Mary Constance 'CiCi' Rock
Mary Constance "CiCi" Rock died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at her home in Durango after a long struggle with cancer. She was 53.
Mrs. Rock was born on Dec. 11, 1950, in Laramie, Wyo., to Katherine Ruth (Ficklin) Rock and Rupert Lee "Bud" Rock Jr.
She graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins. For many years, Mrs. Rock lived in Anchorage, Alaska, and then in Traverse City, Mich. While in Antarctica in 1990, she met Robert D. Prentice. The two were married on Sept. 28, 1991.
Mrs. Rock worked as a swim instructor, bartender and carpenter at various times. She operated her own wallpaper service, The Wall Works, in Durango for the last 13 years.
She was a volunteer at Park Elementary School in Durango and coached youth soccer.
She was a member of the BR chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and attended St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
"CiCi's vitality, humor and forthrightness will be missed by all," her family said.
Surviving Mrs. Rock are her husband, Robert Dean Prentice; her son, Cory Robert Prentice; her daughter, Sheila Kay Prentice, all of Durango. She is also survived by her father, Rupert Lee Rock Jr.; and brothers Christopher Erin Rock of Helena, Mont., and Paul Bernard Rock of Tulsa, Okla.
A funeral for Mrs. Rock will be held at noon Wednesday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Durango.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Avenue, Durango.
Marlene Joan Kesselhuth
Marlene Joan "Jo" Kesselhuth, a longtime resident of Durango, died at her home Oct. 20, 2004. She was 73.
Mrs. Kesselhuth, born on Feb. 21, 1931, in St. Paul, Neb., is survived by daughter Sherlyn Glover of Durango; sons Rod Kesselhuth of Durango and Gene Kesselhuth of Bartlesville, Okla.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland "Speed" Kesselhuth, and daughter Leslie Kesselhuth Ames.
A private family service is planned in Long Pine, Neb.
Kathleen Wheat died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, in Georgetown, Texas. She was 82.
Mrs. Wheat was born on Oct. 27, 1921, in Santa Anna, Texas, to Carl Fred and Amy Jewel (Welch) McCormick.
She married Clem Wheat on Dec. 25, 1983, in Georgetown. They were married 20 years. She was with the Manpower Survey Official Fourth Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas for 30 years.
Surviving Mrs. Wheat are her husband Clem Wheat of Georgetown; her son, Don Wheat of Durango; two stepdaughters, Debra Gains of Montgomery, Texas, and Margaret Tivis of College Station, Texas; her brother, Billie McCormick of Austin, Texas; her sister, Myrna Hoppe of Georgetown; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel with graveside service at 2 p.m. Friday in the Bangs Cemetery in Bangs, Texas, with the Rev. Jeff Hoppe officiating.
Gloria Elizabeth Andre
Gloria Elizabeth Andre died on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, in her Bayfield home. She was 77.
Mrs. Andre was born on March 31, 1927, in Jamaica, N.Y., to William and Marie Beck. Three years ago, she had moved with her son, Mark Andre, to Bayfield from Alpine, Calif.
Her son said that she will be remembered as a loving mother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Andre.
A funeral service will be held on Friday at the First Baptist Church of Bayfield. Interment will follow at the Pine River Cemetery. Because times for the services are pending, call Durango Funeral Options at 247-8555 for scheduled times.
Bette Lee Dallison
Bette Lee Dallison died of natural causes Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004 at The Valley Inn in Mancos. She was 82.
Mrs. Dallison was born Oct. 21, 1921, in Greeley, the daughter of Fred and Guertha Edmonds Bates, both of whom were deaf. They later moved to Denver where she graduated from South High School in 1939.
While attending Denver University, she was active in Sigma Kappa and graduated with a degree in education in 1943. After graduation, Mrs. Dallison taught deaf children in Greeley, Craig and Denver.
She married Sam James Dallison on Aug. 8, 1945, in Denver. While her husband was employed with Exxon Corp., they lived in many parts of the world, including Colorado, Wyoming, England and Florida. After his retirement, they moved back to Denver, and recently returned to Durango to be with family.
Mrs. Dallison was always active in the Episcopal Church and the Altar Guild of the Church. She considered herself a pioneer skier in the 1930s, frequenting Berthoud Pass, Aspen and Steamboat Springs. She loved the outdoors, travel, antiques and needlepoint. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Dallison is survived by her husband, Sam Dallison of Mancos; her daughter, Lynn Harpel of Hesperus; her son, Dave Dallison of Bayfield; and six grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held by her family at a later date.
