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Hilda McKee

Hilda McKee, 96, passed away peacefully on Oct. 19, 2006, at E. Dene Moore Nursing Home in Rifle.Hilda was born on July 31, 1910, in Glendive, Mont., to Frederick and Katherine Seidler. She spent her childhood in Montana.She married the love of her life, Lyman McKee, December of 1931, in Billings, Mont. They left Montana in a snowstorm by car and established Rifle as their permanent home. They farmed in the Antlers area for 20 years and then moved to Rifle, where they bought a home and lived out their golden years. Hilda was very active in her county home extension club for many years, served as county representative at the state organizations and served as a general election representative. Hilda was a great cook and was known for her dedication to her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is survived by children Lyman (Sharon) McKee of Lakewood, Tom (Elke) McKee of Sacramento, Calif., and Sherrie (Lee Roy) Urban of Rifle; grandchildren Trina (Tom) Triska, and Tracy McKee, all of Highlands Ranch, Debbie (Mike) Burner of Albany, Oregon, Kim (Stewart) LaRocque and Kay (Bob) Zelenka all of Rifle, Kelley (Louie) Gallegos of Fort Sumner, N.M.; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sister Ella Traub of North Dakota; special friends Sarah, Loretta and Jean, who she considered grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends.She is preceded in death by her husband; three sisters and three brothers.A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the Rifle Funeral Home.Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. Oct. 23, at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pastor Dene Johnson from the First Christian Church will officiate. A gathering will follow at the Rifle Senior Center, 50 Ute Ave., for all family and friends.Pallbearers will be Bob Zelenka, Stewart LaRocque, Anthony Diaz, Matthew LaRocque, Tyler LaRocque and Alex LaRocque. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and family, too many to mention.In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the senior center in memory of Hilda. She enjoyed the center very much.The Rifle Funeral Home is entrusted with all arrangements.


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