Citizen Telegram Obituaries – Nov. 14, 2013
Claudia Simons Beattie
Claudia Simons Beattie, 61, of Rifle, passed away Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. She died at home, surrounded by her husband of 39 years, Kirk (“Doc”); daughter, Heather; son, Jon; his girlfriend, Katie; and brother, James. She is survived by her mother, four siblings and her blessed grandkids: Tristen, Logen and Claudia Rose.
Claudia was a practicing certified public accountant for more than 20 years. The last eight years, she practiced in Rifle. Claudia was a respected CPA and she loved tax work.
We will remember Claudia’s positive outlook on and about life. She looked at the glass as hall-full rather than half-empty. She was kind, caring and compassionate. She had great faith in people and in their inherent honesty and integrity. She put others, particularly her husband, kids and grandkids, ahead of herself.
We will remember Claudia for her beautiful smile and wonderful laugh. Claudia had many interests. She loved watching the Broncos and the Avs. She loved needle-pointing angels. She loved golfing, fishing, hunting, camping, traveling in her motor home, taking cruises and being with friends and family. She cherished her grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley or Advocate Safehouse.
Jeffrey Allen Craw
April 10, 1962 – Nov. 3, 2013
Jeffrey Allen Craw, 51, passed away suddenly after a brief illness. He died peacefully on his ranch with his family by his side. Jeff was born in Fulton, N.Y. to John and Jacqueline Craw. The family of six J’s soon moved to California when Jeff was 9 years old, where two more J’s were added to the family. Jeff grew up in Dublin, Calif., aggressively competing in football and wrestling, where he placed third in state in his junior year of high school. He also enjoyed numerous family activities, such as water/snow skiing, hiking/camping, house boating, gold panning, playing cards, gambling, horseshoes and hunting.
After graduating high school, Jeff earned a degree from Heald Business College, learning about computers, an interest he picked up from his father. He began his career at Sun Microsystems, where he worked for 10 years. Despite his family and many friends, Jeff decided to pack up and head somewhere he could fulfill his dream of becoming a cowboy. He moved to Rifle, Colo. in 1991 where he purchased a farm and became a cattleman with the help of his godfather. Over the next several years, Jeff became an experienced farmer harvesting crops, boarding horses, raising animals and enjoying the great outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his godparents, Alex and Rose Creton. He is survived by his two sisters, Judy (Roy) Drury and Jennifer (Mark) DePedro; three brothers, James (Kathleen) Craw, John (Lori) Craw, Jr. and Joe (Stacy) Craw; six nieces, Kimberley, Rebecca, Amanda, Jacqueline, Jordan and Riley; one great-niece, Sophia; three nephews, Chris, Mike and David; two great-nephews, J.B. and Jayden; and too many other family members and friends to list.
Private services were held. Donations to your favorite charity in Jeff’s memory are appreciated.
Susan Mary Ainge Crook
July 5, 1949 – Nov. 9, 2013
Susan Mary (Ainge) Crook of Battlement Mesa, Colo. died of natural causes on Nov. 9, 2013.
She was born in Vernal, Utah on July 5, 1949 to Marba Ellen (Peterson) Ainge and the late Grant Ainge. She is survived by her husband, Jerry E. Crook of Battlement Mesa; her children, Shawn (Sarah) Moody of Fruita, Colo., Wes (Cindy) Moody of Meeker, Colo. and Julie (Isaac) Larson of Battlement Mesa; and her step daughters, Bobbi (Chuck) Brunson of Grand Junction, Colo., Sherri (Ronnie) Plummer of Rangely, Colo., Conni (Kelly) Crook of Denver, Colo. and Alisa (Jason) Postma; her mother, Marba Ainge of Vernal, Utah; and her brother, Morgan (Vickie) Ainge of Vernal. She also has 24 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at Jensen Ward Chapel in Jensen, Utah.
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