Cleo Belle Schultz
Cleo Schultz, 85, of Silt, passed away March 11, 2006, in the Grand River Medical Center in Rifle. Cleo was born in Elizabeth on Sept. 23, 1920, to Harry J. Christiansen and Margaret Talbot. Cleo lived in Colorado all her life. She lived in the Gypsum area from 1935 until 1971, when she moved to Silt. She married Leonard H. Schultz on April 23, 1937, in Delta. Cleo was the first female school bus driver in Eagle County. She and Leonard ran the Silt Drug Store for several years.Cleo was a 4-H leader, a member of Extension Homemakers of Colorado, and a member of the Past Noble Grand Rebeca Lodge 105 in Gypsum. Cleo volunteered for everything and supported her community. She would take roses and other flowers to the police department to brighten things up. She helped with the formation of the Silt Parks and Recreation Department. She taught first aid and advanced first aid. Cleo worked for the good of everyone.She is survived by daughters Margaret (Jack) Smith, of Oklahoma, and Nancy (Tom) Davis, of Naturita; brother Rollin Christiansen, of Santa Fe, N.M.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of family and friends – too many to mention. She was preceded in death by her husband; son Eugene Schultz; daughter Marie Schultz and seven brothers and sisters.There will be a viewing from 1-5 p.m. today at the Rifle Funeral Home Chapel. Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Rifle Funeral Home. Pastor James Legg will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the Skyline Cemetery in Silt.In lieu of flowers, it is Cleo’s wish that donations be made to the Silt Police Department, Silt Ambulance or the Silt Parks and Recreation Department. These can be mailed to Town of Silt, P.O. Box 70, Silt, Colorado 81623. Please specify the department to which your donation should be made.Arrangements have been entrusted to the Rifle Funeral Home.
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