EAST CARBON - Cordie Baca Martinez, age 76, passed away Sept. 16, 2003 at Parkdale Care Center in Price.
She was born June 14, 1927 in Blanco, N.M., to Jose Simon and Rosalie Muniz Baca. Married Joe D. Martinez Dec. 3, 1942 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Durango, Colo.
Member of the Catholic Church.
Cordie graduated from Carbon College with her licensed practical nursing degree in 1961.
Longtime resident of East Carbon, where she worked as a nurse for Utah Permante Hospital from 1960 until it closed in 1968.
In 1968, she began working at the Carbon Medical Association Clinic, where she worked until her retirement in 1992.
Cordie also worked as an industrial occupational nurse for U.S. Steel Company, Kaiser Steel Corporation, and assisted the ambulance crews in transporting critical patients to the emergency room.
She will be dearly missed by her family and a community of friends.
Survived by her husband, Joe D. Martinez, East Carbon; daughter, Judith Reavis, Snow-mass, Colo.; sons, Dr. Paul (Cathy) Martinez, Price; Marc Martinez, Columbia; sister, Sadie Rivas, Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents; infant son; daughter, Kaye L. Martinez; and nine brothers and sisters.
Memorial Mass Friday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Vigil service Friday, 9:30 a.m., at the church in East Carbon. Committal service, Valley View Cemetery, Sunnyside, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.
WELLINGTON - Raymond Lester Borgeson, age 89, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, of black lung and emphysema in Grand Junction, Colo.
He was born May 21, 1914 to John Borgeson, a Swedish immigrant, and Bertha Adelle Weaver Borgeson in Lancaster, Atchinson, Kan. He was one of seven children. Both of his parents and all of his siblings preceded him in death.
Raymond started working when he was 13 years old as a day laborer for neighbors. He also did some trapping and sold the furs to fur traders. He later went to barber college. At that time, a hair cut cost 25 cents and a shave was 15 cents. His work on the railroad took him to Wyoming, where he got his first job in the coal mines. He mined in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. He worked with his father-in-law, Charles C. Daniels, at the Colowyo Coal Company in Axial, Colo., prior to moving to Wellington in 1950. He retired from Kaiser Steel in Sunnyside in 1976.
Raymond married Dorothy Charline Daniels Dec. 28, 1941 in Manila. They were married for 52 years. Dorothy passed away July 1, 1993. They had two daughters, Charline Faye Blackburn and her husband, Valgene D. Blackburn, Grand Junction, Colo.; Eleanor Jean Bryant and her partner, Karen K. Heimbach, Salem, Ore.; five grandchildren, Valerie Jean Parrish, Grand Junction, Colo.; VaLynn Jorgensen, Palisade, Colo.; Sterling D. Blackburn, deceased August 1979; Lorie Lynn Baker and Bobbi
Jean Bryant, Salem, Ore.; five great-grandchildren, Amber Rae Ellis, Ashleigh Jean Ellis, Hannah Lynn Griggs, Zachary Sterling Griggs, Grand Junction, Colo.; Morgan RaeJean Bryant-Baker, Salem, Ore;. and one great-great-grandson, Ryan Daniel Ellis, Grand Junction, Colo.
Raymond had a great laugh and sense of humor. He was lots of fun to play cards with. He could grow anything in a garden, flowerbed, or any house plant, could built or fix anything.
He sang silly songs and recited poetry until the time of his death. We never knew if he made up the words or if he had actually heard them somewhere.
He will be missed because, as he would say, "Everybody loved Raymond."
Funeral service Wednesday, Sept. 17, Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Wednesday one hour prior to services. Interment, Price City Cemetery.