A Celebration of Life for longtime Prowers County resident, Grace Best will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the Lamar First Baptist Church with Reverend David Davis officiating. Interment will follow at the Fairmount Cemetery.
Visitation for Grace will be held from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 PM, Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Peacock Funeral Home.
Ms. Best was born August 16, 1907 at the homestead 6 miles west of Lamar to Marian Simeon and Laura Belle (Smith) Davidson and departed this life on January 26, 2009 at the Applewood Living Center in Longmont, Colorado at the age of 101.
She is preceded in death by her husband Lewis Best, infant son Donald Keith Best, daughter Marlene Best Gamble and her son Eldon Best.
Grace is survived by her daughter Patsy (Bobby) Briskey of Longmont, CO, son Jerry (Ruby) Best. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren as well as her nieces and nephews; Maxine (Willard) Kasza, Jackie (Merlin) Rife, Ruby (Chris) Wilde, June Miles, Nellyne (Ray) McFarland, Ferril (Francis) Davidson and Charlie (Dorothy) Marriott.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association in care of the Peacock Funeral Home.
Mary Ellen Bever
A Celebration of Life for longtime Prowers County resident Mary Ellen Bever was held Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 1:00 PM at the Peacock Family Chapel. Ian Blacker of the Lamar Christian Church will be officiating. Interment followed at the Fairmount Cemetery.
Visitation was held Tuesday, July 22, 2008 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Peacock Family Chapel.
Mary Ellen was born December 24, 1911 at Ingraham, Illinois to Grant and Viola (Graham) Kepp and passed away at the age of 96 on July 20, 2008 at the Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly, Colorado.
Mary Ellen is preceded in death by her husband Everett Bever in 1982 and her parents Grant and Viola (Graham) Kepp. She is also preceded by her three sisters and one brother.
She is survived by her children Pauline Kepp of Alamosa, CO, Ellis (Bessie) Bever of Lamar, CO, Lonnie (Diane) Bever of Holly, CO and Louise (Keith) Clark of Rural Bristol, CO. Mary Ellen is also survived by her 5 Grandchildren, 14 Great-Grandchildren, and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren. Her sister Ruby Sniff of Lamar and a brother Grant (June) Kepp of Cheyenne, Wyoming also survive as well as many friends and other family members also survive.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lamar Christian Church or the Holly Nursing Care Center direct or in care of the Funeral Home office.
A graveside service for longtime Lamar Resident, Katie O. Bigelow was held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at the Fairmount Cemetery with Ian Blacker officiating.
Per Katie’s request there was no public viewing.
Katie was born November 12, 1920 at Ordway, Colorado to Frank J. and Dora (Angland) Watson and passed away on January 3, 2009 at the age of 89 at the Crowley County Nursing Center in Ordway, Colorado.
She is preceded in death by her husband Ernest C. Bigelow, parents, and her daughter; Mabel Ann Bigelow.
Katie is survived by her sisters-in-law; Sylvia Watson of Upland, Wyoming and Vera Hesslink of Winsor, Colorado. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Crowley County Nursing Center in care of the funeral home office.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Peacock Family
Zella Mae Castle-Blackburn
Funeral services for longtime Lamar resident, Zella M. Castle-Blackburn will be held Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 1:00 PM at the Peacock Family Chapel. Ian Blacker of the Lamar Christian Church will be officiating. Interment will follow at the Fairmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, September 12, 2008 at the Peacock Chapel
Zella was born on December 25, 1915 at Gage, Oklahoma to Russell I. and Mary A. (Nine) Mills and passed away on September 9, 2008 at the Juniper Village at Lamar. She was 92.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, David D. Castle who passed away in June 8, 1990; her second husband George Blackburn, who passed away October 13, 2007, a son Jesse L. Castle who passed away in September 1, 1997; grandson Randy Castle, and granddaughter Bobbi Lee Castle. She is also preceded by her great-grandchildren Taylor Castle and Christopher Stephens.
Zella is survived by her children; Emma Jean (Frank) Sauer of San Pedro, California, Bonnie (Everett) Smith of Lamar, and Andy (Melba) Castle also of Lamar. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren,16 great-great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lamar Christian Church direct or in care of the funeral home office.
