Peggy Ann Jacobson
Peggy Ann Jacobson, 64, died on Jan. 1, 2004. She died of natural causes at home in Bloomfield, N.M., said her daughter Tawnya Yarbro.
Mrs. Jacobson was born on May 6,1939, in Pagosa Springs and lived most of her life there. She worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 25 years.
She moved to Bloomfield to be near her mother. Then she went to work for Hedgecock Sod and North Star Water Users of Aztec, and remained on the National Fire Fighting Team.
Mrs. Jacobson was a member of the Aztec Rebekah Lodge, First United Methodist Church of Bloomfield and the Bloomfield Extension Club.
"She dedicated her life to her family and serving others. She will be greatly missed by her family and the many friends whose lives she touched," said Tawnya Yarbro.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rachelle Jacobson Nyfeler, and her stepdaughter, Linda Jacobson.
Mrs. Jacobson is survived by her children: Tawnya Yarbro and Millard Jacobson, both of Bloomfield, and Shawn Jacobson of Durango; her mother, Ann Seavy of Bloomfield; her sister, Hazel Anderson of Bloomfield; her grandchildren: Riley, Emilee, and Oren Bates of Bloomfield, Daniel and David Jacobson of Fresno, Calif., Tiawna Shenefield of Durango, and Kyler Jacobson McKee of Pagosa Springs; her stepchildren: Connie Kimball, Brianna Keegan, Vaughn Jacobson; her many stepgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Archuleta County Fair Building in Pagosa Springs. Correspondence may be sent to 417 N. Jordan, Bloomfield, N.M. 87413.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 17, in the Bloomfield United Methodist Church. A college fund has been established at the Wells Fargo Bank of Pagosa Springs for a forestry recipient.
Contributions may be made to the Peggy Jacobson Memorial Fund of Pagosa Springs at any Wells Fargo Bank.
Alan Scot Cook
Alan Scot Cook, 41,who lived in Cortez throughout his life, died at home on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004. He died of a heart attack, said a spokesman for the Ertel Funeral Home. Mr. Cook was born Sept. 26, 1962, the son of Betty (Holmes) Cook and Jess B. Cook Jr. On Sept. 26, 1983, he married Mary Elizabeth Switzer in Tribune, Kan.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his motorcycle, music and having coffee with his friends.
Mr. Cook was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Alan Cook, in 1996.
He is survived by his wife, of Cortez; his son, Eddie Alan Cook, of Cortez and his extended family.
Visitation is set from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, again at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery on County Road 25 (Lebanon Road), 7 miles north of Cortez.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Alan Cook at the First National Bank of Cortez.
Julia "Juju" Frances Patterson Cox
Julia "Juju" Frances Patterson Cox, 95, a pioneer of Archuleta and Hinsdale counties who lived in Pagosa Springs, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center. She died of congestive heart failure complicated by a series of mild heart attacks, her family said.
Mrs. Cox was born on July 23, 1908, in Silverton, the daughter of Anna Kilholan Patterson and Alva Oliver "Alvie" Patterson. After 27 successful years in the livery, freight and mining industries, the family moved, with its livestock, to Pagosa Springs in 1910. They bought the Buckles/Schutz building and converted it to the Arlington Hotel, with mineral baths, at the current site of the Bear Creek Saloon and the Adobe complex. They also bought ranches in the Weminuche Valley and Arboles area. The latter was destroyed by the 1911 flood. Her grandfather, Bryce Patterson was mayor of Pagosa and a state representative for two terms from Archuleta, Hinsdale and Mineral counties.
Mrs. Cox traveled by horseback from Silverton to the Weminuche in front of her father and uncle. She was a student in the school on O'Neil Hill when it burned. Then she attended classes in the old Methodist church and graduated in 1927 as a member of the first graduating class from the new school.
She married Lee Cox in 1929, when she worked at the Hersch Mercantile Company and he was foreman of the Hersch sheep operation. They had two sons, Alva Lee Cox and Gary Dean Cox.
Mrs. Cox managed the Los Baños Hotel while her husband served in the Army during World War II. After the war, she raised her family while her husband logged then operated the San Juan Supply feed and building supply store.
During this time, Mrs. Cox worked as a clerk of court and as an assistant to the Soils Conservation Service and to Glen Edmonds at thePagosa Sun. She also worked as a bank teller and retail clerk.
After selling their ranch in 1973, the Coxes retired to Mesa, Ariz., until Mr. Cox's death in 1984. She moved to Grand Junction, Delta and to the Pine Ridge Center in Pagosa Springs, where she lived since August 2003.
