Western Slope Edition Obituaries 06-03-13
Barbara Grace Halliburton Gate
Barbara Grace Halliburton Gates, 83, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away May 22, 2013.
She was born April 8, 1930 to W. H. and Grace Leonard Halliburton in Arkadelphia, Ark., where she spent her childhood, graduating from Arkadelphia High School in 1948. She then attended Henderson State Teachers College in Arkadelphia where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1952.
She moved to Crossett, Ark., in the fall of ’52 to begin teaching public school music. It was in Crossett that she met Don Gates whom she married in 1955 and moved with him to Grand Junction, Colo., and later to Paonia and finally to Hotchkiss where they lived until Don’s death in 1991. She taught music in the schools in Fruita, Paonia and Hotchkiss before she and Don started a family continuing to substitute teach for a number of years.
Barbara was active in the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church and its Peace Circle, the Hotchkiss Music and Arts Club, the Delta County Historical Society, and PEO Chapter GT. In earlier years she was active in Hotchkiss PTA and Sunshine School. She had a lifelong love of music, and for many years she hosted a classical music program on KVNF.
While her roots were in the South, Barbara quickly grew to love her home in Western Colorado. She served her community and developed many lasting friendships. Gates Camp and her loving ties to her extended Gates family were cherished elements of her life.
She is survived by her daughter Janet (Richard) Nottenburg of Princeton, NJ, son Hal Gates of Hotchkiss, Colo. and Linda (Tom) Perry of Trinidad, Colo.; grandson Arthur of New York City and granddaughter Katherine of Princeton; her sister, Caryl Linton of Arkadelphia, Ark. and nephews Scot Linton of Fayetteville, Ark. and Andy Linton of Huntington, Ark. and many members of the loving Gates family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Don B. Gates, and her brother, William Halliburton.
Services were held May 28, 2013 at the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church in Hotchkiss, Colo.
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Memorials in Barbara’s name may be made to: Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church, CAWS (Delta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter), and Henderson State University music scholarship fund. ❖
Alvin Joseph Ficco
Alvin Joseph Ficco, 80, of Ouray, Colo., passed away April 27, 2013 at home with family and friends.
He was born to the late Joseph and Mary Ficco on December 30, 1932 in Ouray, Colo. Alvin graduated from Ouray High School in 1950. He entered the U.S. Army after graduation and was stationed in Germany from 1953 to 1955.
Alvin married Marjorie Louise Gunn on November 27, 1958 and they enjoyed 54 years together.
Alvin co-owned Rice Lumber Company in Ouray from 1956 to 1969 with his brother, Tom Fellin and sister-in-law, Sally Fellin. He then went into the construction business with his best friend, Norm Fedel. Together they ran Box Canon Construction from 1969 to 1994.
Alvin was involved in the VFW and acted as the Commander until it dissolved in 2012. He was also an active member of St. Daniel’s Catholic Church in Ouray. Alvin loved family, friends, building and constructing, gardening, golf and anything to do with chainsaws. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend. If you were lucky enough to know Alvin, then you were his friend.
He is survived by his wife, Louise, and four sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Krista Ficco, Dave and Lori Ficco and Art and Tina Ficco of Ouray, Colo. and Joe and Kim Ficco of Montrose, Colo.; his brother and sister-in-law, Art and Ginny Ficco of Ouray; and 13 grandchildren ranging in age from 6 to 30.
Services were held May 3, 2013 at St. Daniel’s Catholic Church, Ouray, Colo.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the San Juan Cancer Center, 600 S. 5th Street, Montrose, Colo., 81401. ❖
Scott Booher, 53, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away on April 30, 2013 after a long battle with Melanoma.
He was born in Deadwood, S.D. to David Booher and Barbara Harrell Booher on January 22, 1960.
Scott grew up in Aurora, Colo., and then moved to Loma with the family where he graduated from Fruita Monument High School in 1978.
Scott married Sherry Schafer in Grand Junction in 1981 and they had a wonderful 32 years together. Scott and Sherry welcomed 2 daughters to their home. Chelsea Lynn was born in 1988 and Angela Joy in 1991. Scott attended Canyon View Vineyard Church and was instrumental in the creation and operation of the gardens there. Scott had become passionate about gardening and growing food, and was hoping to turn that passion into helping people around the world with different growing techniques. Scott had also participated in motocross racing and always enjoyed motorcycles. He was a big fan of 3A football, following the Palisade Bulldogs all over the western slope.
Scott was a gentle, thoughtful and kind man with a concern for others. He will be missed by a host of those who loved and appreciated him.
He is survived by his wife Sherry, daughters Chelsea River (Garrett) and Angela Booher, granddaughter McKenna, and grandson Hayden (on the way!), parents David Booher and Barbara Booher, and brother Randy (Susan) Booher.
Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. ❖
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