Western Slope Obituaries 9-24-12
Genevieve Hice, 97, of Fruita, Colo., passed away September 10, 2012.
She was born to William Edward and Inez Elizabeth (Weaver) Weyrauch at their ranch home near Austin, Colo. At two months of age, she was baptized in the Austin Methodist Church and became a confirmed member at age eight. She graduated from Fairview School in 1929, and Delta High School in 1933. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Art with honors from the University of Denver in 1937. Genevieve was a member of Sigma Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Gamma Mu, and Psi Chi.
After graduating from college, she taught school in Paonia, Colo., for three years before marrying William Oliver Hice on October 19, 1940, in Austin. The couple lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she was employed by the Alexander Film Company. After World War II and her husband’s discharge from the U.S. Army, they returned to the Austin ranch, raising their children and continuing the family fruit business.
Through the years, she and her family spent time at the family’s cabin on Grand Mesa where they enjoyed playing cards, board games, boating, fishing, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and learning the name of every wildflower growing there. Genevieve taught for 23 years in Cedaredge, Colo., and Paonia, Colo., schools and estimated that she’d taught nearly 1,000 first-grade children how to read, which was one of her most proud accomplishments.
After retiring in 1978, she continued to teach children and adults to read through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). She was also a member of the Colorado and the Delta County Retired School Employee Associations, President and 40 plus year member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Genevieve was an active member of Austin Methodist and Delta United Methodist churches, serving as president of the Delta unit and district officer of United Methodist Women (UMW). She was a member of PEO Chapter BK, a 58-year member of Eastern Star Garnet Chapter 39, a charter member of the Surface Creek Valley (SCV) Republican Womens Club and the Vice Chairman of the Delta County Republican Central Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of Delta County Cooperative Telephone Company and was a Life Member of Pioneer Town in Cedaredge and the Delta Historical Society.
Genevieve loved celebrating holidays and birthdays with family, neighbors, and friends, traveling to exotic destinations, playing in bridge clubs, playing the piano, flute, chancel chimes and tending to her rose garden. Affectionately known as “Gotty” to her grandchildren and their friends, everyone loved hearing her stories, listening to her poems, enjoying home-cooked meals and desserts and spending time on the ranch.
She is survived by son, Edward (Mariela) Hice; daughters, Carolyn Aust and Marilee (Neil) King; grandchildren, Marilee (Brandon) Lewis, Alyson (Michael) Etchart, Judson King and Jennifer (John) Knopp; great-grandsons, Alexander and Andrew Etchart; one niece, two nephews and numerous great-nephews, nieces and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband (October 2, 1981), an adopted brother and a nephew.
Memorial services were held September 22, 2012 at the Cory Cemetery and at the Delta United Methodist Church. As would be expected, Genevieve had many factual details of the obituary written and suggestions for the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to one of her three favorite charities: Talking Book Library, 180 Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, Colo., 80226, Delta United Methodist Church, 477 Meeker Street, Delta, Colo., 81416 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.
Send condolences to her family at http://www.SunsetMesaFuneralDirectors.com. ❖
Wanda Alma Ramsay Walker
Wanda Alma Ramsay Walker, 87, of Douglas Mountain, Colo., passed away Sept. 13, 2012.
She lost her life while doing what she loved. She was gathering cattle in Zenobia Basin on Douglas Mountain with her daughter Dawn when the horse she was riding accidentally got caught up in some wire. She was thrown and hitting her head, she apparently passed away instantly. She crossed the great divide wearing her boots and spurs at the grand old age of 87 years.
She was born June 22, 1925 in Rock Springs, Wyo., to James C. and Barbara Ramsay.
She spent most of her growing up years on the Ramsay family ranch located south of Rock Springs, Wyo., on Trout Creek. In her teens she could be seen with her Dad chasing and catching wild horses that were rampant in the area.
She rode horseback three miles to a one room grade school on Sage Creek then finished her high school years in Rock Springs, Wyo., and Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, graduating in 1943. Later she attended telegraphy school for the Union Pacific Rail Road in Denver, Colo.
Wanda met her future husband, James Boyd Walker, at one of the famous country dances at Ladore Hall in Brown’s Park, Colo. They were married February 13, 1945 in Rock Springs, Wyo.
For the next 48 years they ranched together on Douglas Mountain and Vermillion Creek near Greystone, in the Brown’s Park Area of Northwest Colorado. She was a great calf roper, throwing a neat “two hocker” (picking up both hind feet) which was the only calf catchy allowed at their brandings.
On June 16, 1952 Wanda gave birth to their daughter, Barbara Dawn Walker, after driving herself 80 miles to the hospital in Craig, Colo. Her husband Boyd was at a mountain cow camp branding calves at the time. After the branding he found out what happened and joined his wife and child.
She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Nottingham Miller (and her husband Zack) and two great-grandsons, James Nottingham and Trayton Nottingham.
She was preceded in death by her husband Boyd, both of her parents, James and Barbara Ramsay, a brother James Ramsay and a nephew, Boyd Ramsay.
Memorial services were held September 22, 2012 at the LDS Church in Craig, Colo.
Cremation remains will be interred later at the Douglas Mountain Family Ranch.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice through Grant Mortuary, Craig, Colo. ❖
Linda Lee Clark
Linda Lee Clark, 63, passed away September 13, 2012.
She was born March 9, 1949 in Jeffersonville, Ind., to Albert and Violet Crabtree. She spent most of her childhood there and attended Jeffersonville High.
Linda was working at the census bureau when she was introduced with the idea of writing to a friend’s friend who was serving in Vietnam, Specialist Fourth Class 101st Airborne Division Northern I Corp. Bill Clark was the soldier’s name. After a year of writing Linda had fallen in love with Specialist Clark and about a year later he went out to Indiana with intentions of marrying Linda. On December 31, 1971, they began their new lives.
Linda went from city slicking to cowboy living and within two years they were expecting their first born. She pursued being a rancher’s wife, perfecting being a loyal wife and mother to their children and Bill’s children from a previous marriage.
She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, processing meats, and she would wind down with a favorite novel.
Linda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 30, admirably battling for over 33 years with great depths of courage. Although struggling with the disease and becoming very frustrated with her body she ultimately kept strong faith in the Lord and never blamed Him.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Clark; son, Justin Clark of Molina, Colo.; daughters, Radawna Clark, Shelly Baier, and Shawna Carnahan all of Grand Junction, Colo.; brother, David McIntryre, and sister, Adrienne Holmes, both of Indiana; numerous grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Travis; her parents, Albert and Violet Crabtree; in-laws, Ethel and Gene Click; son-in-law, Michael Carnahan, and niece, Michelle Carnahan.
Memorial services were held September 18, 2012 at the Molina Baptist Church. ❖
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