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Don Bean Earle

Don Bean Earle, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at Pine Ridge Extended Care facility in Pagosa Springs. Cremation will occur at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango. No services are planned at this time.

Mr. Earle was born Nov. 12, 1927, in Ririe, Idaho, the son of T.L. and Aileen Earle. Mr. Earle was a developer and builder during most of his lifetime, and in having acquired many properties in many different states, Pagosa Springs was the most endearing to Don. He will be remembered fondly by his loving family and friends.

He is survived by his daughters: Toni Griffith, of Pagosa Springs, and Pamella Poitras, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; grandchildren Ashley Thome, Sierra Riggs, Bradley and Veronika Davis Benjamin and Erin Davis; great-grandchild Lucus Davis; and his sister, Evelyn Jenson of Boise, Idaho.

Ruby Imogene Jordan

Ruby Imogene Jordan passed into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at Mercy Hospital in Durango, Colo.

She was born in Rose Hill, Va., June 6, 1928. She married Robert Jordan May 11, 1945, and they made their home in Conicville, Va.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Ruby “Chickie” and Art Thompson, and grandson, Caleb Thompson, of Pagosa Springs, Colo. Also, a sister, Erma Bowers of Strawsburg, Va.; a brother, Gilbert Saylor, Jr.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jake and Virginia Saylor, of Mayland, Va., and Rufus and Bea Saylor, of Woodland, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Stella Saylor, of Stanwood, Wash., and Lois Jordan, of Conicville, Va.; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Jordan; parents, Gilbert and Treva Saylor; a sister, Wanda Morgan; sister-in-law Betty Saylor; brothers Bill and Otis Saylor; brothers-in-law John, Fred and Edward Jordan; sisters-in-law Dolly and Louise Jordan.

She was a member of the church board at Pleasant View Church. She had previously been employed by National Fruit Products in Timberville, Va., Windsor Knit in Edinburg, Va., and also Northern Virginia Vending of Edinburg, Va.

While still living in Virginia, she was always actively involved with Pleasant View Church until she was physically unable to.

She loved her Lord and Savior with all her heart.

Mom, you will be so missed …

Joan C. Guckert

Joan C. Guckert, 69, passed away Monday, March 3, 2008, at Pagosa Mountain Hospital. She is survived by Larry G. Guckert, her loving husband of 47 years.

She is also survived by three daughters: Teresa Guckert of Austin, Texas, Denise Guckert, of Seguin, Texas, and Diana Baker, of The Woodlands, Texas. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard LeBaron of York, Pa., and grandson, Jonathan Baker, of The Woodlands, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at Community United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2008. Viewing will be 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the church.

Joan was born August 28, 1938, in Corry, Pa., daughter of the late Rexford D. and Annabell (Wilkins) LeBaron. She graduated from State College, Pensylvania high school and completed her R.N. degree at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania School of Nursing. After a number of years in nursing, she began a fulfilling career in education. She earned an honorary Louisiana Teaching Certificate for her outstanding service teaching nursing at the Caddo Career Center in Shreveport, La. After moving to Houston, Texas, Joan began the most rewarding part of her career: teaching kindergarten. She taught and also served as a reading specialist and instructional coordinator at Grade Presbyterian and First Presbyterian Church Schools, retiring in 1996.

Joan lived her life fully and freely with determination and passionate love for her family and nature. She bravely led her family, friends and Girl Scout troops down many mountain passes. Moving to Pagosa Springs in 1998, Joan fulfilled her lifelong dream of living in the mountains with her loving husband, Larry. When not enjoying her mountain home, she filled her days playing Mahjong and Joker with her many great friends, participating in Tai Chi and Qigong, and taking long walks with her precious dog. Indy.

Joan will forever fill our hearts with her love, and we will forever remember her and her amazing spirit.

Donations can be made in Joan’s name to Johns Hopkins University Autoimmune Disease Research Center at (410) 516-6800 or



Meredith Grace Harlin & Joel Michael Lomasney

Meredith Grace Harlin of Franklin, Tenn., and Joel Michael Lomasney, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, of New Orleans, La., will be married April 26, 2008.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Talbot Harlin of Franklin, Tenn. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Louis Lomasney of Pagosa Springs, Colo.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tenn., and Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

The future bridegroom is a graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans, La., and the University of Kansas.

The future bridegroom proposed at the reception following his Naval Aviation winging ceremony. He is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, N.C., as an Osprey pilot.

Taryn Nikkole Burnett and Raul Ricardo Palmer

Bart and Betsy Burnett, and Butch and Rachel Palmer invite you to join them in the marriage between their children, Taryn Nikkole Burnett and Raul Ricardo Palmer. The wedding will take place Saturday, March 15, at 5 p.m. at Mountain Heights Baptist Church, 1044 Park Ave.

Raul is stationed at Ft. Wainwright, Fairbanks, Alaska, where the two will be living after his return from a current deployment in Iraq.


Nelson and Amanda

Nelson and Patricia Del Bianco from Pagosa Springs, along with Brian and Nancy Headding from Anchorage, Alaska, are proud to announce the marriage of their children, Nelson and Amanda. A beautiful family ceremony was held in Alaska on Jan. 2, 2008. The happy couple will reside in Alaska.

Sarah Christian Rupe and Joshua Jerome Mills

Sarah Christian Rupe and Joshua Jerome Mills were married Feb. 16, 2008, at the Glacier Club in Durango, Colo.

Sarah is the daughter of Rob Rupe and Deanna Tomac, and Joshua is the son of Jeffrey Mills and Denise Salazar.


Allison Laverty

The Sarah Platt Decker Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, honored Allison Laverty at a tea Feb. 23 as the chapter essay winner and the Pagosa Springs High School recipient of the DAR Good Citizen of the year for her school. It was also announced that she is the state runner-up winner of the DAR Good Citizen Essay Contest and will be honored in Denver April 26, at the DAR State Conference Awards luncheon, where she will receive a scholarship check in the amount of $500.

Allison has been an honor student all four years, sophomore class president, senior class treasurer, captain of the soccer team, and a member of the select choir, drama club and high school musical. She’s been involved in student council and FBLA. She is an active member of her church and is a youth leader of the children’s ministry. Allison has assisted with many fund-raisers, volunteered at the Ruby Sisson Library, the soup kitchen and the Crisis Pregnancy Support Center. She plans to attend a music program in New Zealand for six months, and then return to Colorado to achieve a degree in primary health care and nursing. Allison is the daughter of Kurt and Danna Laverty.