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, age 76, of Keenesburg, Colo., died Dec. 29, 2006, at his home.

He was born to Donald and Amelia Smith on Dec. 3, 1930, in Sterling, Colo. The family moved to the Keenesburg area when he was 3 years old. He graduated from Keenesburg High School in 1950.

Lyle served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954.

Lyle married Clara Gurtler on Jan. 12, 1952. Lyle and Clara farmed for 40 years.

He was a devoted family man to his wife, three children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Lyle enjoyed hunting and fishing, traveling and “going to the hill.” He was interested in the farm movement in the 1970s, and went to Washington, D.C., with local farmers.

He was a member of the Farmers Gun Club and the Southeast Weld County Junior Fair and Rodeo for 25 years. He served as secretary of the Soil Conservation District in the Keenesburg area. He was a member of the American Legion Post 180 and the Community United Methodist Church.

Lyle helped re-start the Southeast Weld County Junior Fair and Rodeo.

He is survived by his wife, Clara; daughters Sallie and husband Bill Linnebur of Roggen, Colo., and Susan and husband Russel DeShon of Littleton, Colo.; a son Tim and wife Teri Smith of Keenesburg; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Donna Gray; and a brother, Harold.

Services were held on Jan. 4, 2007, in Keenesburg. Interment took place at Elmwood Cemetery in Brighton, Colo.

, age 83, of Craig, Colo., passed away on Jan. 22, 2007, at her home.

She was born Dec. 20, 1923, to Clarence O. and Elizabeth (Farrell) Barber on her parents’ ranch near Maybell, Colo. After the death of her father, she and her mother moved to Craig, where she attended school.

Due to an early marriage and World War II Jennie wasn’t able to finish high school. She moved to California with her first husband, Quentin Hood. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Jennie returned to Craig and went to work for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company, where she worked for about 12 years.

Jennie married Dale H. Talkington in 1946; Dale preceded her in death in 1970.

She also worked for Miller Auto Parts for a number of years.

Jennie married John E. Scott on Dec. 30, 1970. They built a beautiful home near Craig on County Road 7, where they resided for 35 years. After John retired from ranching, they spent their winters in Bullhead City, Ariz., and their summers at home in Craig.

Jennie was an accomplished musician, playing the accordion, piano and organ. During her early years, Jennie accompanied her brothers George, Pete, and family friends Sam Steele and Alva Solace while playing for social gatherings and dances.

She loved music, dancing, family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, John Scott of Craig; a brother, Pete Barber of Rigby, Idaho; one brother-in-law, Roy Scott and wife Cora of Craig, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jennie was preceded in death by her parents, her previous husband, Dale, and her brothers, Ole and George.

, age 86, of Maybell, Colo., formerly of Rangely, died Jan. 5, 2007, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on Dec. 18, 1820, in Logan, Utah, to Herman and Lena (Hofler) Cook. She was raised and attended school in Logan.

Mary married Sterling Cook on June 7, 1939, in Vernal, Utah, and to this union, four children were born. They lived in Rangely for many years, then moved to Maybell, where she resided for the past 23 years.

Mary was happy caring for her family and her home. She was always very supportive for her husband in his work.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and for many years was a member of the Sweet Adelines singing group. She enjoyed singing, bicycling, and hiking.

Mary is survived by her three sons: Larry and wife Rosemary Cook of Rangely, John and wife Leslie Cook of Maybell, and Rodney and wife Tammy Cook of Craig, Colo.; daughter-in-law Rita Jones of Wasilla, Alaska; 14 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sterling, son Joe, her parents, and sisters Alma, Aldeen, Sabina, Lillian, Willa, and her brother, Joe.

Services were held on Jan. 11, in Craig. Interment followed at Vernal Memorial Park.


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