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George "Al" Stoker

July 21, 1933 - February 19, 2014

George Alfred Stoker, affectionately known as "Al" passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Bent County Health Care in Las Animas at the age of 80. He was born July 21, 1933 in Las Animas, CO to Raymond A. Stoker and E. Doris (Haufel) Stoker. Al had 4 siblings: Eleanor (Jack) Ashcraft of Las Animas, CO; Leland (Donna) Stoker of Burlington, CO; Clyde (Jan) Stoker of Nampa, ID; and Patty ...
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Lola L. Rogers

July 23, 1936 - February 10, 2014

Lola Rogers passed away Monday, February 10th at her Las Animas home surrounded by family members after battling three bouts with cancer and other health problems. She was born in Wray, Colorado on July 23, 1936 to Pierce and Cleo Doyle Garton. She and her family moved to Las Animas in 1976. Lola was a kind, generous, and hard-working lady who flourished in her role as a mom, grandmother, great...
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Barbara Jean Mills

October 9, 1953 - February 9, 2014

Barbara Jean (Smith) Mills, loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by those who love her dearly, at her home on February 9, 2014. Barbara, affectionately known as "Sis" or "Bobby", was born on October 9, 1953 in Las Animas, Colorado to Samuel H. and Lilly D. (Coleman) Smith. She was the second daughter of 5 children. She grew up in...
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Willie D. Jackson

September 2, 1929 - February 6, 2014

Willie Daniel Jackson was born on September 2, 1929 in Sayer, OK to Daniel Morgan and Esther Lowrance Jackson. He passed away on February 6, 2014 in Fowler, Colorado at the age of 84. As a child who grew up during the depression, Willie sometimes stayed with uncles and aunts in Oklahoma and Colorado as his father worked many different places. His mother died at an early age. As a teenager...
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David Keith Bruner

July 24, 1973 - February 2, 2014

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Clifford L. "Speck" Stuart

December 30, 1923 - January 30, 2014

Clifford Lawrence Stuart was born on December 30, 1923 in Wiley, Colorado to Clifford P. and Maude D. (Miller) Stuart. He was the sixth of seven children. He passed away on January 30, 2014 in Las Animas, Colorado at the age of 90. Clifford, affectionately known as "Speck", attended school in Wiley until he was in the 10th grade. On Thanksgiving Day in 1935 he met Alice Lirley. In 1940 he...
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Jeffrey Scott Calhoon

January 15, 1970 - January 28, 2014

Jeffrey Scott Calhoon was born on January 15, 1970 in Ft. Collins, Colorado to Roger Leslie and Lucille Marie (Gunn) Calhoon. He passed away on January 28, 2014 in Las Animas, Colorado at the age of 44. Jeff attended school in Las Animas, graduating in 1988. He was united in marriage to Wendy Wordlow and one son, Tristen David Calhoon was born to their union. He attended the Nazarene Church...
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Elizabeth C. Wagner

June 12, 1920 - January 13, 2014

Claudia Elizabeth Kimbell was born 6-12 of 20, as she liked to say, to Claude and Janie (Sexton) Kimbell near Kim, Colorado. She was the ninth of 10 children--Buster, Eloise, Annie, Alice, John, Margaret, George, Clyde, and Mae. Elizabeth married Walter Fletcher Wagner on February 13, 1946 in Raton, NM. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and all of her siblings...
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Louis "Bogus" Alvarez

December 4, 1929 - January 4, 2014

Louis "Bogus" Alvarez, Sr. was born on December 4, 1929 in Las Animas, Colorado to Bernardino and Ramona (Villa) Alvarez. He passed away on January 4, 2014 in La Junta, Colorado at the age of 84. In May 1947, Louis joined the Army and was assigned to Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, TX as a psych tech. After being discharged from the Army, he began working for the VA as a cook. Louis...
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James L. Sisneros

