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Doris Catherine Stewart, 98, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away January 15, 2011 at her residence in Cedaredge, Colo.

She was born July 19, 1912 in Cedaredge, Colo., to Parker M. and Amanda (Johnson) Hart. She spent her early childhood in Cedaredge, Colo., starting school there. In 1922, the family moved to Pomona, Calif. Doris graduated from Pomona High School in 1930.

After high school, she returned to Cedaredge, Colo., where she married J. L. Stewart on 1932. In 1936, the couple moved to Denver, Colo., where their daughter Naomi Jean was born in 1940. During the early to mid 1940s they took in and cared for J.L.’s brother’s two small children.

They returned to Cedaredge, Colo., in 1947 and son, Frank Parker was born in Cedaredge, Colo., that year. In 1948, J.L. was killed in an automobile accident and Doris had to become the breadwinner for the family. It was a struggle making ends meet, so in 1949 she formed a partnership with her brother, Harold Hart, and the two opened Hart’s Grocery in Cedaredge, Colo. The business outgrew two successive locations on Cedaredge’s Main Street, so Harold and Doris built the large building most recently occupied by Duckwall’s. After selling the grocery business to the Andersen brothers in 1963, Doris went to work at the First National Bank in Cedaredge, Colo., where she served as a clerk, cashier and teller for 11 years.

A serious accident while picking cherries in the summer of 1975 disabled her for nearly a year, forcing her into early retirement. After learning to walk again, she resumed her active lifestyle and expanded her home-based business of selling nutritional supplements, natural cleaning products and beauty supplies. She also turned her creative talent for crafting into a business and after several years was selling her beautiful handmade items at craft shows around the area. Eventually her work found buyers as far away as New York City. In addition to her artistic talent, Doris was blessed with a lovely singing voice.

Doris was very active in the Community United Methodist Church, as well as numerous other organizations and events in Cedaredge, Colo. She helped start the Little Britches Rodeo, serving as its Treasurer for many years. She served for a time on the Board of the Delta-Montrose Community Concert Association, and helped promote their events. She co-chaired the Centennial-Bicentennial celebrations in the Surface Creek Valley in 1976, which ignited her passionate interest in preserving local history. In the early 1980s, she helped found the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society, and worked tirelessly for many decades on behalf of Pioneer Town. Doris’ Doll and Toy House in Pioneer Town is named in honor of her efforts to raise money for the building. The final project of her busy life has been coordinating plans for placing a stone marker and a small garden at the Eckert Cemetery to honor her ancestors who donated the land for the cemetery. Completion of that project is scheduled for mid-May 2011.

She is survived by her daughter, Naomi Stewart of Cedaredge, Colo.; and one son, Frank Stewart of Aurora, Colo.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, her husband J.L., two sisters and three brothers.

Kenneth Burrell Wood, 92, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away January 14, 2011 at La Villa Grande Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was born on April 15, 1918 in Detroit, Mich., to Frank Benjamin and Rose Hope (Merritt) Wood. He and his parents moved to Chatham, Ontario, Canada when Kenneth was a young boy and he attended Harwich Township School. Frank and Rose farmed several farms along the Old River Road, Rural Route 4, along the Thames River near Chatham, Canada.

At the age of 23, Ken met and married Bertha Louise Miller, daughter of George and Lucy Miller of Chatham, Canada. Kenneth joined the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII and in 1941, while Ken and Bertha were stationed in Grand Haven, Mich., their son Kenneth Wayne (known as Wayne) was born. Ken was one of three Coast Guardsmen in a vessel accident in Milwaukee Harbor on November 24, 1942. All survived and Ken suffered severe burns and lost his leg. He was hospitalized in the U.S. Marine Hospital in Chicago, Ill., for approximately six months.

After Ken was released from the hospital, their daughter, Nancy Louise was born in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1944. In 1948 the family moved to Shelby, Mich., where Ken was a shoe repairman.

