From the editor: Honoring Mary Jo Brown |

From the editor: Honoring Mary Jo Brown

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Noelle Leavitt Riley

Mary Jo Brown stopped writing for the Craig Daily Press a few weeks ago due to health conditions, leaving a large hole in the newspaper each Monday.

For nearly 40 years, Mary Jo graced the pages of newspapers in Craig, giving readers insight on how to appreciate life and the beauty that it holds — even during difficult times.

Roughly three months ago, Mary Jo moved from Sunset Meadows to the Haven in Hayden, but she now resides at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehabilitation. Her daughter, Jane Glanville, informed me that her mother can no longer write for the Daily Press.

It saddened me to know that a staple in our community would no longer have her voice heard in the newspaper. I enjoyed editing her columns. She always helped me see the light in life and the beauty in nature through her writing.

After much thought, Publisher Renee Campbell and I decided to honor Mary Jo’s work by asking the community to send us letters of appreciation for all the years she wrote for the newspaper.

Therefore, we’re asking readers to send us letters expressing their gratitude for Mary Jo. Please consider this column an open call for paying homage to a wonderful woman who brought smiles to readers for several decades.

It was a true privilege to have Mary Jo write for the Daily Press. If you enjoyed her work as much as we did, please send us a letter by July 1.

Renee and I have something special in mind for the letters, but we can’t tell you exactly what we’re thinking, as it will spoil the surprise for Mary Jo.

We realize that it might be impossible to hide this column from Mary Jo, but we’re certain that your letters will reach her in a wonderful way that’s sure to make her proud.

Email letters to, or mail them to Editor at 466 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.

Thank you in advance to those who participate in this exciting surprise.

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