Citizen Telegram Obituaries – Oct. 3, 2013
Mary Sue Bebee Thomas
Sept. 1, 1928 – June 13, 2013
Mary Sue Bebee Thomas, 84, died June 13, 2013, in Colorado Springs with her family by her side.
Sue was born in Victor, Colo., on Sept. 1, 1928, to Alfred Henry Bebee, Sr. and Nettye Barber (Nicholson) Bebee. She grew up roaming the area of Gold Hill and graduated from Victor High School in 1946, Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. and attended the University of Colorado.
Sue married her high school sweetheart, Robert (Corky) Thomas, on Aug. 7, 1948; they were married 61 years and raised their children in Cripple Creek, Slick Rock, Rifle and Glenwood Springs.
Sue was a homemaker, worked at the “Cripple Creek Gold Rush,” First National Bank in Glenwood Springs and co-owned family businesses in Colorado and California before retiring to Cañon City in 1999. She resided at The Medalion in Colorado Springs from September 2010 until her death.
Sue loved fishing and camping, grew beautiful roses and iris, and treasured her toy poodles, Tally, Andy and Tony. She was a family history buff and an avid Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies, and CU Buffs fan. Sue loved to read, enjoyed music and crossword puzzles. She had a wonderful smile, brilliant blue eyes, a keen sense of humor, and loved her oysters on the half shell!
Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her daughter, Deborah Lee Thomas Hebert; son-in-law, Jerry Hebert; her nephew, Alfred Bebee; and three brothers, Alfred H. Bebee, Jr. (Wilda); John N. Bebee, and Eben R. Bebee.
Sue is survived by her children, Cynthia S. Thomas (Robert Vaage) of Anthem, Ariz. and Terry Thomas of Colorado Springs; her nieces, Christine Bebee (James) Keener, Lynda Bebee Dwornik and Kathryn Bebee (Terry) Nash; her nephew, Mark
(Beverly) Bebee; great nephews, Aaron (Jennifer) Bebee and Brian Bebee.
A memorial was held at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs on Friday, Sept. 27. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Sunnyside Cemetery Fund, C/O City of Victor, P.O. Box 86, Victor, CO 80860.
Louise Allena Wilkins
April 4, 1947 – Sept. 11, 2013
Louise Allena Wilkins of Rifle, Colo. passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. She was 66.
Louise was born in Riverside, Mich. on April 4, 1947. She was the adored spouse of Bruce Wilkins. Louise was an avid culinary artist, mountain biker and accomplished equestrian. She brought a love of art into all of her life activities.
Louise is survived by her husband; two daughters, Melissa Golladay and Kindra Moore; two granddaughters, Korin Williams, Diora Moore and one great-granddaughter, Kayva Williams.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Denver, Colo.
John A. McNeel, Jr. (Jack)
John A. McNeel, Jr. (Jack) was born on June 2, 1933, to John A. McNeel and Mary Lou Gilmore McNeel in New Castle, Colo. in the same house on North First Street that his mother was born in.
Jack was a lifetime resident of Garfield County, except for two years he served in the U.S. Army. He started school at the Fairview School on Divide Creek, graduated from the eighth grade at the old Peach Valley School and graduated from New Castle High School in 1950.
Jack married Nina Marie Fiou on Oct. 13, 1956. They had three children: Debra Kay, Raymond (Buddy) E. and Jackie Lynn.
Jack had a full and varied life with memories of a lot of friends made. He always tried to be a good neighbor and enjoyed helping anyone who needed help and always hoped he had made a difference in other people’s lives.
Jack was real proud of his service to the U.S. Army, even though he returned from overseas with health issues that bothered him for the rest of his life. He was proud of his ability with horses from riding to grade school on Divide Creek to being able to handle draft horses starting at an early age. The horses taught him, as he was too young to teach them. He was especially proud of his team of black Percherons, who would do anything he asked of them.
Jack enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, trapping, riding and observing wildlife. He taught his family at an early age to appreciate the outdoors by taking them on many mountain trips. He told his kids to keep their eyes and ears open and their mouth shut and they would learn something every day of their lives.
Jack was very proud and loved his family very much. He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Nina McNeel; his daughter, Debbie (Pat) O’Connor of Rhame, N.D.; son, “ Buddy” (Carol) McNeel of New Castle; and daughter, Jackie (Alvie) Gray of New Castle; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; sister, Betty Lou Woolard; brother, Hank (Rita) McNeel; and special in-laws, Reva and Lloyd Woolard.
He was preceded in death by both his mother and father.
At Jack’s request, there will be no funeral service, only for someone to stand at his gate and play taps. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harden Hospice, 1517 Blake St.,100B, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
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