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Western Slope Obituaries 1-16-12

Franklin Kenneth (Bus) Norell, 87, of Delta, Colo., passed away December 31, 2011 surrounded by his family.

He was the youngest of three children, born November 22, 1924 to George Dewey and Pearl Blanche Norell in Walden, Colo.

As a young man his family lived in Walden Colo., Tie Siding, Wyo., and McFadden Wyo., before moving to DeBeque, Colo., where he graduated from high school in 1942. After graduation the family moved to Collbran, Colo., where they raised and showed registered Hereford cattle. Bus showed cattle from Chicago to San Francisco.

On August 27, 1950 he married Mary Jo Boise in Rifle, Colo. They lived in Collbran, Colo., until 1957 when they moved to Piceance Creek to run the family ranch. While living on Piceance Creek they raised three sons.

Bus was an active member of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association and a board member of the Colorado High School Rodeo Association and a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Bus spent his life ranching, raising cattle and quarter horses. He enjoyed competing in rodeos on the western slope and handed down that tradition to his children and his grandchildren. Bus enjoyed watching his family compete until his death.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years Mary Jo Norell of Delta, Colo.; sons, Ken and Paula, of Delta, Colo., Kirk and Linda of Cash, Texas, Dee and Vicky of Meeker, Colo.; eight grandchildren; brother George Dewey Jr. and Sally Norell of Grand Junction, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Pearl; sister Gussie Williams and brother-in-law Richard Williams.

Memorial services were held January 5, 2012 at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice.

Edwina “Eddie” Ellis Eastman, 94, passed away January 3, 2012 in Paonia, Colo.

Alice Edwina Ellis was born in Birmingham, Ala., on January 10, 1917 to Edwin and Alice (Scott) Ellis and was raised in Short Hills, N.J.

She graduated from Stanford University in 1939, and it was at Stanford that she met Ben. They were married on November 3, 1939 and had three sons. They lived in New York, Seattle and Woodside, Calif., before moving to Hotchkiss, Colo., in 1959. Ben died in 2002.

Eddie was involved in various artistic endeavors for many years and began studying painting with the Sage Dome Watercolorists in Hotchkiss, Colo. She loved the wild flowers and botany of the North Fork region and the high country of Colorado and eventually incorporated dried flowers, grasses and leaves in her paintings. Her ashes will be spread in a meadow on Grand Mesa with Ben’s amidst a riot of wildflowers.

Eddie served her community wherever she lived. She belonged to PTAs and performed committee work to support and better the schools in Woodside, Calif. She served on the Planning and Zoning Board of Delta County, the Hotchkiss Library Board, Common Cause of Colorado, the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters, the Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association, and the Sage Dome Watercolorists.

She is survived by her sons Ben, Jr. (Lori) of Denver, Colo., Gary (Kathy) of Ft. Collins, Colo., Peter of Hotchkiss, Colo.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a host of friends.

Memorial services were held January 14, 2012 at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss, Colo.

The family asks that donations be made to The High Country News Research Fund, P.O. Box 1090, Paonia, Colorado 81428.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at http://www.TaylorFuneralService.com.

Mary Louise Rickerby, 75, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away January 8, 2012 at her residence.

She was born on December 25, 1936 to the late Connie Everett and Anna Katherine (Robidoux) Weaver in Hayden, Colo. She grew up on the family ranch south of Hayden, Colo. Mary graduated from Hayden Union High School in 1954.

On September 18, 1955, Mary married Donald Dean Rickerby in Hayden, Colo.

Mary enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking. She was a member of the Hayden Congregational Church in Hayden, Colo., and BPOE Doe’s. Mary was also a Girl Scouts of America leader and 4-H leader.

She is survived by her husband, Dean of Cedaredge, Colo.; two daughters Betty Davis and spouse, Leo of Satanta, Kan., and Cathy Gush and spouse, Michael of Craig, Colo.; a sister, Helen Slate and spouse, Larry of Canon City, Colo.; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren and an aunt, Louise Long of Cody, Wyo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Connie and Katherine Weaver; her grandparents and a brother, Charles Weaver.

Memorial services honoring Mary’s life will be held in the summer of 2012 in Hayden, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P. O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at http://www.TaylorFuneralService.com.