Arthritis in Ken’s remaining leg forced the family to move to Commerce City, Colo., in 1951, where Ken took a job with Redfield Gunsights doing precision machinery work. In 1955 the family moved to Westminster, Colo., where Ken worked for Sundstrand Corporation. Ken retired from Sundstrand many years later. Ken and Bertha were founding members of the Westminster Methodist Church. Ken and Bertha’s son, Wayne passed away in 1961 from Leukemia.

Ken and Bertha divorced in 1962 and Ken married Bessie (Braley) in 1964. Bessie passed away in 1993. Ken married Audry in 1994. Audry passed away in 2005. Ken moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in 2005 to be near his daughter, Nancy.

He is survived by his daughter Nancy Wood and her husband Jim Wetzel of Hotchkiss, Colo.; grandchildren Randolph Wayne Chapman of Vancouver, Wash., James Joseph Chapman of Waukegan, Ill., Heidi Lynn Hudek of Cedaredge, Colo., and Kenneth Wayne Wood II of Denver, Colo.; and five great-grandchildren, Christopher and Matthew Chapman of Waukegan, Ill., Gwendolyn Brater of Bayside, Calif., Julia Chapman of Vancouver, Wash., and Evan Wayne Hudek of Cedaredge, Colo.

Upon his request, no services will be held.

Doris Catherine Stewart, 98, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away January 15, 2011 at her residence in Cedaredge, Colo.

She was born July 19, 1912 in Cedaredge, Colo., to Parker M. and Amanda (Johnson) Hart. She spent her early childhood in Cedaredge, Colo., starting school there. In 1922, the family moved to Pomona, Calif. Doris graduated from Pomona High School in 1930.

After high school, she returned to Cedaredge, Colo., where she married J. L. Stewart on 1932. In 1936, the couple moved to Denver, Colo., where their daughter Naomi Jean was born in 1940. During the early to mid 1940s they took in and cared for J.L.’s brother’s two small children.

They returned to Cedaredge, Colo., in 1947 and son, Frank Parker was born in Cedaredge, Colo., that year. In 1948, J.L. was killed in an automobile accident and Doris had to become the breadwinner for the family. It was a struggle making ends meet, so in 1949 she formed a partnership with her brother, Harold Hart, and the two opened Hart’s Grocery in Cedaredge, Colo. The business outgrew two successive locations on Cedaredge’s Main Street, so Harold and Doris built the large building most recently occupied by Duckwall’s. After selling the grocery business to the Andersen brothers in 1963, Doris went to work at the First National Bank in Cedaredge, Colo., where she served as a clerk, cashier and teller for 11 years.

A serious accident while picking cherries in the summer of 1975 disabled her for nearly a year, forcing her into early retirement. After learning to walk again, she resumed her active lifestyle and expanded her home-based business of selling nutritional supplements, natural cleaning products and beauty supplies. She also turned her creative talent for crafting into a business and after several years was selling her beautiful handmade items at craft shows around the area. Eventually her work found buyers as far away as New York City. In addition to her artistic talent, Doris was blessed with a lovely singing voice.

Doris was very active in the Community United Methodist Church, as well as numerous other organizations and events in Cedaredge, Colo. She helped start the Little Britches Rodeo, serving as its Treasurer for many years. She served for a time on the Board of the Delta-Montrose Community Concert Association, and helped promote their events. She co-chaired the Centennial-Bicentennial celebrations in the Surface Creek Valley in 1976, which ignited her passionate interest in preserving local history. In the early 1980s, she helped found the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society, and worked tirelessly for many decades on behalf of Pioneer Town. Doris’ Doll and Toy House in Pioneer Town is named in honor of her efforts to raise money for the building. The final project of her busy life has been coordinating plans for placing a stone marker and a small garden at the Eckert Cemetery to honor her ancestors who donated the land for the cemetery. Completion of that project is scheduled for mid-May 2011.

