Funeral services for Herbert Dayton Miller are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Cortez. Pastor Dan Rhodes will be officiating. Interment services will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Ertel Memorial Chapel on Friday, Sept. 22, between 7 and 9 p.m.
Herb was born to Clyde and Irene (Dehaas) Miller in Denver on April 20, 1930. He went to be with the Lord on Sept. 15, 2000. He died at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 70.
Herb was dearly loved. Many remember him from his time employed as the produce manager for City Market. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Cortez. He gave of his time to help keep the grounds of the church looking beautiful.
He belonged to the Gideon Bible Society. He spent his time of pleasure fishing, gardening, watching sports, and spending time with his grandsons, whom he dearly loved. He was a true Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos fan.
His bride, Bettie (Nichols) Dayton, of 51 years survives him. Also surviving are his children: Tommy and Candace Tidwell of Mt. Peasant, Texas, Rick and Patti Miller of Wheaton, Ill., and his grandsons; Zack and Cody Tidwell of Mt. Peasant, Texas, and Ryan, Brad, and Colin Miller of Wheaton, Ill. He is also survived by brothers and sisters Clyde and Esther Miller of Montrose, James Miller of Montrose, Margaret Brown of Montrose, Alan and Laura Zeigel of Denver, Ron and Virginia Luttrell of Greeley, and Lucy and Luther Miller of Olathe. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and extended family that will miss him.
Memorial contributions may be given in his name to the Gideons International at the Southwest Camp, P.O. Box 62, Cortez, Colo. 81321. Donations may also be made to Mission of the Americas at Box 828 Wheaton, Ill. 60189.
Bernice C. Davis
Bernice Catherine Davis was born on May 2, 1915, to Elwood and Jennie (McKnight) Searcy in McKiney, Texas. On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, Bernice passed away at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. She was 85.
Bernice married Henry Thomas Davis on Aug. 12, 1933, in Guymon, Okla. She had been a resident of Cortez since 1974. She was an active member to TOPS for several years and enjoyed crafts until her eyesight failed.
Bernice is survived by her children, Lynn and Martha Davis of Morse, Texas; Bob and Marilyn Davis of Waco, Texas; Shirley and Frank Nechero of Gallup, N.M., and Hazel and Richard Gallavan of Cortez. Her brothers, Cleo Searcy of Amarillo, Texas, and L.H. Searcy of Ft. Worth, Texas, also survive. She leaves behind seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces an nephews. She has been preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry, in March 1950; sister, Viola Coffee; and great-grandson, Chad Davis.
Memorial services are currently pending in Texas.Arrangements are being Made through the Ertel Funeral Home.
Leona Harmony Baker
Funeral services, "homegoing from this earth to heaven," for Leona Harmony Baker, a longtime resident of Cortez, will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Elder Lyman Black of the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church will be officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service at the Cortez Cemetery.
The family invites friends and family to join them in a fellowship following the services at the home of Tony Hamilton, Leona's grandson, 706 W. North in Cortez.
Leona was born to Daniel Gantz and Jessie Kate (Churchill) Gantz on May 21, 1909, in Madison, Wis. She passed away at her home in Cortez on Friday, Sept. 15, 2000 surrounded by family and hospice workers. She was 91.
On Sept. 12, 1927, Leona wed Horace Levi Baker in Antelope Hills, Okla. She was a member of the Lakeview Grange and the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church. She loved to garden, bake bread, can and crochet.
Leona is survived by her loving family: her son, Charles and Rosa Baker of Coleman, Texas; son, Don and Maxine Baker of Takysie Lake, British Columbia; daughter, Darlene and Tim Cumings of Richmond, Texas; and daughter, Nadene and Jack Hamilton of Cortez. Thirteen grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren also survive Leona, as do two sisters, Sadie Mae Oneto of Angels Camp, Calif., and Jessie Lucille Bray of Richmond, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Horace; son, Kenneth Howard Baker, a grandson, Gary Don Baker, and two brothers, Theodore Edwin Gantz and Eugene Ralph Gantz. Leona will be forever loved and missed for her generosity, her beautiful roses and homemade bread.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Montezuma, 1108 N. Mildred, Cortez, Colo.
