Wayne Davis Dugger (11/20/2005)
A longtime Bayfield educator, Wayne Davis Dugger, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at his home in Bayfield. He was 71.
Mr. Dugger was born March 30, 1934, in Farmerville, Texas, the son of William Warren Dugger and Arra Mae Davis Dugger. He graduated from Texas A & M University in 1958 and spent his young adulthood farming in Texas.
He later taught in Farmerville and Cleburne, Texas, for eight years. Mr. Dugger married Glynda Janette Westbrook on March 17, 1961, in Gainesville, Texas.
The family moved to the Bayfield area in 1968, where Mr. Dugger worked as a teacher and principal for 25 years. He also volunteered with the Pine River Fire Protection District for 15 years, including during the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire.
Mr. Dugger was a member of the Bayfield Church of Christ and the Four Corners Antique Club. His focus in life was to be "a servant to everybody" and to help those in need "anytime and anywhere," his family said.
Mr. Dugger is survived by his wife, Glynda Janette of Bayfield; sons Douglas Wayne Dugger of Bayfield and Mack Davis Dugger of Albuquerque; sister Wilma W. Mickey of Durango; brothers Roy W. Dugger of New Braunfels, Texas and Cecil W. Dugger of Stillwater, Okla.; foster brother James A. Davidson of Princeton, Texas; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today, Nov. 20, 2005, at Hood Mortuary in Durango. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2005, at the Bayfield High School gymnasium. Ron Tate and Rick Nez will officiate.
Services also will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in McKinney, Texas. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Farmerville, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association, c/o Wynona Carman, 1407 W. Lamar St., McKinney, TX 75069.
Delphina A. Fanto (11/18/2005)
A former resident of Durango, Delphina A. Fanto, 94, died in Albuquerque on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005.
She was born to Benerito and Fidela Domingues Cordova on Sept. 18, 1911, in Rawlins, Wyo. The Cordova family moved to Durango when she was an infant, and she spent the first 74 years of her life here. Mrs. Fanto lived in Alamogordo, N.M. for three years and Sun City, Calif., for 17 years.
She married Bennie Fanto, and the couple had celebrated their 50th anniversary before his death in 1985.
Mrs. Fanto was a homemaker who loved to cook. Her specialty was red chile and beans with homemade tortillas. She also enjoyed reading, and as the family historian, she was always available to share stories of her life with her children. She was a devout Catholic and a member of Sacred HeartCatholic Church.
Mrs. Fanto is survived by her daughters, Eleanor Sykes of Albuquerque and Louise Morris, Mary Virginia Williams, and Kathleen Bird, all of Sun City, Calif.; brothers, Jimmie Cordova of Durango and Joe Cordova of Sacramento, Calif.; sisters, Angie Andrews of Albuquerque, Mary McNutt of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Aggie Sturek and Mollie Ward, both of Omaha, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
The rosary and viewing will take place at Hood Mortuary at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2005. Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005. Burial will follow at Greenmount Cemetery.
Nathan Scott Adair (11/18/2005)
Durango native Nathan Scott Adair, 19, died in a car accident in Show Low, Ariz., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2005.
He was born in Durango to Tom and Tami Adair on March 6, 1986. Mr. Adair attended Montezuma-Cortez High School and graduated in 2005.
His family said he enjoyed football, spending time with his family and friends and working at E.A. Glass in Cortez, where he was living at the time of his death.
Mr. Adair was preceded in death by his brother Zachary Adair.
He is survived by his parents, Tom and Tami Adair, of Cortez; sisters, Brittney Adair and Whitney Adair, both of Cortez; brothers, Joshua Adair and Joseph Adair, both of Cortez; grandmother, Nelda Adair of Kirtland, N.M.; grandparents, Tom and Sherril Ross of Show Low, Ariz.; grandmother, Sandra Ross of Safford, Ariz; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 18, 2005, at Ertel Funeral Home and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel on Empire Street, both in Cortez. The funeral will follow at 10 a.m. at the LDS Chapel, with Bishop Mortensen officiating. Burial will follow at Kirtland Community Cemetery in Kirtland, N.M.
Mary Box Chavez (11/15/2005)
A lifelong resident of La Plata County, Mary Box Chavez, 89, died at her home in Ignacio on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005.
She was born in Ignacio to Jacob and Bertha Box on Dec. 16, 1915. Mrs. Chavez spent most of her life in Bayfield and was a member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. She was an active farm wife.
She married Ollie S. Chavez in Albuquerque on Jan. 14, 1947. He died shortly after their 50th anniversary in 1997. Her family said he was always on her mind after that.
Mrs. Chavez was active in the ministry of her church. She translated the Bible to Ute for Wycliffe Bible Translators and was often on the radio or recording on vinyl for that ministry. Mrs. Chavez had also created a DVD for her ministry.