She is survived by her sons: Alva Cox of Durango and Dean Cox of Pagosa Springs; her grandchildren: Bryce Cox of Lakewood, Eric Cox of Dallas, Gina Johnson of Scottsbluff, Neb., Shawn Cox of Durango, Grant Cox of Minneapolis, Minn. and Lindsay Cox of Fort Collins.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the United Community Methodist Church in Pagosa Springs. Burial will take place at a private, family graveside service in the spring. Mrs. Cox will be buried between her husband and her father.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Julia F. Cox Charitable Fund at the Bank of Colorado, P.O. Box 3460, Pagosa Springs CO 81147.
John V. Copeland Jr.
John V. Copeland Jr., 73, once a rancher in the Animas Valley, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at the Glendive Medical Center, near his home in Glendive, Mont. He died of natural causes, said a spokesperson for the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home.
Mr. Copeland was born in Sasakwa, Okla., on July 6, 1930, the son of Luella (Hancock) Copeland and John Virgil Copeland. His family moved to Breen to farm when Mr. Copeland was young.
In August 1950, he left college to enlist in the U.S. Army to serve in Korea. He received several commendations while serving with • Company, 15th Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division and was honored with the Purple Heart on Feb. 4, 1952.
After being honorably discharged in 1953, he worked in the New Mexico oil fields where he married Patty Sue Paris on May 22, 1955, in Lovington, N.M. They shared 48 years of life and love. They reaffirmed their commitment in May 1991 in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mr. Copeland spent many years ranching in the Animas Valley and worked more than 20 years with City Market as an assistant manager.
He will be missed by friends in Durango, Cortez, Moab, Kirtland, N.M., and Glendive.
Mr. Copeland was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Kaden Echols.
He is survived by his wife of Glendive and his children: Jenny Bowen of Kirtland, Iley Copeland of Orem, Utah, Maggie Copeland of Glendive, Donna King of Cortez and Colleena McCullough of Columbia Falls, Mont. He also is survived by his grandchildren: Misty Dschaak, Corey Bowen, Randall Bowen; Kim, Iley, Brad, Cassie and Jason Copeland; Genevie Echols; and Jeremy and Jacob Lloyd. He also is survived by great-grandsons Gabe and Kaleb Dschaak, Kaleb Echols and Ryan Bowen; and his brother, Iley Walston, of Lubec, Maine; and his nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Glendive. Bishop Norman McDowell will officiate. Burial with military honors will take place in the Dawson County Cemetery in Glendive. Remembrances may be shared with the family at www.silvernalesilhafuneralhome.com
James Kenneth Ken' Chapman
James Kenneth "Ken" Chapman, 82, a professional operatic baritone who sang in Durango churches, died on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, at Cedar Ridge Inn in Farmington. He died of congestive heart failure, said his wife, Dorothy Chapman.
Mr. Chapman was born March 20, 1921, in Los Angeles, the son of Esther (Ross) Chapman and James Chapman.
He married Dorothy Ranney Chapman on May 7, 1987, in Albuquerque. "We had a lot of nice times together," Mrs. Chapman said.
Mr. Chapman is survived by his wife of Flora Vista, N.M.; his children, Jim Chapman of Michigan, Ray Chapman of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Cathleen Fangero of Berkshire, England; his stepchildren, Ken Reedy of Glendale, Ariz., Marsha Schaeffer of Grand Junction, Jim Reedy of Big Bear, Calif., and Tharis Julander of Kaysville, Utah.
A memorial service is planned for a later date.
Frances Mildred Morgan Dosher Anderson Goff
Frances Mildred Morgan Dosher Anderson Goff, 99, a 1922 graduate of Durango High School, died on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. She died of pneumonia, said her daughter, Elsie Sheets.
Mrs. Goff was born on Feb. 20,1904, at Rockvale, the daughter of Margaret Gowdy (Weir) Morgan and William Morgan. She grew up in Sunnyside.
She married Elmer Dosher on Aug. 5,1922. The couple lived in several Colorado towns before settling in Durango. Mrs. Goff was a homemaker for most of her life.
After Mr. Dosher died, she worked at J.C. Penney Co. for many years, as well as at The Ore House, Velma's and the Silver Spur. For the last 12 years she lived with her daughter, Elsie Sheets, in Cortez.
She remarried twice, to Howard Anderson, then to Russ Goff.
Mrs. Goff enjoyed bowling in leagues in Durango and Cortez. She attended state bowling tournaments. Her hobbies included crossword puzzles, fishing, going to casinos, dancing and music. "Her watercolors were absolutely beautiful," Sheets said.
Mrs. Goff was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
"Frances loved her family and friends," Sheets added. "Her jokes and stories of old times brought a smile to our faces. Some of our favorite memories were of her singing songs like Everybody Works at Our House but Our Old Man' and Harbor Lights.' She remembered the words to old songs."