She is survived by her daughter, Naomi Stewart of Cedaredge, Colo.; and one son, Frank Stewart of Aurora, Colo.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, her husband J.L., two sisters and three brothers.

Kenneth Burrell Wood, 92, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away January 14, 2011 at La Villa Grande Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was born on April 15, 1918 in Detroit, Mich., to Frank Benjamin and Rose Hope (Merritt) Wood. He and his parents moved to Chatham, Ontario, Canada when Kenneth was a young boy and he attended Harwich Township School. Frank and Rose farmed several farms along the Old River Road, Rural Route 4, along the Thames River near Chatham, Canada.

At the age of 23, Ken met and married Bertha Louise Miller, daughter of George and Lucy Miller of Chatham, Canada. Kenneth joined the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII and in 1941, while Ken and Bertha were stationed in Grand Haven, Mich., their son Kenneth Wayne (known as Wayne) was born. Ken was one of three Coast Guardsmen in a vessel accident in Milwaukee Harbor on November 24, 1942. All survived and Ken suffered severe burns and lost his leg. He was hospitalized in the U.S. Marine Hospital in Chicago, Ill., for approximately six months.

After Ken was released from the hospital, their daughter, Nancy Louise was born in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1944. In 1948 the family moved to Shelby, Mich., where Ken was a shoe repairman.

Arthritis in Ken’s remaining leg forced the family to move to Commerce City, Colo., in 1951, where Ken took a job with Redfield Gunsights doing precision machinery work. In 1955 the family moved to Westminster, Colo., where Ken worked for Sundstrand Corporation. Ken retired from Sundstrand many years later. Ken and Bertha were founding members of the Westminster Methodist Church. Ken and Bertha’s son, Wayne passed away in 1961 from Leukemia.

Ken and Bertha divorced in 1962 and Ken married Bessie (Braley) in 1964. Bessie passed away in 1993. Ken married Audry in 1994. Audry passed away in 2005. Ken moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in 2005 to be near his daughter, Nancy.

He is survived by his daughter Nancy Wood and her husband Jim Wetzel of Hotchkiss, Colo.; grandchildren Randolph Wayne Chapman of Vancouver, Wash., James Joseph Chapman of Waukegan, Ill., Heidi Lynn Hudek of Cedaredge, Colo., and Kenneth Wayne Wood II of Denver, Colo.; and five great-grandchildren, Christopher and Matthew Chapman of Waukegan, Ill., Gwendolyn Brater of Bayside, Calif., Julia Chapman of Vancouver, Wash., and Evan Wayne Hudek of Cedaredge, Colo.

Upon his request, no services will be held.

Doris Catherine Stewart, 98, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away January 15, 2011 at her residence in Cedaredge, Colo.

She was born July 19, 1912 in Cedaredge, Colo., to Parker M. and Amanda (Johnson) Hart. She spent her early childhood in Cedaredge, Colo., starting school there. In 1922, the family moved to Pomona, Calif. Doris graduated from Pomona High School in 1930.

After high school, she returned to Cedaredge, Colo., where she married J. L. Stewart on 1932. In 1936, the couple moved to Denver, Colo., where their daughter Naomi Jean was born in 1940. During the early to mid 1940s they took in and cared for J.L.’s brother’s two small children.

They returned to Cedaredge, Colo., in 1947 and son, Frank Parker was born in Cedaredge, Colo., that year. In 1948, J.L. was killed in an automobile accident and Doris had to become the breadwinner for the family. It was a struggle making ends meet, so in 1949 she formed a partnership with her brother, Harold Hart, and the two opened Hart’s Grocery in Cedaredge, Colo. The business outgrew two successive locations on Cedaredge’s Main Street, so Harold and Doris built the large building most recently occupied by Duckwall’s. After selling the grocery business to the Andersen brothers in 1963, Doris went to work at the First National Bank in Cedaredge, Colo., where she served as a clerk, cashier and teller for 11 years.

