Western Slope Obituaries 4-23-12
Betty Henderson, 77, of Montrose, Colo., passed away April 5, 2012 in her home surrounded by family after battling cancer.
She was born in Hinton, Okla., to Thomas and Iva Harris. She spent her childhood in Paonia, Colo., and graduated from Paonia High School.
Betty worked as a telephone operator for Mountain Bell before marrying the love of her life, Edward Henderson, on November 14, 1954. Betty and Ed lived on a ranch near Hotchkiss, Colo., raising four children. They also spent time in Reno, Nev., where she worked as a customer service representative for AARP and later in Grand Junction, Colo. They were residents of Montrose, Colo., for the last eight years.
Betty was a homemaker who loved all of her family deeply. She enjoyed fishing on Grand Mesa, traveling and art. As an artist, her sculptures and paintings have been sold and proudly displayed throughout the western United States.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ed Henderson of Montrose, Colo.; two sons, Michael (Colleen) Henderson of Evergreen, Colo., and Kelly (Carolyn) Henderson of Brighton, Colo.; and two daughters, Shelby (Basil) Bear of Delta, Colo., and Janice Kunz of Portland, Ore.; a brother, Jim (Marlene) Harris of Grand Junction, Colo.; three sisters, Glenna (Tony) Justin of Delta, Colo., Ellen McCabe of Denver, Colo., and Joyce (Steve) Martin of Green Valley, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Russell Harris.
Memorial services were held April 14, 2012 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in Betty Henderson’s name to Hospice and Pallative Care, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo., 81402, (970) 240-7734.
Jackie Stewart, 79, of Hotchkiss,, Colo., passed away April 12, 2012 at his home in Hotchkiss, Colo., with his wife by his side.
He was born in Ladonia, Texas on January 6, 1933 to Monard Gerald and Marjorie Malisa Stewart. At a young age, his family moved to Round Top, N.M., where he attended grade school. Later the family moved to Mountainaire, N.M., where he attended high school. He finished high school in Corona, N.M. His passion was playing football, which he played all four of his high school years. He also helped on the family farm.
In the fall of 1951, Jack met a young lady by the name of Patricia Ann Wells. In a whirlwind courtship, they eloped on July 27, 1952. In as much as a whirlwind courtship, was their marriage ceremony at 1:30 a.m. with the preacher in tow, Jack and Patricia were married in a filling station in Belen, N.M., complete with the station attendant as witness.
Jack and Patricia traveled the United States and Canada where he worked as a lineman and superintendent for Larson Construction then project manager for Donavan Construction.
In 1967, Jack and Pat bought a farm on Rogers Mesa in Hotchkiss, Colo. Jack continued to work out of town, leaving Patricia to tend to the farm. Jack went to work in 1974 at Hawksnest Coal Mine after good friend, Dick Emmons convinced him to go to work locally. He worked there until he retired in 1981 for health reasons. After retirement, he continued farming until his death.
Jack was a member of the Church of Christ in Paonia, Colo., and later a member of North Fork Church of Christ, also in Paonia, Colo.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of 60 years; stepmother, Sally Prosbt of Kansas; brother, Monard George of Illinois; two daughters Liz (Darrell) Kendall of Meeker, Colo., and Elaine (James) Martin of Hotchkiss, Colo.; six grandchildren Chad (Kim) Adams of Illinois, Mike (Molly) Mendoza of Parachute, Colo., Christina (Jim) Rocha of Rangeley, Colo., Jackie (Clint) Hall of Quantico, Va., Danny (Erin) O’Connell of Hotchkiss, Colo., and Jennifer (Dakota) Morton of Seoul, South Korea; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathryn Ann and two sisters, Ruth and Joyce.
Memorial services were held April 17, 2012 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss, Colo.
Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jackie’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P. O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416.
Darwin Patrick Flock, 41, of Montrose, Colo., and the Arnett, Okla., area, passed away April 10, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo.
He was born February 5, 1971, to Darwin E. and Pat (Fite) Flock at Canadian, Texas. He spent his childhood and graduated from high school in Arnett, Okla.
Darwin married his first wife, Shala, the mother of Jancee, Jordan and Dalton. He then later married Marie (Breed) Flock, the mother of Jessica, on August 18, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Darwin was a member of the Church of Christ in Arnett, Okla., and a member of the Sons of American Veterans.
He loved life and lived each day to the fullest, spending summers in Colorado and the winters in Oklahoma/Texas. Darwin loved the outdoors, fishing, four wheeling and his motorcycle. A great adventure was boating and tubing the river. He was an avid barbecue griller. He was a step above the average griller and loved to entertain his family and friends. Darwin loved to come home to the family farm where he was raised and get together with family and friends. Darwin was very much loved by his family and will be greatly missed by them all.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Marie Flock of Montrose, Colo.; his loving parents, Pat and Darwin Flock of Shattuck, Okla.; son, Dalton Flock of Comanche, Texas; stepson, Danny Taylor of Ft. Collins, Colo.; son-in-law, Cody Schoppa of Harrold, Texas; daughters, Jancee Flock of Harrold, Texas, Jordan Flock of Comanche, Texas, and Jessica Flock of Montrose, Colo.; stepdaughter, Jamie Taylor of Montrose; stepdaughter-in-law, Sara Taylor of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and one grandchild, Emily Schoppa of Harrold, Texas.
He was preceded in death by a younger brother, Chaddus Allen.
Memorial services were held April 13, 2012 at the Crippin Funeral Home chapel.
Graveside services were held April 16, 2012 at Higgins Cemetery in Higgins, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, Colo., 81401.
Ida Louise Sanders, 90, passed away April 15, 2012 at the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
She was born on November 24, 1921 in Paonia, Colo., to Clifford C. and Pearl R. (Heberling) Griffin. Louise graduated from Paonia High School with the Class of 1938. She went on to further her education and graduated from the University of Colorado in 1943.
On January 13, 1947 Louise married Raymond C. Sanders in Paonia, Colo. That marriage ended in divorce. Louise lived in Norwood, Colo., Simla, Colo., and 30 years in Chicago, Ill., where she was an administrative assistant for a real estate company in Doral Plaza. Louise moved back to Paonia, Colo., in 1992 where she made her home for the rest of her life.
Louise was accomplished at quilting, knitting, and creating beautiful needlework pictures. Colorado history, particularly that of the Western Slope, interested her. She enjoyed researching, “poking around” historical sites, and exploring old cemeteries with her sister, Shirley. Louise belonged to the North Fork Historical Preservation Society and Friends of the Paonia Library. She was a member of the Paonia United Methodist Church where she played in the bell choir.
She is survived by her brother and his wife; Homer and Irene Griffin of Palisade, Colo.: two nieces and four nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother; Carrol W. Griffin: and a sister; Shirley M. Lund.
Memorial services will be held April 24, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Paonia United Methodist Church.