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Harriette W. Loshbaugh

Harriette W. Loshbaugh, 103, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at the I.H.S. of Mantey Heights Nursing Home in Grand Junction.

She was born Nov. 29, 1898, to William and Isabel Winslow Garstin, in Colorado Springs, where her grandmother was one of the original English settlers. She grew up in Colorado Springs, graduating from high school there, and cum laude from Colorado College.

She moved to Rifle to teach in the high school, and after two years married Charles Loshbaugh, a rancher whose family members were early pioneers in the area. They raised three children.

In 1942, due to a shortage of teachers during World War II, Mrs. Loshbaugh returned to teaching at Rifle High School. She taught for the next 23 years before retiring to the family home on Graham Mesa.

She remained active in affairs of the town, and organizations of which she was a member, including the United Methodist Presbyterian Church, P.E.O., Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colorado Retired School Employees.

Survivors include two children, Ed Loshbaugh and Jean Friedlund, both of Grand Junction, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Charles, and a daughter, Isabel, preceded her in death.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Rifle United Methodist Presbyterian Church, with burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle. Friends may call an hour prior to the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rifle United Methodist Presbyterian Church. Meeker Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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