Helen Bernice 'Berni' Hildenbrand Dotson (7/12/2006)
Durango native Helen Bernice "Berni" Hildenbrand Dotson died at her home in Carthage, Texas, on Saturday, July 8, 2006. Mrs. Dotson was 64.
She was born in Durango to George and Evelyn Hildenbrand on Nov. 27, 1941.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandson Colby Allen.
Mrs. Dotson is survived by her husband, Larry Dotson, of Carthage; son, John Kaiser, of Kilgore, Texas; daughters, Debbie Schroeder, of White Oak, Texas, and Teddie Stewart and Chrysty Anderson, both of Carthage; brother, John Hildenbrand, of Evergreen; sisters Betty Boughan, of Aztec and Barbara Cook, of Farmington; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, July 12, 2006, at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore, Texas. Burial will follow in Kilgore Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be left at Raderfuneralhome.com.
Carolee Jane Blevins (7/11/2006)
Carolee Jane Blevins, a nurse and educator, died Monday, July 3, 2006, at Mercy Regional Medical Center due to complications of coronary failure. She was 75.
"She was always quick to smile, lend an ear and eager to help in any way she could," said her son, David Skoglund. "She was the strength and backbone of her family, and she will be dearly missed by those whose lives she so gently touched."
The daughter of the late Claude and Genevie Loser, she was born in Salida on June 28, 1931, and attended Center Consolidated Schools. There she played basketball and was an avid horsewoman, riding in Monte Vista's Ski Hi Stampede every summer.
After graduating from high school, Mrs. Blevins attended Denver University, where she earned her nursing degree and worked briefly for Dr. Bunch in the Alamosa Clinic.
In 1952, she married her high school sweetheart, Harvey Skoglund Jr. The two later earned their degrees in education from Adams State College.
The couple then moved to Climax, where Mr. Skoglund worked as a chemist and his wife worked as a nurse. Later, she taught language arts and literature at the junior high and high schools in Alamosa and Leadville. After pursuing her degree in counseling, she worked in the Lake County School District as a middle school counselor. She was instrumental in initiating the Meals on Wheels program for homebound seniors and starting the Suicide Hotline in Lake County.
After the death of her first husband, she married James "Jim" Blevins in 1977. After Mrs. Blevins retired from Lake County School District in 1980, the couple moved to Archuleta County and set up housekeeping on a 40-acre ranch south of Pagosa Springs. During this time, Mrs. Blevins kept busy by working for a local plumbing company, bussing tables at Pagosa Lodge and helping out at the Silver Dollar Liquor Store. The couple began spending winters in Mexico and eventually moved to Yuma, Ariz., where Mrs. Blevins began her full retirement, enjoying the desert heat and growing tomatoes.
After Mr. Blevins' death, Mrs. Blevins returned to Pagosa Springs in 2003 to be near her children, family and friends. She enjoyed fishing, sitting on her deck with a cold Coors Light and, most of all, watching the Denver Broncos. She loved watching her grandchildren participate in their sports and school programs. She also became an active member of the Silver Foxes Den, enjoying afternoon bridge, river rafting and hot air ballooning.
Survivors include her son, David Skoglund, of Hesperus; daughter, Leeann Skoglund of Pagosa Springs; stepson, Mark Blevins of Albuquerque, N.M.; and two grandchildren.
A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2006, at her home, 288 Ute Drive, Pagosa Springs, for all her family and friends. Please call Leeann at (970) 731-3225 for directions and more information.
Mrs. Blevins has requested that her ashes be taken to Bristle Head above Santa Maria Reservoir and released to soar with the eagles.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Silver Foxes Den, P.O. Box 1507, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.
Esther B. Huner (7/9/2006)
A 90-year-old Durango native, Esther B. Huner, died Friday, July 7, 2006, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango.
Mrs. Huner was born on July 3, 1916, in Durango to Harlan A. and Katherine Kerr Burnham.
She married Martin W. Huner in Albuquerque in 1944. After Mr. Huner's military service in World War II, the family settled in Dolores before moving to Durango in 1952, where Mr. Huner worked for Rio Grande Motorways.
Mrs. Huner was very proud of her Durango heritage. Her grandfather was the entrepreneur Thomas A. Kerr, who built the first flour mill in Durango, among other ventures.
Mrs. Huner was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Durango.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol Cicmanec, four nieces and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin; her brother, Clifford A. Burnham; and her sister, Irma M. Fitzer.
Services have not been announced.
Elvira Esquibel Cherryholmes (7/8/2006)
Four Corners area native Elvira Esquibel Cherryholmes, 70, died at her home in Albuquerque on Friday, June 23, 2006. The cause of death was not disclosed.
She was born to Juan F. Quintana and Stella Mascarenas in Rosa, N.M., on Aug. 8, 1935. (Rosa was later submerged under Navajo Lake.) After attending elementary school in Rosa, she went on to study in Aztec and graduated from Aztec High School in 1952.
In 1955, Mrs. Cherryholmes earned her bachelor's degree from Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. She attended Adams State College in Alamosa for some graduate work.
She spent the first three years of her teaching career in Española, N.M.
On Nov. 28, 1958, she married Ciprano D. Esquibel. The couple lived in Albuquerque, where Mrs. Cherryholmes taught at numerous schools in the city. She retired from the Albuquerque Public School District after 38 years in 1994.
Mrs. Cherryholmes was preceded in death by her husband, Ciprano Esquibel; and son, Carlos Esquibel.
She is survived by her second husband, Roger Cherryholmes, of Albuquerque; mother, Stella M. Quintana, of Arboles; brother Pete Quintana of Arboles; uncle Steve Mascarenas of Farmington; aunts Beatrice Gallegos of Aztec and Leora Valdez of La Jara; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at St. Peter/St. Rose Catholic Church in Arboles. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 13, 2006, also at St. Peter/St. Rose. Deacon Larry Tucker will officiate.