Mrs. Chavez often had home-sales jobs, like selling Studio Girl cosmetics or fabric from swatches.
"She was the owner of probably the most famous Indian car," said her daughter Marjorie Borst. "She hit horses, cows, dogs, skunk and deer. When her driver's license was taken away, she said, 'they clipped my wings.'"
Her daughter also said her mother "was very determined and inspirational because she never faltered despite setbacks. She was very happy, always laughing and telling jokes. She coined the phrase, "Just call me Gigglebox.'"
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Chavez also was preceded in death by her daughter, Lucinda Chavez; son Phillip Box; and granddaughter Lucinda Rael.
She is survived by her daughters, Elsie Calabaza of Albuquerque and Phyllis Escalanti and Marjorie Borst, both of Bayfield; brothers, David Box of Denver and Edward Box Sr. of Asheville, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will take place at Hood Mortuary from 3 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 15, 2005. A funeral will be held at Ignacio Baptist Church Maranatha at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005. The Rev. Kelly Winlock will officiate.
The family is accepting floral arrangements, or memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Mercy, 3801 N. Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
Martha Nel Wiles (11/11/2005)
Martha Nel Wiles, 74, died at her home at Vallecito Lake on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005. The cause of death was cancer.
Her family said Mrs. Wiles found great peace and serenity in the cabin in the Rocky Mountains where she spent the last years of her life.
She was born on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 1931, to Ely and Jeanette Blackburn in Georgetown, Ky. (Her family said she referred to that day with feigned chagrin.)
Mrs. Wiles attended the Grier School, The Cardome Academy, Ward Belmont College and the University of Kentucky, where she belonged to the Chi Omega Sorority.
On Dec. 26, 1971, she married Lt. Howard O. Wiles at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church. Her husband was a career U.S. Air Force officer. She ran the Air Force gift shop on Okinawa for many years and also ran a gambling casino for airmen's relief.
Her family said Mrs. Wiles loved clothes, and she had a dress shop named Flair for a number of years after returning to the United States.
After living in many different places during the Air Force years, she and her husband retired to live on her family farm in Georgetown.
She enjoyed fishing and needlework and was a superb skier. An Australian friend said of her that "she was as smooth as a gravy sandwich." Her family said her legacy is her smile, which she gave to everyone she ever encountered.
Mrs. Wiles is survived by her husband Howard Wiles of Vallecito Lake; daughter, Sandra Nel Hill of Baltimore; son, Dr. Howard O. Wiles III of Richmond, Va.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
A celebration of her life will be held in December at The Old Otterbein United Methodist Church in Baltimore, where her son-in-law is a lay minister.
Lorraine Alice 'Priddy' Barry (11/11/2005)
Lorraine Alice "Priddy" Barry died on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005. She lived the last six years of her life at Four Corners Health Care Center. The cause of death was pneumonia.
She was born to Mae and Joe Priddy on Dec. 5, 1935 in California. She came to live in southeastern Utah with her father and brothers Bobby Priddy and Jimmy Priddy. Her family said she was full of wonder and seeking new adventures in the community of Ucolo, Utah.
She attended school in Monticello, Utah, where she met George Barry. The couple married on Feb. 9, 1952. For the first two years of their marriage, the Barrys lived in a "honeymoon" cabin that Mr. Barry built on Horsehead Point, Utah.
In 1955, they moved to the community of Eastland, Utah, after buying 4 acres and a vacant teacher's house that they relocated. They then began adding on to their house and their household.
Mrs. Barry is survived by her husband George; children, Sue Fisher of Denver, Steve Barry of Hutchinson, Minn., Kathy Simpson of Blanding, Utah and Ed Barry of Monticello, Utah; sister, Geraldine Langston of Riverside, Calif., brother, Roger Priddy of Brighton; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A small service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 11, 2005, at the Eastland Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial will follow at the Eastland Cemetery.
Louis Alfred Mannila (11/10/2005)
Louis Alfred "Lou" Mannila died in Durango on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005. The cause of death was complications from numerous illnesses. He was 87.
Mr. Mannila was born Oct. 26, 1918, in Kaleva, Mich., to Oscar and Linda Mannila. The youngest of 12 children, he grew up on a family farm in Kaleva, a community of Finnish immigrants.
In 1941, Mr. Mannila enlisted in the U.S. Army, fighting in the Pacific theater for four years. He was involved in the Northern Solomons campaign, the New Caledonia campaign and the battle at Guadalcanal. Upon his discharge from the Army in 1945, he moved to Chicago.
He married Eleanore Irene Mannila in Chicago in 1949. Mr. Manilla worked for the Commonwealth Edison Electric Company in Illinois, later retiring as foreman. He enjoyed gardening, particularly vegetables, and was active with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Mr. Mannila was also a fourth-degree member of the St. Anthony de Padua Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society. He lived in Chicago for 24 years.
