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Thomas (Tom) Musser, passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2008, at Delta, CO. He was 86 years of age.

Tom was born in Delta, Colorado, on June 9, 1922, to S. Kelso & Eda (Baker) Musser. He spent his childhood in Escalante Canyon and attended school in Delta. He graduated from Delta High School in 1940. Tom was a standout football and basketball player and an outstanding drummer in the band.

During World War II, Tom served his country in the United States Army both as a medic and in the Corp of Engineers. He was also a member of the Delta Elks Lodge #1235 for over sixty years.

Tom and his brother Jack were the third generation to own and operate the Musser Ranches. They spent most of their lives ranching and punching cows in Escalante Canyon and on the Uncompahgre Plateau. Tom, a skilled horseman and authentic cowboy, always looked more comfortable riding one of his spirited horses than walking.

After retiring from ranching, Tom and his brother Jack began making rustic wood furniture, each marked with a number and their Bar XN brand. Together they created over 2,000 pieces of furniture; each piece was unique and a work of art. Tom also created wood carvings, was an avid reader, enjoyed the outdoors and had a special love for cats and horses.

On September 10, 1951, Tom married Patsy Rose Harrington Henwood in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to his wife Pat of 57 years, those grateful to have shared in his life were his two daughters, Melinda (Kim) Hannafious of Grand Junction, CO and Christie Musser of San Francisco, CA and his two step-sons, Michael (Janet) Henwood of Morrison, CO and Kenneth Henwood of New York City, NY.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother, Jack, and sister, Alice.

Wyoma Irene Ricketts of Cedaredge, CO, went to join her Lord and Savior, Saturday, October 18, 2008.

Wyoma “Wyomee” was born Wyoma Irene Rutherford on June 15, 1944 in Elko, Nevada to John “Jack” Harold Rutherford and Margaret Baker Rutherford. She was raised in Eastern Nevada at Duckwater Indian Reservation and attended elementary and high school in Ely, Nevada. After living in British Columbia, Canada for a year, she returned to the states and moved to Denver, Colorado where she met and married George W. “Bill” Ricketts of Gunnison. They moved back to the Western Slope, where they enjoyed outdoor activities for the past 30 years. They lived in Olathe while their children were growing up, and then moved to Cedaredge in 1995. Wyoma was a respected colleague, employee, and friend to many people in the Montrose, Delta and Cedaredge communities over the years.

Wyoma is survived by her husband and best hunting buddy of 40 years, Bill Ricketts; her mother, Margaret Rutherford, one son, Jeff & Melissa Jewett and their daughter Nichaela of San Marcos, Texas; two daughters, Cherryl Justine & Erin Bittner and their three children, Jack, Kate and Ethan all of Scottsdale, AZ, and Reta Irene Ricketts of Santa Ana, California, and a first cousin Ray Baker of Guernsey, WY.

Wyoma was preceded in death by her father, an infant grandson, Cody Michael Jewett, and her grandparents, Ada and Charlie Baker of Guernsey, WY.

Alice Anne Mitchell, passed away at her residence on Monday, October 20, 2008. She was sixty-one years of age.

Alice Anne Plouvier was born to Edward Plouvier and Dorothy L. Sysum on July 15, 1947, in Billings, Montana. She spent her childhood and attended school in various areas including: Klien, Montana; Billings, Montana; Spring Glen, Utah; Helper, Utah; and Paonia, Colorado. She graduated from Paonia High School in 1965.

Alice married Monte Trujillo. To this union two children, Lonnie Trujillo and Kelly Holt were born.

Alice married Bob Murphy and to this union one daughter, Heather Murphy-Ruiz was born.

Alice married Bob Norman. This marriage was later dissolved.

On May 31, 1986, Alice married Jim Mitchell in Reno, Nevada. They resided in Sacramento, California, for several years before moving to Paonia, Colorado, nine years ago.

Throughout her lifetime, Alice had several job positions including: program counselor, carpenter, and homecare provider. Most importantly, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who cherished her grandchildren.

Alice enjoyed reading, watching movies, spending time outdoors admiring nature, going to the ocean, and she loved adventures. Alice was also proud to tell the story of the time when she won The Newly Wed Game in 1981.

Alice is survived by her loving husband, Jim Mitchell of Paonia, CO; one son, Lonnie Trujillo of Paonia, CO; two daughters, Kelly Holt and her husband Brad of Paonia, CO; and Heather Ruiz and her husband Gilbert of Paso Robel, California; one half brother, Danny Plouvier and his wife Sunny of Good Year, AZ; and one half sister, LaDora Dockerty of Texas. Alice is further survived by four grandchildren: Breonna Holt, Tamra Holt, Jordan Trujillo, and Hailey Ruiz.

Alice was preceded in death by three grandchildren: Bryce, Erick, and Nikki Holt; and two half sisters, Donna Andregg and Della Mutz.


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