What's Cookin?


3 tomatoes (quartered)
1/2 cucumber
1/2 pepper
1/2 onion
Garlic clove
3 tablespoons wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon white pepper

In a small saucepan, cook garlic in olive oil. Place other items in blender and pulse, so there are large chunks.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill for 4 hours.

Serve in chilled bowl. Use avocados or croutons for garnish.


Doris Maxine Hawley

Maxine was born Sept. 22, 1925, in Kellyville, Okla., and went to be with the Lord July 12, 2007. She was proud of her Creek Indian and Irish heritage.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert. Maxine had three children: Letha, Lee and Brenda. Letha preceded her mother in death in 2002. She has 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Maxine was the second of 11 children, and had four brothers and six sisters. As a very caring and generous person, Maxine made many personal sacrifices to help in raising her younger siblings and other family members.

Maxine was a homemaker until attending and graduating from Oklahoma Beauty College. She became an instructor at the Beauty College and won many awards as a high stylist in tri-state competitions. She then opened M&M Beauty Salon, where she continued to work as a high stylist. She renewed her commitment to the Lord and in 1964, fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a minister.

Maxine began her ministry in Anadarko, Okla., as an Indian missionary and soon thereafter became an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Church of God.

Maxine and Robert, also a minister, moved to Winslow, Ariz., in 1970 to continue their ministry. Maxine was one of the first ministers to receive a permit to build a church on the Navajo Indian Reservation. During their years of ministry at Castle Butte, Maxine and Robert developed numerous friendships and made a difference in many lives.

Maxine and Robert established, built and pastored numerous churches as missionaries affiliated with the Pentecostal Church of God.

Maxine and Robert retired from the ministry and moved to Oklahoma, where they could be close to her brothers and sisters. Although her health began to fail, she continued her commitment to the ministry teaching a Sunday school class at Faith Tabernacle in Tulsa, Okla. In April 2005, Maxine had open heart surgery from which she never fully recovered.

In July 2005, Maxine and Robert moved to Pagosa Springs, where they resided with their daughter-in-law until June 2007. Maxine and Robert attended the Pagosa Bible Church.

During the final weeks of her life, she was cared for at the Pine Ridge Extended Care Facility.

Maxine loved to laugh, sing, play the harmonica and could yodel like a country music star. She enjoyed her large family and many friends during her lifetime and will be missed.

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Barbara Jackson

Barbara Jackson passed away on the morning of Tuesday, July 17, at Durango’s Mercy Regional Medical Center. Barbara passed at the age of 42 and is survived by her mother Susan, brothers Jason and Blair, sister Shiela, sister-in-law Marguerite, and loving family and friends. Barbara was a loving soul, a familiar face throughout Pagosa, and will be dearly missed.

John Edward Kimsey

John Edward Kimsey passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2007. A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. at the Centerpoint Church on Saturday, July 21, 2007. The Reverend Dan Sanders will be officiating.

John is survived by his wife, Denise, and their two children, Cody and Ty; his parents, Don and Carol Kimsey; one brother, Karl Kimsey, and his wife, Tracey; two sisters, Karen Hise and her husband Glenn, and Donnell Boisvert and her husband, Tom; grandparents, Genevieve Baker, Shirley Cass, Wendell and Esther Harrell; in-laws Gary and Suzette Cass; sister-in-law, Carrie Cass; nieces and nephews, great-niece and great-nephews.

John and his niece, Brielle Boisvert, are dancing on the Streets of Gold. It was well-known that John loved the Lord and was a local farrier and carpenter who brought joy to everyone who knew him. Cody and Ty’s Dad will always be their Hero. John Kimsey will forever be missed.

Joseph McCord Nanus, Sr.

December 17, 1935 – July 15, 2007.

Joseph McCord Nanus passed away on July 15 after a lengthy but fierce battle with cancer. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on December 17, 1935. His family moved to Dallas, then the Rio Grande Valley. After graduating from McAllen High School he joined the army and served for three years. He then attended the University of Texas, graduating with a bachelor of arts in zoology. While employed by the Texas Department of Health Bureau of Radiation Control he attended the University of Oklahoma and earned a master’s degree in radiological health. He retired from TDH with 28 years of service. Following retirement Joe entered private practice as a consultant in medical physics for a major hospital system in Austin, Texas. In 2003 he moved permanently to Pagosa Springs with his wife, Janice, and three West Highland White Terriers.

