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Obituary: Mary Ann Whitmore

June 29, 1930- December 19, 2018

Mary Ann Whitmore was born June 1930 in Detroit Michigan. One of three children. She married in 1950 to Richard for 56 years.

She was an adventurer, love to travel and spent time in Europe and the Middle East. She enjoyed camping and fishing with her family, and took up competitive Sled Dog Racing with her husband and oldest son. She also found time to finish with a LVN in the medical field.

She is survived by her seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Grant Mortuary June 22, 2019 at 10 am.

Obituary: Shirley Arthur Lanier

April 20, 1935- May 31, 2019 

Shirley Mae Arthur Lanier, 84, passed peacefully in Peoria, AZ on May 31, 2019, a result of dementia. Shirley was born April 20, 1935 in Altavista, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents Rucker J. Arthur, Sr. and Lola Frazier Arthur; brothers RJ Arthur, Jr. and William Oliver Arthur; sisters- and brothers-in-law; two nephews (Vern and Kenneth Arthur); and niece Leslie Lanier. She is survived by her husband Ralph Lanier of Arizona, two daughters Susan Lanier-Graham (William) of Texas and Catherine Lanier of Oregon. She is also survived by grandson Patrick Graham (Kamilla), and five great-grandchildren-Nathan, John, Zoe, Morgan, and William, of Arizona. Ralph and Shirley married on November 9, 1957. They moved to Colorado in 1977. Shirley worked at Becketts in Steamboat for many years. She and Ralph owned and operated Grounds Repair Shop in Craig for 28 years before retiring to Arizona in 2006.

Obituary: Raymond Earl Gray, Jr.

October 1, 1947 – December 9, 2018

Longtime resident of Craig, CO passed away December 9, 2018 in Eureka, Montana with loving wife Kathy Gray by his side.

Ray Gray is survived by his wife Kathy Gray, daughters, Linnea (Jeff) Gray of Eckert, CO, Charlotte (Norman) Moore of Hayden, CO, Katherine (Craig) Liljedahl of Kelso Washington, Diana Gray of Craig, CO. Grandchildren Jeffrey (Darkeese) McCart of Delta, CO, Rusty (Shaina) McCart of Delta, CO, Candice (Ethan) Moore Teide of Pueblo, CO, Stephanie (Sage) Moore Shcrimsher of Craig, CO, Jared Moore of Craig, CO, Lorna (Daniel) Liljedahl Merwin of Craig, CO, Steven Liljedahl of Kelso, Washington, Alli (Pat) Herring of Craig, CO, Amber Liljedahl of Craig, CO, and 13 Great Grandchildren. Ray is survived by his sisters Evelin (Ron) Stoner of Payson, AZ Opal (Roy) Kiethly of Marian Montana, Shirley Porter of Palisade, CO, Sharon (Curtis) Hiejni of Craig, CO. Ray Gray is preceded in death by his parents Raymond Earl Gray (Jack) and Erma Hall Gray also longtime residents of Craig, CO, brother-in-law Daryl Porter. 

Ceremony and Celebration of life for Ray Gray will be Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 11 am at the V.F.W. Hall at 419 E. Victory Way.

Obituary: Sherri Lynn Ferree

September 7, 1955- May 12, 2019

A Celebration of Life for Sherri Ferree, of Craig, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at The Journey at First Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be made to Moffat County United Way in care of Grant Mortuary.

Obituary: Darlene Louise Turner

August 10, 1942- May 27, 2019

Darlene Turner, of Craig, died Monday, May 27, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Private family services were held.

Obituary: Ann Leanor Schram

March 11, 1935- May 29, 2019

Ann Schram passed away on May 29, 2019 after a brief illness. She spent the last month surrounded by her family who loved and cared for her. Ann was born in Meeker, Colorado on March 11, 1935 to Melvin and Dorothy Holland. She was raised in Meeker and graduated from High School in 1953. After graduating from Colorado State University, she moved to Craig where she raised her three children Kirk, Janet and Janiene. She taught Physical Education for 26 years until her retirement in 1990. She was one of the first girls sports coaches in Craig. She also had many fun years with her bowling team. After retiring she spent her winters in Arizona, and she moved back to Meeker for the summers. She had an active and fun-filled retirement. She enjoyed many activities, including playing cards, bingo, line dancing, traveling, reading and gardening. She had many friends in both Arizona and Colorado. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children Kirk (Xavier), Janet (Peter), and Janiene (Jim), her grandchildren Erin (Casey), Kyle, (Adriane), Kellen, Meagan (Jake), Brendan, Kirsten, Chris, Tim, Greg and Spencer, and great-grandchildren Hudson, Cole, Hazel, Ash and Lucas.