October 2, 1964 - November 30, 2013

Funeral services for James Sisneros will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013 at Horber Funeral Chapel in Las Animas, Colorado with Pastor Jack Martin officiating. Interment will follow at the McClave Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013. James Lee Sisneros was born in La Junta, CO on October 2, 1964 to Joe and Jane (Baca)...
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Alvin T. Dodson

July 12, 1933 - November 25, 2013

Alvin Taylor Dodson was born on July 12, 1933 in Bennington, Oklahoma to Clem and Verta Mae (Mitchell) Dodson. He passed away on November 25, 2013 at St. Mary's Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, CO at the age of 80. Alvin married Ellena Rose Waring on January 24, 1953 in Las Animas. To this union they had three children, Robert, Nancy, and Diana. Alvin was a member of the Prowers County Sheriff's...
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Carolyn M. Medina

February 28, 1936 - November 10, 2013

Carolyn M. (Tanner) Medina was born on February 28, 1936 to Robert and Simona (Brito) Tanner in Las Animas, Colorado. She passed away on November 10, 2013 at the Bent County Nursing Care Center in Las Animas at the age of 77. Carolyn married Telesforo Medina in Raton, NM on July 11, 1953. They were blessed with three daughters. Carolyn loved Bingo, quilting, sewing, and cooking. She was a...
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Leon Ray Mendez

February 9, 1952 - October 24, 2013

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Cecilia Gallegos

March 6, 1927 - October 22, 2013

Cecilia Marie (Gonzales) Gallegos was born March 6, 1927 on the Gonzales Ranch in San Miguel County, New Mexico to Julian and Ramoncita (Lavato) Gonzales. She married Carlos Gallegos on November 14, 1945. Cecilia was very active in the Catholic Church. She had a very big heart and always put others before herself. She was involved in the activities of her children, grandchildren, great...
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Harold B. Kortz

September 3, 1922 - October 17, 2013

Harold Beryl Kortz was born on September 3, 1922 in Aztec, New Mexico to William and Edna (Douglas) Kortz. He passed away on October 17, 2013 at Bent County Nursing Center in Las Animas at the age of 91. Harold enlisted in the Air Force on December 7, 1942, serving as a Gunner during WWII. He was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Sergeant on November 9, 1945. On September 17, 1946 Harold...
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Fonda LaVonne Pointon

February 27, 1923 - October 1, 2013

She was born on February 27, 1923 as Fonda LaVonne Pointon, the second of six children, in Blackwell, Oklahoma. She was rarely called Fonda, but went by Vonnie or LaVonne. In her early childhood, the family loaded up the truck and moved west to Colorado (true Okies) for a hopefully better life. They lived in several small towns in southeast Colorado, finally settling for good in Las Animas. ...
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Tammy Lea DiRezza

July 18, 1957 - September 23, 2013

Tammy Lea DiRezza was born on July 18, 1957 in Denver, Colorado to David Nero and Mildred Dolores (Pilkington) DiRezza. She passed away on September 23, 2013 at Sangre de Cristo Hospice House in Pueblo, Colorado at the age of 56. Tammy attended La Junta High School, graduating in 1975. After graduation she went on to obtain an Associate Arts Degree from Otero Junior College. She worked...
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Lois Evaline Kenworthy

March 12, 1920 - September 8, 2013

Lois Evaline (Phillips) Kenworthy affectionately known to others as Evaline, was born to Carl and Pearl (Scaman) Phillips on March 12, 1920 in Las Animas, Colorado. She passed away on September 8, 2013 at Bent County Memorial Nursing Home in Las Animas at the age of 93. Evaline grew up on farms and ranches in Southeastern Colorado before moving to Pennsylvania with her first husband, Robert...
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Patricia Colleen Tyree

July 4, 1938 - September 6, 2013

Patricia Colleen (Shannon) Tyree was born July 4, 1938 in Alexander, ND to Elmo D. "Ed" and Hildegard A. Shannon. She passed away on September 6, 2013 in Las Animas, CO at the age of 75. Colleen graduated from high school in Alexander, ND in 1956. She worked as a telephone operator for Mountain Bell in Sidney, Montana from 1957 until 1961. On October 15, 1961 she married Keith Tyree in...
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Andy C. Waldroupe

