1907 - June 12, 2008
Lucille Stratton Sundberg was born Sept. 15, 1907, in Trinidad.
Her father had been through the Yampa Valley several times during the late 1800s, gathering cattle for cattle drives on the eastern plains. In 1909, he brought his family here from Trinidad by team and wagon.
Her mother drove the buggy while holding Lucille, who was less than 2 years old, on her lap. Her father drove the team and wagon with their belongings and the older children trailed the livestock on horseback.
They arrived in the Hayden area Aug. 12, which was her brother's 15th birthday. They filed on a homestead in the Potholes area north of Hayden. Later, they took over a homestead three and a half miles north of Hayden at the head of Buck Gulch on the Middle Cog so the children could attend school.
She and her brother and two sisters rode horseback 3 1/2 miles to school. Lucille saw the first train that came into Hayden and the first Routt County Fairs, where she won several horse races through the years. She graduated from Hayden Union High School in 1925 and then obtained a teaching certificate. She taught at Purcell in northeastern Colorado and several rural schools in Moffat County.
She married John Linde Sundberg, a native of Sweden, on Sept. 16, 1929. They operated Linde's Service Station and Garage in Hayden from 1930 to 1971. She was a bookkeeper for the business and a homemaker. She loved gardening and always had beautiful gardens. She loved to cook and bake; homemade rolls, apple pies from her own trees and angelfood cakes were her specialties. She was an excellent seamstress and loved to quilt, knit and read. She valued education. She said the thing she was most proud of was that all of her children attended college.
She was an active member of the Hayden Congregational Church for many years and also the Order of Eastern Star. She was a past Worthy Matron and received a 75-year award in recent years. She was active and interested in the Hayden Heritage Center and school and community activities. She lived in the Yampa Valley for almost 99 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Aura (Carson) Stratton and her husband, Linde, in 1989 and a sister, Hazel Sunderlin.
She is survived and will be greatly missed by her daughter, Barbar and husband, Paul Ledford of Lakewood; three sons, John and wife Beth Sundberg of Hayden, Olin Sundberg of Allenspark, and Eric Sundberg of Juneau, Ala.; brother Hilton Stratton of Louisville; and sister Delphine Kirby of Fallbrook, Calif. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Lisa Ledford of Plano, Texas.; Paula Belcher and husband Ken of Kremmling; Andrea Ledford of Toledo, Ohio; Jon Erik Sundberg and wife Jean of Hayden; Sig Sundberg of Craig; and Kristen Miller and husband Chris of Hayden.
She also is survived by seven great-grandchildren: Wayne Sundberg of Hayden, Evan Sundberg of Yampa, Erik Sundberg of Hayden, Cole and Kent Miller of Hayden, and Jonathan and Caitlin Belcher of Kremmling. She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hayden Congregational Church or the Hayden Heritage Center.