Peggy M. Acheson, 87
DENVER — Peggy M. Acheson, 87, died April 7, 2007 surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 19, 1920 on the Sweeney family ranch near Rifle, Colo. to Walter and Mary (Sweeney) Acheson. She graduated from Pitkin County High School in Aspen, Colo. and then attended Barnes School of Commerce in Denver, Colo.
During WW II she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for the U.S. Navy. After the war she returned to Denver and found employment with the air force and provided a home for her mother.
She retired after 37 years with the federal government having worked her way up from file clerk to legal secretary to law librarian. After her retirement she attended the Denver Paralegal Institute where she earned a paralegal degree.
During vacations and holidays she assisted her brother and sister-in-law, Miles and Alice Acheson in their business, Acheson’s Attic.
She considered her trip to Ireland with Alice as one of the highlights of her life and the culmination of a lifelong interest in genealogy since she had traced her ancestry to County Cork, Ireland.
Peggy is survived by her nieces and nephew: Sandra (Karl) Cameron of Lakin, Kan., Ruth Acheson (Maura Anne DeOliviera) of South Fork, Colo., Tom (Kathy) Acheson of Denver and Erna (Jerry) Waterman of Littleton, Colo.
She will be remembered for her commitment to family, her generosity, her unfailing loyalty and abiding love.
Graveside services will be held Fri., April 13, 2007 at 1 p.m. at the Alamosa Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alice and Miles Acheson Scholarship Fund at the Adams State College Foundation.
Arrangement are being handled by Romero Funeral Home in Alamosa.
Stanley Wells Holman, 93
MANASSA — Longtime Manassa, Colo. resident Stanley Wells Holman, 93, passed away April 10, 2007 at the Juniper Village Nursing Home in Monte Vista, Colo.
Stanley was born Sept. 6, 1913 in Manassa to Myron Murl and Lillian Elizabeth Jensen Holman. He married his wife of 66 years, Ruth Emma Garland on Aug. 4, 1940 in Nortonville, Colo. Their marriage was sealed for all time and eternity in the Mesa, Ariz. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in December of 1963.
Stanley graduated from the Manassa High School with honors and attended Colorado University. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 27 months in the Hawaiian Islands. He enjoyed sharing fond and special memories of his mission.
Growing up Stanley was active in athletics that included basketball and boxing. Though he never turned professional as a boxer he fought several well known boxers and scored knockouts in every encounter.
In 1937 Stanley began farming and raising livestock with his father. They raised registered Herefords and received many ribbons and awards with their show cattle, which they sold in eight different states. In 1959 when his father retired Stanley changed his operation to sheep and raising grains and alfalfa.
Stanley was very active in civic affairs. These included a member and President of the Manassa Land and Irrigation Company, Manassa Town Board member and Mayor; Manassa School District Treasurer; North Conejos School Board member, Vice President and President; and a member of the SLV Board of Cooperative Services. Under his leadership as mayor of Manassa the community constructed and furnished the Jack Dempsey Museum and Park.
Stanley was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he held many positions. His last calling was serving with his wife, Ruth, for 7 years in the Denver Temple.
He is survived by his children: Rosalie (Ben) Owens of Oak City, Utah, Barbara (Tom) Bagwell of Manassa, Marjorie (Eddie) Polich of Gallup, N.M., Darlene (Jim) Reed of Sanford, Colo. Elaine (Paul) Faucette of Sanford, Jonathan (Mimi) Holman of Orange Park, Fla., and Richard (Billie) Holman of Wendell, Idaho; his sister LeOra Cope of Tigard, Ore.; as well as 23 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Murl and Lillian Holman, his brothers: Wren, Orval, and Ned; his sister Grace Bodley; his grandsons: William ‘Willie’ Holman and Ryan Reed; and great-grandchildren: Nathanael and Laura Ward.
Visitation will be held Fri., April 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rogers Family Mortuary in Manassa, and Sat., April 14 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Manassa LDS Primary Room. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Sat., April 14 at the Manassa First Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Interment will follow services in the Manassa Cemetery.
Rogers Family Mortuary of Manassa is in care of the arrangements.
Lucy Maria Lopez, 88
ALAMOSA — Lifetime Alamosa, Colo. resident Lucy Maria Lopez, 88, died April 10, 2007 at her home in Alamosa surrounded by her loving family. Lucy was born Nov. 8, 1918 in Alamosa the daughter of Frank and Encarnacion Romero Hernandez. She married her husband of 58 years, Manuel R. Lopez on March 1, 1934 in Alamosa. He preceded her in death March 15, 1992.
Lucy worked as a homemaker and was very devoted to God and her family. She was always willing to offer a helping hand or encouragement to everyone she knew. She was a hard worker. Lucy welcomed everyone into her home and no one ever left with an empty stomach. Those who knew Lucy knew of her unconditional love, acceptance, and caring ways. She had a passion for spending time with her family, cooking, camping, and fishing.
Lucy is survived by her three children: Jim (JoAnne) Lopez of North Carolina, Betty Maestas of Alamosa and Patricia (Gregg) Mestas of Alamosa; her brother-in-law Frank (Mabel) Alonzo of Alamosa; her daughter-in-law Edna Lopez of Alamosa; as well as 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her parents, her husband, her son Thomas Lopez, three brothers, one sister, one great-grandchild, and her son-in-law Harold Maestas all preceded her in death.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thur., April 12 followed by a Recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa. A second Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Fri., April 13 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alamosa. Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Sat., April 14, 2007 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alamosa. Interment will follow services in the Alamosa Cemetery.
Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa is in care of the arrangements.
Jan Kurys, 86
MONTE VISTA — Jan Kurys, 86, of Monte Vista, Colo. passed away on Tues., Apr. 10, 2007 at the Rio Grande Hospital. Jan was born on Feb. 5, 1921, in Poland.
In October of 1951 Jan came to this country and in 1961 he became a United States citizen. Jan worked for the City of Monte Vista in the Public Works department for 29 years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and remodeling.
Jan is survived by his loving wife, Pauline, of the family home; children, John (Annette) Kurys and Joe (JoAnn) Kurys, both of Monte Vista, Elfriede (Mark) Hutchins, of Boulder, Colo. and Linda (Gary) Carroll-Lich, of Thornton, Colo.; one sister, Anna Szymanska, of Poznan, Poland; along with seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Recitation of the Rosary will be held Thurs. Apr. 12, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass to honor and celebrate his life will be held Fri. Apr. 13, at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with interment to follow at the Monte Vista Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in care of Strohmayer’s Funeral Home.
Arrangements were made under the directions of Strohmayer’s Funeral Home of Monte Vista.