August 13, 1949 - August 27, 2013

Andy Charles Waldroupe was born August 13, 1949 in Las Animas, CO to John H. and Margaret V. (Deatherage) Waldroupe. He passed away on August 27, 2013 at the age of 64. Andy married Sandra Lee George on June 1, 1968. To this union they had two children, Bridget and Justin. Andy was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed hunting for arrowheads. He spent many hours reading Louis L'Amore...
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Dolores A. Hemphill

March 19, 1931 - August 23, 2013

Dolores Hemphill passed away on August 23, 2013 in her home in Las Animas, Colorado at the age of 82. A native Coloradoan and life-long resident of Bent County, Dolores was born on March 19, 1931 at her family's homestead near McClave, Colorado to James Aura and Vesta Louise (Morlan) Mick. She was the older of two children. Dolores attended Horse Creek and McClave schools and graduated from...
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Joe Ramirez

August 17, 2013

Joe Ramirez was born in San Luis, Colorado on June 28, 1920 and passed away on August 17, 2013 at his residence in Las Animas, Colorado, at the age of 93. Joe is survived by his wife, Orcelia of the home; children, Lucy Garcia and husband, Orlando and Connie Basquez all of Las Animas, Ernest and Joel of Port Ritchie, Flordia, Penny Ramirez of Denver, Abby Neil of Las Animas, Dephine Palacio and...
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Bert Duane Hansen

August 7, 2013

Bert Duane Hansen, long time resident of Las Animas, Colorado passed away suddenly on August 7, 2013 age 77. He was born at Lutheran Hospital in Alamosa, Colorado on November 8, 1935 to Clinton and Bertha Hansen. Bert was a devoted husband, a loving father and an indulgent grandfather. Throughout his entire life he was an adventurer and lived life to the fullest. He was filled with the...
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Josephine M Ballez

March 10, 1943 - August 6, 2013

Josephine Marie Ballez was born March 10, 1943 in Las Animas, CO to Jasper and Duby Roybal (Martinez) Brito. She passed away August 6, 2013 in Colorado Springs at the age of 70. Josephine was a teacher of many, enjoyed her family, Colorado sports, bingo, and lived in the moment. She attended St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a member of the Women's Organization. Josephine is survived by...
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Joe Lee Martinez

April 3, 1942 - August 4, 2013

Joe Lee Martinez was born April 3, 1942 in Las Animas, Colorado to Margarito and Romona (Sanchez) Martinez. He passed away on August 4, 2013 at the Bent County Healthcare Center at the age of 71. Joe attended school in Las Animas until the 10th grade. He later joined the Army and was stationed in Germany. After the Army Joe worked at Fort Logan National Cemetery as the Groundskeeper before...
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Melba Card

August 2, 2013

Melba L. Card was born to the late William and Dora Lowe, March 2, 1914, in Las Animas, CO. She passed away on August 2, 2013 in Longmont, CO at the age of 99. Melba had five brothers, Paul, Walter, Glenn, Gordon, and Orville and one sister, Inez. Melba graduated from Bent County High School in 1932. She married the late William Card in 1946, and they lived in Palo Alto, CA. Melba continued...
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George B. Thomas

February 1, 1942 - August 1, 2013

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Felix Torres, Jr.

