Western Slope Obituaries 5-28-12
Mariam (Mary) Volk, 103, of Paonia, Colo., passed away May 15, 2012.
She was born March 15, 1909 in Marion, Colo., the daughter of John Bear Senior and Margaret Mihelich Bear, who migrated from Yugoslavia. Mary and her family homesteaded in the Ragged Mountain area in the early 1900s. Mary grew up with five brothers and three sisters.
She married Rudy Volk on December 28, 1929 and worked their cattle ranch until 1998. No children were born to this union, but she helped raise a village, and touched the lives of many.
She was a lady of many talents who loved to cook, bake, and feed anyone who came her way. She was an avid fisherman, she loved to crochet and every stich was with love. She crocheted up to four weeks before she passed. Above all she loved to dance. The Polka was her favorite. She was still dancing at age 101. First and foremost she was Rudy’s sweetheart, a true mountain angel. Ragged Mountain was her church.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews, great, great-great and great-great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by siblings John Junior, Frank, Margaret Bear Marta, Mike, Antonia Bear Thompson, Rudolph, Mildred Bear MacHugh and Edward, parents John Bear Senior and Margaret Mihelich Bear and her beloved Rudy.
Memorial services were held May 21, 2012 at the Christian Fellowship Church in Paonia, Colo.
Interment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Lucile Flatt, 102, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away May 15, 2012.
She was born on the Pratt family farm in Anita, Iowa, to Clyde Jerome Pratt and Myrtle Louise (Alexander) Pratt.
Several years later, her father moved the family to Gillett Grove, Iowa, where he bought a General Store. Lucile loved playing in the flour bin and eating the stick candy that they sold. At the age of 9-years-old, they moved to Paoli, Colo., where her father owned a wheat farm. She walked 1-3/4 miles across the prairie to a one-room country schoolhouse. Lucile went to the neighboring town to attend high school. She graduated from Holyoke High School in 1927, and spent a year working to save enough money to continue her education. With the money she earned and a scholarship, she was able to attend Colorado Women’s College (CWC) in Denver, Colo. She graduated from CWC in 1930, with an Associate Degree in Science. Lucile then went on to Colorado Agriculture and Mechanical College in Ft. Collins, Colo. She majored in Home Economics, was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta social sorority, and received her 75-year membership pin in 2006. She was also nominated for membership in Omicron Nu, an academic honorary sorority for Home Economics majors. She graduated from Colorado A&M with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1932.
Lucile’s first job after graduation, was as a teacher in a one-room country schoolhouse. She taught grades one through eight and had eight students in her classes.
While in Fort Collins, Colo., Lucile met and married David Enos Flatt on June 28, 1934. They set up housekeeping in Sheridan, Wyo. In 1937, their daughter, Mary Lou, was born. A year and a half later, they moved to Denver, Colo., and then to Durango, Colo., where their son, David Clyde, was born in 1940. In 1941, they moved to Grand Junction, Colo., where their daughter, Patty Ann, was born in 1944.
After living in Grand Junction for five years they moved to Paonia, Colo. Lucile taught third grade for two years, and was also a Brownie Scout Leader. They returned to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1950.
Lucile was a 60 year member of the First United Methodist Church. She was active in the Women’s Society of Christian Service. She held every office through her years of service, and also held several District Offices. She was awarded a 50-year membership certificate and received an Outstanding Service Award. Lucile belonged to the American Association of University Women and received her 50-year membership award. She was a member of Eastern Star Sunshine Chapter and received her 25 year, membership pin. She belonged to Rebekah Lodge, Grand Valley No. 40, where she received her 35 year pin. Lucile was a charter member of. P.E.O Chapter GF. She also belonged to Wednesday Evening Dinner Bridge Club, and Thursday Afternoon Bridge Group.
Lucile had lived at the Fountains since 2002. She enjoyed the art group, exercise class, and the many social activities and outings provided for the residents. She was always ready to play bridge any time, as well as read the latest books recommended by friends. Because of a recent illness she had been moved to LaVilla Grande Nursing Home.
