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Western Slope Obituaries 10-15-12

Ardath L. Hunt

Ardath L. Hunt, 75, of Mack, Colo., passed away September 23, 2012, at Eagle Ridge of the Grand Valley, after a long illness.

She was born July 14, 1937, in Upland, Calif. She was married in 1956, and had three sons. The family moved to Palisade, Colo., in 1967. She later divorced.

Ardath worked at Lockheed Missile and Space Division in Van Nuys, Calif. She was a licensed Nursing Home Administrator at Palisade Nursing Home. She also was a traveling Auditor and Building Inspector for Essential Insurance where she covered Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. She was president of the Altruss Club and served on the United Way board.

She was a Master Gardener. She participated in many Mesa County Fairs. She enjoyed her animals, working in her gardens and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her three sons and their wives, Ryan and Lorri of Mack, Colo., and their children, Samantha and Harlen; Randall and Bretina and their children, Evan and Heather of Grand Junction, Colo., and Raymond and Susan of Canoga Park, Calif.; two brothers, Charles and his wife, Jane of Calif., and Dale and former sister-in-law, Pat, both of California; three nieces; one nephew; one great-nephew, and one great-niece.

No services are planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado. ❖

Betty Louise Volk

Betty Louise Volk, 87, of Somerset, Colo., passed away October 1, 2012 at Mesa Manor Nursing Home in Grand Junction, Colo.

She was born August 12, 1925, in Boulder, Colo., to Daniel Edward and Lulu Berhman Lynch.

She attended school in Ft. Collins, Colo.

In 1948, she married Robert L. Casselberry in Ft. Collins, Colo. They moved to Delta County, Colo., in 1953, where they raised their children and where they have remained for the rest of their lives. Together, they managed the Figure 4 Ranch and the Cedaredge Locker Plant until Bob’s death in 1978.

Betty raised three children while being an active part of the community as a mother, 4-H leader, businesswoman, school board member, and Grand Mesa Cowbelle. She will be remembered for keeping her family organized, her wonderful cooking and her love of shopping and shoes.

Betty later married Dick Carruthers in 1980, and they enjoyed traveling and spent every summer in Alaska until his death in 1992. Betty then married George Volk in 1996, and enjoyed life back on the Figure 4 Ranch and the Volk Ranch near Somerset, Colo.

She is survived by her husband, George Volk; son, Mike Casselberry of Cedaredge, Colo.; son and daughter-in-law, Pat and Sandy Casselberry of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law, Kelley and Ed Smith of Soldotna, Alaska; sister, Shirley Hammond; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

No services are planned. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alpine Hospice, 2764 Compass Dr. Ste. 110, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506. ❖

Margaret G. Holt

Margaret G. Holt, 97, of Durango, Colo., passed away October 1, 2012, at Sunshine Gardens West.

She was born to Clarence Allen and Myrtle Frances (Gilmer) Guinn on September 3, 1915, in Childress County, Texas. Her ancestors were from pioneer Texas families. Margaret grew up on what had been part of the XIT Ranch, once the largest fenced spread in the world, her family said.

“She especially enjoyed recalling stories of her parents’ generosity to friends and neighbors during the Depression years, and vividly remembered the first Dust Bowl storm that blew across their farm when she was a girl,” her family said.

Margaret attended schools in Friona, Texas, graduating from high school in 1933. During the Great Depression, she couldn’t afford to attend college, but she saved to attend beauty school in Amarillo, Texas.

After graduation, she managed a beauty shop in Muleshoe, Texas, where she met Arthur W. (“Bits”) Holt. The couple married December 11, 1937, in Muleshoe, Texas.

The Holts and their three young daughters moved to Durango, Colo., in 1947, when Arthur and his brother Gale Holt purchased the Highland Motel and Service Station.

Margaret was an “elegant, gracious and multitalented woman,” her family said. She was an expert seamstress who added designer touches to the clothes she made.

An excellent and creative cook, she once designed a birthday cake to look like an open diary for her daughter Ann Gross.

Margaret was a perennial room mother at her daughters’ schools and taught Sunday school classes at First Baptist Church of Durango, Colo. She was a member of the Durango Sewing Club, later “The Club,” that spanned six decades, and she was an active member and president of PEO Chapter BR.

After Arthur’s retirement in 1975, the couple moved to Brownwood, Texas, and then to Farmington before returning to Durango, Colo., in 1995.

She is survived by her daughters Kay Baker and Susan Reese, both of Durango, Colo., and Ann Gross of Camino, Calif.; six grandsons; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Arthur W. Holt.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, Colo., 81301. ❖

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