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January 14, 2014
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Emma Virginia (Lou) Bibbey

Emma Virginia (Lou) Bibbey, 100, of Greeley, Colo., passed away at Fairacres Manor on December 29, 2013.

She was born March 18, 1913, to Henry Christian and Ida Louise (Westman) Rosett in Edgewater, Colo.

She graduated from Greeley High School and enrolled in Agricultural Courses at CSU. After living in Edgewater for three years she had been a long time resident of northern Colorado living in Briggsdale, Greeley and La Salle. She worked as a Graduate Student Hostess at UNC.

Emma Married Harry Lehman Bibbey on March 22, 1936 in Nebraska.

Emma had been the First Relief Society President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Greeley, Colo. She loved everything outdoors, horses and all animals, and the prairie. She was an artistic painter, and enjoyed horseback riding — she came from a farming family.

She is survived by her son, William H. (Annette) Bibbey; daughters, Kathryn Bibbey, Margaret (John) Brookman and Virginia (Lance) Peterson; as well as 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harry L. Bibbey; son, James D. Bibbey; her parents; 3 sisters; and one brother.

Services were held January 4, 2013, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Greeley, Colo. Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Weld County Humane Society or The Children’s Hospital in Denver in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631.

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Harold W. Hosmer

Harold W. Hosmer, 95, passed away December 16, 2013, at Lutheran Hospice in Wheatridge, Colo. He lived independently on his farm southeast of Hudson until five days before his death.

Harold was born June 22, 1918, southeast of Hudson, Colo., to Darrell William Hosmer and Myrtle A. Williams Hosmer.

A graduate of Brighton High School, he lived his entire life on the family farm.

He married Leone L Bowles, also of Hudson, Colo., in 1938. When first married, he worked nights for Sundstrand Corp in Denver and farmed during the day.

His love of horses became a life-long pursuit and successful business enterprise. He raised Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, and Shetland ponies. In addition to raising two world-champion Appaloosas, he bred and raised Skip’s Flaming Star, AQHA Superior Halter Horse and AQHA champion with 199 halter points.

Harold and Leone were married for 63 years. Their passion for dancing was well known, and they enjoyed competition square-dancing for many years. Harold had a reputation for being tough but fair-minded. He was a man of his word with a great sense of humor. His was a life well-lived and he leaves a legacy that will long be remembered.

Harold is survived by his son Butch (Leslie) Hosmer, daughter La Donna Stuckert, grandson Craig (Lisa) Black, great-grand daughter Chyanna Black, grandson Jamie (Rebecca) Hosmer, and great-grandchildren Audrey and Clark Hosmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Leone in 2001, his sister Eleanor Hanson, son-in-law John Black, daughter-in-law Barbara Ann Hosmer and his grandson Jason William Hosmer.

A Celebration of Life was held January 7, 2014, at Tabor Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo. ❖

Christina C. Johnson

Christina C. Johnson, 94, LaSalle, Colo., passed away December 30, 2013, having died in her sleep of old age at Fairacres Manor in Greeley, Colo.

She was born to Hollis Howard and Leora Bacon on March 23, 1919, in a Sod House located in Flattop, Colo., [which she always had stories aplenty about], she had one sister, Margaret Ethel Roe.

Christina graduated from Woodrow High School, and though she had thought she might like to be a nurse, had met Marlyn James Johnson, and later married him on October 14, 1940. They had three children, Karen Joan, James Hollis, and Lewis Lloyd, and were married nearly 63 years. Marlyn James Johnson passed away April 21, 2003.

Christina and Marlyn started their new marriage living in a Sod House south of Last Chance, Colo., and then moving to Leadville, Colo., and numerous other places until they moved to Berryville, Ark., in January 1956. They moved back to Colorado in July 1962 on Crow Creek Ranch, just east of Ault, and then to Thornton, and then finally to 16015 Weld Country Road in LaSalle, Colo.

Christina and Marlyn went on a 30 day vacation to Australia in October 1986, to visit a family they had had pen pal correspondence with since 1939. The relationship began with Marlyn, passed to Christina, and now has been handed down to their son Jim. Christina later farmed Emus, as a result of her visit to Australia, with her husband Marlyn.

Christina’s life was focused upon her family, and her family was of primary importance to her, and being and doing things with Marlyn was her thing. Christina and her family were baptized into the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in 1959, each family member having chosen their own path; and in her later years she much enjoyed Bible readings, inspirational scripture verses, and prayers, and has visited the Adventure Church and also the Greeley SDA Church.

