H. Kathleen "Kathy" Rodreick Crabtree | PostIndependent.com

H. Kathleen "Kathy" Rodreick Crabtree

H. Kathleen “Kathy” Rodreick Crabtree of Grand Junction died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction from heart failure due to complications of Cushing’s disease.

She was 52.

A funeral service was held Jan. 24 in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Mrs. Crabtree was born Dec. 16, 1951, in Glenwood Springs to Lydia Dwire and Perry Rodreick. She attended Rifle High School.

She married Kenneth Crabtree of Fort Collins on Aug. 9, 1969.

They lived in Rock Springs, Wyo., for 29 years, and moved to Grand Junction two years ago.

Mrs. Crabtree earned a degree in radiology from Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, where she worked as an X-ray technician.

She was a professional pottery artist and a member of several art guilds. In Grand Junction, she earned a Master Gardener certification.

Her other passions included photography, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Paul Gipson of Rifle.

Mrs. Crabtree is survived by her husband, Kenneth Crabtree of Grand Junction; by a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Leigh Crabtree of Portland, Ore.; by a daughter and son-in-law, Kristen and Sean Simkins of Rock Springs; by her mother, Lydia Gipson of Rifle; by her father and stepmother, Perry and Dorothy Rodreick of Laurel, Mont.; by sisters Judy Rodreick of Rifle, and Patty Smith of Rock Springs; by brothers Dan Rodreick of Montana, and Shawn Gipson of Rock Springs; by stepbrothers Phil Gipson and Kenny Gipson, both of California; by a grandson, Braden Simkins of Rock Springs; and she was expecting a second grandchild in June from her son and daughter-in-law in Portland.

She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and one great-nephew.

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