Western Slope Obituaries 4-29-13
Dewey L. (Monty) Sheridan
Dewey L. (Monty) Sheridan, 80, long time cattle rancher of Moffat County, Colo., passed away April, 7, 2013 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, Colo.
He was born June 14, 1932 to Dewey and Emily Sheridan on a homestead near Cross Mountain. His dad delivered him three days before the midwife arrived. He lived on the family homestead and rode into Sunbeam on his horse daily to attend school. He then caught the bus in Sunbeam to attend High School in Craig, Colo.
He was married to Carol Buffham, to whom he later divorced. To this union six children were born: Monty Sheridan, Wanda Estel, Stan Sheridan, Tina Sheridan, Tuffy Sheridan, and Rowel Sheridan.
On December 9, 1974 Monty married Ruth L. Mogensen in Wyoming. After their marriage Monty returned with his bride to their home at Red Wash Ranch by Dinosaur, Colo. They resided at Red Wash until 1986, where they then moved to the Snake River Ranch. They continued to run the ranch at Snake River, however due to health reasons they chose to purchase a home west of Craig, Colo., in 2004.
Through out Monty’s many years of ranching and gathering wild horses, there were three documentaries made of him. One of which was “The Cowboys” produced by Bill Moyer. This film was played on PBS and National Geographic Channel in 1976. As recently as last year Wayne Ewing, the photographer, continued to shoot films for Monty and Ruth’s personal viewing pleasure. The latest was of Monty shipping his cows to market, which should be delivered to Ruth within the next few months. Stories of Monty were published in two books. “The Grass Roots People,” written and photographed by Nancy Wood where his photo appeared on the front page of the New York Times, and “Blue Mountain Folk” written by Doris Burton.
Monty had a deep love for ranching and the great outdoors, especially with his cattle dog Millie.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ruth Sheridan; one brother, Bobby Sheridan of Texas, and sister Lillian McAnnaly, of Grand Junction, Colo.; sons, Monty Sheridan of Wambsetter, Wyo., Stan Sheridan and Tuffy Sheridan of Rangely, Colo., and Rowel Sheridan of Blue Mountain, Colo.; daughters, Wanda Estel of Rangley , Colo., and Tina Sheridan of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandson Jesse, who lived and helped them with the ranch and day to day life, and Travis Walsh, whom Monty thought of as his grandson; as well as numerous other grandchildren; and of course, his beloved cow dog, Millie.
He was preceded in death by Russell Walsh, whom Monty thought of as his grandson.
Memorial services were held April 13, 2013 at the Apostolic Lighthouse in Craig, Colo.
Graveside services were held April 14, 2013 at the family ranch.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Moffat County Humane Society, P.O. Box 455, Craig, Colo., 81626. ❖
Carrie Ann Allen
Carrie Ann Allen, 91, lifetime Delta County resident, passed away April 16, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.
She was born to James and Elmira (Miller) Patterson, in Hotchkiss, Colo. She spent her childhood and attended public schools in Hotchkiss, Colo., and Delta, Colo.
On March 3, 1940, Carrie and the love of her life, Roswell “Dean” Allen, eloped to Moab, Utah, where they married. Carrie and Dean grew up on ranches only one half mile from each other. To this union, a daughter and son were born. The Allen’s resided in Hotchkiss, Colo., for many years before retiring to Eckert, Colo., in 2003. Carrie and Dean would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this year.
Carrie, a devoted wife and loving mother, enjoyed her life as a rancher working beside her husband.
She is survived by one daughter, Helen Beavers of Eckert, Colo., and a cherished friend, Liz Brown of Mack, Colo., who she considered to be her adopted daughter; and by several nieces, nephews, and their children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Allen; son Daniel Allen; two brothers, William Patterson and James Patterson; and a son-in-law, Art Beavers.
A memorial service honoring Carrie’s life will be held at a later date.
Trilby Clark Hawks
Trilby Clark Hawks, 96, of Montrose, Colo., passed away April 9, 2013 at her home.
She was born September 25, 1916 to Frank and Susie (Karp) Mays in Delta, Colo. Trilby spent her childhood and graduated from high school in Fruita, Colo.
She married John W. Hawks in Montrose, Colo., and he preceded her in death in 1998 in Montrose, Colo., and had previously been married to Bert Clark.
Trilby had resided in Delta, Colo., but relocated to Montrose, Colo., where she made her home until her time of death. She was a bookkeeper for a number of years, but also candled eggs at City Market in Delta, Colo. She was an excellent seamstress, a hobby she dearly loved to spend time doing, and had sewn for family and friends for many years.
In her later years, Trilby loved being on the ranch and the outdoors at Kinikin Heights with her husband John for 23 years. She loved spending time with her family, children and especially playing yahtzee with her grandchildren for hours at a time. Tribly loved animals and wildlife. She loved tending to her rose garden. She will be dearly missed by her family.
She is survived by her son, Gilbert Clark of St. George, Utah; daughters Barbara (Gene) Markley of Olathe, Colo., Acquilla Gresham of Eagle, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren; stepchildren Delbert (Janie) Hawks of Montrose, Colo., John (Debbie) Hawks of Olathe, Colo., Patsy (Lanny) Denham of Olathe, Colo., Peggy (Gary) Williams, Levi Hawks, David Hawks, and their families.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, one son Larry and one grandson Clarence.
Memorial services were held April 13, 2013 at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment followed at Grand View Cemetery, West of Montrose, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pace Senior Community Care of Montrose, 2366 Robins Way, Unit A, Montrose, Colo., 81401, or Meals on Wheels or the charity of the donor’s choice. ❖
The North Park Stockgrowers Association and Western Landowners Alliance hosted a meeting in Walden, Colo., on June 20 for northern Colorado ranchers focused on reducing conflict between working lands and wildlife as naturally migrating wolves…
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