Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ M. Maynes
Longtime Durango resident Jacqueline "Jackie" M. Maynes died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at her home in Durango. She was 65. She died from complications related to multiple sclerosis, which she had for 34 years, her husband, Frank E. "Sam" Maynes, said.
"My wife was an inspiration not only to me and my children, but to many, many people," Mr. Maynes said. "She meant the world to me and my family. ... She was the love of my life. Me and my kids and all of our friends that new Jacqueline are going to miss her very much."
Mrs. Maynes was born Feb. 8, 1937, in Cushing, Okla., the daughter of Jack and Glenda Stahl. She married Mr. Maynes on Sept. 8, 1957, in Holyoke, Colo. Mr. Maynes practices water law and represents the Southwestern Water Conservation District.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Chapter CS P.E.O. president of the Southwest Colorado M.S. Society from 1985 to 2003. She was a member of Rainbow Girls of Colorado, Grand Worthy Adviser, 1956-57. She attended Colorado Women’s College and the University of Colorado.
As a young woman she enjoyed outdoor activities, dancing and crafts. More recently, she enjoyed using her computer, listening to books on tape, studying the Bible, running the house and being with her family. Mrs. Maynes was known for her positive attitude, faith in the Lord and love for her family.
She is survived by her husband, Sam, a Durango resident; two daughters, Michele Hurley of Colorado Springs, Melinda Higgins of Kamuela, Hawaii; two sons, Sam W. Maynes of Durango and Mark Maynes of Seattle, Wash.; two brothers, Galyn Stahl of Laramie, Wyo. and Richard Stahl of Denver; eight grandchildren, Jack Maynes of Cortez; Samantha Maynes, Michael Maynes and Madelyn Maynes, all of Durango; Emalia Higgins and Koa Higgins, of Kamuela, Hawaii, and Chelsee Hurley and Christopher Hurley, of Colorado Springs.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ned Amstutz officiating. Cremation will take place at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Southwest Colorado M.S. Society, P.O. Box 2717, Durango, CO 81302.
Frank Elias Mangus
Frank Elias Mangus, a veteran of three wars, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at his home in Durango of natural causes. He was 81.
Mr. Mangus was born June 24, 1921, in Brush, Colo. He attended Adams State College in Alamosa. He served more than 28 years in the United States Air Force. Mr. Mangus served as a navigator and later in electronics, earning the equivalent of an electrical engineering degree. He retired with the rank Lt. Col. in 1970. He and his family moved to Durango in 1971.
"He was very brilliant, patriotic and talented," said his wife, Elizabeth Ann Mangus. "He could tell funny stories and was meticulous and very organized."
He was a veteran of three wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Mr. Mangus was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in Korea.
In civilian life, he was a flight instructor, mechanical draftsman and real-estate salesman. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Durango Elks Lodge No. 507 and American Legion Post No. 4031. His interests included tying flies, fly fishing, extra-terrestrial investigations, ham radio, house remodeling and inventing. He enjoyed old-time country music.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Ann, of Durango; two daughters, Jo Ellen Wright of Washington, N.H., and Cathrine Ann Clark of Durango; one son, Daniel L. Mangus of Truckee, Calif.; one brother, Charles F. Mangus of Commerce City, Colo.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Durango. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of Mercy, 375 E. Park, Durango, CO 81301.
Fred W. Nichols
Fred W. Nichols, a longtime Durango resident, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at the Osborne Rehabilitation Center in Miami, Okla., of natural causes. He was 89.
Mr. Nichols was born Oct. 14, 1913, in Goodland, Kan., to Wilfred C. and Vida B. "Bryan" Nichols. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was married to Josephine "Jo" O’Brien Nichols, who preceded him in death on June 11, 1942. He married Ruth M. Richards on March 3, 1948. He was a member of the Methodist Church and Elks Lodge No. 507. Mr. Nichols retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 35 years of service in Durango.
"He was just a very loving father and grandfather and always there for his family," said Debra Janus, his daughter. "He was a very proud man and very proud of his family. A very hard working man. ... He lived a long, full life."
He is survived by two sons, Richard F. Nichols of Littleton, Colo., and Mark Nichols of Grants, N.M.; three daughters, Bernice Harmer of Colorado Springs, Deanne Brown of Vinita, Okla., and Debra Janus of Bayfield; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by his first wife, Josephine "Jo" O’Brien Nichols and his wife, Ruth M. Richards.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Hood Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Huber officiating. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Guy B. Dyer Jr.
