Ella Clara Short
Ella Clara Short of Craig died Sunday, Sept. 30 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 88.
Short was born on June 16, 1913 in Claflin, Kansas, to Samuel and Bertha (Blecha) Lee. She had six sisters (two sets of twins) and one brother (who passed away at about three months. old from whooping cough). Three sisters and her husband preceded her in death.
When Short was seven years old, the family moved to Kremmling, Colo. by wagon. From there, her family moved to Timberlake, which is northwest of Craig near the head of Mud Springs, where her family homesteaded. She attended the one-room Great Divide school.
When she was 13 years old, the family moved to Phippsburg, Colo. Later they returned to Craig and resided north of town.
On July 9, 1948, Ella married Earl E. Short.
Ella liked to camp, fish, rock and arrowhead hunt, read, crochet, embroider and metal detect.
Short worked at the Moffat County Creamery where Samuelson's Hardware now stands, and also in her younger days lived-in with various families doing cleaning, housekeeping, childcare, etc. She also worked at the peach cannery inGrand Junction, did baby-sitting and cleaning in Aspen.
She is survived by daughters, Fay (Steve) Hafey of Craig, Pam (Dave) Roof of Grand Junction and May (Richard) Olson of Clifton; son Jerry (Kathy) Short of Grand Junction; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, three sisters and husband.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, at the Craig Cemetary officiated by William Peterson.
Lillian LaRaine Murphy
Lillian LaRaine Murphy of Steamboat Springs, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs.
On May 23, 1911, in Dixon, Wyo., she was born the daughter of Oliver and Alice (Eversole) Farnsworth. She was raised and attended school in the Dixon area. She married Earl Fisher in April of 1928. She later married Francis Murphy and was later married to Ronnie Sjogren. LaRaine worked as a shipyard foreman in Vancouver, Wash., during WWII. She later retruned to Dixon and worked on the family ranch. Murphy loved needlepoint, knitting, horse training and ranching at Belly Acres Ranch in Dixon.
Murphy is survived by son, Robert Fisher of Moorcraft, Wyo., grandchildren, Dan of Mooorcraft, Wyo., Tom of Los Angeles, Calif., Deb, of Sebastapol, Calif., Connie of Fairfield, Calif., and David of Seattle, Wash.; two great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by nephew, Dennis Murphy, cousins,and many friends.
Laurel Sue Graff
Laurel Sue Graff of Craig died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at her home. She was 55 years old.
On May 16, 1946, in Chicago, Ill., she was born the daughter of Richard and Ruth (Smith) Furman. She was raised and attended school in the Chicago area. She worked as a purchasing agent for Shell Oil Company in Indianapolis and after moving to Craig she and her husband James Rhoads, whom she married in the fall of 1988, owned and operated the KOA Campground. Following her husbands death in 1993, she continued to operate the campground and on May 31, 1997, she married James R. Graff in Craig. She continued to operate the campground until the spring of 1999 when it was sold. She was a member and former president of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Craig Lions Club and The First Congregational Church. She enjoyed fishing, the ranch she and Jim were living on and raising wild horses.
She is survived by her parents; husband, James R. Graff; son, Chris Burch of Steamboat Springs; stepchildren, Laurel (Ken) Maupin of Castle Rock, Jamie (Jamey) Smith of Castle Rock, Ryan (Denise) Graff of Grand Junction, Sandy (Steve) Stum of Indianapolis, Ind., Cynthia (Rick) Lett of Indianapolis and Deborah (Drew) Berman of Indianapolis; sisters, Marge Tatgenhorst, Mary Mathias and Chris Kharasch all of Chicago; brothers, John Furman of Craig, Rick and Mark Furman of Chicago and Ken Furman of Maryland; and eight step-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at First Congregational Church officiated by Kenneth Forshee. Organist was Elaine DeuPree. Soloist was Butch McKune with selection "Wind Beneath My Wings." Services concluded at the church.
Carmelita M. Martinez
Carmelita M. Martinez of Craig died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at her home. She was 92.
On Sept. 12, 1909, in Coyote, N.M., she was born the daughter of Jose and Asencion (Padilla) Martinez. She was raised in New Mexico. She married Jose Mateo Martinez in Elko, Nev., on April 9, 1967. She worked as a maid in various hotels and motels and also as a dishwasher. She moved to Craig in 1951 from Chama, N.M. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and camping. She was a member of St. Michael Church.
She is survived by daughter, Donelia (Louis) Herrera of Craig; son, Jose Manuel Martinez of Craig; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mateo; two brothers, five sisters, and grandson, Larry Herrera.
A prayer service was held Monday, Oct. 1, with Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Craig. Fr. Roger Lascelle officiated the service.
Pallbearers were: Tony Herrera, Lawrence Herrera, Brian Stiegelmeyer, Fred Herrera, Daniel Martinez and Manual M. Martinez Jr. Honorary pallbearers were: Art Petz, Chaz Thomas, Larry Herod, Dale Peterman and MIke Salazar.
Interment was at the Craig Cemtery.
Laurence Robert Newell
Laurence Robert Newell of Fort Morgan, died Sept. 8, 2001. He was 82.
Newell lived at the Hilltop ranch, north of Fort Morgan with his grandson, Richard Schreiner, and his family. Although he had only been there a year, he had made many friends in the community of Fort Morgan and New Raymer where two of his great-grandchildren attended Prairie School. He always said there were no strangers, just a friend he hasn't met yet.
He grew up on the plains of Iowa and Montana where as a boy he worked on sheep ranches with his Aunt Bea and Uncle Walt.
His life continued in the true cowboy fashion with his ranching and rodeo life. He was a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association from the 1940's through the 1960's when after an injury he gave up bull riding and bull dogging and started raising and training Quarter Horses and Paint Horses. He belonged to the Colorado Cattle Man's Association where he became a member while raising cattle and horses in Craig, where he resided until 1993 when he moved to Springfield after his wife passed away in 1990. No matter where he lived everyone was his friend. He lived the "cowboy way" his horse, his dog and the wide open spaces. He will be missed!
He is survived by his children, Kenneth L. Newell of Craig and Diane Newell of Grand Junction; sister, Gwen Smith of LaPorte, Texas, and brother, Fred Newell, of Westminster; grandchildren, Richard Schreiner of Fort Morgan, Laura Mansfield of Grand Junction, Ronald Schreiner of Henderson, Brian Newell of Capitan, N.M. and Daryl Newell of Craig and seven great grand children.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia of whom he was married to for 44 years.
Services were held at Heer & Jolliffe Mortuary Chapel in Fort Morgan Sept. 15, 2001. Reverend Douglas Trevithick of Calvary Baptist Church officiated the service. Musical selections were "Happy Trails," "Amazing Grace," "Cowboy Prayer,: and "God Must Be a Cowboy."
A memorial service was also held at Grant Mortuary Sept. 22, 2001.