Western Slope Obituaries 7-23-12
Mary Stebbins Newell Sherwood
Mary Stebbins Newell Sherwood, 77, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away July 11, 2012 in Grand Junction, Colo., after a brief illness.
She was born October 2, 1934, in Springfield, Mass., to Sylvia Atwater Newell and Joel Harris Newell. She spent her childhood in Longmeadow, Mass., and her summers on Chebeague Island, Maine, where she met her lifelong best friend and future husband, Norman E. Sherwood, falling in love at the age of 14.
She graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., followed by a trip to Moose, Wyo., by train, where she then realized the west is where she’d make her home. After Norm returned from a tour of duty in Korea, Steb and Norm where married June 23, 1954, in Longmeadow, Mass.
Shortly after their wedding, the couple loaded their belongings into an old wooden panel station wagon and traveled west. Steb and Norm welcomed a daughter, Lyn in 1956, son Bill in 1958 and son, Dan, in 1961. The family settled initially on Missouri Heights in Carbondale, Colo., running their own cattle ranch. They purchased 7Lakes outside Meeker, Colo., and slowly restored the old hunting camp, opening it as a guest ranch in the early 70s. At 7Lakes, Steb’s talents as a decorator, gardener and self taught chef blossomed. She planned all the meals for 30 plus people daily, while coordinating the laundry and housekeeping at the resort. When she and Norm retired from ranching and sold the resort, they began their many travel adventures. They sailed their boat, the “Winter Cowboy” through the Bahamas, Virgin Islands and Pacific Northwest. They later traveled throughout the world including, Alaska, Africa, Asia and the Antarctica.
Her lifetimes of pets were very important to her. She had many dogs, cats, horses and rescues. She was incredibly health conscious, a big proponent of natural remedies. She was also very fit thru out her life. She was an avid golfer, walker and swimmer until her illness prevented it.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Norman E. Sherwood of Grand Junction, Colo.; Lyn Sherwood Bullen (Bubba) of Grand Junction, Colo.; William “Bill” Sherwood of Grand Junction, Colo.; and Daniel “Dan” Sherwood (Jacque) of Montrose, Colo.; grandchildren, Alicia and Andrea Sherwood of Denver, Colo., Nicholas and Katherine Sherwood of Montrose, Colo.; step-grandsons, Nicholas Bullen (Colleen) and Matthew Bullen (Amanda); and several great-grandchildren.
Private services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Roice-Hurst Humane Society, P.O. Box 4040, Grand Junction, Colo., 81502 or Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B N. 12th St., Grand Junction, Colo., 81506. ❖
John “Pat” Steffen
John “Pat” Steffen, 70, of Palisade, Colo., passed away July 12, 2012 at his home in Palisade, Colo., after a short battle with cancer.
He was born in Grand Junction, Colo., to Everett and Esther Steffen. Known as “Pat” all his life, he attended school and graduated from Palisade High School in 1959. Pat enjoyed wrestling throughout high school and won the State Wrestling Championship his senior year.
Pat worked in the Mining Industry for many years and as a General Contractor in the Construction Industry which took him to many of the surrounding states. He then came back home to care for his aging parents and the family ranch where he was raised. During this time he owned and operated the Sandrock Mesa Restaurant in Palisade, Colo., serving much of his outstanding cuisine, and it was reservations only for his Friday night Prime Rib specials. Pat was known for his outstanding Prime Rib!
Pat was a perfectionist; he enjoyed his time in the garden. He was known for his spectacular garden, sharing his delicious fruits and vegetables with many. When indoors he awed many with his woodworking skills, making some of the most spectacular furniture one could ask for. He was a man of many talents.
Pat had a zest for the outdoors. He loved playing golf, gold panning, and fishing. Some of his favorite memories were his fishing trips to Alaska.
He is survived by his brother, Eugene Steffen (Annette) of Lakeland, Fla., brother, Delbert Steffen (Libby) of Marion, N.C.; son, Rick Steffen (Robin) of, Rifle, Colo.; daughter, Raini Steffen of Oxnard, Calif.; granddaughter, Maddi Steffen of Greeley, Colo.; and nieces and nephew, Cherie Nelson, Lisa Bruns, Brandy Steffen and James Steffen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Esther Steffen; uncles, Milton and Wilbur Steffen, and grandson, Justin Lee Steffen.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned per Pat’s request.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, Colo. ❖
Elaine Edge Crumpton
Elaine Edge Crumpton, 53, passed away July 5, 2012 in Gunnison, Colo. Her husband and mother were with her as she passed.
She was born in Birmingham, Ala., in 1959 to Robert Edge and Jerry Rider Edge. She grew up in the Roebuck Huffman area of Birmingham, Ala. Elaine graduated from Huffman High School in 1977 and Auburn University in 1981. She worked for the Girl Scouts of America in Columbus, Ga., and Jefferson City, Mo., until 1985.
Attending a Christmas party that year she ran into an old acquaintance, Jack Crumpton, Jr., and the two never looked back, getting married in Montrose, Colo., on April 2, 1988. The couple had purchased their first house in Gunnison, Colo., the year before. Elaine had taken a job as CSU Cooperative Extension agent in Gunnison County, later becoming the CSU Cooperative Extension Director. She worked there until 1994 and worked in insurance before going to work in the human resource department of Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) in 1995. She worked her way up to become director of the department. Elaine left CBMR in 2006 and worked briefly for RE1J School District before taking the job of human resource director of the Gunnison Valley Health System.
She loved the adventure of Colorado. Elaine enjoyed skiing, camping and backpacking. She handmade many of the decorating accessories in the home and loved her flower garden. She was a past member of the Gunnison Kiwanis Club and volunteered with the GVAWL. Elaine especially loved her pets, dogs and cats.
She is survived by her husband Jack; her mother Jerry Rider Edge; her father and mother in law Jack and Beverly Crumpton; Aunt Aileen Spruiell; numerous cousins, brothers and sisters in law, nieces and nephews; and her beloved Collies Geordie, Fritz and Loxie.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Edge.
Memorial services were held July 10, 2012 in Crested Butte, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue, 234 S. Hacienda del Sol Drive, Pueblo West, Colo., 81007. ❖
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