Western Slope Obituaries 2-6-12
February 6, 2012
Sue Carroll (Smith) Niblett, 78, passed away January 28, 2012 in the Hospice Care Center, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Carlsbad, N.M., on August 24, 1933. Sue was the only child of Juanita and Gerry Smith. They lived on a large cattle ranch many miles from town, where she learned to love the ranching way of life and nurtured many bum sheep on a bottle. Her parents later divorced and she was raised by her father and grandmother whom she loved dearly and where she learned so many of her cooking skills.
Sue went to Carlsbad High School and graduated in 1951, along with children from the Niblett family. In 1952, Sue married Carroll Niblett, after he returned home from the Army. Together they built a new home and started their family and life of commitment together. They have one daughter, Ronda and a deceased son, Brad.
A strong family work ethic and Christian values were very evident in their lives, whether farming, ranching, playing sports together or worshiping at church. The Niblett family was strong in their Christian faith and attended church every Sunday morning and evening, plus Wednesday meetings. If the doors were open, the Niblett’s were there! Sue and Carroll both taught Sunday School classes and served the church in many ways for many years. Sue loved to sing church hymns, often with a tear rolling down her cheek. Whenever food was needed for an event or church gathering, Sue was eager to make some of her delicious southern meals, or some of her special Mexican dishes followed by a delicious homemade pie.
Sue and her family moved from Carlsbad, N.M., in 1961 to a farm, near Fruita, Colo., where together they worked the farm ground and raised a wide assortment of farm animals. Sue had a large vegetable garden and raised chickens for both eggs and meat. She would drive the sugar beet truck during harvest, taxi kids and their friends around for school events and have a hearty meal on the table for the family and crew. Sue’s family was the most important thing in her life, always supporting each family member and welcoming all their friends into the Niblett home, as well as being the number one helpmate to Carroll with his farming and ranching ventures. In 1969 the Niblett family bought a large ranch in southwest New Mexico where they relocated and worked to raise cattle and horses for the next 24 years. Once retired, Sue and Carroll returned to the Grand Valley, just two miles from the farm that they had owned in the 60s, to be close to their kids and granddaughter, Shay.
The incredible outpouring of love to Sue and her family, from close friends and Hospice workers was so greatly appreciated.
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She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Carroll; daughter, Ronda (Jerald) Sutton; granddaughter, Shay (Bobby) Boe and great-grandson, Logan Boe.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Juanita Clark and her son, Brad Niblett in 2010.
Memorial services were held February 3, 2012 at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary,.
Interment followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita, Colo.
Lawrence “Larry” O. French, 83, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away January 15, 2012 at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center.
On August 28, 1928, he was born in Morrison, Colo., to Gilbert French and Grace (Flageolle) French. Early in life, Larry started farming and tending cattle on the eastern plains of Colorado. Later Larry took up the task of ranching on the Nebraska/Wyoming border. In the 1950s he acquired skills as an auto mechanic working in Wyoming before traveling to Grand Junction, Colo., area in 1960, where he worked for Western Slope Ford for 32 years.
His spirit of life will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Shirley Clark was a longtime companion and friend, and devoted caregiver in his last days of life.
He is survived by Mary French; his son, Mark (Amy) French of Grand Junction, Colo.; a daughter, Debbie French of Monument, Colo., and two grandchildren, Nikita French-Piggott, and Kelly Rose French.
He was preceded in death by a beloved son, Gregory Wayne French.
Private services were held via Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
Mary Gertrude (Beach) Perotti, 95, of Ridgway, Colo., passed away January 23, 2012, at Valley Manor in Montrose, Colo., her residence for the last nine years.
She was born March 17, 1916, in Placerville, Colo., to Preston Beach and Dorothy (Meyers) Beach of Horsefly, Mesa. She resided there until she lived with her grandparents in Ridgway, Colo., to attend high school. She then went to Gunnison, Colo., to attend Western State College for two and a half years before marrying Jerald Perotti of Dry Creek and moving to his family ranch to begin married life. She and Jerald bought the ranch South of Ridgway, Colo., in 1950, where they lived, rearing a family and tending the ranch until she moved to Montrose, Colo., in January of 2003.
She loved gardening and livestock, and was reportedly the oldest “milk maid” in Ouray County, Colo., only giving up the daily “pailing the bossies” in her late 80s. She was a third generation newspaper reporter, working for the Grand Junction Sentinel, the Montrose Daily Press, the Ouray County Herald, and the Ridgway Sun at various times. Many residents will remember the frequent calls from “Gabby Gert” as she called herself.
She was a member of the Cow Creek Community Club, the Cattlemen’s Association, the Rebekahs (Mt. Hayden Lodge No. 54), Legends of the West, and a tireless worker for the Mosquito Abatement Program.
She also appeared in scenes of “How the West Was Won” and “True Grit,” both of which were filmed in the Ridgway, Colo., area. In her spare time she loved playing the harmonica, singing, and participating in local talent events as well as entertaining at Valley Manor in Montrose, Colo.
She is survived by two sons, Rolan (Patricia) Perotti of Illinois and Orlan Perotti of Ridgway, Colo.; three grandsons, Rick Perotti of Virginia; Chris Perotti of Colorado, and Joseph Perotti of Illinois; three great-grand-children, and two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Leslie of Utah; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerald in 1992, and her middle son, Loran in 1974, as well as a brother and three sisters.
Memorial services were held January 30, 2012 at Ridgway Community Church.
Interment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Ouray, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo., 81402.
Condolences may also be sent to the family at http://www.CrippinFuneralHome.com.