Sylvia Anna Bogusch
A Celebration of Life for longtime Lamar resident, Sylvia A. Bogusch was held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at the Peacock Family Chapel with Reverend DeEtta Goettel of the Lamar United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery.
Sylvia Anna Bogusch was born on November 7, 1919 to Edgar J. and Mary C. (Thimesch) Smith eight miles west of Bristol at the family home. Sylvia would often say she was born in a ‘dugout shack’. She passed away on December 15, 2007 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO at the age of 88.
She attended the one room school house, Goodale School, for all of her 8 years of grade school. She then attended the Granada school for three years then Lamar for one year graduating from Lamar Union High School.
Following graduation she returned to the family farm and ranch where she helped with the many chores associated with the farm. Sylvia found time to work at Duckwalls in Lamar on the weekends.
Sylvia met George Bogusch when he returned to Lamar with his infant daughter, Nita following his wife’s death in 1937. Following a one year courtship, Sylvia and George were married on October 7, 1939 at Las Animas, Colorado. They returned to his farm where they made their home until early spring of 1985.
Sylvia worked in the field, became a mother to Nita and made a home for their family near Sand Creek.
Sylvia was a member of the Lamar United Methodist Church as well as a devoted and faithful member of the Lamar Vaqueros Saddle Club where she was an excellent horseman, attending and participating in all saddle club functions such as rodeos, horse shows and overnight outings.
She will be truly missed by her family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband George O. Bogusch on April 13, 1986, her parents, brothers; Herbert Smith and Ed Smith as well as her sisters; Edith Gruenloh and Betty Marriott.
Sylvia is survived by her daughter Nita and husband Robert Caulk of King City, CA; four grandchildren; Stacey (Nick) Azcoma, Anthony (Linda) Caulk, Beau (Lorena) Caulk, Tyson Caulk and her six great grandchildren; Chelsey and Paige, Christopher and Kayla, Carson and Aidan and Logan and Zane as well as her great great grandson, Ian.
She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law; Coy Marriott of Aurora, CO, Frances Smith of Mitchell, SD and Norma and Loren Linville of Aztec, NM, Toni Bogusch of Lenexa, KS as well as her many friends.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice either direct or through the funeral home office.
A Celebration of Life for Wichita resident Deborah Lynn Bolser was held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at the Peacock Family Chapel with Pastor Manuel Tamaz officiating. Interment followed at the Riverside Cemetery.
Deborah was born December 24, 1950 in South Dakota. She departed this life on April 24, 2008 at Wichita, Kansas at the age of 57 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Deborah is survived by her husband Michael O. Bolser of Wichata, KS; a son James (Amanda) Cox of Canon City, CO; brothers Otis Guthrie of Austin, Texas and Joseph Guthrie of Sante Fe, New Mexico. She is also survived by a step-son Michael Bolser II, and grandchildren James Daniel and Jenna Danielle Cox, and Darla Jean Bolser.
She is preceded in death by her dad Bob Guthrie and a son Vernie Samuel Cox III.
Mildred Irene Bourne
Mildred Irene Bourne was born on August 23, 1912 in Caddoa, Colorado and was called home by her Lord on March 27, 2008 at the age of 95 years. Mildred was born to a Southeastern Colorado pioneer family and lived to be one of the last of her generation that not only settled Southeast Colorado but survived the Great Depression and the dust bowl. Both events left a lasting mark on Mildred. Her Gill home farm was granted "Centennial Farm" status in 2000. The Gill farm remains within the family today.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents Elmer Dewitt and Dorothy Olive Wans Gill; her husband Samuel M. Bourne, one daughter Bonnie Lou Cline, son in law Joe Cline, her two brothers, James Gill and John Gill and two sisters, Hazel Roesch and Edith Wilson. Mildred is survived by two daughters, Betty Sue (Richard) Fenwick and Marjorie Bourne (Joe) Miller; five grandchildren, Stanley (Lora) Cline, Tami Cline (Burt Farrish), Steve (Jana) Cline, Kristine (Tim) McKay and John (Kathy) Fenwick; eight great grandchildren, Morgan, Mallory and Adrianne Cline, Jackson, Parker, and Sophie Cline, and Nicholas and Megan Fenwick. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and a long lifetime of former students and friends.
