Obituaries for Sept. 8, 2002


Elizabeth "Libby" Stopher died Aug. 30, 2002. She was 77.
Libby was born Dec. 1, 1924. She spent her summers in Steamboat Springs and her winters in Tucson, Ariz.
Libby studied journalism for three years at the University of Arkansas. She was a stewardess for American Airlines, and she later worked for United Airlines.
She also was a businesswoman, owning gift and clothing stores in French Lick, Ind., and later in Steamboat Springs.
She was an avid art and antiques collector and was an ardent supporter of the arts. She was a history buff and loved animals and nature.
Libby came to Steamboat Springs in the late 1970s when her husband became manager of the Sheraton.
She is survived by her husband, Edgar Stopher of Mesa, Ariz.; her sister, Mary Margaret Kimsey of Shreveport, La.; three daughters, Lee Stopher of Tempe, Ariz., Dana Stopher of Steamboat Springs, and Karen Stapleton of Loveland; one son, Robert Stopher of Estes Park; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at Yampa River Botanic Park. A celebration of Libby's life will follow at her Steamboat home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Humane Society or to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Fredrick Eugene "Gene" McAnally died Aug. 28, 2002, in Denver after a sudden illness. Gene, who was also known to many as "Mac," was a lifelong resident of Northwest Colorado.
Gene was born Oct. 22, 1950, along with fraternal twin Loyd to James L. and Marjorie McAnally in Craig, joining other brother James L. III (Roy), and later being joined by sister Marcella. The family lived for several years in Arvada, where Gene graduated from Arvada West High School in 1968. He moved to Craig in 1975, where he grew up hunting and fishing with his extended family, including his grandparents, who homesteaded in the area in the early 1920s.
Gene married Nancy R. Thompson July 30, 1977, in Steamboat Springs. Through the years, Gene worked as ranch manager for the Saddle Mountain, Wolf Mountain and Elk Run ranches. Gene was known for his dedication for hard work, always having a smile and always armed with a joke. In his leisure time, Gene enjoyed traveling with his wife, hunting, golfing and sharing stories with friends.
Gene was preceded in death by his father, Roy. He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Steamboat Springs; his mother, Marjorie of Denver; his brothers Roy (Georgina) of Craig and Loyd (Kim) of Thornton; sister, Marcella Heinrich (Dennis) of Arvada; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in care of his name to the Humane Society.


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