Guy B. Dyer Jr., a longtime Cortez resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Southwest Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 77 years old.
Mr. Dyer was born in Englewood on June 7, 1925, to Guy B. Dyer Sr. and Mary Jane (Hale) Dyer. He married Martha Ann Powell on Oct. 7, 1959. They were married for 43 years.
"He was a night pilot in World War II," said his step-daughter Carla Mulkey. "He flew the Black Widow in the war."
In 1949, Guy passed the Colorado Bar exam. He subsequently graduated from the University of Colorado Law School.
Mr. Dyer loved to fly fish and hunt deer and elk. He was a nature photographer. He was a member of the Cortez First United Methodist Church, the Colorado Bar Association, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 1789, and the Ute Mountain American Legion.
"He was a determined worker and he partied just as hard," Mulkey said. "He was always cracking jokes."
Mr. Dyer was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Allen Morris, and his brother Wayne Dyer.
He is survived by his wife, of Cortez; two sons Bruce Lee Dyer, of Cortez, and Lloyd Dyer, of Lakewood; a daughter Mary Sue, of Cortez; 10 grandchildren: Lisa, of the Bay Area; Shannon, of Maui, Hawaii; Amanda, of Durango; Tonya, of Durango; Shawna, of Cortez; Shawn, of Cortez; Chad, of Denver; Damon, of California; Kammie, of Texas, and Joshua, of Missouri, seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Glenn Dyer, of Golden, and Gerald Dyer, of Grand Junction.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Cortez, 515 N. Park. The Rev. Lynn Evans will officiate. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Guy B. Dyer Jr. with the Citizens State Bank of Cortez
Marjorie Faye Loe
Marjorie Faye Loe, of Mesa, Ariz., died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at her daughter’s home in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was 79.
Mrs. Loe was born November 8, 1924, in Bayfield, the daughter of Ben and Hazel Turner. She lived in the Durango area much of her life and has lived in Arizona for more than 30 years.
She married Frank Moreland and they had one daughter, Judy. She later married Niel Loe. She was active in the Grange and Women’s Circle, and was an avid seamstress and crafter. She made crochet items and gifts for others. She enjoyed dancing, and she belonged to a square-dance group.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Somerville, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one sister, June Rhem, of Abilene, Texas; one brother, Walter Turner, of Durango; a grandson, Corey Somerville, of Salt Lake City; two granddaughters, Kyla Mooso, of Caldwell, Idaho, and DaLee MacDonald, of Provo, Utah; two great-granddaughters; and one great-grandson.
She is preceded in death by her two husbands; six brothers, Rozell Turner, Leland Turner, Leonard Turner, Bob Turner, Glenn Turner and Cecil Turner; and one sister, Marie Degani.
A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Ignacio Cemetery (East). Friends and family who do not know where Ignacio Cemetery is can meet at Hood Mortuary at 9:20 a.m. Friday.
James Simpson “Corky” Hunt
James Simpson “Corky” Hunt, a longtime Cortez resident, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at his home in Cortez of He was 59.
Mr. Hunt was born Sept. 28, 1943, in Durango, the son of James Chandler and Roberta Shirley (Conner) Hunt. He graduated from Dolores High School in 1962. He enjoyed racing cars and was a member of the Fairgrounds Raceway Association. He was a gold prospector and belonged to Gold Prospectors of America. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelly Jean Smith.
He is survived by his son, Ronald James Hunt, of Cortez; his grandchildren, Jeremiah and Monique Smith, both of Cortez, and Zachary James Hunt and Ryan Lynn Hunt, both of Mesa, Ariz.; two sisters, Erma Verdahl, of Austin, Colo., and Nancy Hill, of Cortez; and eight nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God Church, 120 S. Linden St., Cortez. The Rev. Jeff McDonald will officiate. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Ertel Memorial Chapel, 42 N. Market St., Cortez.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Hunt’s name at Citizens State Bank of Cortez, 77 W. Main St., Cortez CO 81321.
Buford C. Wayt
Buford C. Wayt, a longtime Cortez resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at his home in Cortez of cancer. He was 81.
Mr. Wayt was born May 9, 1921, in Ignacio, the son of David Price and Sylvia (Pargin) Wayt. He graduated from Western State College in Gunnison, where he majored in music education.
