October 22, 2011
Steamboat Springs residents Jonathan Ritchey, Paxton Ritchey and their mother, Synthia Ritchey, stand near the new headstone for Mary Dillon, who was buried on the site in January 1915. The gravesite is on a hill above Janet Gerber’s home west of Craig. The Ritcheys, who are friends of Gerber’s, offered to help set up the headstone.
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On a hill some five miles west of Craig, a mystery lingers. A group of mourners gathered here in January 1915 to lay to rest Mary Dillon, a mother, widow and invalid of nearly 30 years. According to her obituary in The Craig Empire, Dillon’s gravesite on the hill was intended to be a temporary resting place. Her body was interred there, at her request, “awaiting the time of removal to McDonald County, Mo., where the wife and mother will eventually rest beside the bodies of husband and son.”