The Tri-County Obituary Project

Huerfano County, Pueblo County, and Las Animas County, Colorado.

The Tri-County Obituary Project Coordinator is Louise Adams .
This page contributed by Karen Mitchell.

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Will, Nona Rae
Nona Rae McTavish Will - Pueblo Chieftain - May 04, 2004 - Nona Rae McTavish Will passed away May 2, 2004, in Pueblo. Nona was born Dec. 4, 1939, in Pueblo to Orville and Helen McTavish. She was an active member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, enjoyed genealogy, fishing and bowling. Nona was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Scott E. Will. Her survivors include her daughters, Raeanne (Sam Collins) Will of Pueblo, and Beth (Reggie) Will of Glenwood, Colo.; grandchildren, Samuel and Caitlyn Collins; her brothers, Jerry McTavish of Pueblo, and Alvin (Delores) Dale of Arizona; aunt, Ruth Reid of Pueblo; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation for Mrs. Will will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. today, at the mortuary. Graveside funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2004, in the Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Willard, Faye R.
Faye R. Willard- Colorado Springs Gazette - July 7, 1989 - Faye R. Willard, 86, of Florence died Wednesday in a Canon City nursing home. He had been employed at the Portland Ideal Cement Company until retiring. The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Florence, with the Rev. Claude H. Sullivan officiating. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery, Canon City. Mr. Willard was born May 21, 1903, in Coldwater, Kan., to Ed and Willa Ann (Williams) Willard. He had been a resident of the area since 1944. Mr. Willard was married May 5, 1925, in Oklahoma, to Capitola Bond, who preceded him in death. He remarried in 1984 in Florence to Kathryn Huddleston, who survives. Mr. Willard also is survived by four daughters, Wanda Bononcini of Florence, Waunita Baccarella of Pueblo, Lila Moore of Colorado Springs, and Carol Smith of Penrose; two brothers, Ed of Gillette, Wyo., and Hugh of Worland, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mr. Willard was preceded in death by a grandson and a great-grandson.

Willard, Helen Colleen
Helen Colleen Willard - Pueblo Chieftain - April 13, 2000 - Helen Colleen Willard, born Feb. 17, 1926 in Fort Smith, Ark., passed away April 11, 2000, in Pueblo, Colo. Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Willard; and brothers, Bill, Clifford, Clarence and Thomas Sterling. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie (Bob) Zinanti; and son, Bob (Trudi) Willard, both of Pueblo. Mrs. Willard is also survived by her grandchildren, Nicholas and Christie Zinanti and Kimberly, Michael and Alec Willard. Helen was currently an officer of the Eagles Auxiliary No. 145, past president of REAC and a member of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church, and volunteered at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital, Meals on Wheels, SRDA and Care and Share. Helen knitted beautiful afghans as a hobby and loved going on bus trips with her friends to Cripple Creek and Denver. At her request cremation will take place. There will be a graveside inurnment, Friday, 10 a.m., at Roselawn Cemetery. Donations may be made in Helen's memory to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice through George McCarthy Funeral Home.

Willard, Richard N.
Richard N. Willard - Pueblo Chieftain - November 25, 1991- Richard N. Willard passed away unexpectedly Nov. 24, 1991. Survived by his wife, Connie J. Willard, of the family home; and his daughter, Rachel Willard, of Boulder, Born Nov. 15, 1939, in Huron, S.D., and had been a longtime Pueblo resident, retiring this year from US West Communications after 30 years of service. He was a private pilot and an avid ham operator and enjoyed working with computers. At his request, there will be no viewing or service. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Way through the funeral home office. The family will receive friends this week at the family home.