Cremation has occurred. Mrs. Cherryholmes' ashes will be buried at St. Rosa Cemetery in Arboles.
Jeanene Miller Dunlap Cruse (7/8/2006)
Durango native Jeanene Miller Dunlap Cruse died at her Fort Collins home after a long battle with cancer on Thursday, July 6, 2006. She was 70.
She was born in Durango on Feb. 1, 1936 to Hoyt C. and Gail McCloskey Miller both of whom were long-time educators in the area. Miller Middle School is named after Hoyt C. Miller.
Her family said Mrs. Cruse was an active member of the Durango High School Class of 1954.
Mrs. Cruse sold Avon products for many years. Her family said that occupation reflected her commitment to customer service, belief in the empowerment of women and ability to build friendships.
Mrs. Cruse's interests included playing musical instruments, especially in the New Horizons Band, teaching and relaxing at the family cabin at Electra Lake.
Her family said Mrs. Cruse embodied all the best qualities of the "Greatest Generation."
Mrs. Cruse is survived by her daughters Ann Dwelle and Mary Eberspacher; son James Dunlap; former husband Jim Cruse; and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Cruse preferred that there be no formal services and asked that those who wish to remember her donate to a favorite charity.
Carter Richard Kelly (7/7/2006)
Durango resident Carter Richard Kelly, 71, died at Four Corners Health Care Center on Sunday, July 2, 2006.
He was born to Carter and Thelma Kelly in Chicago on Aug. 31, 1934. Mr. Kelly grew up in the Denver area and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in metallurgical engineering in 1956.
He worked at Boeing, Sundstrand, Honeywell and Alliant Technologies during his career. Mr. Kelly and his family lived in Minnesota before Mr. and Mrs. Kelly retired to the Durango area in 1996.
He had been a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks since 1963.
Mr. Kelly is survived by his wife, Edna Kelly, of Durango; sons Carter David Kelly of Potomac, Md., Craig Robert Kelly of Doha, Qatar, Christopher Bruce Kelly of Minneapolis and Colin Richard Kelly of San Jose, Calif.; and five grandchildren.
Cremation will occur. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today, July 7, 2006, at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 507. Burial of the ashes at Greenmount Cemetery will follow the service. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4031 will conduct the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Scholarship 2000 Fund, 901 East Second Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
Stuart Grant Davis (7/7/2006)
A son of Durango High School graduate Dr. Stuart A. Davis, Stuart Grant Davis, died Monday, July 3, 2006, from injuries suffered in a bicycling accident in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, June 28, 2006. He was 16.
He was born to Stuart A. and Carmelle Cardon Davis in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 8, 1989. His family said he was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an honor student at Mountain View High School and a passionate cyclist.
Dr. Davis said the family made an annual pilgrimage to Durango to ride in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. In his most recent ride in May, Grant finished 14th with a time of 2:23:22 and was proud to have ridden down the mountain ahead of Ned Overend.
His family requested that hisorgans be donated through the Donor Network of Arizona.
Grant is survived by his parents Stuart Davis and Carmelle Cardon Davis and siblings Leah Davis, Brady Davis, Rhen Davis, Kye Davis and Max Davis, all of Tucson, Ariz.; grandparents William and Barbara Alford, Elijah and Marjorie Cardon, and former Durango physician Dr. Telford and Dell Davis.
Friends may call from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today, July 7, 2006, at Bring's Broadway Chapel, 6910 E. Broadway in Tucson. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2006, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, North Stake Center, 939 W. Chapala Drive in Tucson.
Members of all faiths are welcome to attend the service and viewing.
Adrianna Weaver (7/7/2006)
Durango native Adrianna Weaver died after a long battle with cancer at San Juan Regional Hospital in Farmington on Tuesday, July 4, 2006. She was 32.
She was born to Adrian Weaver and Olive O'John Lutse in Durango on Feb. 27, 1974. She lived most of her life in Ignacio. In 1997, Miss Weaver moved to Kirtland, N.M., where she made a home with her three children.
She was a member of the Southern Ute Tribe.
Her family said she enjoyed being with her family and her children at family get-togethers. Her hobbies were camping, going to church revivals and going to the movies.
Her family said Miss Weaver was a humorous person who liked to joke around and laugh. They said they will miss most her laughter and beautiful smile.
Miss Weaver is survived by her children Anthony Beyale, Adrian Beyale and Jamie Rivera, all of Kirtland; sisters Miranda Weaver of Kirtland and Imogene White of Fruitland, N.M.; brother Calvin O'John of Farmington; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. today, July 7, 2006, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ignacio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2006, also at St. Ignatius. Burial will follow at Ouray Memorial Cemetery in Ignacio.
Anthony Eichthaler (7/5/2006)
Anthony Eichthaler died of natural causes on Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. He was 91.
Mr. Eichthaler was born on June 29, 1914, in Broadwater, Neb., to Frank and Jennie (Kerschitz) Eichthaler. He married Margaret Louise Rochford on April 8, 1939, at Alliance, Neb.
He moved from Hudson to the Bayfield area in the 1970s. Mr. Eichthaler was a rancher, farmer, oil-field worker and deputy sheriff of Weld County. He loved fishing, hunting and his cows.
He is survived by son Richard Anthony Eichthaler of Bayfield, caregiver and wife of Richard, Cynthia L. Eichthaler, 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Louise Eichthaler, his stepson Robert Howard Rochford and his stepdaughter Edith Jean Eichthaler.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 7, 2006, at Crestview Cemetery. Pastor Larry Osborne will officiate.
Burial will occur at Crestview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite cause or charity of your choice.