Christina is survived by her two sons: James Hollis Johnson of LaSalle, Colo.; Lewis Lloyd Johnson and his wife Claudia Johnson of Woodland Park, Colo.; Karen Joan Johnson passed away 1991, and is laid to rest at the Fort Morgan Cemetery with her grandfather Hollis, and grandmother Leora. Christina is also survived by her three grandchildren, Leora Lyn Johnson of Maine, Luke James Johnson of Colorado, and Matthew Jeremiah Johnson and his wife Jill with Christina’s three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Brook, and Emma of Colorado. There are other numerous extended family throughout the Continental United States as well.

Interment will be held sometime in August of 2014 when those who are able can be present for a graveside memorial. ❖

Myrtle Joan Orr

Myrtle Joan Orr of Sun City West, Ariz., passed away December 9, 2013, at the Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, Ariz., following a brief illness.

She was born January 28, 1936, to Ted and Sarah Orr of Kremmling, Colo.

She was raised on the Whitely Peak Ranch, the Jones Ranch and the Orr Ranch near Kremmling, Colo. While growing up she attended the Kremmling Community Church and later the United Methodist Church in Sun City West, Ariz.

Myrtle attended school in Kremmling. Colo. She graduated from Kremmling Union High School in 1954 and continued her education at Oregon State College in Corvallis, Ore. She received a degree in elementary education in 1958 and went on to teach school in Colorado and Wyoming. She loved children and they loved her. In the summer months, she switched gears and went to the ranch and raked hay for her dad.

Myrtle and her mother, Sarah moved to Sun City West, Ariz., in the fall of 1979. There she met Paul Uthe of Ames, Iowa. They were married June 8, 1984 and subsequently divorced in late 1991. In 1997, Paul became ill with cancer and Myrtle compassionately cared for him until his death in June of that year.

Myrtle was fond of flowers (especially roses), art and classical music. She enjoyed her years in the “land of the sun” with wonderful, loving neighbors and beautiful roses. She had a great sense of humor which endeared her to all who knew her.

She is survived by her brothers Ted (Virginia) Orr of Haines, Ore., Jack (Alta) Orr of Granby, Colo., Ron Orr of Casper, Wyo., her sister Jean Hinman of Fort Morgan, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her ex-husband, father and mother.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the Kremmling Community Church in Kremmling, Colo., on June 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

Friends who wish may donate to the charity of their choice or donate blood in Myrtle’s memory. ❖

John Gates

John “Big Daddy” Gates, 58, of Elizabeth, Colo., passed away January 3, 2014, after a courageous fight with cancer.

John, a native of Colorado, was born January 2, 1956, in Denver, Colo., to Glen and Lu Gates.

He grew up and was educated in Aurora, Colo. His love for horses and rodeo started at a young age.

He met Sandra (Sam) Thiede, on August 15, 1972 at the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals. They married on June 6, 1975, and were blessed with two children, Stephen and Tiffany.

John was a subcontractor, owner of Gates Construction; he enjoyed working outside and the challenge of building basements all over Colorado. He was a hard worker and a craftsman, strengths he inherited from his father.

He also worked at FedEx in Denver and Colorado Springs area.

His true loves (other than Sam and his kids) were his horses, team roping and working his ranch. He was successful at all. John was blessed with a strong, even temperament and was enjoyed by many, many friends.

John was preceded in passing by his father Glen M. Gates.

He is survived by his loving family, mother Lu Gates, his wife Sandra “Sam” Thiede Gates, his son Stephen Gates and his wife Natasha, his daughter Tiffany Marie Gates and his granddaughter Kaycee Elizabeth Erickson Gates. Also surviving John are his brothers Glen E. Gates and his wife Maureen of Fresno, Calif., Sisters Julie Gates of Hailey, Idaho, and Betsy Gates of Aurora, Colo., his brothers-in-law Robert Thiede and his wife Joann of Kiowa, Colo., John Thiede and his wife Jennifer of Westminster, Colo. John loved all his nieces and nephews. They include Kristen Gates, Maren Gazulis, Adam Gates and Jordan Hendricks, Rob Thiede, Jeff Thiede, Brian Thiede, Jamie Atkinson Collier, Joseph Thiede, Richard Thiede, Suzanne Thiede, Tammy Walden, Stephanie Morisey, Heather Philippi, Mike Thiede and 16 grand nieces and nephews.

The family extends a special thanks to the extremely professional and caring staff at Kaiser and Exempla St. Joseph Hospital including Dr. Ben Briggs and “Dr. Dan” Casello for their efforts in helping John.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Elbert County Fairgrounds Ag Building on January 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome to celebrate. Hats are allowed but ties and tears are not.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John Gates memorial fund, Bank of the West, Elizabeth, Colo., to help with medical and funeral expenses. ❖

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