Willard, Robert
Robert Willard - Pueblo Chieftain - January 25, 1986 - Robert Willard passed away at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Florence Jan. 22, 1986. Father of Mrs. Katherine Crutchfield and Mrs. Evelyn (Willis) Andrew, Pueblo, Mrs. Wanda (Leon) Kiner, Wetmore, and Robert (Darlene) Willard, Colorado Springs; grandfather of Jason, Shannon, and Brandon Andrew, and Rick Campbell, all of Pueblo; Keven Crutchfield and Kim Bowshat, Long Beach, Calif.; Rob and Darla Willard, Colorado Springs; David Willard, U.S. Air Force; Rebecca Parnell, Los Angeles; Douglas Kiner, Wetmore, and Debbie McKown, Canon City. Predeceased by his wife, Mrs. Claudia L. Willard, Feb. 22, 1979, and stepson, Gene Campbell, April 8,1978. He was born on Dec. 4, 1910, in El Reno, Okla., and was a longtime Pueblo resident, having retired from the Pueblo Army Depot. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Rouch Chapel, with the Rev. Duane Shipman officiating. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Willard, Rudolph
Rudolph Willard - Pueblo Chieftain - April 19, 1987 - Rudolph Willard, 75, passed away April 15, 1987. Mr. Willard is survived by his wife, Emma Willard of Pueblo; two nieces, Louise King and Elizabeth Connor, both of Pueblo; and sister-in-law Annie Boone. He is survived also by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Willard was born July 8, 1910, in Pinehurst, N.C. Visitation hours from noon until 8 p.m. today at Imperial Funeral Home, and from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 1987, at Imperial Funeral Home. Service at 2 p.m. Monday, April 20, 1987, at Imperial Chapel, with Merle Clowe officiating. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at 1225 Eastern following interment.

Willard, Stuart H.
Stuart H. Willard - Pueblo Chieftain - March 12, 2000 - Stuart H. Willard, 27, passed away March 8, 2000, as a result of an automobile accident. Services will be held in Oklahoma.

Willbanks, Mary M.
Mary M. Willbanks - Pueblo Chieftain - December 30, 1997 - Mary M. Willbanks passed away Dec. 28, 1997, at her home in Pueblo West. She was born on Jan. 17, 1926, to William A. Daniels and Madeleene L. Deniston Daniels in Concrete, Colo., and had lived in Pueblo since 1992. Her survivors include her husband, Frank, of the family home- children, Bob (Darla) Willbanks of Blende, Jerry Lee Willbanks of La Junta and Sherry Dee (Danny) Kaufman of La Junta- six grandchildren, Kacee, Whitney, Tad and Nick Willbanks, Mandy (Ross Allsworth) Kaufman and Lonnie Kaufman- three brothers, Arthur (Anna) Daniels of Penrose, William (Gwen) Daniels of Penrose and Richard (Pam) Daniels of Westcliffe, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. At her request, no viewing or services. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. Those wishing to do so may make contributions in memory of Mary to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 704 Elmhurst Place, Pueblo, Colo. 81004.

Willburn, Alice
Mrs. Alice Willburn - World Independent March 21, 1947 - Pioneer Gardner Resident Dies In Mancos - Mrs. Alice Willburn, widow of the late A.O. Willburn, and a pioneer resident of the Gardner community, died at the home of her son in Mancos, Colo., late yesterday at the age of 87. Mrs. Willburn was born in 1860 in Banks county, Georgia and came to Colorado in 1868 by ox caravan with the thirteenth Green Russell party out of Georgia. She was the oldest daughter of Ashbery Quillain, a Methodist Minister here in the early days. She is survived by eight children, including three daughters, Ovie LeMay and Agnes Campbell of Olds, Alberta, Canada, and Nancy Wright of Mancos; and five sons, Ned and Sid Willburn of Walsenburg, Jim Willburn of Gardner, Dr. Charles Willburn of Alamosa; and Bob Willburn of Mancos. Also by three sisters, Fannie, Hattie, and Emma Quillian, all of Fort Worth, Tex., by 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in Gardner, under the direction of the Furphy mortuary of Walsenburg, who will announce the services later.

