Allene O. Silver: 1918-2005


Allene O. Silver, a longtime Craig resident, died June 16, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital. She was 86.

Allene O. Silver was born Sept. 14, 1918, in Brush, to Gus and Fleda Ohlsson.

Silver came to Craig in 1941 after graduating from Colorado State University in 1940, to fill a home economics position in the Craig high school. She had completed her student teaching in Salida, but came to Craig for a higher paying job -- $90.00 per month. While teaching, she met her future husband, Howard Wilburn Silver. They were married in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Feb. 28, 1942, just before he left to serve in the Army Air Corp in WWII. Her husband served in Europe while she returned to Brush to live with her parents. Their first son, James Howard, was born in Brush on Dec. 27, 1943. Following her husband's return to civilian life, the family moved to Lawrenceville, Ill., where he was employed as an electrical engineer by Texaco Oil Co. While there, their second son, Donald Neal, was born Sept. 17, 1946. The family moved back to Colorado in 1948 to help with the Silver family business in Craig, joining younger brother, Dorman, and father, Henry, with the operation of Silver Agriculture Implements and farming. On March 12, 1952, Silver gave birth to their daughter, Jane (Richmond) Margaret. Throughout her 57 years as a Craig resident, Silver was involved in teaching and working with children in a variety of ways. She loved to teach Sunday school, VBS and children's bible clubs. In addition, she taught many 4-H students, and enjoyed her time as the children's department librarian at the Moffat County Library. Silver retired from her 35 years at the library in 1996. She also could be seen volunteering at The Memorial Hospital during several seasons of her life and up until spring of 2005. Church life also has been one of her most rewarding activities -- singing in the choir, playing piano and organ, teaching, participating in ladies' Bible study groups, and just serving others wherever needed. Silver's life was a demonstration of her love and dependence upon the Lord. She would tell you that she came to know Him as her best friend late in life (in her 40's) as did her husband. After her husband's battle with leukemia and death on May 2, 1981, she went on with her life with courage and God's strength.

Silver is survived by her children Jim (JoAnn) Silver of Denver, Don (Marilyn) Silver of Erie, and Jane (Claud) Richmond of Craig; grandchildren Jessica, Diane, Stacy, JJ and Jennifer; great grandchildren Hailey, Steven, Jake, John, Kayle, Margaret and Dailyn; sister, Alta Cates of Ft. Collins; and brother, Gordon Ohlsson of Deland, Fla.

Silver is preceded in death by her husband, Howard, parents Gus and Fleda Ohlsson, grandson, Donald Scott, and her sister, Adah Burley.

A graveside service honoring Silver was held June 18, 2005, at the Craig Cemetery by her children and their families.

The family wishes to invite Allene's many friends and extended family to a memorial service celebrating her life on July 9, 2005, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Craig.

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