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Western Slope Obituaries 9-3-12


Lois Marie Williams Hurd Splittstoesser

Lois Marie Williams Hurd Splittstoesser, 88, of Paonia, Colo., passed away August 26, 2012.

She was born in Delta, Colo., on April 16, 1924. She was the baby of five children born to Levi and Eliza Williams. The family moved to Vernal, Utah, when Lois was a young child. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Vernal Tabernacle in 1932. Her family was members of the Maeser Ward, Uintah Stake. Her father worked as a sheep homesteader and a butcher. Her mother was a homemaker well known for her needlework and homemade pies. After leaving Vernal, Utah, the family moved back to Delta, Colo., where Levi worked for Holly Sugar.

Lois married Emory Hurd, Sr., in 1941. They had two children, Emory Jr. (Skeeter) and Mara Lee. She labored as a single mother while Emory fought in the Pacific during World War II. During the war, Lois lived in Delta, Colo. She also lived in Grand Junction, Colo., Paonia, Colo., California and Pueblo, Colo. She and Emory later divorced, and she raised the children on her own, sometimes working two jobs at a time.

After the children were grown, Lois married Archie Splittstoesser, a carpenter from Colorado Springs, Colo. They made their home in Cripple Creek, Colo., for several decades. Lois worked as a cook at the Red Lantern Inn and a guide at the Cripple Creek Museum. She and Archie could often be found in the evenings walking the dirt streets of Cripple Creek, Colo., looking for bits of turquoise, going on camping and fishing trips, playing cards around the kitchen table with friends and family, surrounded by squealing grandchildren or in the abundant garden.

Lois has long been known for her love of cooking and baking. Her recipe box is one of her most prized possessions.

After Archie’s death in 1982, Lois began splitting her time between Cripple Creek, Colo., and Montrose, Colo. Every spring and fall, she would load up her beloved ’65 Ford Mustang and make her migration. Eventually, she decided to settle down in Montrose, Colo. She was a member of the Montrose 1st Ward for many years. She served as Relief Society President in the early 1990’s. She was also an active member in the Fortuna Tierra Club, serving as President for several years. She moved to Cory, Colo., in 1999 and lived in Paonia, Colo., most recently.

Lois’ life has always been centered around her devotion to her family. “Wherever you go, I’ll go” has been her watch cry over her family. She has moved many times just to be closer to her family whenever they have moved away. This has proven to be a blessing to her posterity in many, many ways. She also has many life-long friends from all corners of the country. Lois has always been a loyal and fun-loving friend to those around her.

Lois became a member of DUP in 1999. She has always cherished her membership with this organization. She has a long and rich pioneer heritage from both her mother and her father’s ancestry. Perhaps it is from this strong stock that Lois has inherited her tireless work ethic, strong will, faith in God and her charity for others.

She is survived by her daughter, Mara Armour of Cory, Colo; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death her son, Emory Hurd, Jr.; her parents; husband, Archie Splittstoesser; three brothers; one sister and one grandson.

Memorial services were held August 30, 2012 at the Paonia Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Interment was held August 31, 2012 at the Delta City Cemetery in Delta, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lois’ memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P. O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416. ❖

Wallace B. Roderick

Wallace B. Roderick, 85, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away August 20, 2012 at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was born to Lewis Frederick and Florence Amanda (Baxter) Roderick on August 28, 1926 in Lakin, Kan., where he spent his childhood and attended school. He graduated from Lakin High School with the class of 1944.

During World War II, Wallace honorably served his country with the United States Army.

On June 8, 1972, Wallace married Margaret “Chirp” Waldrum in Deerfield, Kan. The Rodericks celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year.

A retired farmer/rancher, Wallace also worked in the oil industry and owned several drive-in restaurants. He enjoyed woodworking, iron and various shop work, as well as travel, Western movies, books and music, and hot sauce. More importantly, he loved and cherished his family and close friends.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the network of health care professionals at Hospice in Delta, Colo., and Grand Junction, Colo.

He is survived by his wife, Chirp Roderick of Cedaredge, Colo.; two sons, Kevin Roderick of Guffey, Colo., and Kriss Waldrum of Campbell, Calif.; and two daughters, Amanda Roderick of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ruanna Waldrum of Truth or Consequences, N.M.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis F. and Florence A. Roderick; one brother, Lewis F. Roderick, Jr.; and two sisters, Millicent Brown and Florence M. Harrell.

Upon Wallace’s request, he was cremated and no services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made in Wallace’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, PO Box 24, Delta Colo., 81416.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com.

Gladys Barnes

Gladys M. Barnes, 84, of Ignacio, Colo., passed away August 17, 2012, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born to Willis and Eva Boyd on March 31, 1928, in Durango, Colo. She grew up in the Bondad, Colo., area and graduated from Durango High School in 1946. On July 3, 1946, she married Holly “Shooter” Barnes in Tierra Amarilla, N.M. They moved to the ranch in Ignacio, Colo., where she worked and raised two children, Darlene and Perry. After the kids started school, she worked at Ignacio Shur Value for 35 years.

After retiring from Ignacio Shur Value, she enjoyed painting, reading, knitting, yard work, and taking care of her cats. Her greatest loves were her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

She is survived by son Perry Barnes of Ignacio, Colo.; daughter Darlene Chandler (and her spouse, Ted) of Ignacio, Colo.; two brothers, Gilbert Boyd of Mesa, Ariz., and Willis Boyd, of Mojave, Ariz.; sister Joyce Hogue of Marion, Iowa; four grandkids, Denise and Jeff Richmond, Klint and Becky Chandler, Darin and Tiffany Barnes, and Jeff and Leslie Barnes; twelve great-grandkids, Shane and Kelton Richmond, Connar Barnes, Vincent Conroy, Kelton Richmond, Alanna Barnes, Katrina Chandler, Keegan Richmond, Brenna Barnes, Kacey Chandler, Tyler and Maci Barnes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Holly “Shooter” Barnes; brother Robert Boyd; and sister Barbara Haptenshall, as well as a daughter-in-law, Pat Barnes.

Memorial graveside services were held August 21, 2012, at Florida Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Florida Cemetery to the attention of Carol Robyns, 2481 County Road 225, Durango, Colo., 81301. ❖




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