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Community helped family through time of grief

Dear Editor:

The family of Michael Howdle wishes to take this opportunity to try and thank all the loving and caring friends who have surrounded us with their love and support while we try to heal the wound left in our family with the death of Michael.

Everyone should know that the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen to Rifle is filled with people willing to open their hearts to others with unsurpassed tenderness and caring. The cards, flowers, food and expressions of sympathy have shown us that we are not alone and that we live in the best communities in the world.



We want to thank the Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Garfield Social Services, and the police, fire and ambulance departments of Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Rifle and Silt. A special thanks to Chief Gene Schilling for being there for us. You are the best.

To the doctors and staff at Valley View Hospital, your dedication to giving not just care, but care with tenderness, understanding and love, allowed us the time needed to understand the accident and its aftermath. Thank you.



The Carbondale Town Council, BFI, Stonebridge Condominiums, and 20/20 Eye Care deserve special thanks for allowing us the time to grieve.

So many other people and organizations deserve recognition for their show of love and support. Joshua Saslove with the Aspen Jewish congregation, thank you for your quiet, loving support. Bishop J. Fred Jex, Darrell Warren, the Relief Society and members of the Glenwood Springs Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you were and are the answer to our prayers. Carbondale Elementary and Kathryn Senor Elementary. Per Bell, Trey Holt and the staff at Farnum Holt Mortuary, you provided answers where there were only questions.

Steve and Kathy Close, Kevin and Wendy Harris, the loss of a child creates a special bond. Thank you for opening your hearts and sharing with us.

A rockslide in South Canyon on Jan. 14 changed our lives forever. What will remain the same is our gratitude to all of you who started out holding our hands at the hospital, and are still here with your hands held out to us.

Michael enjoyed the love and support of a mother, two fathers, three sets of grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and classmates. This is more than a lot of the world’s children have. Let’s not forget the children.

Thank you,

The family of Michael

Howdle:

Matthew, Matthew Jr. and Kelli Gardner

Warren Howdle

Denny and Sharon Taylor

Jack and Edie Gardner

Rita Howdle and Don Taylor

Matthew, Holly

and John Waters

Editor’s note: Today would have been Michael Howdle’s eighth birthday.


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