. Navy Reserves.

In 1960, Tom settled in Las Vegas, Nev. For 33 years he was the town's most popular and successful portrait artist, with over 20,000 pastel portraits and 50 large oil portraits to his credit. Among other places, he did portraits at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., for approximately 25 years.

Tom stated: "My goal as a portrait artist was to create a three-dimensional form on a flat surface, to sculpt on canvas. That led me to explore bust and figure sculpture. Clay conveys a powerful sense of shape and form."

Tom traced his lifelong fascination with the American West to his youth. Part of his boyhood was spent in the land of the legendary Osage and Cherokee Indians, whose folklore and history had a profound influence on him.

Of his bust of the great Sioux Chief Crazy Horse, Tom said: "Crazy Horse was an inspirational leader of the Lakotas. He never lost a battle. And he never had his picture taken. That made the task of creating his image in bronze all the more challenging."

In 1978, Tom's artwork was exhibited at the MGM Grand Hotel Art Gallery in Las Vegas.

Among the thousands of collectors of his artwork were celebrities like Tony Bennett, Jerry Lewis, Art Carney, the late Louis Armstrong, Don Rickles, Flip Wilson, and the late Robert Kennedy.

In 1981, he made the rugged mountain town of Ouray his home until 1986 when he moved back to Las Vegas. Tom married Betty Cramb on Dec. 22, 1986, in Pampa, Texas.

In 1999, Tom and his wife, Betty, came back to Western Colorado and settled in Ridgway where Tom made his home until the time of his death.

He was a member of the Southwest Arts Society, the Artists and Craftsmen's Guild in Las Vegas, and helped form the Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn, a wildlife preservation group. He was also a member of Ouray Elks Lodge No. 492, the Submarine Vets WWII, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Rifle Assn., the Uncompahgre Free Trappers, and the National Muzzleloading Rifle Assn.

Tom loved being an artist, buck skinning, being a mountain man, hunting and fishing.

All who knew and loved Tom feel so privileged to have had him touch their lives. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors very grateful to share Tom's life include his wife, Betty Morris, of Ridgway; two sons: Thomas Joseph Morris; Gordon Michael Morris; two daughters: Judith Marilyn and husband Daniel Jenkins; Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" and husband Kurt Kallmeyer, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; four stepsons: Brad R. Conklin and wife Patsy and their daughter Codie Conklin, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Derrell Conklin, of Pampa, Texas; Glen Howard; Tony Liso; and one stepdaughter, Lisa Howard, all of Las Vegas, Nev.

Other family survivors include one sister, Lucille Wright, of Kansas City, Mo.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Services in loving remembrance and to honor and celebrate Tom's life will be officiated by Max Kendrick on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Ouray. The service will conclude at the church.

At Tom's request, cremation has taken place and inurnment will be held at County Line, Ark.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley, In Memory of Tom Morris, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, CO 81402; Ouray Elks Lodge No. 492, In Memory of Tom Morris, 421 Main St., Ouray, CO 81427, for the Christmas Fund; or Ridgway Presbyterian Church, In Memory of Tom Morris, 167 N. Cora, Ridgway, CO 81432.

Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose; (970) 249-2121.

Albert J. Vigil Sr.

Montrose Fence Builder

Dec. 30, 1926 - Oct. 23, 2000

MONTROSE - Albert J. Vigil Sr., age 73, a resident of Montrose since 1974, died Monday evening, Oct. 23, 2000, in St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center at Grand Junction.

Albert J. Vigil, the son of Castulo Vigil and Sofia (Gallegos) Vigil, was born on Dec. 30, 1926, in Del Norte, Colo., where he spent his childhood, received his education, and lived until he was 17 years old.

Albert was joined in marriage, for a lifetime partnership, to Dorla Hancock on Aug. 17, 1950, in Caldwell, Idaho. Albert and Dorla had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year in August.

The Vigils lived in Denver from 1958 until moving to Montrose in 1974, where Albert made his home until the time of his death.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed in the Montrose area for many years as a fence builder.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Montrose.

Special interests in Albert's life that brought him happiness and enjoyment were hunting, fishing, and family get-togethers. His wife, children, and grandchildren were very special to him.

Survivors include his wife, Dorla Vigil, of Montrose; two sons: Mitch Vigil Sr. and Albert J. Vigil and wife Sandra, all of Denver; and six daughters: Judy and husband Lee Miller, of Augusta, Kan.; Karmelita and husband Donny Horkstrom, of Lebanon, Mo.; Gloria Dade and her fiancee Smiley Millican; Darlene and husband Wayne Nation; DeAnna and husband Brooks Vigil, all of Montrose; and Mary Lou and husband Leroy Lopez, of Moab, Utah.

Albert was the proud grandfather of 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Other family survivors include two brothers: Joe Anselmo Vigil, of Denver; Rudy Duran, of Grand Junction; and one sister, Vera Santistevan, of Salinas, Calif.

Albert was preceded in death by both of his parents; one son/grandson, Mitchell J. Vigil; one son-in-law, Fred Mayhew; three brothers and two sisters.

Vigil for the deceased will be recited on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel, with visitation following the Vigil.

Funeral Mass in loving remembrance and to honor Albert's life will be officiated by The Rev. Dan Huber on Friday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Montrose.

Rite of Committal will follow the Mass in Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose; (970) 249-2121.

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