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Patricia M. Detweiler

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October 26, 1940 – November 23, 2004Patricia M. Detweiler passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, in Glenwood Springs. She was born Oct. 26, 1940 in Philadelphia, Penn. to Robert and Margaret (Shields) Porreca. On Jan. 16, 1972, she married Fay Detweiler in Aspen. She lived in the area for 35 years and ran her own business. She is survived by her brother, R. Alan Porreca, and sisters Roberta R. Porreca and M. Dale Blass. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at Grace Church in El Jebel. Memorial contributions maybe made to the National Arthritis Foundation.Averil Edith TippettSeptember 27, 1912 – November 18, 2004Averil Edith Tippett passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, at La Villa Nursing Home in Grand Junction. She was 92.A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Rifle Funeral Home Chapel, 1400 Access Road, with the Rev. Susan McKeon of Sacred Center Ministries of Rifle officiating. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Rifle.Averil was born September 27, 1912, to Ollie M. and Wilma M. (Waldron) Hoback at her father’s homestead cabin in Morapos Creek, Colo., four miles southeast of Hamilton, Colo. When Averil was about to be born, her father sought the doctor in Craig and found him stuck in a mudhole in Morapos Creek. He pulled the doctor out of the mud by team and wagon to bring him to the cabin.The family moved on to Rifle, where Averil married Homer Edwin Tippett in 1930. They were married for 51 years until he passed away in 1981. They moved to Silt where they managed the Fleming Lumber Yard, and later moved to Redcliff where they managed the Fleming Lumber Co. and Sawmill on the west side of Vail Pass. They later moved to Klamath Falls, Ore. where Homer managed a lumber mill and Averil worked for a refuse company as a bookkeeper. During this time, a skunk entered her office and, not being deodorized, caused a little stink. The skunk was OK as long as they fed him, but he still didn’t stop the sudden spray when he was not happy.Averil and Homer later moved to Ojai, Calif. where she worked for a dentist as a receptionist, bookkeeper, and X-ray technician while her husband again ran a lumber yard. They retired back to Rifle where Homer worked for the City of Rifle and they owned and operated the Hill-top Motel until the state needed the land for I-70 access. From there they moved to Eckert, Colo. and traveled to Canada and Hawaii where they became great friends with three other couples with farming backgrounds. After Homer passed away, Averil’s friends lost their husbands and the widows all stayed close and called themselves “The Girls.” They traveled to Canada, New York State, Alaska, and New Zealand while they were able.Averil never had children and is survived by a niece, nephews, and cousins – Harold and June of Clifton, Colo., Jerry Shader and Ada of Cheyenne, Wyo., Helen Mundell of Ithea, N.Y., and Ronald Tippett of Montrose, Colo. She is preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, and her parents. Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Edward Dale HicksNovember 15, 1936 – November 22, 2004Edward Dale Hicks died Monday, Nov. 22, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 68. A memorial service in celebration of his life will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Rifle Church of Christ.Edward was born Nov. 15, 1936. He was a resident of Silt and a mechanic by profession.He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Margaret Hicks of Silt; son Carey Neal Hicks (Sue) of Lakewood, Colo.; daughter Charlotte Nadine Hicks of Silt; grandson Timothy Micah Hicks of Copras Cove, Texas; brothers Lloyd Hicks (Helen) of Paonia, Jack Hicks (Charlie Lea) of Cedaredge, Colo., and Elmer Hicks (Myrna) of Bridgeport, Texas; and sisters Dorothy Sollenbarger of Clifton, Colo., Bonnie Smith (Roland) of Grand Junction, and Hazel Hamilton of Paonia.Memorial contributions may be made to Rifle Lift-up. Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction is in charge of arrangements.Memorial contributions may be made to Rifle Lift-up. Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction is in charge of arrangements.


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