Survivors include his loving wife, Janice, mother, Bessie Adele Nanus, his beloved children, Joseph Nanus, Jr. and wife Terri Rose, Patricia Ireland and husband Kelly Ireland, sister Joanne Foster, and numerous nieces and nephews. He treasured three grandchildren: Alex Nanus, Grace Nanus and Sloan Ireland. Because of his love for his dogs, four-legged survivors are mentioned. They are Megan, Missy and Ridire.

Joe was very active in the Pagosa Springs community. He served in various capacities in the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, the Archuleta Senior Center, Community Choir, and Music Boosters. He loved singing, acting, and playing bridge. But most of all he loved to serve the Lord.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church or The Westie Foundation of America, 33101 44th Avenue N.W., Stanwood, WA 98292.

An online guestbook for sharing condolences and memories is available at www.hoodmortuary.com.

Elta M. Steele

Elta M. Steele, aged 94 years, one month and 12 days, passed from this life June 27, 2007, at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center, Pagosa Springs.

She was born May 15, 1913, on a farm near Boonville, Warrick County, Ind., to James William Gentry and Sarah Elma Peek Gentry. On that farm, there was no electricity; light was provided by oil lamps. Water came from the well pump in the front yard, and the “necessary” was down the path past the garden. She graduated from high school in North Liberty, Ind., where her father was the principal. She attended Manchester College, Ind., for three years and began her teaching career in the primary grades in South Bend, Ind., while her children were in junior high or high school. Elta was an excellent primary school teacher in North Liberty, Ind., and had the distinction of being able to teach “any child” how to read.

December 21, 1940, she married Max Ellsworth Steel in the North Liberty United Methodist Church. Both were very active in that church throughout their life together, including 53 annual church picnics at their lake cottage at Bass Lake, Ind. Both enjoyed traveling to many parts of the United States, visiting historical sites, friends and relatives.

As her children were born and grew, Elta remained active in her church, the Parent Teacher Association, and was a Campfire Girl leader. Elta was a doll collector and crafter. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have stuffed pillows, bears, coyotes, dolls, ceramics and clothing that she made for them. Elta donated many of these items for her church or as gifts to those who requested an item and especially when a friend was ill or mourning a loss.

Elta enjoyed having company stay in her home, particularly if they enjoyed playing all kinds of games. She was an avid (and ruthless) Canasta player. She played her last hand of Canasta in May (and won).

Elta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Max, her three sisters, Ellendell, Marjorie, Thora, and two infants, Sally and Jimmy. She is survived by four children: Susan Marquez (Ernesto), of Monon, Ind.; Nancy Brzycki (Ted), of Longmont, Colo.; Carol McLaughlin (Phil), of Pagosa Springs; and Richard Steele (Nancy), of Bellingham, Wash. Her grandchildren numbered 15 and her great-grandchildren total nine.

A Steele family reunion and memorial was scheduled for July 13-18 in Pagosa Springs, in conjunction with the 107th annual Steele Family Reunion in North Liberty, Ind. A memorial service at the North Liberty United Methodist Church is planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the North Liberty United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 904, North Liberty, IN 46554.



W. David Kern

W. David Kern, the son of Robert and Leslie Kern of Pagosa Springs, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich.

Kern is an economics major, with a minor in Spanish. He is a 2004 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School.



Henry and Lou Jean Espinosa are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Renee Espinosa, to Abraham Timothy Trujillo, son of Manuelita and Mark Carr.
Jessica is a graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, a graduate of Brownsville Revival School of Ministry, and is presently working as a cosmetologist at her mother’s salon.
Abe is a graduate of Escalante High School in Chama, N.M., and is presently working for United Postal Services out of Albuquerque, N.M.
They will be married Sept. 15, 2007, at the Pope John Paul II campus on South Pagosa Boulevard.