Rose Poff


Rose M. Poff of Craig, died April 26, 2004 at her home in Craig. She was 93.

Poff was born Dec. 8, 1910 in Rockvale, Colo., to Andrew and Anna Petrichko Duzik. Poff was the fifth of 11 children. The family moved to the ranch east of Craig around 1916. It was in Craig that she received her formal education. Poff spent many of her working years in the food industry as a waitress and then at The Memorial Hospital in the kitchen. She was a great seamstress, also crocheting and knitting for each new baby in her very large extended family.

Poff married Cornelius Johnson Poff on March 27, 1955 at the George Duzik ranch east of Craig. Those happy years together were in Grand Junction, and later Sedona, Ariz. During this part of her life she assisted her husband with his airplane business, doing the annual inspections for private pilots on their planes. Poff was a member of Yampa Valley Baptist Church in Craig.

Poff is survived by her brothers George (Evelyn) Duzik and Andrew (Joan) Duzik of Craig; sisters Margaret Marshall of Kingman, Ariz., Josephine Fagg, and Julia Calahan of Craig; 25 nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews. Poff was preceded in death by her husband, Corny, on May 26, 1969, her parents, brother, Mike Duzik, sisters Mary Tomoff, Katherine Milligan, Ann McMichael and Helen Jones, nieces Mim and Lois, and nephew, Don.

Services were held May 1, 2004 at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Dale Potter officiating. The organist was Anna Schaff and the soloist was David Schaff. Selections were "Under His Wings" and "Be Thou Exalted."

Pallbearers were Shayne Duzik, Tim Duzik, Glenn Duzik, Don Jones, Sheb Hume, Clint Wagner, and Justin Duzik.

Honorary pallbearers were "all Rose's great nieces and nephews and her many friends," Keith Pankey, Don Johnson, and Steve Hafey.

Interment was at Craig Cemetery.

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