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Burneice Jewell Doose

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Burneice Jewell Doose passed peacefully at her daughter Claudia, son-in-law Paul and granddaughter Teal Plattner’s home in Silt on April 20, 2010. She was 94.

She had many loving phone calls and visits from her family and friends. Teal playing the baby grand for her made her heart sing.

She was born to Claude Hall Sr. and Lizzie Smith Hall on Feb. 26, 1916 in New Castle. She lived in her little house in Silt for 28 years up until her move to Claudia’s a month ago. Her son Terry cared for her for the last year. She had two brothers, Claude Hall Jr. and Russell Hall.



She grew up in New Castle, graduated from D.U. and UNC Greeley with a teaching degree. She taught school in a one room school house on Alkali Creek, Cardiff, and first-grade at Glenwood Springs Elementary School for 35 years.

She married Max Doose of Carbondale in 1941 before he went into the service. They lived in the “big house” at 1328 Grand in Glenwood from 1941 until she moved to Silt in 1982. There are many wonderful memories of large family gatherings with dinners in which many friends with no family here were always welcome.



They had three children, Claudia, John, and Terry. She was a member of Eastern Star. Burneice and the Doose family skied at Sunlight in the beginning days, Max starting the courtesy patrol, John head of the ski patrol, Claudia and Terry teaching.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren still ski at Sunlight.

Burneice was a great fly fisherwoman, usually outfishing the boys, and teaching John Jr. and Teal to love the sport. There were many wonderful days of fishing rivers and lakes of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado with her son Terry and anyone who wanted to go. She loved to play bridge with the ladies in Glenwood whose husbands were at war. They became very close friends and continued to play into the 70’s. Camping, reading, knitting and playing nickel slot machines in Mesquite were also her favorite things to do. Teal has truly inherited the fishing and knitting gene from her.

She had a sharp wit to the end of this journey when she told Claudia, Teal and Kim she was going to go skip along the Milky Way. She was always ready for an adventure. She loved to travel. Since Max passed in 1970 at Sunlight, she was always on the go, making an extensive journey to Australia and New Zealand, two trips to her ancestral home of Scotland. She had many amazing and daring and sometimes scary adventures with Claudia. Mexico every spring for 13 years with Claudia and Teal was her favorite vacation place. Taking granddaughters Kim and Vandie, with constant Mexico companions Mary Moore and Danielle of Battlement Mesa and new ladies ready for the thrill every year. She was even known to sip Vandie’s tequila and chaperone the wild girls salsa dancing into the wee hours of the Mexico dawn.

She was a true wild woman of the west. She had a wealth of information of her family and the early days of New Castle history. Her memory was incredible. Like her father Claude, who was the barber in New Castle for 50 years, she always had a great story to tell of our valley. She was valuable to her cousin Cathy Grey, who she went to Scotland with on her first trip in 1979, traipsing through churches and cemeteries looking for family information.

Cathy has since completed 30 years of genealogy work tracing the family back to the early seventeen hundreds in Fife, Scotland. She loved baking Christmas cookies, and working in her rose garden.

She is survived by her daughter, Claudia (Paul) Plattner of Silt; sons, John (Diane) Doose Jr. of Glenwood Springs and Terry Doose; grandchildren, Teal Plattner, Kim Doose, John Max (Tanya) Doose, Jamie Doose and Vandie Shea Doose, great-grandchildren Max and Ashley Doose.

She lived an extraordinary life and will be truly missed. For Burneice’s 80th birthday we celebrated her life with family and hundreds of friends, Scottish bag pipes, Highland Flingers, Scottish food and hours of rejoicing, with everyone telling great stories and memories of her. There will be no services.

Claudia, Paul and Teal would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for their loving care, help and assistance this last month, which allowed us the opportunity to give Burneice quality care and comfort making her transition happy, loving and peaceful. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of the Valley, P.O. Box 3868, Basalt, CO 81621.


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