Donna Maurita BuckleyMay 8, 1916 – September 12, 2004
Donna Maurita Buckley, 88, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, in Glenwood Springs.She was born May 8, 1916, in Corwin, Kan., to Benjamin and Nora Pierce.She had a lifelong love of music, and her passions were vocal duets with her sisters Benora, Mildred, Irma and Ruth. She enjoyed collecting antiques, restoring historic homes in Central City and extensive worldwide travel.She married Robert E. Buckley Sr., son of one of Colorado’s earliest pioneer mountain families. The birth of his mother, Alice Buckley, was the first to be registered in the territory of Colorado. They lived in Silver Plume for many years before moving to Denver. After Bob’s death in 1980, she lived in Mesa, Ariz., for several years before moving to Grand Junction and marrying Ben Gregory, who remained a close and loving friend until her death. Donna is survived by her children, Robert Gary Buckley (and Julie), Donald E. Buckley (and Kathie), Robert E. Buckley Jr. (and Donna C.) and Sheila Mincer (and Larry); 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.A Catholic Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Georgetown, and interment will follow at the Silver Plume Cemetery, with a reception afterward in Silver Plume Town Hall.Callahan Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction is in charge of arrangements.
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Glenwood’s Sunlight Mountain Resort opens full-time for the season Friday with all three of its lifts providing access to expanded terrain. Oh, and it’s supposed to snow!