Chloriene Estlee Curtis died Tuesday, May 24, 2011. She was 91.
She was born Jan. 4, 1920, to Alfred and Amy Emmerson in Hartville, Mo. She graduated from high school in Hartville and was planning to attend beauty school.
That summer, she was offered a job cooking for hay crews, and while in Colorado, she met Walt.
Chloriene married Walter Curtis on Oct. 24, 1940. From this marriage came four children, Walter, Jr., Karen, Brent and Lynn.
Chloriene and Walt were in the sheep and cattle ranching business for 37 years in the Oak Creek and Browns Park areas.
In later years, they worked for two of the sons in their Nevada construction business in the summer.
Then they would winter in their motorhome in Laughlin, Nev. They did this for 19 years.
Chloriene loved being outdoors, growing gardens and cooking for family, crews and friends who stopped by.
She enjoyed knitting and was known to carry a pistol in her knitting bag. She worked in a sewing factory and in later years, had her own business, where she did alterations for businesses and individuals.
She loved taking pictures and videos of family, work and travel. Some of her idle time was spent gambling and she enjoyed the winnings from her 25-cent poker machines.
Chloriene was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Delvin and Clifford; sister Ivy; husband Walter; and daughter Karen.
She is survived by sister Annabell; sons Walter (Sheryl), Jr., of Winnemucca, Nev., Brent (Jeanne), of Smith Valley, Nev., and Lynn (Ella), of Craig; nine grandchildren and 27 great-granchildren.
Services are pending.