Vera Paterson Kyner |

Vera Paterson Kyner

Vera Paterson Kyner of Glenwood Springs died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, the day after her 92nd birthday, at Open Gate Assisted Living in Glenwood Springs.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

She was born Feb. 21, 1912, in Carbondale to William and Vera Paterson, and grew up on the family’s ranch near Carbondale. After graduating from the Carbondale schools, Vera attended Gunnison State Teachers College and went on to teach in one-room schools at Divide Creek and Missouri Heights.

In 1934 she married Wynn Kyner.

They spent their married life of 48 years in Glenwood Springs, where they raised their two sons. The Kyners were both active in civic life. Mr. Kyner served as mayor. Mrs. Kyner was active in the Democratic Party, served as an election judge for several decades and volunteered for youth organizations.

She loved to dance and joke and knew every corner of the Roaring Fork Valley. She loved exploring the country on totegoat and in a Model A. Her warmth and humor touched family, friends and neighbors.

In later years she lived in Worland, Wyo., with her son’s family. She returned to Glenwood in 2001 and considered Open Gate Assisted Living her home and the staff and residents her extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wynn Kyner; by a son, Bill Kyner; by a sister, Louise Lucksinger; and by a brother, Donald Paterson.

Mrs. Kyner is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Jeri Kyner of Red Lodge, Mont.; by a daughter-in-law, Nancy Kyner of Carbondale; by grandchildren Jeff, Trisha, Jardy and Jack; by great-grandchildren Sarina, Zoe, Tanner, Ethan and Riley; and by niece and nephews Helen, John, Bill and Don Paterson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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