Obituaries for Aug. 18


Neva B. Bray, 85, died July 25, 2002, at Medicallodge in Columbus, Kan.

Neva was born May 26, 1917, in rural southeastern Kansas, to Benjamin H. and Frey Fehrenback Foster. She graduated from Labette County High School in 1935. She married John M. Bray in November 1941.

She worked at the Kansas Ammunition Plant until John returned from service in Europe. In 1949, Neva, John and two daughters moved to Steamboat Springs to work at the Osage Mine at Milner. Neva raised two more children and started doing day care for her friends, which became a steady occupation.

She was a member of the LRCs, the Bridge Club and a leader of 4-H, Campfire Girls and Cub Scouts. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school. In 1979, Neva returned to Oswego when John retired from the Seneca mine. There she was an active member of the Busy Bee Square Dance Club and the United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, John; three daughters, Johnna Beth Barrows of Centennial, Sherry Ann Bray of Meeker and Susan Jean Cary of Saratoga, Wyo.; and a son, Brian John Bray of Hayden; 11 grandchildren; and a brother, Hugh Foster of Parsons, Kan.

Her parents and two brothers, Lynn and Ross Foster, preceded her in death. Cremation has taken place and a memorial was celebrated July 29, 2002, in Oswego, Kan.

John. D. Mitchell, 61, died May 17, 2002, peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

John was born Feb. 2, 1941, in Lincoln, Neb., and passed away in Palm Coast, Fla.

John and his family moved to Steamboat Springs in 1979. Before retiring in 1995, John was employed by Steamboat Resorts as general manager of the Lodge at Steamboat, La Casa and Dulany Condominiums.

John was a member of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association from 1982 to 1995 and served two terms on the board of directors representing the Steamboat Ambassadors. John was a Chamber Ambassador from its conception until 1993.

John also served for many years on the Lodging Committee and the Vintage Auto Race Committee.

John is survived by his wife, Linda of Palm Coast, Fla.; one daughter, Kristi, and son-in-law Jay Ross, also of Palm Coast, Fla.; his mother, Mary Mitchell, and sister Betty Jo Zwiener of Twin Falls, Idaho; sister Shirley Dunlap of Omaha, Neb.; sister Mary Aten of Loveland; three brothers, Mike Mitchell of Seattle, Wash., Jim Mitchell of Santa Cruz, Calif., David Mitchell of Corona and George Mitchell of Kenwood, Wash.

There will be a gathering to honor John's life from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Ore House at the Pine Grove.


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