Charlotte H. Roe
Charlotte H. Roe died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, from a stroke during a hospital transport to Washington, D.C. She was 83.
Ms. Roe was born on Long Island in Port Washington, N.Y., on May 29, 1921.
Ms. Roe touched and inspired many with her creative enthusiasm for life, said her family, and she kept herself youthful by embracing the arts every day. Her mediums included painting, woodworking, singing, working with clay, playing piano and anything else that allowed her to express her unique view of the universe and challenge others to take new perspectives.
Her door was always open to all who needed a soothing cup of tea or coffee and a soul-searching conversation, said family members. "Her spirit is with us, but her physical presence will be greatly missed," said her family.
Her survivors, many of whom reside in the Durango area, include her daughters, Jill Roe, Cathie Roe and Cynthia Purvis; her son, Bob Roe; her brother, William Hewett; two granddaughters, Milcah Hawk and Tristan Chapman; three grandsons, Travis Garlick, Shalom Bennett and Bo Roe; her cousin, Bill Millar; and seven great-grandchildren.
Page Lawrence Edwards
Former Durango resident Page Lawrence Edwards, 93, died on Oct. 1, 2004, at his home in Lakewood of natural causes.
Mr. Edwards was born in Denver on July 4, 1911, to Lucita Lawrence and Julius Carter Edwards. He was raised in Los Angeles, graduating from Hollywood High School in 1929. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1933. He began his mining career in Idaho, where he met and married Mary Elizabeth on Oct. 18, 1939, in Shoshone, Idaho.
Mr. Edwards served in the Pacific Theater in the U.S. Navy during World War II. When he returned to the United States, he worked in the construction business in Los Angeles for seven years before returning to the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau, where he spent the remainder of his career working as a mining geologist and engineer.
His mining career led him to Utah, Nevada and, finally, to Durango with the Vanadium Corporation of America from 1952 to 1967. He became general manager of western operations and assistant vice president, positions Mr. Edwards continued to hold after the company merged with Foote Mineral Co. In 1971, the Edwards family moved from Durango to Lakewood. Mr. Edwards retired in 1976.
In 1940, he became a member of the Society of Mining Engineers, served on the board of directors and was honored as a distinguished member in 1988. He joined the Colorado Mining Association in 1952, became a director and was also named an honorary director of that association in 1988.
He was a member of the Electra Lake Sporting Club in Durango for the last 40 years, where the family cabin was a gathering place for sailing, hiking and fishing.
"Almost every lunch was a picnic," said their daughter Sally Loo. "And they wanted to know everything about a place, like Wallace Stegner said, about the 'sense of place.' Not just the surface, but to learn the depth of it, too, like the geological timeline."
She said, "At our family service, everyone remembered him. We used words like determined and fastidious, and talked about his belief in doing things the right way, the thorough way. Everyone remembered that it mattered not to just think that a fact was right, but to pick up an encyclopedia or dictionary and look it up. He taught us all that wonder of discovery - taking us on fossil hunts and geological adventures."
Mr. Edwards was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Edwards, and his son, Page L. Edwards Jr.
He is survived by daughters Ann Phillips of Boulder, Judy McClanahan of Kansas City, Mo., and Sally Loo of Littleton; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Private services have been held.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mineral Information Institute Inc., 501 Violet, Golden, CO 80401; or The Nature Conservancy, 2424 Spruce, Boulder, CO 80302.
Condolences may be sent to Ann Phillips, 211 Hawthorne, Boulder, CO 80302.
David E. 'Dave' Warner
David E. "Dave" Warner died of natural causes on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, at his home in Aztec. He was 77.
Mr. Warner was born Oct. 23, 1926, in Delta, to Edward and Mae Warner. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. After he left the service, he moved to Durango where he worked for Western Colorado Power Co. for 20 years. In 1969, he went to work for the Colorado Department of Transportation where he remained for 18 years, retiring in 1987. He moved to Aztec in 1989.
Mr. Warner is survived by his wife, Emily, of Aztec, the city where the couple married Aug. 13, 1955.
