1935 - November 24, 2007
Doris LaVerne Runnells was born March 15, 1935, in Rock Springs, Wyo., to May and Fred Praeker. She died Nov. 24, 2007, in Security after a long battle with her health.
She lived in Green River, Wyo., Portland, Ore., Rawlins, Wyo., Craig and Mt. Harris as a young girl. Doris was adopted by her stepfather, Fidel Zulian, in 1956. She met her late husband, Murry Runnells, while she was working in Steamboat Springs. They married in December 1957.
They moved to Craig, where they adopted Murry Leo Runnells, in 1964. Doris and Murry worked for the Craig school system until Murry retired. They then moved to Denver. Doris and Murry loved the churches they belonged to in Craig and Denver.
Murry died in 2001 while the couple lived in Westminster. After many years of fighting her health, Doris moved to Colorado Springs to live with her niece, Nancy Patterson.
Doris missed being able to crochet and do crafts. She loved being outdoors. She hiked, fished, collected rocks and always had flower and vegetable gardens.
She loved her Lord, who saw her through many rough times, especially losing her husband. They are now together forever with all who believed.
Doris was preceded in death by her father, Fred Praeker, dad Fidel Zulian, mother May Zulian, beloved husband of 43 years, Murry Runnells, and niece Dorothy Donnelly Booker.
She is survived by son Murry Leo Runnells, of Crawley, sister Emma Donnelly and husband Russell, of Thornton, brother Fred Praeker and wife Rochere, of Denver, nieces Ruth Westerfield and husband Bill, of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Nancy Patterson, of Security. She also had many grand nieces and nephews, and great-grand nieces and nephews.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church, of Westminster, at 80th and Lowell. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. at Fort Logan.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation to help find a cure for the crippling disease.
The family extends thanks to Doris' church family and friends for the help they gave to Doris.