Longtime area resident Lillian M. Sweeney, 98, died July 9, 2004 at the Walbridge Memorial Wing in Meeker.
Lillian Marie Ford was born on June 28, 1906 in Anselmo, Neb., the daughter of Alfred and Mary (Mench) Ford. As a young child, her family moved to Broken Bow, Neb., and later to Craig, Colo., where Sweeney attended school at Axial. She was united in marriage to John Sweeney in July of 1927 and the family ranched in Temple Canyon for many years.
While living on the ranch, Sweeney helped herd sheep and tend cattle, grew a large garden and loved to roam the wide open country. She built the log cabin on the ranch and was proud of her accomplishments as a woman, cowgirl, rancher and mother.
After leaving the ranch, she and John lived in a home of which Mrs. Sweeney drew the floor plans for herself in Meeker, Colo. She worked tirelessly in her flower gardens and yard. She loved to dance and spend time with her family. She was an accomplished artist and a great cook.
Survivors include her three children, Monica Baker of Mesa, Ariz.; Colleen Haigh of Mesa, Ariz., one son, Jason Sweeney of Boulder, Colo., as well as seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Her parents, her husband John, two sons, Edward and John, two sisters May, Alpha, and her brothers Emmett, Charles, Everett and Ernest preceded her in death.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker. Friends are invited to a luncheon following services at the Kilowatt Korner.
Interment will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Craig Cemetery.
Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.