Virginia Young Cleator |

Virginia Young Cleator

Virginia Young Cleator, of Canon City, Colo., died July 25, 2002. She was 77.

She was born Nov. 18, 1924, in Beatrice, Neb., to Charles and Hazel Eastman Young. She was raised in Oklahoma City, Okla., where she graduated from Classen High School and Wesley Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Cleator was a registered nurse, receiving her training under the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp. during World War II. Her nursing career consisted of hospital nursing in Oklahoma and Florida, polio nursing for the Red Cross, the Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank during the Korean conflict, Public Health nursing for the Oklahoma State Health department, and with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Hospital. While living in Coaldale, Colo., she was on the board of the Coaldale Valley Health Center for three years.

She married John D. Cleator on May 31, 1952, in Oklahoma City. They moved to Canon City in 1960.

After moving to Canon City, she worked at the Colorado Hospital there and the Memorial and Eisenhower hospitals in Colorado Springs. In the last 18 years of her career, she worked at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City.

After retiring from nursing, she managed a contract post office for several years in Glenwood Springs, Colo., having moved there in 1988.

She moved back to Canon City in 1996, where she was a member of the Canon City Christian Church.

Mrs. Cleator loved music and joyfully played the organ for the Rifle, Colo., Christian Church and the Canon City Christian Church.

Mrs. Cleator is survived by husband John, of Canon City; daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Jeff Jensen, of Canon City; son and daughter-in-law William and Kathy Cleator, of Glenwood Springs; grandchildren Will and Mary Cleator and Zachariah Jensen; brother and sister-in-law Rev. Robert and Anne Young, of Coaldale; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, July 29, at the Holt Chapel of the Garden, in Canon City, with Pastor James McKean officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Vale Memorial park, in Canon City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a memorial fund at Canon City Christian Church for Vacation Bible School, 320 N. Fifth St., Canon City, CO or Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.

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