Western Slope Obituaries 6-18-12
June 18, 2012
Billie Margaret Horton Reed, 87, of Palisade, Colo., passed away June 4, 2012, at LaVilla Grande Care Center, in Grand Junction, Colo., from natural causes.
Billie was born, February 14, 1925, to William Lee Horton and Mamie Frances (Baker) Horton in Dawson, N.M. She married Miles S. Reed on October 28, 1945, in Paonia, Colo. They were married 66 years.
She attended school at Palisade, Colo., and Paonia, Colo. She graduated from Paonia High School in 1943. She received a scholarship to Mesa College, and took a summer business course. She was a member of Les Fidel Sorority. She worked as a secretary for Mesa County Public Welfare, secretary for Dr. H. H. Zeigel at the Plateau Valley Hospital, Cottonwood Lakes Secretary and Plateau Valley School Lunch Program.
In 1945, while living on the Reed Ranch in Molina, Colo., she helped to raise hogs, lambs, calves, and chickens. Billie had a garden every year. She would do canning, and took care of the yard and flowers. She even tried chopping down a cedar tree in the yard. She enjoyed fishing, traveling to Arizona and drives to Cottonwood Lakes and over Grand Mesa.
Billie was an avid reader, especially the bible. She was a member of the Clifton Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
She was a resident of Molina, Colo., living on the Reed Ranch; then retired and moved to Palisade, Colo., in 1989, with her husband, Miles.
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She is survived by her husband, Miles; one daughter, Vickie (Dan) Green: grandchildren, J.W. (Sally) Green; Clinton (Lindsey) Green; Dawn Reed (Downy Martin), and June Smith; great-grandchildren, Danni Green; Marley Martin, and Miles Martin and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
She was preceded in death by son, Lloyd Miles; daughter-in-law, Mary (Toucher)Smith-Reed; parents, William Lee Horton and Mamie Frances (Baker) Horton; sisters, Virginia Estelle Horton, Edith Vermelle (Horton) Moore, and Lou Emma (Horton) Milholland.
Memorial services were held June 8, 2012 at Callahan- Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo.
Burial followed at Mesa Cemetery.
Kenneth Blaine Silliman, 69, of Green River, Utah, passed away June 6, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. It was a long fought battle from pulmonary diseases starting in 2000, but he was a courageous fighter.
He was born June 27, 1942, in Price, Utah, to Kenneth Neil and Anna Mae Swanson Silliman. He was raised in Green River, Utah, and graduated from Green River High School in 1960, where he was the student body president. He graduated from Salt Lake Trade Technical Institute in 1962, and was attending Utah State University in Logan when he was drafted. Blaine served in the United States Army during Vietnam. He entered the service March 18, 1964, and served in Germany until March 7, 1966. He was on inactive reserve duty until June of 1967, when he was called to duty once again. Blaine was honorably discharged on February 28, 1970.
Pete married Sandra Kae Hubbard on September 6, 1966, in Grand Junction, Colo., and they made their home in Green River, Utah, where he owned and operated S & S Garage, which he and Sandi started together in 1970. He inherited his father’s farm next to the garage and was dedicated to growing hay, corn and melons along with many weeds he tried to keep under control.
Blaine served as a Green River councilman various years from 1976 until 1995 and served as Mayor from 1979 through 1985. He received the Emery County Silver Bowl Award in 2006 for outstanding volunteer service to Emery County. Blaine was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of Orient Lodge No. 15, F & A.M. of Green River, Utah, where he served as Worshipful Master in 2005. He received the Hiram Award for service to his Lodge in October, 2001. He was also a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Utah; Bethany Chapter No. 9, OES of Green River, Utah.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Sandra; son, Michael and wife, Phillis; daughter, Lisa Silliman and husband, Michael Davis; eight grandchildren, Rebekah Silliman, Andrea Silliman, Ashlee Keener, Tanner Silliman, Cody Davis, Colton Davis, Kenny Pete Silliman, and Randi Hatfield; three great-grandchildren, Hanna Silliman, Audrey Matzke, and Skyler Davis; and sisters, Sharon (Neil) Montague and Jann (Gordon) Moreshead and brother, Dick (Sharon) Foster, and many extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Mae Silliman.
Memorial services were held June 9, 2012, at Green River LDS Ward.
Interment was at Elgin Cemetery, in Green River, Utah.
Memorial contributions may be made to Beta Zeta Headstone Project for the Elgin Cemetery.
Friends may share memories of Blaine at http://www.MitchellFuneralHome.net.
Frank Foraker, 82, passed away May 25, 2012 at Larchwood Inns.
He was born in Omega, Okla., on June 21, 1929. Frank was raised on a farm and was the third of nine children born to Lawson and Elizabeth Foraker. They moved to the Fruitvale, Colo., area when Frank was eight years old. He received his high school diploma at Palisade High School in 1950. Frank was a great basketball player, helping to obtain the 1949 State Championship win.
In 1951, Frank enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War as a Combat Engineer from March, 1951 to December, 1952. He worked for Clymer’s Dairy delivering milk for several years, then went to work for Holsum Bakery in 1957 for the next 37 years, retiring in 1994.
Frank married Ruthie Ann Whitley in 1955. They had two children, Diane Foraker and Michael P. Foraker. They divorced in 1960. He married Martha Jo Peet in September, 1968.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He especially enjoyed time spent with his family and grandchildren. He liked to go horse back riding, and bowling. He enjoyed cooking, watching football and was a talented craftsman, creating leather pieces of all sorts.
Frank lived at home until August, 2008, when he moved to Larchwood Inns Nursing Home Facility.
He is survived by his son, Stephen White of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughters, Diane Foraker of Palisade, Colo.; Paula (Randy) Cooper of Fruita, Colo.; three sisters, Collene (Ronnie) Milsap of Grand Junction, Colo.; Betty (Larry) Faul of Flint, Mich., and Hazel (Frosty) Littrell of Grand Junction, Colo.; brothers, Howard Foraker of Denver, Colo., and Roy (Marilyn) of Fruita, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Phillip Foraker; his wife, Martha Jo; three sisters, Dorothy, Ruth, and Peggy.
Memorial services will be held June 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Palisade Church of the Nazarene, 3595 Front Street.
Cremation has taken place.
Memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s honor to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506 or Larchwood Inns, 2845 N. 15th Street, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.
Mae Holder, 81, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away June 6, 2012.
She was born in Mesa, Colo., to Louis Rice and Amy Jane Billings. Being the ninth child and third girl, she was always proud of her six big strapping brothers. She helped her father and brothers with ranching life even though she was only 5- foot-2 and never more than 100 pounds. She was a graduate of the Mesa school and Valedictorian of her class, and active in drama and sports.
She met her true love, Wes Holder there at the age of 13, they were never apart for very long after that. They married on June 23 1950 in Rifle, Colo. They traveled all over Colorado wherever work took them like so many people of that time.
Her passions in life were music, singing, writing short stories, dancing. She loved to read and Crochet doilies out of sewing thread. She was also yodeling right up until her death. Her love for animals was always getting her in trouble with her Dad as she was taking in any stray she could find. As an adult she had cats, dogs, fish, rabbits, worms and a pet raccoon once. Her family and friends were big part of her life, holding these relationships very close to her heart and treasuring them.
She is survived by her daughter, Sherry (Mike) Romero of Grand Junction, Colo.; granddaughter, Terry (Phillip) Sloane, Lynn Haven, Fla.; grandson, Michael (Mindy), Joppa, Md.; five great-granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wes; both parents; all six brothers, one sister and one adopted son.
No services are planned. A memorial where Mae and Wes will be joined for eternity will be at a later date.