Mildred first attended a one room school and graduated from McClave High School in 1930. She received her teaching certificate from Colorado Teachers College (now University of Northern Colorado) and returned to Southeast Colorado to teach in one room schools of Horse Creek and Lubers. She later received her degree from Adams State College in 1960.
She married her high school sweetheart, Sam Bourne in 1935 and they moved to the Bourne farm near McClave, Colorado. Sam always told his children and grandchildren that he married Mildred because she had a job during the Great Depression and she had saved $500 so he could buy a new tractor. She remained on the farm following Sam's death in 1995 until her health required her to move to Weisbrod Memorial Nursing Home in Eads, Colorado in 2003.
Mildred taught first grade in the McClave School District for 20 years. She retired from teaching in 1976. She always greatly appreciated receiving Christmas cards from her former students.
After retirement, she devoted her love to her three great granddaughters who lived next to her and Sam on the farm. Mildred and Sam enjoyed traveling following their retirement, especially the cruises through the Panama Canal and to Alaska. Mildred also toured the Holy Land and Egypt in 1996 where at 84 she rode a camel. Sam and Mildred purchased a home in Sun City, Arizona and thoroughly enjoyed the winters as snowbirds. Mildred made many close friendships during these winter stays in Arizona.
Mildred was a lifetime member of the McClave United Methodist Church and the McClave United Methodist Women. She devoted her life to her Church. Mildred loved to tell stories about cooking and serving meals in the Church basement.
Mildred's sense of humor will be treasured and remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
W.P. "Willie" Bridge
A Memorial Celebration for W.P. “Willie” Bridge, 83, Longtime Lamar Resident and WWII Veteran was held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at the Peacock Family Chapel with Ian Blacker of the Lamar Christian Church officiating. A graveside service with full military honors was held at the Veteran’s Section of Fairmount Cemetery under the auspices of the Lamar VFW, St. George Creaghe Jr., Post #3621
W.P. was born on September 23, 1923 at Quincy, Illinois and passed away on June 6, 2007 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Ethel (Augustine) Bridge, his two brothers, Marley Bridge and Jerry Bridge and his sister, Thelma Gray.
Mr. Bridge is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pauline of the family home, children; Randy (Donna) Bridge of Lamar, Christina Williams of Cisco, TX, Doug Bridge of Holly, CO, and Don Bridge of Phoenix, AZ. His grandchildren; Rendi (Cliff) Tayloe, Trevor Bridge, Shelley Williams, Brad (Jill) Williams, Shawna Hodge and Troy Williams, David (Eve) Bridge, Michael Bridge, Jonathon Bridge, Summer (Steve) Street and Brandi (Chris) Hutto. He is also survived by his great grandchildren; Casey, Chalis, Cade, Cole, Clay, Brooklyn, Billy, Cirstye and Colby, Loren, Luke and Zoe as well as his two brothers-in-law, John Peterson of Lamar and Elmer Peterson of Crescent City, CA.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Prowers County Veterans Transportation Fund in care of the Peacock Funeral Home.
Irene M. Brookhart
Irene May (Orr) Brookhart, the oldest of four children, was born to Arnold A. and Rosie Jane (Moss) Orr on April 22, 1917 at their home in Maries County near Meta, Missouri.
In 1920, at the age of three, Irene and her parents moved to Lamar by train where her father began farming between Wiley and McClave. Irene attended the two-room Enterprise School and graduated from McClave High School in 1934.
On April 18, 1937, Irene was united in marriage to Harry A. Brookhart in the Brethren Church in Rocky Ford, Colorado. To this union, three sons were born: Byron, Donald and Clifford.
Following the war, the Brookharts moved to Lamar where they raised their family and became actively involved in the community for over 50 years. They cared deeply for the Lamar community and often expressed their feelings that Lamar had been good to them and how much they enjoyed spending their lives here. Irene worked at the Prowers County Courthouse for many years and eventually joined Harry in his Farmers Insurance Agency. They were long time members of the Lamar Christian Church, the Lamar Senior Center, the Lamar High School Booster Club and were honored as King and Queen of Lamar Days by The Zonta Club.