Obituary: James ‘Jim’ Patterson

July 4, 1965- May 20, 2019

Hello. Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is James “Jim” Conrad Patterson, 53, of Phippsburg, Co., and I died in my peaceful home on May 20, 2019, from complications of pancreatic cancer. I was born on July 4, 1965, in Camden, Ark., to wonderful parents, Daniel Webster Patterson and Jeanette McAlister Patterson, and from that day on, I wasted no time in making my mark. I filled the world with joy, love, humor, and wisdom, and I will forever be known as a legend. 

A seasoned journalist, writer, and editor, I worked for numerous newspaper publications throughout my extensive career. My most recent experience included serving as editor of the Craig Press in Craig, Co. Prior to that, I worked as the evening editor and copy desk chief for Steamboat Pilot & Today in Steamboat Springs, Co. In Arkansas, I worked as a reporter for the Camden News, a reporter and news editor for the El Dorado News-Times, news editor for the Paragould Daily Press, and assistant news editor for the Jonesboro Sun. As part of my pursuit of a medical degree, I held bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry. It need not be said that I was extremely smart, but I suppose I would allow you to think so

In my time on the Earth, I directed and starred in independent films, I wrote brilliant screenplays and short stories, I co-authored a novel, I traveled as a missionary, I touched dinosaur bones, I explored caves and mountains, I sang in barbershop quartets, and I led my friends and family in so many adventures we can’t count them all. 

I am preceded in death by my parents, which means I am now with them in spirit and soul. I am survived by my brother Dan Patterson; my sister Helen Aregood and her husband Chris Aregood; my uncle John McAlister and aunt Katsy McAlister; my niece Mary Aregood Pecanty; nephews Donald Maxfield, John Aregood, Noah Patterson, Micah Patterson, and Eli Patterson; my great nieces Cassidy Pecanty, Tiffany Pecanty and Aubrie Aregood, and my great nephews Jorden Pecanty and Christopher Aregood. I also leave a host of cousins and best friends whom I will never forget, for they all deeply cherish my life and legacy.

My Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church located at 1601 South Louisiana in Little Rock Arkansas. Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Service will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. I would like it a lot if in lieu of flowers you would make a donation in my memory to your local animal shelter.

Thank you, family and friends, for sharing this world with me. You might feel this is a permanent goodbye, but please rest assured that I am alive and well in the hearts and memories of all who know me. I go with the beautiful knowledge that we are never alone in the universe, and that our love for each other remains a constant, like the brightest constellations in the sky. My name is Jim, and I love you all. So long for now.

Obituary: Charles Raymond Hampton

January 22, 1938- May 26, 2019

Longtime Craig resident, Charles Raymond Hampton, died peacefully on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at his home in Craig. He was 81. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Grant Mortuary. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Grant Mortuary Chapel. Charles Raymond Hampton was born the son of Raymond Lafayette and Alaminda Mae (Hartzell) Hampton on January 22, 1938 in Price, Utah. He spent his childhood and attended schools in Price, Utah and Grand Junction, Colorado. Charles met the love of his life, Betty Jean Fletcher while he was residing in Grand Junction. After a short courtship, Charles and Betty were married on December 9, 1955. To this union, eight children were born. The couple had the honor of celebrating 63 years of marriage together last year. Charles worked in coalmines across the country. When he retired from Peabody Coal Company, he had 41 years of service. In his spare time, Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. Charles also enjoyed watching westerns and listening to old country music. He was a longtime member of the UMWA. Above all, he was a devoted husband to Betty and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Charles is survived by his wife, Betty Hampton of Craig; seven children: Guy (Valaray) Hampton of Rifle, CO, Monty (Cindy) Hampton of Fairview, OK, Billy (Michelle) Hampton of Craig, Glenn (Shelly) Hampton of Layton, UT, Roy (Shawn) Hampton of Rifle, CO, Troy (Stephanie) Hampton of Craig and Lisa (Jimmy) Rossi of Hayden; and two sisters, Loreen Hampton of Grand Junction and Pam Aho of Fruita. Charles is further survived by 28 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Charles was preceded in death by his daughter, Judy Lynn Hampton; one granddaughter, Glenda Nielson; one great-grandson, Dominic Boren; and two brothers: Butch Hinkson and Dick Hampton.

Obituary: Thomas Andrew Mikesell

It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Tom Mikesell.  Not only was he our wonderful fun-loving husband, father and grandfather, he was a strong, hard-working partner, mentor, supporter, inspiration and best friend.

His adventurous, legendary life will be lovingly remembered with smiles and tears by his wife, their six children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.  A Life Celebration will be held in his honor later this summer.  Memorial donations may be made to your charity of choice in care of Grant Mortuary. 

Obituary: Charles Raymond Hampton

January 22, 1938- May 26, 2019

Longtime Craig resident, Charles Raymond Hampton, died peacefully on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at his home in Craig. He was 81. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Grant Mortuary. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Grant Mortuary Chapel.