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Lillian Beatrice Smith Read

Lillian Beatrice Smith Read, 98, of Loveland, died at North Shore Manor in Loveland on Aug. 30, 2006. She was born June 10, 1908, in Brewster to Lyman and Amelia (McCumber) Moore. She was the oldest of seven living children. She grew up on a ranch west of Pueblo homesteaded by her parents. She attended school at Siloam and went on to attend high school at the Guliford Academy for girls in Pueblo.She married James D. Smith of Westcliffe on Jan. 19, 1927, in Florence. They lived near Westcliffe until 1932, when they moved to Rifle for a short time. They moved south of New Castle, where they owned a ranch on East Divide Creek, raising cattle and sheep, and they also had a timber camp. They also operated a successful hunting camp. Lillian and Jim raised four children on the ranch. In later years of their married life, they made several trips to Arizona and Mexico in the winter; summers they continued to run the ranch and work in the timber until Jim’s death on May 8, 1970.On Dec. 15, 1979, Lillian married Edward R. Read, whom she had met on a snowmobile trip to Yellowstone; they made their home in Aurora. They continued snowmobiling every winter, camping summers in the mountains and winters in Arizona. They had many good times until Edward’s death in 1997.Lillian was a fun-loving person and left all the family with wonderful memories. She always had a crochet needle in her hand or some other project to keep her busy. She even tried her hand at oil painting and silversmithing. Being an outdoor person she also enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, fishing and raising a large country garden. Most of all she enjoyed being our mother and grandmother and friend.Lillian is survived by: sister Ruby M. Ehrlich of Loveland; sister-in-law Chloie Moore of Loveland; daughter, Barbara Williams of Fort Collins; sons Lee A. Smith of Divide Creek, New Castle, and Edward E. Smith and wife Shirley of Idaho Springs; 12 grandchildren: Linda (Butch) Metz, Marilyn (Eric) Porter, Kathy (Clayton) Kenyon, Brenda (Todd) Shepard, Glenda (Larry) Denniston, LeRoy Smith, Darlene (Paul) Plendel, Beverly Cordell, Ray (Kathy) Smith, Sherell Kelly, Tim (Shannon) Smith and Shane (Sarah) Smith; 30 great-grandchildren: Lonnie Metz, Lenora Metz Mears, Kelly Porter, Lisa Porter Miller, Grant Kenyon, Amy Kenyon Packnett, Matt, Justin and Nick Sheppard, Marc, Shawna and Krys Denniston, Jessica Plendel Damion, Matt Plendel, Christina Plendel, Sharae, Gage and Shilo Smith, Jason Giffin, Mika Smith, Raeann and Lana Smith, Charlene, Christopher Carol Jean and Max Kelly Jr., Shaylynn and Brandon Smith, and Dustin, Sheanne and Tyler Smith; and 12 great-great-grandchildren: Hunter, Chance, Trey, Isis, Jayden, James, Samantha, Tanner, Brandon, Tatum and Madeline Ann.She was preceded in death by her husbands, James D. Smith and Edward R. Read, and son James D. Smith, grandson Quentin Smith and granddaughter Barbara Ann Smith Giffin.Memorial Contributions can be made in her name to Hospice of Larimer County c/o Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.There was a viewing at Rifle Funeral Home on Sept. 4. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, on the ranch up East Divide Creek. Follow the signs. Interment will follow at Highlands Cemetery in New Castle.Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh St., Glenwood Springs has been entrusted with the local arrangements.


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