Bonnie Thelma McNutt
Graveside services for Bonnie Thelma McNutt will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Cortez Cemetery
beginning at 2 p.m. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt of the Cortez Church of Christ will be officiating.
Bonnie was born on March 5, 1909, to William Elmer and Mary Matilda (Burk) Orurk in Stonington, Colo. She passed away on Oct. 1, 2000, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. She was 91.
Bonnie was married to her beloved spouse, Gordon McNutt, for over 60 years. Gordon preceded Bonnie in death in 1987. She is survived by her sons, Floyd McNutt of Cortez, and Ed McNutt and his wife, Gayle, of Cortez. She is also survived by five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one grandson, two brothers, three sisters, and one daughter-in-law.
Lillie Wilson Yazzie
Lillie Wilson Yazzie of Immanuel Mission, Ariz., passed away Sept. 28, 2000, in the Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, N.M. She was 71.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. in the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Cortez, with the Rev. Larry Chapel officiating. Interment will follow at the Immanuel Mission Cemetery, Sweetwater, Ariz.
Mrs. Yazzie was born to the Salt Clan and the Near Water Clan, the daughter of James and Elaine Scott Wilson, on Oct. 16, 1928, in Sweetwater. Mrs. Yazzie lived in Cortez for 13 years.
She is survived by her husband, Donald, of Immanuel Mission; children, Irene (Kenneth) White of Mexican Water, Ariz.; Ben (Katie) Yazzie of Cortez; Dan Yazzie of Cortez; Vicki (Sheldon) of Towaoc; Jackson (Nancy) Yazzie of Aneth, Utah; and Lorraine (George) Williams of Sweetwater. She is also survived by one sister, two brothers, 32 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephew and many dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, three brothers, and her children: Bennie C. Benally, David C. Benally, Calvin Yazzie, Betty Yazzie, Alvin Yazzie and Baby Girl Benally.
Memorial contributions may be made to her fund at the First National Bank of Cortez.
Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken Funeral Directors, are serving the family.
Michael Lynn Fisher
Memorial services for Michael Lynn Fisher, 29, of Dolores, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 2 p.m. Mr. Santiago Lopez will conduct the services.
Michael was born at Burbank, Calif., on Feb. 27, 1971, to Michael Lee Fisher and Kathy Stowers Fisher. After the death of his father at the age of 1, Michael moved to Colorado with his mother and big sister Gina.
When Michael was 3, his mother married Jimmy Muniz and Dolores became his home. He graduated from Dolores High School in 1990. He then did construction and drywall work throughout the area.
Michael loved the mountains and would go camping, fishing and hunting every opportunity he could, which was what he was doing at the time of his untimely death. He died as a result of an automobile accident in the mountains on Sept. 23, 2000.
Survivors are his parents, Jimmy and Kathy Muniz of Dolores; sisters, Gina Koerber and her husband, Leo, of Dolores, and Anna Koellen and her husband, Danny, also of Dolores. His two nieces, Brittnie Fulks and Kyra Koellen; special friend, Margie, all of Dolores; his grandfather Carl Massey of Mancos; grandmother Ann Stowers of Boise, Ida.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Mickey; grandmothers, Fay Massey, Norma Jean St. Germaine, and Tomacita Muniz.
Memorial contributions can be made in his name at the Dolores State Bank.
Graveside services for Georgetta R. Brossard are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Cortez Cemetery
beginning at 10 a.m.
Georgetta Brossard was born on June 25, 1920, to George and Ethel (Hooser) Reynolds in Luna, N.M. Georgetta passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. She was 80.
Georgetta was a bus driver for the school district for many years.
She is survived by her loving husband, Lyle Brossard; and by her children, Richard and Cena Brossard of Bloomfield, N. M., Larry and Jane Brossard of Henderson, Nev., Joe and Linda Brossard of New Strawn, Kan., and Gary and Mythra Brossard of Colorado Springs, Colo. Georgetta is survived by her six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her brothers, Alvin and Leon Reynolds of Eager, Ariz. also survive her, as well as her sister, Adell Wiltbanks of Eager, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, one son, one grandson, three brothers, and one sister.
Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Memorial services for Orval Louis Jahnke will be held at a later date.
Orval was born on Sept. 28, 1920, to Louis William Jahnke and Hulda (Mohling) Jahnke in Fort Morgan, Colo. He passed away on his 80th birthday, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez.
Orval was wed to Mary Daisy Patrick at Port Chicago, Calif., on Nov. 5, 1944. Together they had shared 55 years of marriage. From this union were born three children.
Arrangements are being made through the Ertel Funeral Home.
Juana M. Cox
Graveside services will be held in the Goodman Point Cemetery, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, for Juana M. Cox, of Clifton, Colo.
Mrs. Cox passed away Sept. 25, 2000, in Colorado Springs at the age of 67.
She was born on Feb. 4, 1933 in Cortez, to Olney Story and Marie Shields Story.
She attended schools in the Cortez area, graduating from Dolores High School in 1950. She later attended Fort Lewis A&M College.
