Former Routt County resident Vera Louise Kinnett passed away Feb. 2, 2005, at Montrose Memorial Hospital. She was 82.
Vera was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Yampa, the only child of Dewey and Lois Marshall. She was part of some of the first pioneer families who had homesteaded in the area. Except for four years at the Egeria Creek Country School, Vera received her education in Yampa, graduating high school there in 1940.
During her last year of school, Vera met Dale Kinnett, a local ranch hand, and they were married Dec. 18, 1940, in Rawlins, Wyo. They had seven children and were married nearly 54 years when Dale died in July 1994.
The Kinnetts lived and worked on ranches in the Yampa and Steamboat Springs area until buying their own ranch near Oak Creek in 1948. They lived on that ranch until 1955, when they moved to the Eagle area.
Dale went into the trucking business, and Vera's love for flowers and gardening prompted her to open Kinnett's Flower Shop in 1965. She ran the shop until they sold their home and retired to Montrose. Their small yard in Montrose was filled with trees, flowers, bird feeders and nest boxes.
Vera's main interest was her family, but her various crafts and hobbies leave many to forever treasure and enjoy one of her special custom leather items or beautiful handmade quilts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her stepfather, Loran Huston; and a son-in-law, LeRoy Todd.
Vera is survived by her five sons, Keith Kinnett and his wife, Bonnie, of Montrose, Dwight Kinnett and his wife, Ruthie, of Grand Junction, Dwaine Kinnett and his wife, Margaret, of Maybell, Kevin Kinnett of Michigan and Danny Kinnett and his wife, Kristi, of Grand Junction; two daughters, Charlotte Bullock and her husband, Bob, of Olathe and Kristie Kinnett of Montrose; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Interment was at Valley Lawns Cemetery south of Montrose. Memorial contributions may be made in Vera's name to the charity of the donor's choice.