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Western Slope Obituaries 1-23-12

Mark Edward Smith, 53, of Delta, Colo., passed away January 11, 2012 surrounded by his loving family at his residence. He had been affected by a rare form of cancer.

He was born on May 11, 1958 in Delta, Colo., to Conn Ed and Rosena M. (Morlang) Smith. He graduated from Olathe High School in 1976. Mark attended the University of Southern Colorado and graduated with an associate degree in machining.

On January 24, 1976, Mark married his high school sweetheart, Rhonda Marie Novotny in Olathe, Colo. Mark and Rhonda spent nearly 36 years together in their joyful relationship, and had two children: Nicole Marie Smith and Matthew Mark Smith. Mark took great pride in his family. His first priority was providing for them and enjoying fun quality time with them. Mark also had a close relationship with his grandmother, Zurena Weeks Smith. Zurena doted on Mark, and the two loved to sit together and share stories of the old days.

Mark worked as a farmer for more than 20 years in the Pea Green, Colo., area in partnership with his father, Conn Ed and his brother, Kirk Smith. Mark’s work ethic and pride in his crops was renowned; farming was his true calling. In recent years, Mark farmed for the Whitfield Dairy in Montrose, Colo.

He loved to travel with his family and friends, and especially looked forward to visiting Hawaii. He also enjoyed visiting Mexico, Las Vegas, Nev., and Lake Powell. Another of Mark’s favorite hobbies was fishing, although he would often spend hours on the lake working hard with tackle and bait only to end the day without a fish.

Mark’s friends and family will remember him best by his beaming smile and his ready laugh. Mark left this world much too soon, but he left it as a man both respected and loved.

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He is survived by his spouse, Rhonda Smith; his children Matthew M. Smith of Grand Junction, Colo., and Nicole M. Smith of Denver, Colo.; his parents, Conn Ed and Rose Smith of Delta, Colo.; and two brothers Kirk A. Smith and spouse, Janet R. of Delta, Colo., and John Conn Smith and spouse, Stephanie of Grand Junction, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Zurena and Connie Smith; Thelma and Vic Brito; and Fred and Ruby Morlang.

Memorial services were held January 16, 2012 at the First Assembly of God Church in Delta, Colo.

A private family inurement will be held later at the Pea Green Cemetery in Pea Green, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mark’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.

Stewart Shrader, 90, of Delta, Colo., passed away January 15, 2012 at the Veterans Administration Community Living Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was born at Champion, Neb., to Glen and Rosella (Bergstein) Shrader on May 31, 1921. He and his six siblings grew up during the great depression and Dust Bowl era. The family moved to Delta county, Colo., in 1937. Prior to World War II he worked in the C.C.C. unit out of Montrose, Colo. They worked on the irrigation project in the Olathe, Colo., and California Mesa areas that followed the opening of the Gunnison Tunnel.

He was inducted into the Army in August of 1944. His service included helping with clean up of the Philippines and Okanawa. He was also in Korea during that occupation.

His working years included 20 years at a sawmill in Orofino, Idaho. He owned a laundry matt in Delta, Colo., in the 1970s.

Stewart married the love of his life, Lucie Ankenman, in Delta, Colo., on April 4, 1948. Together they shared 63 years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife Lucie Shrader of Delta, Colo.; his son Nelson Shrader and his wife Sally of Cedaredge, Colo.; three daughters, Loy Michling of Orofino, Idaho, Barbara O’Neill and her husband Chuck of Montrose, Colo., and Roberta Bruhn and her husband Keith of Silt, Colo.; a sister Roberta Latta of Delta, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jess Michling and three brothers and two sisters.

Memorial services were held January 19, 2012 at the Delta IOOF Lodge. Military Honors will be provided by V.F.W. Lee Marts Post No. 3571.

Memorial contributions may be made to the V.F.W. Lee Marts Post 3571, 821 1525 Road, Delta, Colo., 81416.

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

Ella Mae McDermott Ivey Carver, 82, of Cory, Colo., passed away January 14, 2012, at her home.

She was born on June 29, 1929 in Cedaredge, Colo., to Charles William and Eda Zeta (Westley) McDermott. She attended school in Colby, Colo., and Cedaredge, Colo.

Ella was a member of the Colby Club and the Cedar Mesa Club. She was a 4-H leader for several years.

She lived in Silverton, Colo., Durango, Colo., and Naturita, Colo., but found Cedaredge, Colo., home. She worked hard all her life from laundry, fruit orchards packing sheds as well as raising two families. She loved the outdoors, gardening, wildlife, and her family. She had a special love for bantam chickens, dogs, and cats.

Ella married Archie (Sunny) Carver in 1967. The couple had the honor of sharing 38 years of love and marriage. She was previously married to her first husband Charles D. Ivey and second husband Johnny Forrest.

She will be greatly missed by all who she touched with her tough and loving way.

She is survived by her two daughters, Mildred Carver and her husband Marlin of Delta, Colo., Melveta Smith and her husband Bob of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three sons Charles William (C.W.) and his wife Coky of Memphis, Tex., Daniel Carver and his wife Maggie of Cedaredge, Colo., and David Carver also of Cedaredge, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Mischell (Shelly) and Michael Carver of Delta, Colo., Shawn Ivey of Maryland, Danielle Carver of Clifton, Colo., Ashley Carver of Delta, Colo., Zack Pfister and family of Cedaredge, Colo., Chelson Smith and Eathan Smith both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one great-granddaughter, Joslin Rae Pfister, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a brother and sister, parents, and her husband of 38 years.

Memorial services were held January 18, 2012 at the Cedaredge Cemetery.

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