Edemia Gallegos Rooks


Edemia Gallegos Rooks died May 14, 2004, at her home after a long bout with cancer. She was 86.

Edemia was born Jan. 31, 1918, in Sandy Arroyo in Huerfano County to Julian and Amalia Quintana Gallegos. She was reared in Walsenburg, Fruita, Cameo and Grand Junction, but when her family moved to Mount Harris, she became employed by the Winder and Wyman families of Craig.

Edemia met and married her late husband, Russell J. Rooks, in Craig. They were married Nov. 7, 1939, in Craig. They lived in Rangely, Casper, Wyo., Worland, Wyo., and North Dakota before relocating and settling in Grand Junction in 1955.

In 1989 she retired from St. Mary's Hospital, where she worked as a ward clerk.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Church and a member of the Territorial Daughters of Colorado.

Edemia is survived by two sons, Joseph L. Ray Rooks and his wife, Peggy, of Edmond, Okla., and James Russell Rooks and his wife, Peggy, of Grand Junction; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by six brothers, Gene of Clovis, Calif., Joe of Meridian, Ind., Walter and David of Albuquerque, Roy of Santa Fe, N.M., and Gary of Grand Junction; and six sisters, Stella Rice of Carbondale, Ill., Eva Fruit and Sarah Nolan of Grand Junction, Marye Lucero of Hesperus, Barbara Castillo of West Valley City, Utah, and Romelia Lewis of Jacksonville, Fla.

Edemia was preceded in death by her husband, Russell J. Rooks; her parents, Julian and Amalia Gallegos; her brothers, Jose Ubaldo, Eugenio, Florentino I and Florentino II, Herman, Valentin and Sam; and two sisters, Josie Hyre and Otelia Gallegos.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 22 at St. Joseph's Church. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery, where she is buried next to her beloved husband and her parents.

Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Joseph's Church, Third and White streets, or Hospice of Western Colorado.


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