Jack D. Clark
A celebration of the life of Jack D. Clark, 23, will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Highway Bible Church, located at Highway 666 and County Road N, Montezuma County. Shelby Smith will officiate, along with other friends of Jack’s.
Jack Clark was born on Oct. 1, 1976, in Durango. He passed away in Phoenix on Sept. 9, 2000, seven weeks after a tragic industrial accident.
His survivors include his wife, Becky Clark of Phoenix; his son, who is due to arrive in October; mother, Jeannie Olien; sisters, Ranada and brother-in-law, Charles Swindle of Cortez, and Tiandra Fields, of Farmington, N.M.; stepfather, Jamie Fields; grandparents Jim and Jan Fields, all of Farmington; grandmothers, Venice Clark and Marjorie Roberts; nephew and niece, Charlie Franklin and Alyssa Jo Swindle, and numerous other friends and family in Cortez, Durango and Farmington.
His father, Jack Clark, preceded him in death at the age of 26. He was also preceded in death by his grandfather, Curtis Clark.
Jack will be forever loved and greatly missed.
Layton Todd Graf
Funeral services for Layton Todd Graf, a lifelong resident of Mancos, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Mancos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Services will begin at 10 a.m. with Mr. Leslie White officiating. Interment will follow at the Webber Cemetery
The community of Mancos is grieving the loss of this young boy born to Dee Jay and Kathlene (Church) Graf on May 6, 1992, in Cortez. He passed away after an accident on Sept. 9, 2000, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. He was eight years old.
Layton was a special young man who loved drawing and spending time with his dad.
Surviving Layton is his beloved family; parents, Dee and Kathlene Graf of Mancos.; and his three sisters, Emily, Kae Lynn, and Sadie Graf of Mancos. He is also survived by his grandparents, Robert and Bea Graf of Mancos, and Mrs. Myra Church of Delta, Colo. He leaves behind extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved him and will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his granddad, Kenneth Church of Bullhead City, Ariz.
Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Layton Todd Graf at the Mancos Valley Bank.
Bernice Rose passed away on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at the age of 92. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home and will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m.
Bernice was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Evans in Bluehill, Neb., on Feb. 8, 1908, and passed away after a lengthy illness. Bernice made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Dee and Jack Niemann.
She married Jim Rose in 1926 and to this union were born two children, her daughter, Dee, of Cortez and son, Jim, of Glendale, Ariz. After Bernice and Jim moved to Cortez, they bought the Texaco service station. The war was on and employees were hard to come by, so Bernice worked at the station with Jim.
Her true love was flying. She bought a Taylor craft plane and spent many happy hours in the sky.
Bernice and Jim ultimately separated and she moved to Ventura, Calif., where she was owner-operator of a drapery shop.
She became seriously ill in 1981, and made her home with Dee and Jack in Hayward, Calif., from that time on. The three of them moved to Cortez in 1993, and while her memory wasn’t good, she delighted in seeing some of the things from days gone by.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dee and Jack Niemann; her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Eileen Rose; a brother; a sister; two brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Edna Rose Swisher Lea
Funeral services for Edna Rose Swisher Lea, a longtime resident of Mancos, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the United Methodist Church of Mancos beginning at 10 a.m.
The Rev. Ora Dailey of the Mancos United Methodist Church will be officiating.
Interment services will be at the Bayfield Cemetery
following the funeral service.
Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Ertel Memorial Chapel between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Edna was born on March 30, 1924, to Alvin and Martha (Hubley) Swisher in Gypsum, Kan.
She passed away at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at the age of 76.
On Aug. 17, 1946, Edna was united in marriage to her sweetheart, James Calvin Lea, in Salina, Kan., while he was a master sergeant in the Army Air Corps.
Edna always prided herself in a clean house and a real love for "Rockies" baseball. She was a part of the VFW auxiliary for many years.
Surviving Edna is her beloved husband, James C. Lea of Mancos, Colo.