He married Dorothy Jean Fisher on Jan. 25, 1942, at the Durango Presbyterian Church.
The Wayts moved to Cortez in August 1950, where he developed a band program in the Cortez schools. He later became principal of Cortez Junior High School. He served as director of curriculum and instruction for School District RE-1. In 1967, he helped develop an intercultural education program at Fort Lewis College focusing on multi-lingual groups, especially American Indians and Spanish-speakers. He returned to the Cortez schools, and became the principal of several schools.
He won numerous awards in education. In 1990, he was awarded the Colorado Hero Award from the governor’s office.
In 1991, at the age of 70, he painted a mural, an Indian pueblo, on the north side of the Cortez Cultural Center. In 1997, he received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Mr. Wayt’s son, Bradley, said his father was found of saying: “You work in a community to make a living, and you give to the community to make a life.”
He was preceded in death by two sons, Douglas Grant Wayt in 1954, and Gregory Colin Wayt in 1974.
He is survived by his wife, who lives in Cortez; his son, Bradley Wayt, of Cortez; his grandchildren: Ryan Wayt, of Honduras, and Devon Wayt, of Riverside, Calif.; and his brother, Keith Wayt, of Fort Collins.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Barnabas of the Valley Episcopal Church. The Rev. Erika Meyer will officiate.
Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Mr. Wayt to the Columbarium Fund at St. Barnabas or the Cortez Cultural Center.
Carrie Susanna Everett
Carrie Susanna Everett died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. She was 100.
Carrie Susanna Reeves was born Nov. 23, 1902, in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to Alphonso Reeves and Anna Mary (Swartout) Reeves. She graduated from high school in Chama, N.M. She received her first teaching certificate in September 1920 at the age of 17. This was an emergency certificate so she could teach in a school that had no teacher.
She received her Colorado teacher’s certificate in Pagosa Springs on March 18, 1922, at the age of 19.
She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Blanco Basin, N.M., where she had traveled from her home 33 miles away on her horse named "Red." She attended college in the summers in Las Vegas, N.M.
She met Sam Everett, a cowboy working on a nearby ranch, and they married on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1923, in Chromo.
Mr. and Mrs. Everett settled in the Durango-Bayfield area, where their three sons were born: Richard Jay Everett in 1923, Arthur Doyle Everett in 1927 and Robert Lewis Everett in 1931.
She was a member of the Foursquare Church in Durango for more than 70 years. She was active in many clubs and organizations around Durango, including the 55-Plus Center, the Granny’s Club and the Garden Club.
"She’s seen a lot in her lifetime, from riding on a covered wagon to seeing astronauts walk on the moon," said her granddaughter Cheryl Howell, of Durango.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by three sons, Richard Jay Everett, of Durango, Arthur Doyle Everett, of Eugene, Ore., and Robert Lewis Everett, of Aromas, Calif., seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hood Mortuary. Burial will occur at Greenmount Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 375 E. Park Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
Wayne Hall Alexander
Wayne Hall Alexander died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango of natural causes. He was 95.
Mr. Alexander was born April 20, 1907, in Clay Center, Kan., the son of Robert and Emma (Crooks) Alexander. Mr. Alexander lived in Durango since the age of 9. He grew up in the Animas Valley and the first job he held was as an ice-cream maker at the Hollywood Dairy in Durango.
He then worked as a molder for Telluride Iron Works until 1964. After that, he was employed with the state of Colorado as a mechanic until his retirement in the mid-1970s.
He enjoyed fishing, listening to baseball games and reading history. He practiced yoga stretching and other techniques long before they became popular. He loved the mountains, and he enjoyed driving around Colorado’s mountains during the autumn to see the changing colors of the leaves. He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and a lifetime member of the Oddfellows Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Clora (Mayn) Alexander.
He is survived by his second wife, Kathryn (Wamsley) Alexander, of Farmington; a daughter, Margaret Wilkins, of San Jose, Calif.; a sister, Viola Kees, of Durango; a stepdaughter, Janet Nelson, of Aztec; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; one step-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for the interment of cremains will occur at Greenmount Cemetery on April 12, weather permitting and time pending. Cremation will occur at Hood Mortuary Crematory.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 East Third Ave., Durango, CO 81301, or to a charity of choice.