She is survived by her three children, Mary Lou Sherry (Darnell) of Casper, Wyo., David C. Flatt (Shari) of Telluride, Colo., and Cave Creek, Ariz., and Patty A. Stark (Bob) of Bend, Ore.; grandchildren, Timothy D. Sherry (Nadine), Daniel L. Sherry (Michele), Marnell Lucile Dwyer (Erik), Kamera Flatt, Eric David Flatt (Christine), Brett A. Stark, and and Dawn R. Stark; great-grandchildren, Johnathan L. Sherry, Jordan D. Sherry, Janae E. Sherry, Connor M. Dwyer, Mackenzie L. Dwyer, Cole H. Howie, and Jake D. Flatt; great-great-grandchildren, Caelyn R. Sherry and Fallyn Isabella Sherry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 68 years, David Enos Flatt.
Memorial services were held May 21, 2012, at the First Methodist Church.
Burial followed at IOOF Cemetery on Orchard Mesa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 522 White Avenue, Grand Junction, Colo., 81501 or Hospice and Paliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.
Charles Eugene Meredith, 75, of Delta, Colo., passed away May 17, 2012.
He was born to Gerald and Ruth (Lower) Meredith on February 14, 1937 in Wellington, Kan. He spent his childhood on the family farm in Derby, Kan., and graduated from Derby High School with the class of 1956.
On December 21, 1958, Charles married Geraldine Betebenner at the Friends University Chapel in Wichita, Kan. To this union, three children were born. The Meredith’s had celebrated 53 years of marriage last winter.
Charles was employed as a Deputy sheriff for Gunnison, Colo., and Delta County, Colo., for many years. He was an avid machinist and enjoyed hunting, swimming, and working on turbine engines and single engines. In his spare time, he also enjoyed inspecting homes and flying.
Charles was a member of the quakers (Friends Church) and was a former member of the Masonic Lodge. He resided in Pitkin, Colo., for many years before moving to Delta, Colo., eight years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Meredith of Delta, Colo.; son, Charlie (DeAnna) Meredith of Grand Junction, Colo.; two daughters, Jennifer (Steve) Smith of Gunnison, Colo., and Kathy (David) Edwards of Purcell, Mo.; and three brothers Harold (Joyce) Meredith and Pat (Sharon) Meredith both of Neosho, Mo., and Richard (Judy) Meredith of Pea Ridge, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Ruth Meredith; and a brother, Michael Neal Meredith.
Upon his request, no services will be held.
Jean Van Duzen, 85, of Paonia, Colo., passed away May 23, 2012.
She was born June 12, 1926, in Detroit, Mich., to Verne and Ellen Van Duzen. She and her family moved to Belding, Mich., in 1938 and she graduated from high school in 1943 as valedictorian. She attended Albion College in Albion, Mich., and graduated with a pre-med degree. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, the same university where her father and two uncles had received their doctoral training. She completed her residency in Denver, Colo.
She moved to Tuba City, Ariz., in 1953 to work in a hospital on a Navajo Indian reservation and earned the name “The Doctor Who Screams.” She stayed there until her retirement in 1980.
In 1964, Jean purchased property in Paonia, Colo., with plans to retire. She partnered with Glenn and Tony Austin to put an orchard on her property. She lived on the farm for 32 years, enjoying the mountain views, the orchard and her many pets.
She was dedicated to medicine, and specifically to prenatal care. She testified before congressional committees on three different occasions as the personal guest of Senator Ted Kennedy. Her testimony was instrumental in establishing the Women/Infant/Children (WIC) program in the United States.
She is survived by two brothers and their wives, Keith and Barbara Van Duzen of Beulah, Mich., and Duane and Loretta Van Duzen of Fremont, Mich.; three nieces; five nephews; and many unofficial “adopted” grandchildren from the Austin family.
She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Helen Van Duzen.
Graveside services were held May 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Cemetery in Paonia, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Fork Ministerial Alliance Food Bank, P.O. Box 517, Paonia, Colo., 81428, or Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416.
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