Delora ‘Olive’ Morrow Chamberlain Coombs
Delora “Olive” Coombs, 95, of Rifle, passed away May 25, 2008.Olive was born Jan. 31, 1913, in Woodward, Okla., to Orin and Waleta (Kline) Morrow. At the age of 3, she moved with her family to the family homestead on Upper Piceance Creek near Rio Blanco with horse and wagon. She spent her childhood on the ranch attending local schools at Rio Blanco and Meeker. She married Archibald Bernard Chamberlain in 1933 in Meeker. They had four children. After Bernard’s death, she married Harry Lawrence Coombs in 1948, and they had three sons. Olive spent her life caring for her home and family.She is survived by sons Ed (Verna) Chamberlain, Harold “Hal” (Zita) Coombs, Roy (Rhonda) Coombs, and Dale (Gail) Coombs; daughter Ila (Pat) Sturgeon; sisters Ina Storey of Vernal, Utah, and Una Raley of Meeker; son-in-law George Warren; grandchildren Jeffrene Fowler and 20 others; 38 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.Olive was preceded in death by both husbands; oldest daughter Avis Warren of Riverton, Wyo.; an infant son; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren; and her sister Della Martin of Parachute.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Rifle Senior Center, 50 Ute Ave., Rifle CO, 81650.A viewing is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the Rifle Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m., with interment following at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle. Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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The family of Rosie Ferrin has worked to clean up and make safe again the old schoolhouse in downtown New Castle. Ferrin died this summer and had owned the building that included classrooms turned into apartments for years.