March 30, 1930 - July 26, 2013

Mass of Christian burial for Felix Torres Jr. will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday August 2, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rosary/Scripture Service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. at Fort Lyon National Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday August 1, 2013, at Horber Funeral Chapel. Felix Torres Jr. was born to Felix and Maxine (Martinez)...
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Alma Scharf

August 16, 1921 - July 25, 2013

Alma Oletta Scharf passed away in her home July 25, 2013. She was born August 16, 1921 at her family home near Miles, Texas. She grew up on cotton farms with her parents and 6 siblings. Alma graduated in 1939 from Miles High School and attended business school in Fort Worth, TX. After completing business school, Alma worked as a purchasing agent for the 45th Army Division at Camp Barkley near...
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Medrith Horber

July 23, 1920 - July 23, 2013

Medrith E. (Armstrong) Horber was born on July 23, 1920 in Owensville, IN to Chester and Grace (Hartley) Armstrong. She passed away on July 23, 2013 at her daughter's home in Rocky Ford, CO at the age of 93. Medrith was united in marriage to John T. Horber II on June 23, 1944 in Minneapolis, MN. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Bowling Green State University. Medrith was an...
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Joseph Samuel Palomino

October 10, 1946 - July 8, 2013

Joseph Samuel Palomino, 66 of Las Animas, Colorado passed away July 8, 2013 at Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta, CO. He was better known to most people as "Sam". Sam was born on October 10, 1946 in Las Animas, Colorado to Adolf and Romona (Baca) Palomino. He grew up in Las Animas, graduated from Las Animas High School and spent most of his life here. Sam enlisted into...
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Marie C. Lopez

September 16, 1923 - July 3, 2013

Marie C. Lopez, Las Animas (formerly of Rocky Ford), peacefully passed away July 3, 2013 at home. She was born September 16, 1923 in Mexico to Pablo and Maria (Urritia) Lopez. She is preceded in death by her Parents; Husband, Louis; Daughter, Rachel Reyes; four Brothers and two Sisters. Marie is survived by her five children; Robert Lopez of Ordway, CO; Linda (Michael) Nicholl of...
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Robert Bailey Scharf

October 29, 1916 - June 25, 2013

Robert Bailey Scharf passed away on June 25th, 2013 at Arkansas Regional Medical Center. He was better known by most people as "Dusty," and was born October 29, 1916 in Spokane, Washington to Hugo Arthur and Helen Bailey. He grew up an only child in the Northwest. He graduated from high school in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho and then received a degree from Reed College in Portland Oregon. ...
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Sheila Schibbelhut

June 25, 2013

Sheila Irene Schibbelhut was born on June 8, 1960 in Lamar, CO to Carl F. Shefferd and Helen Iren Dreyer and at the age of 16 was adopted by Robert and Jeraldine Schibbelhut. She passed away on June 25, 2013 in Colorado Springs, CO at the age of 53. Sheila is survived by her two sons, Bradley Schibbelhut of California and Sam Schibbelhut of the family home; mother, Jerry Schibbelhut of Hasty...
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Irene Candelaria

August 26, 1935 - June 22, 2013

Irene Maria (Encinias) Candelaria was born to Ramon and Senona (Sandoval) Encinias on August 26, 1935 in Maxwell, New Mexico. She passed away on June 22, 2013 in Denver, CO at the age of 77. She survived by her sister, Lucilla Tenorio-Crittenden and husband, Norman of Denver; sons, Joe Candelaria and wife, Julie of Lakewood, CO, Michael Candelaria of Thonton, CO, Frank Candelaria and wife,...
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Shirley Ann Caskey

April 18, 1938 - June 22, 2013

Shirley Ann (Rawlins) Caskey was born April 8, 1938 in Whitesboro, Texas to Paul and Mildred (Bates) Rawlins. She passed away on June 22, 2013 in Las Animas, Colorado at the age of 75.
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Everett Kent Childers

August 20, 1930 - June 20, 2013

Everett Kent Childers, 82 of Las Animas, Colorado passed away June 20, 2013 at Sangre de Cristo Hospice in Pueblo, Colorado. He was born in Denver, Colorado on August 20, 1930 to Daniel and Inez (Reed) Childers. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nellie (McCullough) Childers of Las Animas; children, Christine Martinez and husband, Freddy of Las Animas, CO, Darrell Childers and wife,...
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Raymond L. Wilks

