Mary Ida Kenyon died Oct. 8, 2003, after a lengthy illness. She was 82.
Mary was born March 17, 1921, in Oak Creek to Teresa Desplain Stewart and Albert Stewart. Her parents, as well as her sister, Edith, an infant brother and a son, Richard Monroe Kenyon, preceded her in death.
Mary spent her childhood on the Stewart Mesa Ranch near Oak Creek. She learned to ride a horse just after she learned to walk and spent her summers on horseback.
She was the first person in her family to graduate from high school, but she had to move to Denver to do so. Mary learned to work hard and had a sense of adventure.
After graduation she became a waitress, which gave her the freedom to travel the West Coast. She married her first husband, R.O. Starling, on May 31, 1944, in Bend, Ore. The couple had one child, Richard Monroe Starling-Kenyon. They divorced Feb. 18, 1946.
Mary and her son moved to Steamboat Springs to be closer to her parents, and it was in Steamboat that she met and married Ralph Kenyon. They divorced Jan. 21, 1974.
Mary worked at the Grand Junction Regional Center from 1968 to 1983.
She is survived by her daughter, Teresa Jeanette; three grandchildren, Rick, Michael Shane and Justin; and three great-grandchildren, Jack, Stewart and Haylie.
At Mary's request, there were no services. She was cremated.
Mary touched the lives of so many that her family thought it would be a tribute to her for any who knew her to take the time spent going to a funeral to instead reconnect with a family member or friend.
In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.