Laura Mae Farnum-Melton |

Laura Mae Farnum-Melton

Laura Mae Farnum-Melton passed away Monday, March 13, 2006, in her home, surrounded by her children and her husband, after a courageous battle with cancer.Laura was born March 1, 1924, to Ida and Elmer Bair. She spent her entire life in the Crystal River and Roaring Fork valleys. Laura loved her horses and the outdoors.Laura married John “Jack” Rufty Farnum on Jan. 25, 1941. Jack and Laura operated The Farnum Mortuary in Glenwood Springs for many years. They had five children: John, Dan, Gwen, Jeri and Kim.Laura’s life was devoted to her family. A better mother, wife and grandmother could not be found. She also found time and energy to serve her community, schools, and the LDS Church, as well as many charitable organizations. Gardening was one of her many hobbies.Laura married Evan “Leslie” Melton in 1986.She is survived by her husband; children Gwen Anderson, Jeri Alberts, and Kim Farnum; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister Lois Waller.Laura was preceded in death by her mother and father; first husband, Jack, sons John and Dan; and grandson Larry.There will be visitation from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs. There will be services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the LDS Church in Glenwood Springs. Interment will follow at Rosebud Cemetery, followed by a gathering at the LDS Church.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Roaring Fork Hospice or a charity of your choice.

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