March 4, 1939 - June 9, 2013

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Donald L. Barr

November 24, 1949 - May 20, 2013

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Arthur Martin Chambers

January 13, 1945 - May 2, 2013

Arthur "Martin" Chambers was born on January 13, 1945 in La Junta, Colorado to Arthur Gladstone and Mary Anna (Martin) Chambers. He passed away on May 2, 2013 at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado at the age of 68. Martin was a farmer and rancher. He also operated heavy equipment and owned his own heavy equipment business for several years. Martin married Sharon "Pete" Kinder on...
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Charles Robert Mitchell

August 14, 1920 - April 20, 2013

Charles Robert Mitchell was born on August 14, 1920 to Grover and Edith (Thompson) Mitchell in Cimarron, KS. He passed away at his home on April 20, 2013. Charles married Helen Marie Sisson on June 4, 1975 in Las Animas, Colorado. He was a farmer and rancher. Charles is survived by his wife, Helen of the home; son, Edward Mitchell and wife, Catherine of Douglas, WY; daughters, Sherrill...
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Doyle E. Gabbert

April 30, 1939 - April 15, 2013

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Dolores "DoDo" DiRezza

February 19, 1937 - April 8, 2013

Dolores (Pilkington) DiRezza, affectionately known as "DoDo", was born on February 19, 1937 in Denver, Colorado to Aubrey Ellis and Beatrice Mae (Doyle) Pilkington. She passed away on April 8, 2013 at her home in Las Animas. DoDo was raised in Denver, Colorado. On November 26, 1955 she was united in marriage to David Nero DiRezza. To this union they had two children. In 1958 she was named...
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Julia Marie Yegge

January 20, 1921 - April 3, 2013

Julia Marie (Self) Yegge was born on January 20, 1921 in Atoka, OK to Enic and Madelin (Martin) Self. She passed away on April 3, 2013 at Juniper Village in Lamar, Colorado at the age of 92. Julia is survived by her daughter, Jeannie Doyle of Lamar, Colorado; son, Sam Castro of Cocolalla, ID; eight grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, many other relatives and a host of friends. She is...
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Juanita Martinez

November 27, 1932 - March 18, 2013

Juanita (Quintana) Martinez was born on November 27, 1932 in Las Animas, Colorado to Pete and Sara (Ramirez) Quintana. She passed away on March 18, 2013 at her home at the age of 80. Juanita and her siblings grew up and attended school in Las Animas. On August 25, 1959 she was united in marriage to Moses "Buddy" Martinez and six children were born to their union. Juanita worked as a CNA at...
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Stevan R. Hughes

October 10, 1950 - March 14, 2013

Stevan Ray Hughes was born October 10, 1950 to O.D. and Johnnie Faye (Chaney) Hughes in Salinas, CA. He passed away on March 14, 2013 at Penrose Medical Center in Colorado Springs at the age of 62. Stevan married Linda Espinosa and to this union they had a son, David and a daughter, Dana. Stevan was an Appliance Technician for Sears, a reserve officer for the Las Animas Police Department,...
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Dakota Netherton

March 3, 2007 - March 3, 2013

Dakota Jill Netherton, born March 3, 2007 went to her heavenly home on March 3, 2013, in Pueblo, CO. Dakota was a kind, bright, loving spirit, full of life with an amazing determination to succeed at any task presented to her. She was a positive, happy, child. There wasn't any activity she would not try. She enjoyed swimming, gymnastics, dancing, art, and music. She enjoyed keeping active in...
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LaVerne R. Freed

April 11, 1938 - February 15, 2013

LaVerne Ruth (Myers) Freed was born April 11, 1938 in Las Animas, Colorado to Lewis LaVelle and Minnie (Cotter) Myers. She passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Parkview Hospital in Pueblo at the age of 74. LaVerne grew up in Las Animas and attended Las Animas Grade School and was in the 1955 graduating class of Las Animas High School. She married Thomas R. Freed on March 19, 1955...
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Stella M. Sandoval