Willburn, Frances
Frances Genevieve Wells Willburn Huerfano World December 29, 2005 Frances Genevieve Wells Willburn departed this life Dec. 8. She was born on the Thomas Ranch near Egbert, WY on Dec. 23, 1907 to Clement "Clem" Oscar Wells and Margaret "Maggie" Rogers Wells. She was the granddaughter of Colorado pioneers Thomas Rogers and Frances Davis Rogers. Mrs. Willburn grew up at the foot of the East Spanish Peak. She attended Walsenburg School and graduated from Aguilar High School. She also attended Western State College in Gunnison and Trinidad State Junior College. Mrs. Willburn taught at a number of country schools and met Robert F. Willburn while teaching the Maes Creek School in Huerfano County. They were married June 12, 1927 in Ojo, CO. They ranched in Custer, Huerfano, and Montezuma Counties. Bob died Jan. 24, 1956 in Cortez, CO. After Bob's Death, Mrs. Willburn did home nursing for the elderly in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado for 23 years. In 1979, upon retirement, she moved to Longmont, CO, where she lived until her death. Mrs. Willburn was a member of the Mancos United Methodist Church. She is survived by her son, Frank Willburn of Mancos, CO; daughter Genevieve Gablehouse of Boulder, CO. Nine grandchildren, Time Gablehouse, Arvada, CO; Dan Gablehouse, Longmont; Nancy Fossum, Plymouth, MN; Bob Willburn, Mancos; John Willburn, Salem, OR; Scott Willburn, Delores, CO Kelly Calkins, Wellington, CO; Joe Willburn, Mancos; Janet Schebesta, Page, AZ; seventeen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son-in-law Reuben H. "Gabe" Gablehouse and brothers Timothy O. Wells and Lester T. Wells. Services were held at the Community Church of Gardner in Gardner on Dec. 12. She was buried next to Bob in the Upper Huerfano Valley Cemetery, where five generations of the family are buried.

Willburn, Marguerite F.
Marguerite F. Willburn - Pueblo Chieftain - July 01, 1986 - Marguerite F. Willburn of Crestone passed away June 29 1986. She was born Dec. 8, 1915 in Walsenburg. Survivors include her husband, John A. Willburn of Crestone; four children, Peggy Morehead, Blytheville, Ark., Pete Willburn, Thorne Bay, Alaska, Bill Willburn, Sidney, Neb., Janet Kent, Victoria, Texas; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Maynard Owens, Trinidad; several nieces and nephews A private service will be held Thursday, July 3, at Crestone Cemetery.

Willcox, Randy
Randy Willcox - Huerfano world - January 17, 1991 - Funeral service for Randy Willcox 25, of Englewood, were held Wednesday from Bulloch Mortuary in that city. Mr. Willcox died of double pneumonia on Sunday, Jan. 13, 1991. Survivors include his wife, Rhonda and daughter, Audra, Englewood; his parents, Dick and Georgia Willcox, Englewood; two brothers Rodney and Christopher; his grandparents, Ewell and Lucille Woodring La Veta and Bena Huffman, Durango. Following cremation his ashes will be scattered in a pasture of the Woodring Ranch east of La Veta.

Willcutt, Mamie E.
Mamie E. Willcutt - Pueblo Chieftain - May 11, 2003 - Mamie E. Willcutt passed away May 8, 2003, in Pueblo. She was born Dec. 12, 1905, in Springfield, Mo., the oldest of six children to Myrtle and Charles Viles. Mamie loved being a beautician and had several different beauty shops in Pueblo. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she was baptized at the age of 77. With her husband, Albert, she enjoyed camping and fishing and appreciated their many blessings. Mamie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Albert W. Willcutt; and four brothers and sisters. Her survivors include her children, Charles Harpel and Barbara J. (Ernie) Welch; her brother Jess Viles, five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Mamie is also survived by the many caretakers who loved and cared for her and Albert over the years, especially Betty Gallegos who was with Mamie for 11 years. Visitation for Mrs. Willcutt will be held from 9 a.m. until service time on Tuesday, May 13. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the Davis Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Dvirnak officiating. Interment will follow in the Imperial Cemetery.

