Marjorie W. McKinstry


Marjorie W. McKinstry


Marjorie Mae Widmoyer McKinstry died on April 16, 2002, at Family Health West.

Widmoyer was born Sept. 4, 1922, at Grandfield, Okla., to Fred and Doris Widmoyer. She spent most of her youth in the Iowa Park, Texas area, graduating from high school there. She lived briefly in the Grand Junction area while her father, a military reserve office, was stationed at a CCC camp on the Colorado National Monument. She remembered riding up the Serpents' Trail in their old car.

After attending junior college at Wichita Falls, Texas, and Texas Tech at Lubbock, she received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas in 1945.

On Sept. 9, 1945, she married Neal McKinstry in Fort Collins, Colo. The couple spent the next two years in Montana at Ekalaka and Baker. The next six years were spent near Briggsdale, Colo., where her husband was Project Manager for the Land Utilization Project, now the Pawnee Buttes National Grassland. After two years at Kremmling, Colo., the couple moved to Craig where they raised Arabian horses as a sideline.

Widmoyer's knowledge of Arabian pedigrees enabled them to secure the broodmares that produced show and distance riding champions.

In Craig, McKinstry was on the library board and a member of the Methodist Church. In 1987, looking for less work and a milder climate, the McKinstrys moved to the Fruita area.

Widmoyer is survived by her husband, Neal, of Fruita; son, Bruce of Phoenix; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.

In accordance with her wishes, she is being cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.

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