Western Slope Obituaries 4-2-12 | TheFencePost.com

Western Slope Obituaries 4-2-12

Joyce Adams Martin, 82, of Monticello, Utah, passed away suddenly and peacefully on the morning of March 13, 2012, while exercising with her cousin, Donna Washburn.

Joyce was born on November 13, 1929, in Moab, Utah, to Joseph William Adams and Dora (Black) Adams. A grandchild of Utah pioneers, Joyce lived at a ranch known as Carlisle, north of Monticello. Her family moved to town when Joyce started school, building a large modern home during the Great Depression. After the passing of Joyce’s parents, she returned to her Monticello childhood home. Joyce lovingly maintained and restored the home and its gardens for the past 35 years, in devotion to her parents’ memory, until her own death at the age of 82.

In 1951, Joyce graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her studies centered on English, music, education, and art. Joyce taught high school and college writing courses, and mentored many more students in music, art, writing, and history competitions. Joyce was also a teacher of Life, helping siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many others to be curious, to think logically, to increase vocabulary, to speak and write articulately, to be creative, to be fit, to be open to new experiences, and to appreciate drama, opera, classical music, and dance.

From 1980 to 1995, Joyce and her sister, Ingrid, owned and operated the county newspaper, the San Juan Record, winning many state newspaper awards for their efforts. Joyce spent countless hours covering local government, school activities and family events. Many former residents subscribed to keep up with the hometown news.

Joyce was a true cowgirl at heart, and she was happiest when riding horses and herding cows. She was an accomplished athlete, playing a mean game of tennis and golf. Joyce was an excellent swimmer, participating in water ballet and demonstrations of synchronized swimming, and in her later years, competing in swimming at the Senior Olympics. She also loved to hike, camp, ski and read. Joyce was always reading.

Homemaking was highly important to Joyce, and she was an excellent cook, baker, seamstress, decorator, and gardener. She won many awards for her flowers at the San Juan County Fair. Joyce’s other passions included travel, playing bridge, painting, playing the piano and saxophone, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble and cribbage, and working to improve the Monticello library, the Monticello Museum and the Bluff Fort history project. Joyce was appointed by Governor Leavitt to the Utah State Library Board, serving from 1997 to 2001.

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Joyce’s greatest legacy was the countless hours she spent providing care for injured or ill family members. Her courage, optimism and tenderness was inspirational to those who were so benefitted by her help and incredibly hard work.

Surviving Joyce are her children Rae Jean Martin Melton of Springfield, Oregon; Steven K. Martin (Cindy) of South Jordan, Utah; Calvin L. Martin (Sandy) of Alta Loma, Calif.; Douglas L. Martin (Tia) of Fishers, Ind.; her eight grandchildren and four great- grandchildren; and her siblings Lynn Adams of Monticello, Utah; Laree Jensen (Steve) of Orem, Utah; John Adams (Joanne) of Denver, Colo.; David Adams (Karen) of Monticello, Utah.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Dora Adams; her sister, Ingrid K. Adams; her brothers, Joseph Conrad and Larry Patton; her niece, Allison Adams; and her sister-in-law and great friend, Reta (Bailey) Adams.

Services were held March 24 at the Monticello LDS Stake Center.

Cleo Lee Artz, 88, of Lewis, Colo., passed away on March 20, 2012 at Vista Grande Inn.

Cleo was born June 29, 1923 in Tribune, Kan. the daughter of Lee and Martha Clarice (Groomer) Sweany.

Cleo graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Cleo then went on to teach for 30 years, working in both elementary and high school.

On January 18, 1946, Cleo married Everett Vernon Artz in Syracuse, Kan. Cleo lived for many years in the Rifle and Silt area in Colorado.

She was active in her community having been a Past Worthy Matron in the Order of Eastern Star in Rifle. Cleo spent much time volunteering at the Senior Center and the Veteran’s Nursing Home, both in Rifle; and she also shared her time at Manaugh Elementary School in Cortez. Gardening was a passion for Cleo. She grew amazing strawberries and rhubarb and her roses were gorgeous. Cleo was known for her perfectly manicured yard.

Surviving Cleo are her children, Pamela K. Gaasch and husband, Kim of Lewis, David Eugene Artz and wife, Terri of Colorado Springs, Colo., and James Vernon Artz and wife, Gail of Oak Creek, Colo.; and her grandchildren, Amanda Higgins and husband, Allen of Lewis, Geana Gaasch of Grand Junction, Colo., Jared Gaasch and wife, Lindsey of Cortez, Colo., Everett Artz of Colorado Springs, Colo., Katie Artz of Colorado Springs, Colo., and James Artz and wife, Megan of Massachusetts. Cleo also leaves behind her great-grandchildren, Ryder and Makaya Higgins of Lewis, Colo., Kooper Gaasch of Cortez, Colo., and JD, Jacob and Maddie Artz all of Massachusetts; and her sister, June of California.

Cleo was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Everett Artz; by her granddaughter, Melissa Artz; and by numerous brothers and sisters.

Services were held March 24 at the Highway Church of Christ.

Memorial contributions may be made in Cleo Artz’ name to the Alzheimer Research Foundation.

Albert Alva Hurford

Albert Alva Hurford, 84, of Delta, Colo., passed away March 26, 2012 at his residence in Delta, Colo.

He was born to Arthur David and Althea Ruth (Anderson) Hurford on April 26, 1927 in Plainview, Texas. He spent his early childhood in New Mexico and attended schools in Texas. Albert resided in California for many years before settling in Delta, Colo., 25 years ago.

Albert honorably served his country with the United States Army 333rd Engineer Special Forces during World War II.

On May 28, 1989, Albert married Rebecca O. “Becky” Manzanares in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple shared 21 years of marriage together last year. Albert was previously married to Martha Grace Hurford.

Albert, a retired truck driver, enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, wood work and he was a handyman always willing to fix things up. More importantly, he was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather. Albert was a former member of the Delta Odd Fellows.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Hurford of Delta, Colo.; three sons Donald (Kathy) Hurford of Pleasantview, Utah, Dale (Barbara) Hurford of Chico, Calif., and Dennis (Rose) Hurford of Riverside, Calif.; one daughter, Melissa (Phil) Claypool of Abilene, Texas; one brother, Royce (Barbara) Hurford of Roswell, N.M.; and two sisters, Nova Earlene Murray of Gainesville, Texas, and Vella Hoff of Seattle, Wash.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Althea Hurford; two brothers: Bobby and J.D.; two sisters: Minnie Sparksman and Fay Anderson; and one son Danny.

Upon Albert’s request, no services will be held. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

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