Edna is also survived by her daughters, Cathy L. Topper of Cortez, and Carol Lucero and her husband, Orly, of Cortez.
Her grandchildren, Larry Allen Lea and his wife, Connie of Cortez.; Felice Lucero of Cortez; great-grandchildren, Tabatha Sackett and her husband, Kenny of Cortez, Colo., Waylon L. Bennett of Cortez; and great great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Drew Sackett of Cortez, all survive their grandmother.
Edna is survived by her sister, Cleda Bethe and her husband, Paul of Gypsum, Kan., sister, Opal Jean Olsen of Janesville, Wis., sister, Dolores Merrill and her husband Bill of Forest Grove, Ore., brother, Lowell Swisher and his wife, Alice of Gypsum, Kan., brother, Russell Swisher and his wife, Evelyn of Irvine, Calif., and sister-in-law Opal Ellsbury of Farmington, N.M.
Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Edna Rose Lea at the Mancos Valley Bank. Services will be conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.
Bruce N. Jacobson
Memorial services for Bruce Norman Jacobson, a 12-year resident of Cortez, will be held at a later undetermined date.
Bruce was born to Norman and Evelyn (Wessman) Jacobson on Nov. 25, 1929, in Rockford, Ill. Bruce passed away in his home on Sept. 9, 2000, in Cortez. He was 70.
Bruce was an active lawyer in the city of Cortez. His love was the game of golf.
He is survived by his children; a daughter, Holly Steinmeyer of Staunton, Ill.; and his three sons; Robert Jacobson of Columbia, Md.; Andrew Jacobson of Byson, Ill.; and Timothy Jacobson of Byson, Ill.
Arrangements are being made through the Ertel Funeral Home.
Margaret Mary Roark Shull passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at San Juan Medical Center, Farmington, N.M. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at New Covenant Methodist Church, 4600 College Blvd., Farmington, with Pastor Connie Hill officiating.
Margaret was born Nov. 30, 1946, at Hay Springs, Neb., to Robert and Erneta (Blum) Roark.
Margaret graduated from Montezuma-Cortez High School, had been employed by J.C. Penney Co., Schlumberger Oil Service and Advance Communications.
She is survived by a daughter, Teresa of Farmington; son, Garry and granddaughters Samantha and Shelby of Roswell, N.M.; sister, Roberta and husband, Dean McCabe of Tome, N.M.; brothers and wives, Joel and Patricia of Flora Vista, N.M.; Patrick and Michelle of Akron, Colo.; David and Denise of Farmington; and Kieth and Janet of Santa Rosa, Calif. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association, or a charity of your choice.
Emma Jones Chilly
Emma Jones Chilly of White Mesa, Utah, passed away Sept. 6, 2000, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. She was 61.
Visitation is set for Saturday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be on Monday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. at the chapel. Pastor Terrance Begay will officiate the services. Interment will follow in the Cortez Cemetery.
Mrs. Chilly was born to Tom and Beulah Jones on Sept. 15, 1938, in Hatch, Utah. She married Tom Chilly in 1969 in Shiprock, N.M. Mrs. Chilly was a homemaker. She lived in the Four Corners area all of her life.
She enjoyed cooking, butchering and the outdoors; helping other people, and she loved her family and enjoyed being with her friends.
Emma Jones Chilly is survived by her sons, Richard Chilly of Farmington, N.M.; Tommy White Horse (Rachael) of Red Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Roseanne Tenorio (Nicholas) of Aneth, Utah; Sylvia Lansing (Cecil) of Hogback, N.M.; Nancy Yazzie (Jackson) of Waterflow, N.M..; brothers, Harry Jones (Marilyn) of Cortez; David Jones (Rosie) of Cortez; and Charles Jones of Blanding, Utah; sisters Betty Nakai (Wayne) of Aneth; and Amelia Deschinny of Towaoc; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.,
She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Lee and Joe Jones.
Memorial contributions may be made in care of Citizens State Bank in Cortez. Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken Funeral Directors are serving the family.