Marilyn Elizabeth Turner
Marilyn Elizabeth Turner died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, at her home in Durango. The cause of death was not given. She was 69.
Mrs. Turner was born Sept. 22, 1934, in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of George and Harriett Heckman. She moved to Durango as a young bride.
After raising a family, she earned a degree at Fort Lewis College and a master's degree in education and counseling in Southern California.
Mrs. Turner, who returned to Durango three years ago, had a spirit of adventure. She liked to travel and was known for her storytelling and sense of humor. She loved to entertain.
"My mother will be remembered as a strong spirit who never minced her words," said her daughter, Julie Jorgensen.
Mrs. Turner is survived by three sons, John William Turner III of Longview, Texas, Ted Turner of Alpharetta, Ga., and Tim C. Turner of Los Angeles; a daughter, Julie T. Jorgensen of Littleton; two sisters, Phyllis Jacob of Temucula, Calif., and Peggy Emery of Tyler, Texas; and a brother, Jim Heckman of Port Angeles, Wash.
Also surviving Mrs. Turner are grandchildren Katie, Robby, Rebecca, Travis, Carra, Libia and John, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Turner was preceded in death two weeks ago by her mother, Harriett Heckman, 93.
A funeral service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hood Mortuary, with Chaplain Myron Darmour officiating.
Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery .
Louise M. Garcia
Louise M. Garcia, 85, who started Durango's city bus system and the Opportunity Bus, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center. She died of natural causes, said her daughter, Shirley Ann Osbourne.
Mrs. Garcia was born June 5, 1918, in Santa Cruz, N. M., the daughter of Grabielita (Sanchez) Maestas and Candido Maestas.
She married Antonio Gallegos in Durango in 1938; he preceded her in death in 1972.
She then married Joe Jaquez in Cortez; they were married for 10 years before he died.
She then married Dan Garcia in Durango on Valentine's Day; they, too, were married for about 10 years until Mr. Garcia died.
Mrs. Garcia was a pioneer in Durango's transportation system. She was involved with Community Action and donated her living room as an office, where she worked as the dispatcher and bookkeeper for the two bus systems.
She enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting and camping.
Though her involvement with Community Action, Mrs. Garcia would take children camping. She was a member of the Mother's Club and the choir at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husbands and her daughter, Mary L. Lister.
She is survived by her children: Ted B. Gallegos of Oceanside, Calif.; Jesus A. Gallegos of Durango and Shirley Ann Osbourne of Durango; her sisters: Dora Chavez of Farmington; Frances Maez of Victorville, Calif.; Mary Schimpp of Ypsilantsi, Mich. and Margaret Rodri of Durango; her brother, Nick Maestas of Aurora; her nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The rosary will be said at 6 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart. The Rev. Joseph L. Gallegos, with Sacred Heart, will officiate. Burial will take place at Greenmount Cemetery.
The family invites everyone to a reception after the burial at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall across the street from the church.
Mary Drobnick, 94, who had lived in Durango for long periods of her life since the mid-1950s, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at the Good Samaritan Center in Aztec.
Mrs. Drobnick was born Sept. 2, 1909, in Aspen, the daughter of Helen and Frank Gregorich. She lived in Aspen until she married Louis R. Drobnick and moved to Silverton. There she worked for many years as a pastry chef at the Grand Imperial Hotel.
After the family moved to Durango, Mrs. Drobnick continued her work as a pastry chef at the Strater Hotel.
After Mr. Drobnick died in 1970, she returned to Aspen to care for her mother. While in Aspen, Mrs. Drobnick managed the lunch counter at the local drugstore.
She returned to Durango and the Strater until 1981, when she retired to Aztec. For the past five years, she lived at the Good Samaritan Center.
"Mary had many friends in Silverton, Aspen, Durango and Aztec," said her daughter Lois Arriza. "Her family and friends will always remember her for her loving and generous ways, poticas (an Austrian bread) and beautiful crocheting."
Mrs. Drobnick was preceded in death by her husband and her son, James L. Drobnick.
