James Morris, a resident of Cortez, passed away April 26, 2003, in Cortez. He was 25.
A graveside service is planned for Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in the Cortez Cemetery. Family and friends will officiate.
Mr. Morris was born to Dale Leonard and Linda Joyce (Thorpe) Morris March 21, 1978, in Durango. He grew up and attended schools in Cortez.
Mr. Morris worked as a laborer in the construction industry, set fences and did roofing. He was a very hard worker.
Mr. Morris enjoyed biking, skateboarding, spending time in the mountains and being with his family and friends.
James "Jimmy" Henry Morris is survived by his father, Dale Leonard; stepmother, Catherine; and half-brothers: David and Dale, all of Albuquerque; stepbrother, Orry Balencia of Bloomfield, N.M.; mother, Linda Joyce, and stepfather, Earl McWilliams, of Nucla, Colo.; sister, Corbie Montgomery and husband, Shawn, of Cortez; paternal grandmother, Vernal Swank of Dolores; maternal grandmother, Ellen Thorpe of Cortez; aunts and uncles: Robert and Karen Yarbrough and family of Cortez; Don Swank of Cortez; Gene Thorpe of San Diego, Calif.; Helen Higgins of Cortez; great-aunt, Hilda Ransom of San Diego; nephews: Shawn Jr., Cameron and Krystopher; niece, Taylor Montgomery, all of Cortez; his girlfriend, Hollie, and her children: Tabitha, Jade, Seth and Chris, whom he loved very much.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: Levi and Dustin; and his grandfathers.
Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale & Gerken is serving the family.
Lula Belle Uptain
Funeral services for longtime Lewis resident Lula Belle Uptain will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 5, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Bishop Echols will officiate. Interment will follow at the Sunny Side Cemetery
Visitation has been set for Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.
Lula Belle was born March 28, 1915, in Eldorado Springs, Mo., the seventh child of George Elijah and Rose Maude (Duncan) Maslen. She passed away at the Vista Grande Nursing Home Monday, April 28, 2003.
In 1928, at the age of 13, Lula Belle and her family moved to Yellow Jacket. She attended Rhyman School, Old Ackman School and one year of high school.
She then began working for other people until she met the love of her life, Clarence Uptain. The couple was married June 14, 1937. They homesteaded north of Lewis, where their first son, Cordell, was born.
Lula Belle and Clarence farmed together, enjoying the time shared. Later they bought the home where Lula Belle has lived for the past 58 years.
In 1945 a daughter, Carol, was born. Lula Belle joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1959 and loved every moment of her relationship with her church and Christ.
Surviving Lula Belle are her children: Cordell Uptain of Lewis; and Carol Uptain Beals Wilson and husband, Dick, of Lewis; seven grandchildren: Lynn Rougeau and husband, Frank, of Louisiana; Scott Uptain of Nebraska; Ron Uptain of Cortez; Gina Marriott and husband, Randy, of Mesa, Ariz.; Teresa Clark and husband, Les, of Spring, Texas; Stacey Corbin and husband, Craig, of Chandler, Ariz.; and Dusty Beals and wife, Radiance, of Hesperus; 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; brothers: Claude Maslen and Homer Maslen, both of Cortez; sister, Grace Randol, also of Cortez; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial contributions can be made in the name of Lula Belle Uptain with the Vectra Bank of Cortez. Services will be conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.
Blanche L. Risenhoover
Funeral services for Blanche Lorene Risenhoover, lifelong resident of Cortez will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at the Cortez First Southern Baptist Church. Pastor Jimmy Kennedy will officate.Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m.
Lorene was born on Dec. 15, 1914 in Stillwater, Okla., to Dennis Samuel and Blanche Viola (White) Neely. She passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2001at the Southwest Memorial Hospital. Lorene was 86 years old.
Lorene married her darling Nathan Noel Risenhoover and became a dedicated homemaker. An enthusiastic bowler, she bowled until she was 75 years old. Lorene was also a member of the First Southern Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children, Ruth Cramer of Cortez, Leon (Saralynn) Risenhoover of Dolores, and Ed (Donna) Risenhoover of LaPlata, N.M.; siblings Raymond Neely of Cortez, Berniece Lewis of Cortez; her two aunts, Hallie Ismay of Cortez, and Blanche Barlow of Redding, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and many great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Nathan Noel Risenhoover; and her two sons, Noel and Neal Risenhoover.
