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Western Slope Obituaries 3-11-13


Mary Evelyn Jackson Longwell

Mary Evelyn Jackson Longwell, age 87, of Montrose and Olathe, Colo., area, passed away on March 1, 2013 at her son’s home in Ridgway, Colo.

Mary was born May 8, 1925 to Gordon J. and Mary (Griffin) Taylor in Verden, Oklahoma. She was baptized in the Baptist Church at an early age.

Mary was raised and received her education in Verden, and at the age of 18, Mary moved to Montrose, Colo.

She met and married Hubert Ernest Jackson on November 29, 1943 in Montrose, Colo. They relocated to Olathe, Colo., where they made a family and raised their children.

Mary was a loving wife, and mother. Her family has such fond memories of that farm and growing up there. Along with life on the farm, she was also the manager of the RE1J Montrose County Food Program, where she worked for many years until her retirement.

After 43 wonderful years of marriage Hubert preceded Mary in death on December 9, 1986 in Olathe, Colo., on the family farm. Following Hubert’s death, Mary married Marvin E. Longwell on March 31, 1988, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 2011 after 23 years of marriage.

Mary and Hubert would quilt together for years; completing special quilts for many family members and grandchildren. A favorite past time was photography, which Mary learned to enjoy and love.

The pride and joy of Mary’s life were her family children and grandchildren. Working, playing and enjoying life on the farm; spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special. She always enjoyed that time.

Surviving family members include her sons, Hubert “Ron” (Donna) Jackson of Loma, Colo., Sam S. (Sandee) Jackson, and John J. (Yvonne) Jackson, all of Ridgway, Colo.; stepchildren, Terry (Cheryl) Longwell, Kathy and (Kent) Neely, Karen (Tom) Ickes, and Gale (Terry) Longwell.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, Hubert E. Jackson and Marvin E. Longwell, stepson Jack E. Jackson, three sisters and one brother.

A celebration of Mary’s was held March 6, 2013 at Crippin Chapel. Interment and place of rest will took place in Olathe Cemetery in Oathe, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, in memory of Mary Jackson Longwell, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo., 81402.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.CrippinFuneralHome.com . ❖

Dorothy May Popejoy Crane Westesen

Dorothy May Popejoy Crane Westesen, 98, of Olathe, Colo., passed away February 26, 2013, at San Juan Living Center in Montrose, Colo.

She was born March 19th, 1914, in the small town of Yankee (near Raton), Colfax County, N.M., to Edgar Lewis Popejoy and Mabel Lea Wills. She was raised primarily in Raton, N.M.

She married Laurence Earl Crane in 1934, in Raton, N.M., and they lived much of their married life on the Crane Ranch, near Stonewall, Las Animas County, Colo., before moving to Denver, Colo.

She later married Harold Carl Westesen of Olathe, Colo., in 1952, in Englewood, Colo., and lived the rest of her life on the Westesen Farm, five miles southwest of Olathe, Colo.

A 1932 graduate of Raton High School, Dorothy was an avid, lifelong reader and eventually fulfilled her youthful dreams of traveling to many places around the world. In her younger years, she loved to go dancing. She was an accomplished homemaker, enjoyed gardening and especially had a passion for flowers. She is known for being resourceful, determined and full of fun.

She is survived by three children, Wayne Crane of Las Vegas, Nev.; Carol Hoadley of Montrose, Colo.; and Dan Westesen of Olathe, Colo.; two half-sisters, Ruth Ross and Elaine Paine, both of Texas; six grandchildren, Terry Hoadley, of Colorado Springs, Colo., David Hoadley of Grand Junction, Colo., Jennifer Crane Coons of Cody, Wyo., Lance Crane of Rio Rancho, N.M., Kristin Westesen Ting of Draper, Utah, and Erik Westesen of Provo, Utah; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by both husbands; her sister, Lola Popejoy Waldroup; three half-brothers, William, Ernest and Walter Popejoy; and both parents.

Memorial services were held March 2, 2013 at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. ❖

Ella Moon

Ella Moon, 94, of Fruita, Colo., passed away February 17, 2013 at her home.

She was born March 14, 1918, in Torrey, Utah. She was the second of seven children born to John and Olive Curfew. She spent her childhood in Jensen, Utah, and graduated from Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah.

Ella married John Wallace Moon on June 2, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He preceded her in death. They lived in Jensen, Utah, until 1954, when they moved to Fruita, Colo.

Ella enjoyed working with children. She was a dance teacher for many years and held dance recitals around the Grand Valley. Ella and Wallace invited school groups to visit their farm beginning in 1965. The children enjoyed riding Old Joe (their only horse at the time) and exploring the farm with its three playhouses. School groups continue to visit Moon Farm to this day. Ella wanted to start a day camp in 1976. Moon Farm Day Camp was open for 32 years. During this time Ella Moon touched the lives of thousands of children.

She was also instrumental in the development of Adoption Day in the Grand Valley. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Fruita, Colo. She was also very active in St. Bridget’s Circle.

She is survived by her three sons, David (Jannae) Moon of Fruita, Colo., Mike (Diann) Moon of Loma, Colo., and Earl (Sherry) Moon of Reno, Nev.; three daughters, Mary Joan (Bob) Seal of Fruita, Colo., DiAnn (Jim) Schuler of Longmont, Colo., and Renee (Matt Powers) Workman of Fruita, Colo.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and her two brothers, Jay (Fran) Curfew, and Ed (Maxine) Curfew.

The family would like to express special thanks to the caring people of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Home Care of the Grand Valley, and Ella’s many friends.

Memorial services were held Februay 22, 2013 at Sacred Heart Church in Fruita, Colo.

Interment was at New Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B N. 12th St., Grand Junction, Colo., 81506 or Home Care of the Grand Valley 1131 N. 21st St., Grand Junction, Colo., 81501. ❖




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