Mercle Leone Likes Tiff
April 12, 1915 - November 14, 2010
Mercle Leone Likes Tiff passed away Nov. 14, 2010, in Longmont. She was 95.
She was born April 12, 1915, to George Franklin Likes and Elizabeth E. Huffman Likes in Yuma County near Kirk. She lived on the family homestead until graduating from high school in Kirk. She then went to live with her Aunt Estelle in Florida to go to Secretarial School. She returned to Wray and took a job in the welfare office at the Yuma County Courthouse.
She met and married Raymond Van Horn, who was a widower with six children. To this union another six children were born. Raymond was killed in a farming accident, leaving her with six small children. She then met and married neighbor Frank Tiff in June 1956. From this union two more children were born. They sold their ranch in western Kansas and moved to Steamboat Springs to ranch. The Tiffs then sold the ranch and bought a motel in town, then moved to Oregon, and then back to Colorado, where they settled in Longmont in 1971. They made Longmont their home since.
Mercle is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Howard Likes and George Likes; her first husband, Raymond Van Horn; step-children, Frank Van Horn, Buddy Van Horn, Link Van Horn, Mary Van Horn Edwards; a son Butch Van Horn; and a daughter, Ellen Van Horn Meents.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Tiff; step-daughters Edith Van Horn Roundtree and Lois Van Horn Zuege; her children, Betsy Van Horn Truax Zimmerman, Larry Van Horn, Rick Van Horn, Roger Van Horn, Cindy Tiff Church and Steve Tiff; 22 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.