Frances K. Thurston
Frances K. Thurston of Westminster died Monday, Dec. 9, at Life Care Center of Westminster. She was 83.
She was born Oct. 21, 1919, in Glenwood Springs to Michael Marc and Helen (Vaughn) Harris Brennan. She grew up in Rifle and graduated from Rifle Union High School. She earned a nursing degree at the Seton School of Nursing in Colorado Springs.
She married Dow Thurston in 1941. He preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 1988.
She worked as a nurse at the hospital in Glenwood Springs and for the Garfield County Public Health Department. After moving to Utah, she was the director of health and safety at the Dugway Proving Grounds. She later became director of nursing at the Army Hospital at Dugway.
Mrs. Thurston traveled extensively with her husband through his work as a surveyor for the National Park Service.
Mrs. Thurston was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Montrose, the Rifle Reading Club and the National Park Service Alumni.
She loved flower gardens, hiking in the mountains, sewing, family history and playing bridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband; by brothers Harry and Lawrence Brennan; and by two sisters, Theresa Brennan and Lucy Furney.
Mrs. Thurston is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, William and Kathy Thurston of Gig Harbor, Wash.; by a daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Paul Lamothe of Golden; by brothers and sisters-in-law Jim and Jean Brennan of Lafayette, and Bill and Nancy Brennan of Rio Blanco; by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and by 28 nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass in celebration of Mrs. Thurston’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Montrose. Graveside services will follow at Grand View Cemetery near Montrose.
Montrose Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 789 Sherman St., Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203.
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