Pauline E. Walden
Funeral services for Pauline Evelyn Walden will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 1, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel Mr. Hunt Zumwalt of the Church of Christ will officiate. Interment will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery.
Pauline was born in Shubert, Neb. on Nov. 8, 1919 to Sadie and Paul Ramer. She passed away on Monday, Oct. 29, 2001 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 81.
While Pauline was still a child, the family moved to Colorado and settled near Lebanon where her parents resided the remainder of their lives. Pauline and all of her brothers and sisters attended the old Lebanon school.
Pauline married John Marshall Walden on January 11, 1939. Although she lived in many locations around Colorado during her lifetime, she regarded Cortez and Montezuma County as home. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader. History was a subject Pauline especially enjoyed. Pauline was a longtime member of the Church of Christ.
Surviving Pauline are her children, Sandra K. McEwen of Odessa, Texas, John Marshall Walden Jr. of Cortez, and Joy Chadwick of Bloomfield, N.M.; sisters, Thelma Butler of Cottonwood, Ariz., Louetta Lovely of Denver, Mary Lou Greenwood, and Wilma Huffman both of Farmington, N.M.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all her family
Preceding Pauline in death were her loving husband John Marshall Walden in 1983, her parents, and three brothers.
Lottie Elizabeth Reddert
Funeral services for longtime Mancos resident Lottie Elizabeth Walker Reddert are scheduled for 2 p.m. today, Oct. 30, at the Mancos United Methodist Church beginning. Visitation is today, at the church, from noon to 1 p.m. Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. The Revs. Ora Dailey and Bud Rousset will officiate.
Lottie was born in Pagosa Springs, Colo. on July 4, 1904, to John Everett and Winifred Alice (Richmond) Walker. She passed away at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001. She was 97.
Lottie wed Frederick Etzler Reddert on May 29, 1926 in Denver. The couple moved to California where the young Dr. Reddert established a large, successful veterinary practice. In 1954, F.E. and Lottie moved to Mancos, returning to the area they both loved so much. "Doc" as he was fondly referred to began to practice veterinary medicine in this area with Lottie as his assistant. They celebrated 52 years of marriage.
A very active woman, Lottie was a member and involved in the activities of the Mancos Methodist Church, as well as a member of the Cowbells and a P.E.O.
Surviving Lottie are her two daughters, Naomi Reddert of Carmel, Calif., and Norma Brown of Santa Rosa, Calif. She is also survived by her grandchildren and their families, Ryan Brown and Christine Healey, and their children, Nathaniel Healey Brown and Gabriel Healey Brown, Derrick Stephen Brown and Debbie Hellman, and their child, Julianna Hellman Brown, and Kevin Frederick Brown and Jeri Yamasharo Brown, and their child, Mikayla Mieko Brown.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Fred and Lottie Reddert Educational Scholarship c/o San Juan Basin Vo-Tech School, Mancos United Methodist Church, or an educational charity of choice. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Services are pending for longtime Cortez resident Ben Sheley. Ben passed away on Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, in Tahlequah, Okla. at the age of 70.
For further service information, please contact the Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468.
Alfred A. Partner
Funeral services for Alfred Atherley Partner will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Larry Yarbrough will officiate. Interment will follow at the Summit Ridge Cemetery. The Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75 will be conducting a military graveside service. Visitation is today, Oct. 30,at the Ertel Memorial Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m.
Al was born on Oct. 28, 1923, in Henrieville, Utah to Alfred George and Annie (Atherley) Partner. He passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. He was 77.
Al joined the Marine Corps in 1942 and served four years in combat on Marianas Island during World War II. Upon his return, Al married his sweetheart Beth Norton in Panguitch, Utah on Feb. 18, 1946. This marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Oct. 17, 1949. To this union were born seven children. The family has been completed with grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Alfred operated his upholstery business for over 50 years. He loved to work on and restore furniture. He resided in this beautiful area for 30 years. He loved the mountains, his family and delighted in taking children and grandchildren on picnics and hunting trips. On these outings he would point out the beauty of Colorado to them. Al loved his family and was a great example of integrity, which was an integral part of his character.