February 4, 2013

Stella M. Sandoval, 66, of Las Animas, CO passed away on February 4, 2013 at the Life Care Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Stella was born August 5, 1946 in El Chorro, N.M. to Salvador Lucero and Eulalia (Roybal) Lucero. She is survived by her four daughters, Valerie (Joseph) Montez, Carla (Jose) Navarette, Brenda (Tom) Martinez, Cindy Sandoval; two sons, Stanley (Mary)...
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Mary Elizabeth McAfee

November 12, 1918 - January 24, 2013

Mary Elizabeth (Williams) McAfee was born on November 12, 1918 in El Centro (Imperial County), California to Gene and Grace (Prevost) Williams. Mary passed away on January 24, 2013 at her home in Las Animas, at the age of 94. Mary, along with two brothers, Allan and Harold, had a very fun childhood. Their father was a successful car salesman and their mother was a Home Economics teacher. ...
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Dorothy Camilli

September 22, 1944 - January 23, 2013

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Jack A. Rodarmel

February 24, 1973 - January 19, 2013

Jack Allen Rodarmel was born February 24, 1973 to Jack A. Bitner and Donna K. Rodarmel in Manzanola, Colorado. He passed away at his home in Las Animas, Colorado on January 19, 2013. Jack is survived by his parents; daughters, Alma (Samuel) McGuire of Florence, CO, Alisha Yount of Texas; sister, Angelina (Jerry) Stillman of Pueblo, CO; and grandchildren, Alexandria, Korbin, and Madison.
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Lorena Mae Bogner

November 6, 1936 - January 18, 2013

Lorena Mae (Kerr) Bogner, 76, of Las Animas, Colorado passed away on Friday January 18, 2013 at the Bent County Nursing Service in Las Animas, Colorado Lorena was born November 6, 1936 in Lamar, Colorado to Noel and Jewel (Jones) Kerr. She married Alvin Bogner on June 7, 1954, in Las Animas. Lorena was a military wife during the Korean Conflict and moved back to Las...
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T. Shawn McGrath

February 16, 1954 - January 3, 2013

Shawn was born in Portland, Oregon on February 16, 1954 to Joseph and Dani McGrath. After living in Glenwood Springs and Conon City, Colorado they moved to Las Animas in 1960. Shawn graduated from Las Animas High School in 1972. He received his BS from Adams State College in 1976 and his Masters degree from the University of North Carolina in 1979. Shawn was working at the City Pharmacy...
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Marjorie Ruth Bock

December 12, 1921 - December 27, 2012

Marjorie Ruth (Lenox) Bock was Born in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin on December 12, 1921 to Earl and Chloe (Young) Lenox. She passed away on December 27, 2012 in Denver, CO at the age of 91. Marjorie was married to Edward Raymond Bock and to this union they had two children, Edward and Deborah. Marjorie is survived by her son, Edward Bock of Denver, CO; daughter, Deborah Bock and Stan Steik of...
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Dennis C. Heady

March 29, 1932 - December 26, 2012

Las Animas resident Dennis C. Heady passed away December, 26, 2012 at the Bent County Nursing Home in Las Animas, Colorado, at the age of 80. He was born March 29, 1932 in Fort Story, Virginia to Dennis H. and Vera (Hyman) Heady. Dennis served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He retired in 1987 as Chief of Social Work at Ft. Lyon VA Hospital. Dennis was active in...
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Richard Bud Vaughn

January 14, 1917 - December 24, 2012

Denver, Colorado resident Richard Bud Vaughn passed away December, 24, 2012 at the Aurora Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado, at the age of 95. He was born January 14, 1917 in Hughes, Oklahoma to Bub and Anna (Sever) Vaughn. Bud served in the United States Army during World War II. He was an Antique Dealer for many years in the Denver area. He is survived by his brother, Charles V....
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