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Alta L. Blackmore

Alta L. Blackmore, 92, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2006, at E. Dene Moore Care Center. Alta was born Sept. 11, 1913, in Thermopolis, Wyo., to Edgar L. and Laura (Haines) Gwynn. They lived in Wyoming until 1927 when the family moved to Rifle. Alta finished high school in Rifle and was proud to be on the girls basketball team, which was called the Teddy Bears. The team won the state championship in 1929.After high school, Alta married Harold Blackmore on Dec. 31, 1935, in Rifle. Together they owned a ranch at Dry Hollow and Mamm Creek, where Alta rode her horses and helped on the ranch until they retired and moved to town in 1960. Alta worked at a doctor’s and dentist’s office and worked at the E. Dene Moore Care Center. Alta was a very accomplished musician and played the piano by ear as well as other instruments. She helped everybody she could with music, and she and her friends played at the old school dances for many years. Alta worked at E. Dene Moore Care Center as the administrator until her retirement. Even after she retired, she would play the piano for the residents at the V.A. Nursing Home as well as E. Dene Moore.She lived at the E. Dene Moore Care Center for the past three years.Alta is survived by brother Norton (Betty) Gwynn of Buena Vista; sister Edna (Gene) Blome of Oregon; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1978.There will be no services for Alta; as per her wishes, cremation has taken place.Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


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