Obituary: Rose Elizabeth Murphy Warner
September 5, 1920 – June 13, 2014
Rose Elizabeth Murphy Warner died on June 13, 2014, at the age of 93. Rose was born on Sept. 5, 1920. She was the daughter of Homer Dennis Murphy and Mary Mac Comstock Murphy, the third child born of eight. Rose spent her early years working on the ranch in Routt County, Colo., helping tend livestock, running tractors and enjoying the outdoors. As she got older, she spent time in Oklahoma with her aunt Margaret Murphy. After graduation from high school, she attended college in Greeley, Colo., and then returned to the Moffat/Routt County, Colo., areas and taught various grades of students in the Upper Elkhead schools. The first school was built in 1911 on what came to be known as the Bolton Ranch and then another was built on Dry Fork in 1912 to provide for the other end of the district. The Rock School was added in 1916 with eight freshmen students. Ferry Carpenter was on the school board and a strong supporter of the Elkhead Schools. The Rock School was built for about $5,000 and is some seventeen miles north of Hayden. It had a generator for lights, plus a furnace and library, even a piano and victrola. There was a kitchen and play room in the basement for stormy days. The first high school graduation was in 1920 with five students graduating: Ezra Smith, Leila Ferguson, Ina Hayes, Heen Jones, and Lewis Harrison.
Rose married James S. Warner on June 21 of 1946 and they moved to Blue Mountain, Colo., where three children (James Jr., Charles, Susan) were born to them. Rose managed a small grocery store and post office at Blue Mountain, while James worked as a deputy sheriff for Moffat County. In 1960, they moved the family to Rangely Colorado for the birth of Richard. Rose worked for Chevron Oil as a bookkeeper and then for car dealerships as a bookkeeper. In 1968 Rose moved to her mother’s home in Craig, Colorado, while James remained a resident of Rangely until his death on March 1, 1970. Rose made her home in Craig, where she worked as a CPA and where she lived until her retirement. After retiring, and with her children grown, Rose moved to Powell Wyoming to be close to her grandchildren. Rose is survived by three of her children Charles (Kathleen) Warner of Fruita, Colo., Susan (Fred) Legler of Powell and Richard Warner (Rebecca), Colo. She has six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, along with numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her son James Samuel Warner Jr., who passed on August 2, 2004.
Family Photo Circa 1943 at Murphy Sheep Camp: Back Row: Billy, Mary Alice, (mother) Mary Comstock, Homer Dennis; Middle Row: Lawrence, Homer Dennis Sr., Fern (Kathy), Rose Elizabeth Murphy Warner; Front: Glenn. Christmas Photo Circa 1990’s: Rose with dogs Sina Sr, and her two Boston Terriers Scamp (black) & Porter (brown).
Here is a snippet from a letter of hers, which captures a bit of her spirit:
“Back again! Wish I had been able to learn to fly. Would have loved it.Will never forget my flying friend who was a stunt pilot and later flew for. He would come to Craig and take me up in his trainer, open cockpit, plane and let me take over the controls part of the time. Of course he had the “overriding” controls in hand..and he would do loop-de-loops, rolls,etc and I loved every minute of it. Of course that was in my younger days.”
Rose requested that she be cremated, with her remains spread at a specific private location. She will be missed.