Surviving Al are his wife, Beth Partner of Dolores.; children, Kathleen (Jerry) O'Brien of Gilbert, Ariz., Sybil (Vince) Carrillo of Glendale, Ariz., Anna (Thomas Noble) Hansen of St. Johns, Ariz., Diane Partner of Valencia, Calif., Dona A. (Patricia) Partner of Baring, Wash., and Karl Taylor (Leila) Partner of Cortland, Virg.; and his sister, Velma Barlow and her husband of Layton, Utah. Also surviving Al are his 20 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, one half-sister and three half-brothers.
Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Virginia Lee Bingham
Virginia Lee Bingham was born to William "Bill" and Tina Marie (Hargis) Wilcox on Aug. 25, 1925 in Clarinda, Iowa. She passed away on Oct. 27, 2001 at her home in Mancos. Virginia was 76 years old.
On Dec. 1, 1943 in Portland, Ore., Virginia married Marvin "Dutch" Bingham. In 1969 Dutch and Virginia Bingham moved to the Mancos Valley. She was a devoted sports fan, especially to the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and the Denver Broncos. She also was a loving mother and grandmother to her five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Virginia is survived by her two children, Terry and Christie Bingham of New Castle, Colo. and Kelly Bingham of Mancos; her grandchildren, Cully Bingham of Andrews, Texas, Thad and Barb Bingham of Fruita, Colo., Britt (Bingham) and Doug Choate of Rifle, Colo., and Matt and Ryan Bingham of Mancos; and one great-grandchild, Tommy Bingham. One sister, Wanda June Ross of Bedford, Iowa and numerous nephews and nieces also survive Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dutch; her parents, two sisters, and one brother.
Memorial contributions can be made with the Citizens State Bank of Cortez to benefit the Mancos Fire Department.
Ertel Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Roberta D. Sanders
Services for Roberta D. Sanders of Cortez are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26th at the Memorial Park Cemetery
Chapel in Tulsa, Okla. Local arrangements are being made though the Ertel Funeral Home.
Roberta was born to William and Delpha (Wantland) Rodgers on Dec. 2, 1926 in Shamrock, Okla. She passed away on Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 at her home in Cortez. She was 74.
Roberta married Robert D. Sanders on Sept. 20 1946, in Tulsa. They created a family of five, with children Michael, Paul and Julie. Roberta became a wonderful grandmother who loved her grandchildren dearly. She was a member of the Baptist Church and the PEO Sisterhood, and enjoyed traveling throughout the Untied States.
Roberta is survived by her children, Michael (Debi Kay) Sanders of Pawnee, Okla.; Paul (Susan) Sanders of Stillwater, Okla. and Julie (Doug) Van Deventer of Cortez; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Joshua (Shelby), Jacob, Brent, Carter, Joe and Erin; sisters, Burnice (Ray) Morris of Tulsa; Myrtle Howell of Little Rock, Ark. and Lee (Blackie) Blacklock of Arlington, Texas; two brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert; two infant sons and her sisters, Avon Seaveno and Edith Niskern.
Memorial contributions can be made with Hospice of Montezuma, 1108 N. Mildred Road, Ste. B, Cortez, CO 81321.
Arthur "Art" Stanley Norris
Memorial services for Arthur "Art" Stanley Norris will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Arriola Community Center. A visitation is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. The Revs. Jim Wince and Warren Cheek will officiate.
Art was born on April 1, 1915, in New Westminster, British Columbia, to Edward John and Karen Heppuch (Brayley) Norris. He passed away on Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez. He was 86.
Art married Emalou Anderson on Oct. 1, 1944, in Window Rock, Ariz. They moved to the Cortez area in 1948, where they shared their lives. Art dedicated his life to the Lord by serving as a full-time missionary.
He is survived by his wife, Emalou Norris of Cortez; children, Karen Norris of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Paul (Bonnie) Norris of Santa Fe; Ruth (John) Pearson, Tim (Donna) Norris and Faith Jones, all of Cortez and Dan (Becky) Norris of Cahone; brother, Cyril (Winnie) Norris of Newport Beach, Calif. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Jim Jones.