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Western Slope Obituaries 5-20-13


Dorothy Lois Shaver

Dorothy Lois Shaver, 91, of Montrose, Colo., passed away May 10, 2013 at Montrose Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. She was hospitalized due to an injury from a fall.

She was born to Ralph and Nellie Carlton of Udall, Kan., on October 15, 1921.

She was raised on several farms until she graduated high school in 1939. She rode her horse to school and lived in homes without electricity or indoor bathroom plumbing, yet was happy. She left the farm and taught school (1940-41). After a stint in college (Bethany Peniel College in Oklahoma) she worked for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., (where she was paid a good wage of 85 cents per hour).

After World War II, on September 1, 1945, she married Captain John Shaver, who had just returned from the service. They relocated to his work in Hawthorne, Calif., then back to Wichita, Kan., then to Wyoming, Idaho, and the Antelope Valley area of California. In many of those places, she taught school, and in 1961 she returned to college (Southwestern in Winfield, Kan.) to finish her B.A. degree. She and John returned to John’s boyhood home of Western Colorado in 1975 and she continued work as a teacher for several years in Mesa County. They relocated to Montrose, Colo., in 1983 to be closer to family.

Dorothy was a life-long Christian. She attended First Presbyterian Church but also had special connections to Calvary Chapel and Valley Baptist. She loved to sing and really enjoyed her Bible studies. She enjoyed painting, playing the piano and organ, growing flowers, and scenic drives. She was known for her hearty laugh and sense of humor. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was very proud of all of them.

She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Sue (T.V.) Hall of Leona Valley, Calif.; her sons Robert (Tuckie) Shaver of Boise, Idaho, and Michael (Jean) Shaver of Montrose, Colo.; grandchildren Jason (Diana) Hall of Lancaster, Calif., Megan (Sean) Campbell of Lancaster, Calif., Rachael (Jon) Coddington of Montrose, Colo., Deah (Chris) Cooper of Santa Clarita, Calif., Laura Shaver of Yakima, Wash., Cierra and Jim Shaver of Boise, Idaho, John Shaver of Seoul, South Korea, Kristen and Mark (Andrea) Shaver of Montrose, Colo.; great-grandchildren Ben and Gavin Cooper, Elora Shaver, and Seamus Campbell; brother, Dr. Billy J. (Eileen) Carlton of Aurora, Colo., and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 2001.

Memorial services were held May 17, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church on Niagara Rd., in Montrose, Colo.

Interment followed the service at Grand View Cemetery, west of Montrose, Colo. ❖

David Arthur Crow

David Arthur Crow, 23, formerly of Durango, Colo., passed away May 8, 2013 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Drummond, Mont.

Always the outdoorsman, he was on his way to go river rafting with his companion, native Durangoan Katrina May, who also passed away in the accident.

David was born June 28, 1989, in Littleton, Colo., to Pete and Rita Crow. He attended Heritage High School in Littleton, Colo.

He came to Durango, Colo., to attend Fort Lewis College. During the summers, he worked as a whitewater rafting guide and developed a passion for the river.

David later moved to Bozeman, Mont., and was attending Montana State University, majoring in sustainable fuels and biofuels with a focus on crop production.

He will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, Pete and Rita Crow of Littleton, Colo.; and a sister, Lauren Crow, of Superior, Colo.

Memorial services were held May 14, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Littleton, Colo.

A memorial potluck for David Crow and Katrina May will be held June 1, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Rotary Park in Durango, Colo., behind the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4031 at 1550 Main Ave. Refreshments will be provided.

Condolences may be offered at www.OlingerChapelHill.com.

Rosemary Pryor La Grange

Rosemary Pryor La Grange, 99, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away May 5, 2013.

She was born February 19, 1914 in Pueblo, Colo., where she grew up. She graduated from Centennial High School in 1931.

She attended the University of Colorado for three years where she met her future husband, Robert La Grange, and was married in 1934. They lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., where Robert practiced law until 1966.

They moved to Meeker, Colo. They owned and operated their cattle ranch, which was started in 1913, by Robert’s family.

Rosemary was active in Colorado Springs, volunteering with Community Chest, Visiting Nurses Association, and several PTA offices. In Meeker, Colo., she was a member of Fortnightly Club, PEO, St. James Episcopal Church and Guild, and Cowbelles.

She enjoyed gardening, playing bridge, and international travel.

Rosemary lived in Grand Junction, Colo., at the Fountains for the last nine years.

She is survived by her daughter, Kitty Achziger (John) of Grand Junction, Colo.; son, Bill (Cora) of Gunnison, Colo., and daughter-in-law, Kay La Grange of Laramie, Wyo.; three granddaughters; one grandson, and three great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; son, Robert Jr., and granddaughter, Nancy La Grange.

Memorial services will be held June 1, 2013 at St. James Episcopal Church, 368 4th St, Meeker, Colo., at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado 3090B N. 12th St. Grand Junction, Colo., 81506. ❖




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