A serious accident while picking cherries in the summer of 1975 disabled her for nearly a year, forcing her into early retirement. After learning to walk again, she resumed her active lifestyle and expanded her home-based business of selling nutritional supplements, natural cleaning products and beauty supplies. She also turned her creative talent for crafting into a business and after several years was selling her beautiful handmade items at craft shows around the area. Eventually her work found buyers as far away as New York City. In addition to her artistic talent, Doris was blessed with a lovely singing voice.

Doris was very active in the Community United Methodist Church, as well as numerous other organizations and events in Cedaredge, Colo. She helped start the Little Britches Rodeo, serving as its Treasurer for many years. She served for a time on the Board of the Delta-Montrose Community Concert Association, and helped promote their events. She co-chaired the Centennial-Bicentennial celebrations in the Surface Creek Valley in 1976, which ignited her passionate interest in preserving local history. In the early 1980s, she helped found the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society, and worked tirelessly for many decades on behalf of Pioneer Town. Doris’ Doll and Toy House in Pioneer Town is named in honor of her efforts to raise money for the building. The final project of her busy life has been coordinating plans for placing a stone marker and a small garden at the Eckert Cemetery to honor her ancestors who donated the land for the cemetery. Completion of that project is scheduled for mid-May 2011.

She is survived by her daughter, Naomi Stewart of Cedaredge, Colo.; and one son, Frank Stewart of Aurora, Colo.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, her husband J.L., two sisters and three brothers.

Kenneth Burrell Wood, 92, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away January 14, 2011 at La Villa Grande Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was born on April 15, 1918 in Detroit, Mich., to Frank Benjamin and Rose Hope (Merritt) Wood. He and his parents moved to Chatham, Ontario, Canada when Kenneth was a young boy and he attended Harwich Township School. Frank and Rose farmed several farms along the Old River Road, Rural Route 4, along the Thames River near Chatham, Canada.

At the age of 23, Ken met and married Bertha Louise Miller, daughter of George and Lucy Miller of Chatham, Canada. Kenneth joined the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII and in 1941, while Ken and Bertha were stationed in Grand Haven, Mich., their son Kenneth Wayne (known as Wayne) was born. Ken was one of three Coast Guardsmen in a vessel accident in Milwaukee Harbor on November 24, 1942. All survived and Ken suffered severe burns and lost his leg. He was hospitalized in the U.S. Marine Hospital in Chicago, Ill., for approximately six months.

After Ken was released from the hospital, their daughter, Nancy Louise was born in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1944. In 1948 the family moved to Shelby, Mich., where Ken was a shoe repairman.

Arthritis in Ken’s remaining leg forced the family to move to Commerce City, Colo., in 1951, where Ken took a job with Redfield Gunsights doing precision machinery work. In 1955 the family moved to Westminster, Colo., where Ken worked for Sundstrand Corporation. Ken retired from Sundstrand many years later. Ken and Bertha were founding members of the Westminster Methodist Church. Ken and Bertha’s son, Wayne passed away in 1961 from Leukemia.

Ken and Bertha divorced in 1962 and Ken married Bessie (Braley) in 1964. Bessie passed away in 1993. Ken married Audry in 1994. Audry passed away in 2005. Ken moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in 2005 to be near his daughter, Nancy.

He is survived by his daughter Nancy Wood and her husband Jim Wetzel of Hotchkiss, Colo.; grandchildren Randolph Wayne Chapman of Vancouver, Wash., James Joseph Chapman of Waukegan, Ill., Heidi Lynn Hudek of Cedaredge, Colo., and Kenneth Wayne Wood II of Denver, Colo.; and five great-grandchildren, Christopher and Matthew Chapman of Waukegan, Ill., Gwendolyn Brater of Bayside, Calif., Julia Chapman of Vancouver, Wash., and Evan Wayne Hudek of Cedaredge, Colo.

Upon his request, no services will be held.


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