Edna Mae Paulson, of Craig, died Dec. 24, 2003. She was 81.
Paulson was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Craig, to Murl and Alta (Talkington) Prather.
Paulson married Bill Pugh Sept. 10, 1936, and from this union they had two children, Valerie and Randy. Paulson was employed by the Empire Courier Newspaper for many years and later worked at Moffat County State Bank. After semi-retiring, she worked part-time at The Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Craig. She loved working in her rose garden and doing needlework. She was known for her chocolate chip cookies and Burnt Sugar Frosting. When it was time for a family gathering, everyone always knew she would arrive toting something delicious. She delighted in spending time with her grandchildren and they have fond memories of many overnight "popcorn" parties. Everyone found her laughter contagious, and they spent many good times in her company. She was a truly unselfish, caring daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Paulson is survived by her daughter, Valerie McFarland, of Craig; her son, Randy Pugh, of Pueblo; two grandchildren, Nicole (Doug) Grubb, of Aurora, and Casey McFarland, of Craig; two great-grandchildren, Kayle Binns and Dane Grubb; two sisters, Florence Van Tassel and Montie Burgess, of Craig; a brother, Lyle Prather, of Craig; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paulson was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Lawrence, Kenneth, and Keith.
Services were held Dec. 27, 2003, at the First Christian Church of Craig with Beryl Wright officiating. The organist was Jeanette Harper. Selections were, "How Great Thou Art," and "I Can Only Imagine" by Kathy Hildebrandt.
Services were concluded at the church.