Carrie L. Bina
Lifelong Meeker resident Carrie L. Bina, 68, died Aug. 7, 2006, at Pioneers Hospital after a valiant struggle with cancer.Carrie Loretta McGruder was born Christmas Day, 1937, in Meeker, the daughter of Elmer and Lura (Swarts) McGruder. She attended Meeker Schools, graduating from Rio Blanco County High School.On March 14, 1962, Carrie was united in marriage to Theodore “Ted” Bina in Grand Junction. In her younger days, Carrie waitressed at the Meeker Café, later working side by side with Ted. Ted even taught her to drive a truck. Carrie loved to spend time enjoying the activities of her grandchildren, who lovingly called her “Muckers.”In 1971, the Binas purchased the White River Bowl in Meeker, owning the lanes for more than 25 years. Carrie loved to fish, hunt, spend time in her garden and cook. She was an avid bowler and also enjoyed drawing.A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Carrie is survived by her husband of 44 years, Ted; two sons, Ted and his wife Kelly, of Rifle, and Merle of Meeker; one daughter, LaVina Reese and her husband Larry, of Parachute; her son-in-law, Matthew Phillips, of Rifle; five grandchildren, Audra Underhill and her husband Andrew, Gerald, Mackenzie, Tristin and Grace; two great-grandsons, Clay and Cameron; two brothers, Wren McGruder, of Silt, and Elmer McGruder, of Meeker; and two sisters, Audrey Squires, of Rifle, and Lill Ross, of Meeker.Carrie was preceded in death by two daughters, Vicki, who died in infancy, and Valerie Gaye Phillips, who passed away Feb. 23, 2005; her parents; three brothers, Earl, Carl and Harry; and one sister, Stella.Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker. Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday or Saturday prior to services at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to the Walbridge Wing Memorial Fund through Cochran Memorial Chapel, which has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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