In 1951, she married Jack Weaver and raised two sons. She resided in Sacramento, Calif. for several years before moving back to Colorado, and had lived in Clifton.
In 1975, she married Glen Cox, and lived in Cañon City for five years prior to returning to the Western Slope.
She worked as a land manager with the Bureau of Land Management.
Mrs. Cox is survived by her sons, Richard (Carol) Weaver of Cañon City and Steven (Cindy) Weaver of Carbondale, Colo.; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
She is also survived by her brothers, Kiergan (Leona) Story of Phoenix; Theron (Kate) Story of Cortez and Keith (Jean) Story of Canon City; sister, Janelle (Don) Olson of McCook, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vitreoretinal Research Foundation, 240 Autobon Medical Plaza, Louisville, KY 40217.
Cremation was arranged through Wilson-Andrews Funeral Home of Cañon City.
Courtland Chester Fellers
Courtland Chester Fellers, 84, died Sept. 18, 2000, in Mancos. Mr. Fellers lived in the area since 1969.
A memorial service will be held at a later date and cremation will occur at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango.
Mr. Fellers was born Dec. 28, 1915, in Denver, the son of Clinton and Ruth Fellers. He met and married Dorothea Elizabeth Fellers in 1944.
He was an active member of the ranching community and a member of both the Breen and Marvel grange halls.
He also was a member of the Colorado Mounted Rangers and a community 4-H leader.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Doug Ramsey of Hesperus; daughter Judy Seidel of Las Cruces, N.M.; grandchildren Cassie and Travis Ramsey of Hesperus; Jud Wright of Las Cruces; Jill and Linda of Las Cruces; and Nancy; and many great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea Elizabeth Fellers, and a brother, Byron Fellers.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Rocky Mountain Chaper, 789 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203
Helen Mauler of Denver, Colo., died July 22, 2000, at the age of 96. She was born in Silverton, Colo., in 1904, to Frank and Susan Mauler.
Helen grew up and attended school in Mancos. She attended college in Greeley to become a teacher, which she didn’t really like.
So she went to Denver and accepted a temporary position with Denver Tramway. It took her 52 years to get the work done.
Even after her retirement she continued to assist the Denver Tramway Co. with the retirement of other employees. The highlight was writing a check for $2 million to cover the company’s retirement fund.
She is survived by her sister, Dorothy, of Denver and sister-in-law, Betty Mauler, of Mancos, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brother Frank, brother George and half-sister Laura.
Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mancos.
Paul Lyle Kemph
Paul Lyle Kemph of Denver passed away on Sept. 10, 2000. He was born on Dec. 16, 1952, in Chicago, Ill. He was 47 years old.
A private ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. Mike Forshee will officiate.
He is survived by his mother, Delores Judge of Cortez; father, Paul Kemph of Chicago; sisters, Lorraine Lee and husband, Ted, of DeWitt, Mich. and Lydia McAfee and husband, Buzz, of Cortez; and his brother, Dennis Judge and wife, Vonda of Cortez.
He is also survived by his aunt, Beverly and uncle, Harold of Lansing, Mich.; his aunt, Florence McComore of Chicago; and 10 nephews and nieces.
Angela Frances Emrick
Angela Frances Emrick was born to Ralph and Angela (Starichca) Mance on Aug. 21, 1921, in Milwaukee, Wis. She passed away on Sept. 21, 2000, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez, Colo. She was 79.
Angela was joined in matrimony to Donald Hayes Emrick on Aug. 31, 1951 in Albuquerque, N.M. She loved to read and never ceased to expand her knowledge.
She loved the outdoors and especially loved to fish. Angela loved to travel and see the United States. She was a devoted fan of basketball.
Angela is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Donald Emrick of Cortez, and her daughters; Joy D. Maase of Durango, and Patty and husband, Noel Savignac of Albuquerque, New Mex., and grandson Scott Maase of Campbell, Calif. She is also survived by her brother, Ralph Mance Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Aubrey Costello, who passed away last month.
A private family memorial service is tentatively being planned. through the Ertel Funeral Home.
Memorial services for Mary Lodema Martin Hendrickson, who passed away on Sept. 19, 2000, will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 in the Calvin Denton Room of the Empire Electric Association, 801 N. Broadway. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's seven years ago, but was active and enjoyed travel for the first five years after the diagnosis.
She was 69, having been born to Jewell and Sterling P. Martin in Clovis, N.M., on Jan 25, 1931. She was a 1948 graduate of Mancos High School, attended the old Fort Lewis, and in 1953, graduated from the University of Hawaii.
She met William Hendrickson while they were both employed at Mesa Verde. They married in Hawaii during the time he was on active Navy duty because of the Korean conflict. He helped with her final year of her studies in Hawaii, and as a skilled home-maker, she later enabled his graduate study in Oregon. The family followed his work as a teacher and an ecologist and manager in several national parks.
Lodema was a member of the Durango Unitarian Fellowship.
Her husband, their three children, two grandchildren; as well as her mother and three brothers survive her.
Memorial contrtibutions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, or organization of personal choice. The Alternative Society of Farmington, N.M., has assisted with arranging cremation.