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Leah Anita Holden

1916 – 2001

Leah Anita Holden of of Craig died Aug. 2, 2001, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 84.

Holden was born Sept. 13, 1916, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Flossie and George Coleman.

She later moved to Terre Haute, Ind., where she married John W. Holden in 1946.

She worked for E.I. DuPont in the state of Washington during WWII and retired from the accounting firm of Hayhurst and Hayhurst in Terre Haute in 1976. They spent their retirement years traveling throughout the country with their travel trailer. Following her husbands death in 1990, she moved to Craig in 1994 to be closer to her daughter and friends.

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Holden is survived by children, Linda Griffith of Craig and Andrew K. Holden of Indianapolis, Ind.

Memorial services were held Aug. 7, 2001, at Grant Mortuary Chapel officiated by Gay Albers. Services were held Aug. 10, 2001, at Roselawn Memorial Chapel in Terre Haute, Ind., officiated by Rev. Chip Chillington of St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Burial was at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Gary Wayne Nall


Gary Wayne Nall of Craig, died July 30, 2001.

On July 18, 1937, in Rifle, he was born the son of Mearl and Violet (Merrill) Nall. They moved to Craig when he was four-years-old. He attended school in Craig graduating, from Craig High School in 1956.

On May 24, 1959, in Hayden, he married June Mathis. He worked for many years for the US Post Office where he was a clerk, mail carrier, and supervisor of postal operations (a position he held until retirement.) He also worked as a meat cutter starting at the age of 14 at Bill’s Market in Craig. He worked as a meat cutter in both Rifle and Alamosa. He was very active in the community as a member of the JC’s, Craig Kiwanis Club, Elks Lodge and Cedar Mountain Lions Club. He was on the Northwest Colorado Area Water Council, the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, the library board, the city parks board, where he served 10 years, the county parks Board, where he served 18 years, a Boy Scout leader, member of the First Congregational Church, where he served as chairman of the building and grounds committee, and the Church Bell Choir. He played the saxophone and drums in local dance bands, and served in the National Guard for 11 years. He liked to cook, play cards, and board games. He enjoyed dancing, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Julie Nall of Greeley; son, Roy Nall of Denver; mother, Violet Watts of Clifton; sister, Christy (Al) Schontze of Grand Junction; brothers, Don Nall of Craig, Carl (Sylvia) Watts of Gateway, and Rick (CYN) Watts of Grand Junction.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Services were held Friday, Aug. 3, 2001, at First Congregational Church officiated by Gay Albers. Soloist was Butch McKune. Selections were “Friends” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”

Special music was “Sentimental Journey” and “Moonlight Serenade” by Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Bill Toovey.

Pallbearers were: Hal Hoffman, Jim Berry, Zane Nall, Dale Biskup, Jack McMichael, Ken Reust, Jake Garcia and Drew Dunsmuir.

Honorary pallbearers were: Neil McCandless, Charley Watkins, Max Snare and Chuck Osborn.

Burial was at the Craig Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Library Building Fund in care of Grant Mortuary.

Xenia Kawchack

1917 – 2001

Xenia Kawchack, formerly of Craig, died Aug. 6, 2001, at the Colorado Veterans Nursing Home. She was 83.

On Nov. 4, 1917, in Akron, Ohio, she was born the daughter of Harry Machalsky and Daisy Zamanski. She spent her childhood in Arizona. She attended the University of Arizona in Tuscon, Ariz., in 1964. She earned a degree in agriculture and pharmacy training and nursing. She was in the Marine Corp from 1943 to 1945.

In 1952 she married John Kawchack. She was a case worker for social services in Arizona and worked at a general tire factory. She was named as Social Worker of the Year. She was a member of St. Adelia Catholic Church in Tucson and belonged to the Peace and Justice Club at St. Adelia’s. She liked to read, write and make jewelry.

She is survived by brothers, Leonard and Michael Machalsky of Tucson and sister, Helen Holt, of Tuscon.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Cremation has taken place and her remains were sent to Tucson for a service at a later date.

Paul Leslie Bremner


Paul Leslie Bremner of Grand Junction died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, at the Community Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 54.

On Aug. 6, 1947, in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., he was born to Glen E. and Colesta (Moussette) Bremner. He lived in Wisconsin until moving with his family to Denver in 1951. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a Firecontrol Technician. He went to work for Public Service Company of Colorado in Frisco as a warehouseman. Later, he was transferred to Denver where he worked in the same capacity. He was a member of the Summit County Elks Lodge and enjoyed scuba diving and exotic vacations. He never married. He has spent the last several years in Craig and Grand Junction.

He is survived by his father, Glen Bremner of Ukiah, Calif.; sister, Glenda Ferguson of Wahoo, Neb. and brother, Bradley Bremner of Hayden.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Jacqueline C. Morgan

1920 – 2001

Jacqueline C. Morgan of Hayden, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at her home. She was 80.

On Oct. 11, 1920, in Sterling, she was born the daughter of Carl C. and Eva Mae (McPherron) Clark. She was raised and attended school in Sterling. She attended Colorado Teacher’s College in Greeley.

On Dec. 23, 1941, in Sidney, Neb., she married Charles Donald Morgan. They lived in Mancos prior to coming to Hayden in 1960. She was a school teacher and taught in Dailey, Logan and Porter, N.M., Mancos, and Hayden. She taught speech and English in Hayden for many years. She played the piano, violin, and directed the choir at the Hayden Congregational Church. She was involved in the music programs at the school during her tenure . She chaired the Hayden Library Board for several years and was a member of the Hayden Congregational Church and the Women’s Fellowship of the church.

Morgan is survived by her husband; daughter, Donna Anderson of Bullhead City, Ariz.; son, Chuck (Marsha) Morgan of Fort Morgan; brother, Douglas Clark of Boulder; grandchildren, Nicole, Kim and Ryan (Michelle) and great-grandchildren, Ashley and Brendan.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Palmer and Paul.

Services were held Saturday, June 23, 2001, at Hayden Congregational Church officiated by Rev. Merrill Lanker. Soloist was Betty Barnes with selection “In the Garden.” Special music was “Summertime.”

Memorial donations may be made to the Hayden Congregational Church of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, both in care of Grant Mortuary.

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