Irene was an active volunteer in the community for many years. She served on the Board of the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging, was a past President of the Senior Center, was Legislative Chairman for the Lamar Chapter of AARP and was a volunteer with the Senior Health Insurance Assistant Program and Community Health Fairs. Many families throughout the Lamar area will remember her as a mentor and for her long time assistance in helping seniors with income tax forms, answering MedicarelMedicaid questions and helping them to apply for property, heat and rent rebates, and other assistance programs available to seniors. Until the time of her death at age 91, she also helped seniors qualify and obtain Medical Alert equipment to summon emergency medical help so they could continue to live independently in their homes.
She and Harry shared over 60 years of marriage. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry A. Brookhart who passed away on December 7,2002; her parents, Arnold and Rosie Orr; and her brothers, Arnold Jr, and James Orr.
She is survived by her sons and their wives: Byron and Gail Brookhart of Parker, CO, Donald and Marie Brookhart of Lamar, CO and Clifford and Linda Brookhart of Boulder, CO. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and her sister and husband, Lela and Lee Centner of Lamar, CO as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Irene’s Life was held at 11:00 AM, Monday, November 24, 2008 at the Lamar Christian Church with Ian Blacker officiating. Interment was held at Fairmount Cemetery.
Musical selections were “In the Garden” and “One Day at a Time” which were sung by Gail Specht who accompanied herself on the guitar. Providing prelude and postlude selections were Ms. Leda Grahn.
Serving as casket bearers were Monte Ausmus, Ken Smartt, Les Scriven, Russ Hobden, Greg Ausmus and Louie White.
Following the graveside service and closing prayers, the Brookhart Family returned to the church to share in the memorial meal provided by the ladies of the Christian Church.
At her request, the family asks that Memorial contributions be made to the Lamar Christian Church.
Effie L Brooks
A Service of Celebration for longtime Lamar/Bristol area resident, Effie L. Brooks was held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at the Peacock Family Chapel with Ian Blacker of the Lamar Christian Church officiating. Interment followed at Fairmount Cemetery.
Visitation for Ms. Brooks was held, Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 1:00 until 7:00 PM and Wednesday until service time at the Peacock Funeral Home.
Effie was born on January 31, 1928 at Eckmansville, Ohio to Chris and Orabelle (Hartman) Albright. Effie passed away at her home with her family by her side on April 11, 2009 at the age of 81.
Effie is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Dean W. Brooks on September 4, 2005, parents, grandson, Patrick Brooks, sister, Louella Snell, daughter-in-law, Nina Brooks and her brother-in-law; Jim Rehfeld.
She is survived by her children; Kenneth (Carol) Brooks of Lamar, Jeffrey (Debbie) Brooks of Loveland, CO and Michael (LeeAnn) Brooks of Lamar. Eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, sisters; Lizzie Rehfeld of Lamar, Lois Albright and Pauline Arnold both of Greenville, Ohio. as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
In leiu of flowers memorial Contributions may be made to the Lamar Area Hospice either direct or in care of the funeral home office.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Peacock Family.
Mary Alice Broyles
A Graveside Service for longtime Lamar resident, Mary Alice Broyles was held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, October 16, 2008 at Fairmount Cemetery with Reverend Trevor Potter of the Wiley United Methodist Church Officiating
Per Ms. Broyles' request there will be no public visitation.
Mary Alice was born on November 30, 1918 to Porter Jack and Nellie Dean (Callihan) Callahan near Stonington, Colorado and passed away on October 14, 2008 at her home in Lamar with her family by her side. Mary Alice was 89.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jake Broyles, her parents, siblings, Mildred White, Lois Hume, Wayne Callahan, John Callahan, P.J. Callahan and Charles Callahan.
Mary Alice is survived by her children; Freya (Ron) Oakes of Aurora, CO, Marguerite Broyles of Lamar, Bill (Karen Voepel) Broyles of Lamar and Jake (Tracie) Broyles of Hermiston, OR. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren; Kim Tempel, Jef (Cheryl) Vratny, Lisa (Damon) Vratny-Smith, Jonas Tempel, Gina (Jeff) Broyles Lane, Sarah (David) Nettles and Zachary Broyles, 7 great grandchildren; as well as her siblings; Lyman Callahan of Springfield, CO, and Patricia Guirlani of Jackson, CA.
The Broyles family would like to express their gratitude to the Hospice Association and to friends and family for their wonderful support. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lamar Area Hospice Association either direct or in care of the funeral home office.