Willett, Judith
Judith "Jean" Willett - Pueblo Chieftain - February 10, 2004 - Judith "Jean" Willett, 82, passed away on Feb. 8, 2004. Jean was born on June 21, 1921, in Alia Sicily, Italy, to the union of Frank and Nancy Ricotta, who preceded her in death. She is also preceded by her uncle, Vincent Marion. Jean was the proud owner of "Jean's Beauty Shop," where she and her sisters worked as beauticians. She loved bowling and her Bible class. She was the beloved wife of Thomas Willett for the past 61 years. She is also survived by her son, Thomas Vincent Willett of Boulder, Colo.; her daughter, Linda Diane French of Orlando, Fla.; two granddaughters, Tamara and Michelle French; her sisters, Constance (Edward) Pryor, Elizabeth (Pete) Albanese, Lucille (Robert) Moore; her brother, Frank (Carole) Ricotta; and many nieces and nephews. Viewing will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, and a vigil service will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday evening; both to be held at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's memory to Holy Family Church.

Willetts, Bailey Ryan
Bailey Ryan Willetts - Pueblo Chieftain - May 23, 2000 - Bailey Ryan Willetts, beloved infant daughter of Lisa Buccambuso and Ryan Willetts went to be with the Lord on May 21, 2000. Also survived by grandmother, Anne Buccambuso; and aunt, Emma Buccambuso. Private family service.

Willey, Hope A.
Hope A. Willey - Pueblo Chieftain - August 05, 2002 - Hope A. Willey, 82, of Pueblo, passed away Aug. 2, 2002. Survived by husband, Albert Neil Willey; son, Don Willey; sister, Mildred Beurman; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nephew, Albert Beurman; nieces, Marie Peter and Elizabeth Burgett; and several other nieces and nephews. Mass services to be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, at St. Paul's Church, 142 S. Stardust Drive, Pueblo West. Graveside services, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Imperial.

Willging, Rosemary
Rosemary Willging - Pueblo Chieftain - January 05, 2000 - Rosemary Willging, 72, of Pueblo, passed away Jan. 4, 2000. Rosemary retired after 16 years of dedication to the students of Pueblo School District No. 60. She was a member of the Pueblo Irish Club and the Business of Arts in Colorado Springs. Rosemary was an avid student of art history and languages. She will be remembered for her visual arts. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Bill Willging; son, Dan (Julie) Willging; daughter, Ellen Moira Willging; granddaughter, Kelli; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Recitation of the rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday. Both services at Christ the King Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Willhite, Louise M.
Louise M. Willhite - Pueblo Chieftain - November 08, 1998 - Louise M. Willhite, 86, of Holly, died Nov. 6, 1998. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998, at the Holly United Methodist Church. Burial in the Holly Cemetery. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 1998, at the Holly United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions to United Methodist Church or the Holly Cemetery Improvement Fund.

Willhoit, Marie A.
Marie A. Willhoit - Colorado Springs Gazette - March 6, 1990 - Marie A. Willhoit, 59, of Colorado Springs died Saturday at a local hospital. She had been an inspector for Hewlett Packard for 20 years. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. today at Swan-Law Eastside Sunset Chapel Mortuary, 3825 Airport Road. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary with the Rev. Glenn O. McPherson officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Mrs. Willhoit was born Oct. 27, 1930, in Georgetown, N.Y., to Cleon and Marian (Crockford) Humphrey. She had lived in Colorado Springs since 1961. She was married May 6, 1972, in Colorado Springs, to Charles Willhoit, who survives. Mrs. Willhoit also is survived by two sons, Michael Simpson of Attica, N.Y., and Jim Simpson of Fletcher, N.C.; two daughters, Linda Hall of Denver and Jean of Colorado Springs; two brothers, Gerald Reynolds of California and Cleon Humphrey Jr. of Simla; a sister, Juanita Reynolds of Pueblo; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Willhoite, Jeff W.
Jeff W. Willhoite - Pueblo Chieftain - January 09, 1998 - Jeff W. Willhoite of La Junta, died Jan. 8, 1998, in La Junta. Services, 2 p.m. Monday, at the Jubilee Fellowship Church in Swink with Pastor Paul Owens officiating. Interment, Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice direct or through the funeral home.

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