He also is survived by daughters Janice Evans and Lynn Bradshaw of Winnemucca, Nev.; son Mark Warner of Farmington; sisters Dorothy Hill of Grand Junction and Margery Wilson of Delta; and brother, Robert Warner of Cortez.
Also surviving him are grandchildren, Richard Evans, Maria Shupe of Moab, Utah, Stacy Hines of Farmington, and Kristy Lara of Winnemucca; also a great-granddaughter, Shailey Lara of Winnemucca.
Mr. Warner was preceded in death by brother Richard Warner.
Visitation is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hood Mortuary. A graveside service is set at 1 p.m. the same day at Greenmount Cemetery, with Brad Perry officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Northwest New Mexico Hospice, 608 Reilly, Farmington 87401.
Merle C. McCaw
Merle C. McCaw died Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at Four Corners Health Care Center. He was 83.
Mr. McCaw was born June 1, 1921, in Durango to Wayne and Blanche McCaw. He attended grade school in Oxford and graduated from Durango High School in 1938. He attended Fort Lewis College in Hesperus and what is now Arizona State University at Tempe. He was a DeMolay as a youth.
Mr. McCaw, who began operating the family ranch near Oxford on his own in 1951, served two six-year terms on the school board. He also was a charter member of the La Plata County Cattlemen's Association as well as Basin Co-op. Additionally, he was a member of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association since 1949 and a member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the American Hereford Association, the American Angus Association, the American Scotch Highland Breeders Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.
Mr. McCaw is survived by his second wife, Altha McCaw, of Oxford, whom he married on Jan. 11, 1990; sons Paul McCaw of Farmington and Dean McCaw of Oxford; a daughter, Martha Nelson of Kirtland, N.M.; four granddaughters, two grandsons, one great-granddaughter and six great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by a son.
A funeral service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hood Mortuary, with Chaplain Myron Darmour officiating. Burial will take place at Oxford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the La Plata County Cattlemen's Scholarship Program.
Gloria (Dody) F. Rodgers
Gloria (Dody) F. Rodgers died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at her home in Albuquerque, where she had lived for six years. She was 73.
Mrs. Rodgers was born in Cascade, Iowa, in 1930, to Arthur and Mollie Sauser. She spent her formative years in Cascade, Monticello and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
She married Bill Jack Rodgers in 1949. The couple lived in Dallas and Cedar Rapids before moving to Los Alamos, N.M., where he worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mrs. Rodgers worked there as secretary of the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church for eight years. The couple moved to Durango when Mr. Rodgers retired in 1988. Mrs. Rodgers loved Durango, but moved to Albuquerque for health reasons.
Mrs. Rodgers was described by family members as a person who found the humor in situations, was fun to be around, and was always active. She had a bright smile and contagious laugh that enriched many lives, family members said.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Jack Rodgers; daughters Molly Rodgers of Albuquerque, Sona Rodgers of Durango and Kim Rodgers-Mattys of Colorado Springs; sisters Mollie Peiffer and Mary Jane Gift of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A grandson, Rino Demarni of Vancouver, B.C., also survives her.
She was preceded in death by brother Orville Sauser and sister Arless McKenzie.
A memorial celebrating her life is scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Durango.
Mary Louise (Schaaf) Squires
Mary Louise (Schaaf) Squires died of natural causes Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at Four Corners Health Care Center where she had been a resident for two years. She was 92.
Mrs. Squires was born March 3, 1912, in Pendleton, N.M., which had been admitted to the union only two months before, to John T. and Mary Belle McCloskey. The family moved to Silverton and later to Durango where she graduated from high school in 1930.
She married Lucian F. Squires in 1933. Mrs. Squires was a homemaker and worked on the family's farm in Bayfield where they had moved in 1943. The couple, who were married 71 years, lived in Breen and Red Mesa before moving to Bayfield.
Mrs. Squires loved country life and the outdoors. She had a sense of humor and treasured her relationship with neighbors and friends. She participated in community events, the Bayfield Study Club (a bridge group) and the Calvary Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Squires is survived by her husband of Durango; sons James Squires of Houston and William Squires of Phoenix; a daughter, Nina Davis of Carson City, Nev.; niece Linda Bettis of Tyler, Tex.; and six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hood Mortuary, where cremation will occur. A private interment of ashes will be occur at Pine River Cemetery in Bayfield.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Calvary Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 366, Bayfield, the Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave., Durango or a favorite charity.