For 20 years after his retirement, Mr. Mannila and his wife lived in Lake Villa, Ill., where he became active with the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. He was a faithful bingo caller at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4308 for many years.
Family members said he enjoyed spoiling his daughter and grandsons.
In 2003, the Mannilas moved to Durango to spend more time with their only child, Michelle Jungerberg. Shortly after the move, Mr. Mannila became ill, underwent several surgeries and suffered multiple strokes that took his ability to speak.
Mr. Mannila is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eleanore Mannila of Durango; daughter, Michelle Jungerberg of Durango; brother, Ludwig Mannila of Detroit; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, at St. Columba Catholic Church. The Rev. John Folmer will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Mercy, 3801 North Main Avenue, Durango, CO, 81301; or the American Stroke Association.
Mary Elizabeth Guynn (11/10/2005)
After five years in the Durango area, Mary Elizabeth Guynn, 84, died on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005. Mrs. Guynn was a nonsmoker who died from metastasized lung cancer.
She came to Durango in 2000 to join her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. On most days during the week, Mrs. Guynn ate lunch and then played canasta at the Durango/La Plata Senior Center.
She was born in Logan, N.M., on July 6, 1921. After growing up there, Mrs. Guynn attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M., graduating with a bachelor's degree in education. She met and married her husband, Peter Guynn Jr., while he was stationed at nearby Fort Bliss and she was teaching in Las Cruces.
After World War II, they moved to Chicago, where she taught elementary school in Burbank, Ill., for 30 years.
Upon retiring, Mr. and Mrs. Guynn moved to Cherokee Village, Ark. They enjoyed golfing, bowling and square dancing for many years. For most of her life, Mrs. Guynn was an active member of the Democratic Party. While living in Arkansas, she knew former Pres. Bill Clinton.
Mrs. Guynn was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Guynn Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Burwell of Durango; son, Peter Guynn III of Denver; two granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation will occur and a ceremony will be held at the place of her birth, Logan, N.M.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.
Louise B. Anesi Maynes (11/10/2005)
A woman with deep roots in Southwest Colorado, Louise B. Anesi Maynes, 95, died at Four Corners Health Care Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.
She was born to Frank Baldesari and Luigia Obersoler Anesi in Silverton on May 13, 1910. She was one of 10 children and was known as the one who wasn't too domestic. When there were chores to be done she would disappear and be found reading a book. Because of that lack of domesticity, she was the child sent to college.
She told stories of how when the boys got haircuts, the girls did too, and it was often the same haircut. The family owned a ranch near Baker's Bridge, and would take the train down from Silverton to spend time there.
After graduating from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in romance languages, she married Sam C. Maynes.
While living in Durango, she and her husband owned and operated the Savoy Hotel, now known as the General Palmer House, and later owned and operated the Silver Dollar Bar and Otto's Tavern.
"There used to be baseball fields behind the Savoy," said her son Bernard Maynes. "Every spring she would go to Gardenswartz's and they would sell her a box of used mitts that had been used as trade-ins for 50 cents or a dollar each. Then she would show up at the first game of the season and make sure that everyone had a mitt."
Mrs. Maynes was a fan of Durango Demon sports, and she attended many games. She was honored for her support with the DHS football "Special Person" award and the Student Council "Friends of DHS" award and was given a free pass to all school events.
"When I was playing high school football," said her son Bernard Maynes, "Leon Burrows was my coach. He would say 'I wish you showed up for as many practices as your mother does.'"
She also received a lifetime pass to Montrose High School events when she and her husband lived there for a few years in the 1970s. "I think she got it for helping shovel snow off the football field," said her son Bernard Maynes.
"I remember when she was living in Montrose," said her grandson, Sam W. Maynes. "She would find out when the game with Grand Junction was and stand by the road to wave at the team bus as it went by. And if we stopped for a break in Montrose, she would be there taking pictures of the team."
Mrs. Maynes loved horses and taught all her grandchildren to ride and ice skate at the ice rink that was created every winter where the horse pavilion at the La Plata County Fairgrounds is located.
"She was very independent," said Sam W. Maynes. "When her husband, Sam, wouldn't travel with her, she went to Europe by herself. She was especially interested in visiting the Tyrol area in northern Italy. Both her parents emigrated from there."
Her family said she will also be remembered for singing Italian songs and taking photographs of everyone.
Mrs. Maynes was preceded in death by her husband, Sam C. Maynes, in 1980, and her son Frank E. "Sam" Maynes in 2004.
She is survived by her son Bernard Maynes of Fort Collins; foster sons Joe N. Lovato of Lincoln City, Ore., and Joe E. Lovato of Nordland, Wash.; sister Angelina "Dutchie" Franch of Boulder; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005. The Rev. Larry Gallegos will officiate. Burial will take place at the Hillside Cemetery in Silverton at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Southwest Colorado Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 2717, Durango, CO 81302.