She is survived by her daughters, Lois Arriza of Durango and Helen Smith of Aztec; her grandchildren, Johnny Smith of Farmington, Eddie Smith of Pueblo, Randy Smith and Theresa Maestas of Aztec, Ben and Tammie Arriza of Durango and James D. Drobnick of Denver; her brother, Ed Gregorich of Aspen; her sister, Ella Parsons of Austin, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Aztec. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, also at St. Joseph's.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Good Samaritan Center at 200 Care Lane, Aztec 87410.
Alyce Carlson Fox
Alyce Carlson Fox, 79, who lived in Durango for more than 10 years from the early 1980s, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, in Colorado Springs. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Mrs. Fox was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Des Moines, Iowa. She was the only daughter of Wilma (Thatcher) Carlson and Harry E. Carlson.
She graduated from William Woods College in Fulton, Mo., where she met her husband, Edward Michael Fox. They married on Aug. 5, 1945, in Oakland, Calif.
Mrs. Fox was a devoted mother and wife, staying at home with her children in Deerfield, Ill., recalls her son, the Rev. E. Quinn Fox.
Mrs. Fox was an active volunteer in civic and social organizations on the North Shore of Chicago. Later in her life, she worked for several years for a pediatric medical practice in Durango as an administrator.
"Everyone who knew Alyce loved her," her son said. "Wherever she lived, she enjoyed friendships with a wide variety of people."
Mrs. Fox lived in the Chicago area, the Dallas, Texas, area, and in Durango, Denver and Colorado Springs.
In Durango, Mrs. Fox joined St. Mark's Episcopal Church and supported Music in the Mountains, occasionally hosting guest musicians at home.
She was an Episcopalian throughout her adult life; she studied the Bible with The Navigators and Bible Study Fellowship.
Mrs. Fox was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her children, Emily T. Fox of Denver and E. Quinn Fox of Colorado Springs; and her grandchildren, Jonathan and Christina Fox of Colorado Springs.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., in Colorado Springs.
Sandra Lois Waddell
Sandra Lois Waddell, 60, who had lived in Durango since 1945, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at her home after a long battle with breast cancer.
Mrs. Waddell was born March 21, 1943, in Oakland, Calif. After World War II, the family, which had lived in the region, returned to Durango and Mrs. Waddell graduated from Durango High School.
She married Everett Waddell on May 14, 1963, in Bloomfield, N.M.
Mrs. Waddell worked seasonally for Fort Lewis College enrolling students and for the Training Advantage finding jobs for low-income teenagers and monitoring their progress. She managed the Florida Mosquito Control after her husband died. She enjoyed gardening and working on scrapbooks. She also enjoyed volleyball, tennis and genealogy.
"We will miss her but we will never forget the courage, grace and dignity with which she carried the cross she had been given," said Patty Quink, Mrs. Waddell's cousin, on behalf of her family. "Her ability to maintain a positive attitude and a sense of calm in the face of unbearable odds was her final gift to all of us."
Mrs. Waddell was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her children, Tracie DeBoer of Highlands Ranch and Sean Waddell of Durango; her grandchildren, Jordan and Tanner DeBoer of Highlands Ranch and Emily and Cole Waddell of Durango; her father, Frank Schoser of Durango; her sisters, Sharon Hamer of Durango and Carol O'Donnal of Mesa, Ariz.; her brothers, Frank R. Schoser of Durango and Tom Schoser of Durango; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial service will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Iron Horse Inn, 5800 Main Ave., Durango. Family and friends will officiate. Cremation will take place at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave. Durango 81301.
Juanita Lavone Mackey
Juanita Lavone Mackey, 66, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. She died from a mixture of natural causes after some time in the hospital, said her son Spur Mackey.
Ms. Mackey was born Nov. 15, 1937, in Muncie, Ind., the daughter of Inice and Everett Wright. She and her brother were placed in a children's home when they were 5 and 3 years old.
Ms. Mackey came to the Allison and Tiffany area in the late 1950s. They remained until 1986 when she moved to Fort Worth, Texas. She returned to the area in March 1991.
