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, 93, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away Thursday, June 29, 2006.

Anna Emilia Travison was born February 20, 1913, in Leadville, Colo. Her mother, Emilia (Covi) Travison immigrated to the U.S. from northern Italy. Her father, Peter Travison, was a Colorado native born in Rye, Colo. He died in the 1918 flue epidemic, and her mother then married Robert Degiorgio in Leadville.

When Ann was six years old, the family moved to Superior, Wyo. At the age of 20, Ann married her cowboy sweetheart, Dale Thompson, on March 13, 1933, at Sweetwater, Colo. He preceded her in death in 1994.

Besides making afghans, and doing embroidery work, Ann loved to garden and grow African violets. She will be remembered for her hospitality, good cooking, generosity, gentleness and keen sense of humor.

She is survived by two of her four children: Richard D. (Marilee) Thompson and Kathleen (Bill) Hollingsworth; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

, age 89, longtime Yampa, Colo., resident, died June 29, 2006, at Mesa Manor in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was born on Sept. 27, 1916, on the homestead ranch located between Yampa and Toponas, Colo., to Clarence Earl and Pearl Adella (Reed) Crowner. Earl graduated from Yampa Union High School and attended school for one year at CU Boulder, and one year at Barnes Business School in Denver before returning to his life on the ranch.

Earl married Flora Mae Smith in Phippsburg, Colo., on Nov. 7, 1937.

Earl’s inventive mind designed a tanker truck that would haul gasoline in the bottom portion, and freight on the flatbed top. As a rural agent for Montgomery Ward, Earl drove “his” truck from the Yampa Valley to Denver for many years.

He farmed and ranched with his father and brother, raising lettuce, spinach, cattle, and quality hay. He also helped run the Crowner and Sons lettuce packing shed in Yampa. During World War II, he remained on the ranch, providing produce for the nation and hay for the horses at the training camp of the 10th Mountain Division stationed at Pando, Colo. After the war, the Crowner families wintered in Yuma, Ariz., where Earl was foreman on a lettuce field crew. Later, he and Flora went to Phoenix, where he handled hay and straw for the Turf Paradise Race Track. The Enda Mine outside of Oak Creek, Colo., hired him as a grader operator and cat skinner for several winters, fulfilling his love for operating heavy equipment.

Earl was secretary of Stillwater Ditch Company for numerous years.Earl sold the Crowner Ranch in 1998, and the couple retired to Grand Junction.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Flora; two sons, Terry and wife Susi of Yampa, and Gary and wife Tootie of Walden, Colo.; three grandchildren: Kip and wife Margaret Crowner of Centennial, Colo., Angelique and husband Greg Dieker of Parker, Colo., and Allen and wife Teresa Crowner of Northglenn, Colo.; and four great-grandchildren.

, 90, of Montrose, Colo., died Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at Montrose Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness.

Lucille Boruff was born January 6, 1916, in the Coal Creek area of Montrose. Beginning her school days as a first grader the year the Coal Creek School opened in 1921, Lucille graduated from Montrose County High School in 1934 and completed the post-graduate business program in 1935. On Easter Sunday, April 21, 1935, she was married to Norval R. Shide, who engaged in farming and served on various local boards. The couple enjoyed 55 years of marriage before Norval’s death in 1990.

Lucille served her community and her church in many capacities. She was the mother of two children: daughter, Signe Ann Lucille Thomass (deceased) and son, Keith Norval (Lorraine) Shide of Montrose, Colo., and the loving grandmother of two grandchildren.

, 81, died Monday, July 3, 2006, after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Edith Marcelle Fischer was born February 27, 1925, in Castle Rock, Wash., to Paul and Elsie Fischer. Edith moved to California as a young adult and married Lee Nash Bumguardner on September 19, 1947. Lee and Edith were cattle and sheep ranchers in the foothills near Yosemite National Park.

The couple became foster parents during this time and fostered several children. They moved to DeBeque, Colo., in 1959, where they continued to ranch and open their home to foster children – more than 50 over a span of 45 years.

They moved to a ranch near Mesa, Colo., in 1969. Lee and Edith were honored as Foster Parents of the Year and invited to dinner with Governor Love.

Edith was a member of the DeBeque Extension Club and was a pianist for her church, the Certain Place of Seventh Day Chapel. She loved her family and spent her whole life taking care of family and friends and foster children.

She is survived by her husband, Lee Nash; eight children; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Eileene Johnson and Stella Barger.

, 89, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2006.

Katherine Marie Hall was born February 25, 1917, in Providence, Ky., to James and Gertrude (Dorris) Hall. Mrs. Hall died two weeks after giving birth to Katherine, who was then raised by her grandmother and aunt in Kentucky.

In 1933 Katherine met and married Robert Beecher Thomas. To this union were born five children. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to the Fruitvale Valley of Colorado, where they were farmers and ranchers for many years. The family moved to Grand Junction in 1970. After Katherine became a widow in 1977, she worked in the dietary department in many of the nursing home facilities in Grand Junction, working up into her 70s.

After she retired, Katherine became an avid bingo and slot machine player. Her favorite restaurant was Pancho Villa, where she was a favorite and was treated like a queen. She had a unique, witty sense of humor with a bit of an ornery streak. We celebrate her life and the joy she brought to everyone who knew and loved her.

Besides her five children, she is survived by 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.


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