LaVeta A. Winslow


LaVeta Annette Winslow, 90, formerly of Craig, passed away Dec. 18, 2006, at Family Health West in Fruita after a short illness.

LaVeta was born in McDonald, Kan., on Dec. 23, 1915, to Edith and Clyde Williams. She was one of three children and spent her childhood and school years there.

In 1933, she met Russ Winslow at a dance and because he was the best dancer, she married him on March 16, 1934, in Bird City, Kan.

They made their home in Bird City, then moved to McDonald, where their son Larry was born. In 1938, Russ and LaVeta moved to Florence, Colo., then to Grand Junction for a short time, before making Craig their permanent home in 1939.

Three more sons were born to this union. Close friends of the Winslows -- Mahlon and Ethel Gates, Dave and Evelyn Henderson and Vernon and Frances Kiser -- also had boys, so wonderful times were had by these families.

LaVeta was a Cub Scout den mother for years when her boys were of scouting age. She worked for the Moffat County School District in the hot lunch program, worked at Betty's Shop, Craig Drug Store and in The Memorial Hospital kitchen.

LaVeta found great satisfaction in caring for her home. She loved a clean house, and prided herself on keeping it that way.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading, good music and cooking. Terry and Tom remember her baking a chocolate cake at least three times a week to keep four growing boys happy.

After Russ's death in 1983, LaVeta sold her home on Colorado Street and moved to the newly constructed Sunset Meadows II. She enjoyed living there for 22 years.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Craig. This brought her great joy in her later years.

In 2005, LaVeta moved to Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab to receive the care she needed. In September 2006 she moved to Family Health West in Fruita to be near her two sons.

The grandchildren were the highlight of her life during these years.

Most importantly, she loved her family and cherished the memories she shared with them.

Those grateful to have shared in LaVeta's life include: Terry and his wife Sharon Winslow of Grand Junction; Tom and his wife Barbara Winslow of Grand Junction; Vada Nicholson of North Platte, Neb.; Victoria Larkin of Craig; Bobbie Winslow of Reno, Nev.; Jason Sweeny of Boulder and Fred Shaffer of Craig, both of whom lived with the Winslows during their high school years.

Grandchildren include: Greg and his wife Phyllis Winslow of Casper Wyo.; Sally and her husband Scott Chase of Green River, Wyo.; Amy Winslow and Muhammad Ayub of Grand View, Wash.; Jeff and Larri Winslow of Craig; Tony and Teressa Winslow of Fruita; Tracy Keanini of Fruita; Nancy Gatlin of Grand Junction; Bryon Winslow of Rock Springs, Wyo.; Darren Winslow of Reno, Nev.; Jessica Johnson of Grand Junction; Jodi Jr. Najera of Price, Utah; Shannon and Roger Santistevan of Clifton; and Melissa Winslow of Grand Junction.

Great grandchildren include Chris Winslow; Adam and Ben Chase; Blake, Bethanie, Jordan, Landon and Spencer Najera; Greg and Ben Winslow; Isaac Winslow; Stephanie and Jodi Hoeland; Grant and Nathan Gatlin; Garrett, Logan and Wyatt Claunch; and Stephanie and Grace Santistevan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Russ; brothers Clyde and Don Williams; son Larry Kent Winslow; daughter-in-law Dorothy Winslow; son Garry Duane Winslow, daughter-in-law Linda Winslow, nephew; Bruce Williams; great grandsons Aaron Winslow, Bryon Winslow Junior; and cousin Floyd Nicholson.

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