Dorothy Dale Muirhead: 1914-2004

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Former Steamboat Springs resident Dorothy Dale Muirhead died Jan. 30, 2004, in Loveland. She was 89.

Dorothy was born Nov. 14, 1914, to Maud Luekens and Clarence Elkins in Steamboat Springs.

She attended Steamboat Springs High School and was a member of the ski and basketball teams.

Dorothy was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and P.E.R.A. for Thompson Valley.

In the summer of 1933, she worked as a cook for the road crew on Rabbit Ears Pass. She also worked as a teacher's aide in the Thompson Valley School District for 20 years, and as a cook at Sierra Vista from 1960 to 1961.

Dorothy married Allen Muirhead on Nov. 14, 1932, in Steamboat. The couple farmed in Steamboat, Longmont and Loveland.

Dorothy's life was devoted to others. She was a constant companion to her husband for 66 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She shared her love, understanding and a helping hand to all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Allen; her parents; three brothers, Gene, Carroll and Marvin; two sisters, Hazel and Lee; and a son-in-law, Tom Wertz.

She is survived by two sons, Allen Duane and his wife, Rosalie, of LaSalle, and Larry and his wife, Sharon, of Bellevue; four daughters, Joan and her husband Carl Bochmann of Berthoud, Janet and her husband, Stan Hill, of Norris, Mont., Sharon Knudson of Masonville, and Shirley Wertz of Masonville; four sisters-in-law, Luella Muirhead of Denver, Rosetta Blecha of Sheridan, Mont., Violet Arnold of Grand Junction and Roberta Elkins of Steamboat; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Feb. 6, 2004, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Loveland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 100 E. County Road 30, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

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