Western Slope Obituaries 6-4-12
June 4, 2012
Genevieve Lucille Ebberts, 91, of Egnar, Colo., passed away May 19, 2012.
She was born in Wichita, Kan., on July 25, 1920, to Gaylord and Nellie (Eaton) Brink. Genevieve graduated from high school in Fall River, Kan.
She met Ralph Ebberts, fell in love and they were married April 22, 1938. To this union were born two children, Ronald Ralph and Sandra Sue. In 1947, the family moved to Egnar, Colo., and bought a 160 acre farm. She worked the farm with Ralph and raised her children. Genevieve worked at Egnar School as a cook for years and also in Dove Creek at Blue Mountain Cafe.
She enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking. Genevieve moved to Grand Junction, Colo., with Ralph in 1993, to be closer to doctors and to have a warmer climate for Ralph’s health. Genevieve suffered two hearts attacks in 2011.
Genevieve was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and neighbor who always saw the good in people and was loved by all who knew her. She loved her cat, Chico. Genevieve never knew a stranger and she’ll be missed very much.
She is survived by a sister, Novella Hale of Wichita, Kan.; son, Ronald Ebberts and his wife, Barbara of Egnar, Colo.; daughter, Sandra Hogge and husband, Les of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren, Curt and Lori Ebberts, Leon Beaver and his wife, Tammy of Fla., Wesley Beaver and his wife, Bridget of Grand Junction, Colo., Tim Beaver and his wife, Shannon of Tennessee, Charlena Cornett and her husband, Scot of Durango, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Preston, Freddie, Tyler, Tristen, Kyle, Amanda and her husband, Brent, Adam, Randy, Eric, Jacob and Jade; and great-great-grandchildren, Lexi, Michael, Bailey and Nathan.
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She was preceded in death by her husband, mother, father, five sisters and one brother.
Graveside services were held June 2, 2012 at Burns Cemetery in Egnar, Colo.
Ella (Cerise) Stapleton, 88, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away May 15, 2012.
Ella was born April 2, 1924 to John and Darphine Cerise at their family home near EL Jebel, Colo. She was the oldest of five children. Ella attended elementary school in El Jebel and then graduated from Basalt Union High School at the age of 16.
Ella met Francis Stapleton at a dance and they were married in Aspen, Colo., on February 20, 1943. They lived on the family ranch for three years, where Fred, their first son was born. Ella and Francis decided to move to Rio Blanco where they ran a Country Store/post office.
Four years later they moved to Grand Junction, Colo., where their second son, Alan was born. They bought a neighborhood store called “This Is It” which they ran for 21 years. After they sold the store, Ella worked at Montgomery Ward.
Ella was happiest when she was busy. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Mary’s Hospital and delivering meals for Gray Gourmet. She was very active in Eastern Star. Over the years she served as an officer in the Grand Junction, Palisade and Fruita Chapters. She was also active in the D&RG railroad ladies organization and the First United Methodist Women’s Joy Circle.
After Ella and Francis retired, they purchased a motor home and traveled all over the United States. They served as campground hosts in Yellowstone for several years. Ella’s favorite trip in their Winnebago was in a 44 vehicle caravan down the Mississippi River. Other travel adventures included cruises to Iceland, Greece, Italy, Panama Canal, Egypt, Israel, and more. Another passion for Ella was dancing. She and Francis loved ball room dancing and went weekly for many years.
Ella and Francis spent their last years together in Bullhead City, Ariz. When Francis passed away Ella moved back to Grand Junction, Colo., and lived in Mesa View. During her time there she returned to volunteering and ran the Country Store, often talking to the other residents to see what they needed her to get for them.
Ella is survived by two sons: Fred (Joyce) Stapleton and Alan (Mary) Stapleton; six grand children and three great grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Alvin Cerise of Austin, Colo., and one sister, Deanna Miles, of Southern Calif.
Memorial Services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction, Colo., on Saturday, May 26, 2012.
Donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave, Grand Junction, Colo., 81501 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Colorado and Wyoming Chapter, 521 Rood Ave., Suite B, Grand Junction, Colo., 81501.
Genelle Salabar Macht, 97, former La Plata County resident, passed away May 2, 2012.
She was born to Albert and Bessie Clara Salabar on October 2, 1914, in Bayfield, Colo. She grew up on her family’s ranch, riding her horse up the Pine River every day to her grandmother Springer’s house in town.
She attended Fort Lewis College after graduating from Bayfield High School. While at Fort Lewis College, she met her future husband, H. Ray Macht. The couple married October 1, 1933, in Bayfield, Colo.
The young couple moved to their ranch in Pagosa Springs, Colo., where they raised Hereford cattle and Morgan and quarter horses as well as two children.
Genelle was an organizer of the San Juan Land Alliance and volunteered with numerous community groups. Her family said she was a horsewoman and 4-H leader for more than 30 years.
She enjoyed square dancing and won prizes for her roses and other flowers.
She continued to attend school sports and concerts and volunteered with the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce.
She is survived by her children Jean Taylor and Carl Macht, both of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Ray Macht, in 2002.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship fund for students in the name of Skills USA of Pagosa Springs has been set up at Citizens Bank of Pagosa Springs, 703 San Juan St., Pagosa Springs, Colo., 81147.
Morris Clarence Dahl, Jr., 67, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away May 22, 2012 at the Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.
He was born on November 15, 1944 to Morris Clarence and Velma Dahl in Devils Lake, N.D. He spent his childhood in southern California and graduated from Moore Park High School in Moore Park, Calif.
On July 2, 1983, Morris married Phyllis Whitman in Lamar, Colo. They resided in Grand Junction, Colo., for 20 years before moving to Cedaredge, Colo., where they have lived for the past nine years.
Morris was a family man putting his 12 grandchildren first followed by his family and friends. He enjoyed working in his yard and the outdoors including camping, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his spouse, Phyllis Dahl of Cedaredge, Colo.; three sons Thad Dahl and spouse, Kelli of Wheat Ridge, Colo., John Schibbelhut and spouse, Michelle of Aurora, Colo., and Lee Houston and spouse, Rosa of Thornton, Colo.; three daughters Darcey Dahl and spouse, Frank Becker of Pagewood, Australia, Stacy Hishinuma and fiance, Steve Shomo of St. Augustine, Fla., and Elizabeth McClees of Olympia, Wash.; aunt, Thelma Spencer of Anaheim, Calif.; niece, Tina Dobbs and spouse, Pat of Grand Junction, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and brother and sister-in-laws, William and Earlene Hale of Grand Junction, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Licia Dahl; brother, Peter Dahl; nephew, Tony Brich and best friend, Danny Racey.
Memorial contributions may be made in Morris’s memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, Mass., 01202.
Memorial services were held May 26, 2012 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo.
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Jerald H. “Jerry” Gray, 58, of Olathe, Colo., passed away May 13, 2012, at his home.
Jerry attended Olathe, Colo., schools, college in Durango, Colo., and Stillwater, Okla., for his degree.
He was married to Margaret Hall in 1978, she passed away in 1995.
Jerry moved to Idaho in 1996 to be with his family and help with the ranching. In 1999, he returned to Olathe, Colo., to take care of his father, Alford until his death.
Jerry enjoyed taking care of the family ranch, loved cooking for family and friends and also enjoyed gardening.
Jerry was the son of Alford and Erma Gay, both deceased.
He is survived by his sister, Joyce Hawks and husband, Robert of Idaho; nephews, Roy and Greg Hawks all of Idaho; and many close cousins, family and friends.
Memorial services were held May 19, 2012 at the Pea Green Community Hall.