Obituaries

Del Norte resident Sharon Anne Atencio, 66, passed away on Sept. 15, 2022. She was born on Nov. 20, 1955, in San Francisco, Calif., to Albert and Juanita (Marquez) LeBlanc.

Long-time Center resident Vickie Lynn Myers, 67, passed away on Sept. 10, 2022. She was born in West Virginia on Jan. 23, 1955, to Jack and Billie Jean (Carter) Shrewsbury.

Longtime San Luis Valley resident Mary Lou Millsap, 89, died Sept. 7, 2022, at the Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa.

Longtime Monte Vista resident JoAnne Grace Medina passed away on Aug. 30, 2022, at UC Health Hospital in Colorado Springs surrounded by loved ones. She was born Sept. 2, 1948, in Alamosa, Colo., to Rose P. Martinez and Benito Martinez.

Warren Clayton Hemphill of Sonora, Texas, passed on to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sept. 1, 2022, at the age of 88. A private family graveside will be held Monday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sonora.

Mary Elizabeth (Hearn) Churchman passed from this life on Aug. 25, 2022, at UT Southwest in Dallas. She was a resident of Granbury, Texas.

Michael “Mike” Muncy was born in Leadville, Colo., on June 22, 1958, to Elsie and Harvey Muncy. Mike passed away Aug. 18, 2022, in Westminster, Colo. He was 64 years old.

Gained his wings Aug. 14, 2022. Bob was born in Santa Ana, Calif., on Oct. 5, 1933, to Wilber and Bernice (Owens) Lewis.

James Edward Bradley, 92, of Monte Vista Colorado was welcomed into heaven on Aug. 9, 2022, after quietly succumbing to the rigors of a long life, well spent.

Carla Jayne Worley passed away peacefully on July 25, 2022, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Carla was born on May 21, 1957, in Monte Vista, Colo., to parents Carl and Audrey Worley. She was the third or middle daughter out of five girls.

Merv Self, a life-long resident of Monte Vista, passed away in the Del Norte Hospital on July 28, 2022, at the age of 85.

He was known as John by friends, coworkers and loved ones. He was raised in the San Luis Valley of Colo. He lived in Saguache and Moffat most of his life. He grew up in a full household and did chores to help feed and care for the family. He fondly recalled drinking milk straight out the bucket, warm and sweet. He graduated high school in 1955 (Hooper, Colo.) and went into the US Navy right after graduation.

Robert Virgil Clark,73 (Robbie to everyone who knew him) went to join his little dog, Clara, in heaven on July 24, 2022, in Yuma, Ariz. Robbie was born on Nov. 10, 1948, to Delmar V and L Ruth Clark.

A Celebration of Life for Madeline LaVene Otts will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2022, at the United Methodist Church, 215 Washington St., Monte Vista. It is open to all family and friends.

Lifetime San Luis Valley resident Patricia Ione Malouff, loving wife and mother passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the age of 85.

Tracy Joe Freel, 57, of Moffat, Colo., passed away on June 21, 2022, suddenly by stepping in to protect a woman in a domestic violence situation.

Evelyn “Evie” Underwood was born on Jan. 14, 1948, to Duane Underwood and Lillian Falk Underwood in Del Norte. She transitioned peacefully in the love of God, at home on her beloved family ranch on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Evelyn was surrounded by her loving family, as well as her dear, irrigation-ditch-loving, dog Inka. Evelyn was understated, gentle, kind, and caring from the beginning to the end.

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