Ethel R. McCarthy |

Ethel R. McCarthy

Ethel R. McCarthy of rural Meeker died Nov. 3, 2004, after a valiant battle with cancer. She was 70.

Ethel Rose Billingsley was born March 7, 1934, in Chase, Kan., the daughter of Frank M. and Helena Marguerite (Barngrover) Billingsley. On Aug. 31, 1958, she was united in marriage to Harry E. McCarthy in Littleton, Colo. Harry survives in the family home.

A retired geologist in the oil research field, Ethel was a devoted full-time mother and grandmother. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She went about doing good and enjoyed caring for her family, community and doing genealogy research.

She enjoyed cross-stitching and especially enjoyed serving in the Vernal, Utah, Temple. Ethel was a longtime member of the Range Call Committee and was the Fourth of July Range Call Parade Chairman. She was a member of the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center Board of Directors and a board member of the White River Conservation District.

In addition to her husband, Harry, Ethel is survived by four children: Hank McCarthy of Westminster; Cathleen McCarthy Gustad of Kinsey, Mont.; Christine McCarthy-Christensen of Miles City, Mont.; and David McCarthy of Portland, Ore. She also is survived by 13 grandchildren, two brothers: Ed D. “Pete” Billingsley of Brookings, Ore., and Frank Billingsley of Arvada and one sister, Eva Billingsley Bradshaw of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Meeker Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday evening at Cochran Memorial Chapel.

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