Pauline K. VanDorn: 1912-2004


Pauline K. VanDorn of Craig, died Oct. 1, 2004, at Glen Valley Nursing Home in Glenwood Springs, Colo., where she had resided since the closing of Valley View Manor. She was 92.

VanDorn was born March 18, 1912, in Craig, to Charles and Barbara (Fedinec) Kowach.

VanDorn was raised and attended school in Craig. She was married May 3, 1942, in Craig to Robert A. VanDorn. They ranched north of Craig, and she was actively engaged in the ranch operation with her husband up until their retirement. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Cowbelles, and Fortification Club. She enjoyed gardening and caring for her flowers and was an excellent cook. VanDorn liked to go to Las Vegas and play the slot machines and never missed an opportunity to do that.

When the Craig McDonald's opened, she was featured on the front cover of a national magazine along with other Craig residents, and she was a faithful McDonald's customer from then on.

VanDorn is survived by her sister, Helen Sloan of Mesa, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Gladys Kowach of Craig; brother-in-law, Perry (Elizabeth) VanDorn of Craig; and numerous nieces and nephews.

VanDorn was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Barbara Kowach; sisters Mary Hudach and Anna Shepherd; brothers Mike, George and Frank Kowach; and her husband, Robert A. VanDorn.

Services were held Oct. 8, 2004, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Rod Compton and the Hayden Chapter #99 O.E.S officiating.

The organist was Anne Carr and the soloist was Wanda Brown.

Selections were "In The Garden" and "Old Rugged Cross."

Pallbearers were Robin Herring, Jim Kowach, Robbie Herring, Darrel Wilaby, Rod Kowach and Walter Wilson.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles McCoy, Glen Shepherd, Clyde Trainor, Ed Lecuyer, Harold Harris and Norman VanDorn.

Interment was at Craig Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Grant Mortuary.

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