Mrs. Goff was preceded in death by her three sons, Floyd, Raymond and Marvin, and her three husbands.
She is survived by her daughters, Willa Baker of Winslow, Ariz., and Elsie Sheets of Cortez; 16 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 31 great-great-grandchildren; a great-great-great grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Ertel Funeral Home, 42 N. Market St. in Cortez. Mrs. Goff's grandson the Rev. Joe Calloway of Phoenix will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango.
Maxwell C. Freudenberg
Maxwell C. Freudenberg, 78, a Durango patent attorney, died on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, at Four Corners Health Care Center. He died after complications resulting from a myeloproliferative disorder affecting the blood, said his son, Ken Freudenberg.
Mr. Freudenberg was born Oct. 31, 1925, in Peru, Ill., the son of Abbie Celestia (Pritchard) Freudenberg and Maximillian Freudenberg. He lived his childhood years in LaSalle, Ill., and served briefly in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He obtained an electrical engineering degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a law degree from George Washington University.
Mr. Freudenberg was married to Miriam Nellie Hamilton from 1949 until 1984 when they divorced. He had one son from that marriage, Ken Freudenberg, a Durango resident since 1971. Mr. Freudenberg served as patent counsel for the Westinghouse Electric Corp. during the 1950s. He went into private practice in the early 1960s and then into government service, where he was patent counsel for the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency. He retired from government service in 1985 as an administrative judge on the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. He was a regular visitor to the Durango area from 1971 until 1986, when he moved here permanently and returned to the private practice of law as a patent attorney, with his partner and son, Ken Freudenberg. He was active in the partnership until his death.
Mr. Freudenberg was a member of the Amateur Radio Club and the Gem and Mineral Club. He was a skier and spent much of his free time traveling, including an extended trip in the fall of 2003 in which he and his sister drove from Durango to New England, Nova Scotia and other parts of the United States.
He is survived by his son of Durango and his only sister, Marcella Matthis of Pikeville Ky. He has donated his body for medical research and will be cremated.
A memorial gathering to celebrate Mr. Freudenberg's life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the theater of the Durango Arts Center. Participants are encouraged to bring photos, memorabilia or written memories for posting on a wall, and thoughts, stories or anecdotes to tell. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided along with a cash bar for wine, beer and soft drinks with proceeds going to benefit the Durango Art Center. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society www.leukemia.org.
Paul Keith Lunsford
Paul Keith Lunsford, a former longtime La Plata County resident and employee, died Jan. 1, 2004, at his home in Maricopa, Ariz. He was 91.
Mr. Lunsford was born Sept. 22, 1912, in Fairbanks, Okla.
He moved to Ignacio when he was 15, and he married Virginia (Leonard) Lunsford in 1935.
He worked for the Southern Ute agency and helped build the area's first domestic water system in the 1930s.
He served as a chief petty officer for the U.S. Navy in World War II.
He became road supervisor for La Plata County in 1954, and he was among the first to number county roads.
In 1958, he was appointed mayor of Ignacio, where he continued to work on the town's water system. He moved away from Ignacio in 1998.
Nevis James, Lunsford's daughter, said he was well-known in La Plata County.
"Everyone just thought he was a fine, fine man," James said from Peoria, Ariz.
Mr. Lunsford is survived by two daughters, Kay Seright-Wright of Littleton, and Nevis James of Peoria, Ariz.; three sisters, Ardena Figgens of Ontario, Calif., Catherine Dickey of Bloomfield, N.M., and Davidena Flack of Montrose; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, and a granddaughter, Ginger Hopkins.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ignacio Community Church.
Burial will follow at the Ignacio East Cemetery.
Neva Estelle Dove
Neva Estelle Dove, a former resident of Durango, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at N.W. Medical Center in Bentonville, Ark. The cause of death was not given. She was 78.
Mrs. Dove was born Sept. 25, 1925, in South Dakota, the daughter of Clarence and Mary Illma Parsons Wallace. She was the widow of Jesse Dove.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Wynnewood, Okla. She was a Sunday school teacher and was active in the church's women's group, vacation bible school and children's groups. Mrs. Dove was a missionary to the Navajo Nation for 18 months.
Mrs. Dove is survived by daughter, Mary Phillips of Pea Ridge, Ark. She also is survived by a grandchild, Robin McGuire; step-grandchildren Randy Phillips, Mary Malashevitz, Shari Miller and Anthony Phillips; and a great-granddaughter, Madison McGuire.
A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 2, at the Hardwicke Funeral Chapel in Clarksville, Ark. Burial was at Union Grove Cemetery in Clarksville.