Ms. Mackey worked in the hospitality industry throughout the area. She also enjoyed doing crafts. She worked for several years for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe managing the Pino Nuche Restaurant. Ms. Mackey was active in community affairs and was a member of First Baptist Church in Ignacio.
"Although she battled severe depression from her early childhood, she was a light in the lives of everyone who knew her. She was known for her quick humor and forgiving spirit," said her friend, Jeanie Faverino. "She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. You were just richer for having known her."
Ms. Mackey spoke toHeraldStaff Writer John Peel about her depression nearly a year ago. Admitting to the problem of depression, she said, is a giant leap toward getting well. People who are depressed often don't want to admit they need medication, she added.
"She enjoyed her crafts and taking her grandchildren to church on Sunday, then taking them to lunch after," said Spur Mackey.
Ms. Mackey is survived by her children, Spur Mackey of Ignacio and Teresa McLaughlin of Fort Worth, Texas; her grandchildren, Trealla and Stetson Mackey of Ignacio and Cody and Zoope Williams; five great-grandchildren; her sister, GayLaRae McKenzie-Wright-Lechner of Ignacio; her brother, Richard Wright of Mancos; and many aunts and uncles.
Special people in her life included her aunt, Pat Atkins, and her cousin, Farley Atkins, both of Fort Worth; her church family; and many friends.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Ignacio. The Rev. Frank Kihn will officiate. Burial will take place at the Allison-Tiffany Cemetery in Allison.
Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 628, Portales, NM 88130.
Lillian D. Olguin
Lillian D. Olguin, a long-time Ignacio resident, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango from natural causes. She was 59.
Mrs. Olguin was born July 28, 1944, in Kamer, Wyo., to Augustine and Felicita (Trujillo) Velasquez. She moved to Ignacio in the 1950s.
Mrs. Olguin was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ignacio.
She enjoyed life and making others laugh and loved being with her family. Mrs. Olguin also liked to dance and fish.
“She was very strong,” said Joe B. Olguin, Mrs. Olguin’s husband.
She is survived by her husband, Joe B. Olguin, of Ignacio; a daughter, Melissa Velasquez of Ignacio; a grandson, Fidel Velasquez of Ignacio; two granddaughters, Jillian and Laura Velasquez, both of Ignacio; five sisters, Virginia, GeorgiAnn and Marlene Velasquez, all of Bloomfield, Prescilla Holman of Farmington and Martha Monte of Salt Lake City; five brothers, Phil, Sam, Abel and Alex Velasquez, all of Ignacio, and Joe Velasquez of Aztec; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter.
A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hood Mortuary.
A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ignacio. The Rev. James Koenigsfeld at St. Columba Catholic Church and Deacon John O’Hare at St. Ignatius Catholic Church will officiate. Burial will occur at Ignacio Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to an account at Wells Fargo Bank in Ignacio. Call Wells Fargo at 563-9401 for details.
Ann Ross Heath
Ann Ross Heath died of natural causes Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. She was 80.
Mrs. Heath, the mother of Dr. Bern Heath, director of Southwest Colorado Mental Health Clinic, came to Durango in August.
"She was thrilled to come here and loved the area," Bern Heath said. "She was a tremendous influence on her grandchildren."
Mrs. Heath was born July 12, 1923, in Clanton, Ala., the daughter of L.C. and Willie (Sartor) Ross. She graduated from Birmingham Southern College and married Bernard Henry Heath on July 27, 1946.
Mrs. Heath was a 53-year resident of Concord, N.H., where she taught elementary school.
She was a member and past president of the Junior Service League, served on the boards of directors of the Family Service and Opportunity House in Concord and was a lifetime member of South Congregational Church.
In addition to her son, Bernard Henry Heath Jr., Mrs. Heath is survived by grandchildren, Sarah Rose Heath, Rebecca Ann Heath and Bernard Henry (Trey) Heath, all of Durango. She also is survived by daughter, Patricia Ann Heath of Illinois; sister, Janet Linder of Santa Rosa, Calif., and brother, William Crutcher Ross of Charlotte, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001.
A funeral is scheduled Saturday, March 13, at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, N.H.