Paul Albert Rees

Paul Albert Rees of Canon City, Colorado left this life to be with his Lord on March 28, 2015. He was born August 14, 1929 at Rich Hill, Missouri to Clarence and Mabel (Winters) Rees. After graduation, he moved to Meade County, Kansas and worked as a cowboy on a cattle ranch. On June 10, 1952, Paul married Shirley Cobb in Bentonville, Arkansas. Also in 1952, he was drafted into the United States Marine Corps and served two years in California.

Paul and Shirley then moved back to Meade, Kansas, and Paul went to work for Northern Natural Gas. He worked for Northern Natural until his retirement in 1985. During this time, they lived in Beaver, Oklahoma, St. John, Kansas and Greensburg, Kansas. They moved to Canon City in 2012 and attended the Cowboy Church at Crossroads.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Clovis and Donald. He is survived by his wife, Shriley, brother Dwayne Rees of Humboldt, Kansas, sons Mike Rees (Linda) of Dodge City, Kansas, Doug Rees (Jane) of Colorado Springs, and daughter Pam Carl of Canon City, grandchildren Heather Schnoebelen, Derek Veatch, Joshua Rees, Mindi Salamon, Shawn Veatch, kyle Rees, Evan Rees, and Kimberly Hernandez, and great-grandchildren Brandon, Sloand, Tatum, Devin, Islyn, Payton, Barrett, Jon and Layton.

A Celebration of Life service with Military Honors will be held on April 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., at Harwood Chapel, 516 N. 10th Street, Canon City, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project in Care of Harwood Funeral Home, 215 N. Orchard, Canon City, Colorado, 81212.

The family would like to thank the staff of Canon Lodge Care Center and Sangre de Cristo Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Paul during the short time he was with them.

Mary Alice Beavers

Mary Alice Beavers was born on February 10, 1920 and died March 24, 2015 at the age of 95.  Mary was the seventh of 12 children born to Benjamin Franklin and Lola Edna (Gregg) Orton. She married Virgil L. Beavers and they owned and operated V&V Construction in Florence for many years.   In addition, Mary was a homemaker who raised three children and played an important role in raising each of her ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Bob Cooper of Florence.  She is also survived by grandchildren: Bill Loeber, Jeff Loeber, Brian Loeber, Travis Loeber, Rhonda (George) Reichert, Brenda (Tim) McKiernan, Mary (Doug) Olson, Virgil Beavers III, Yvette (Eddie) Macsalka, and Bobbie Beavers.  Also, surviving are six great-grandchildren: Matt (Kara) Reichert, Colette McKiernan, Kelsey Reichert, Jacob McKiernan, Alexandria Beavers, and Gisela Macsalka; and one great-great grandchild, George Ryder Reichert, expected to arrive in May.  She is also survived by brother Robert (Donna) Orton, Sister Thelma Main, Sister-in-law Dallas Orton, Sister-in-law Vivian Beavers, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Virgil, son Virgil (Butch) Beavers Jr., daughter Phyllis Loeber, son-in-law Bill Loeber, Her parents, four brothers & five sisters.

Memorial service will be held on Monday, March 30th 10:00a.m. at Florence Mortuary.  Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.  Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Florence Historic Funeral Home.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Florence Volunteer Fire Department at 300 W. Main, Florence, CO 81226.

Mary Elizabeth Fox

Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Fox passed away peacefully at home after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer on March 26, 2015. She was born in Los Angeles, CA to Antonia and Roy Eastman. She graduated from Monrovia High School, in Monrovia, CA, and from Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, CO with a degree in occupational therapy in 1950. Beth met George Fox at CSU and they were married in Westcliffe, Colorado on September 12, 1948. They were married for 61 years and raised two daughters, Christine and Pat.

In addition to her work as an occupational therapist, Beth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had many interests, including playing the piano, reading and opera. She was a world traveler and an avid gardener (especially of raspberries, peaches and roses). For many years, Beth belonged to a book group, bridge club and later to a cancer support group. She was kind, caring, generous and an inspiration to all who knew her.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents and her husband George (1922-2010). She will be greatly missed by her family, sister Nancy Nagel (Bob Nagel); daughters Christine Fox (Gordon Broomhall), Patricia Fox-Duvall (John Duvall); granddaughters Kelly Hoehn, Erica Torres, Jacqueline Torres; and many friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 3, at Shadow Hills Golf Course in Canon City. Inurnment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO. Memorial donations may be made to Friendly Visitors, 321 North Cottonwood Avenue, Canon City, CO 81212.

Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @

Fox, Mary

Larry Owen Hable

On July 25, 1948, Larry was born to H. Irene and Lloyd Hable Sr. in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He married the love of his life, Sheila Solma on May 4, 2000. Together they had three wonderful children, Larry Jr., Michelle, and Nicole; and two step-children, Jeremy and Beth.

Larry loved to fish and be outdoors. Larry and Sheila together belonged to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations, Ducks Unlimited, and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Larry loved to help with any kind of wildlife conservation.

Mr. Hable is survived by his mother, Irene; wife, Sheila; children, Michelle (James), Nicole (Curt), Jeremy, and Beth (Andy); grandchildren, Marion, Zane, Cale, Libby, Keara, Teagen, Wyatte, Abby, Allie, and Jacob; and siblings, Louise (Wayne) Lloyd Jr., Lana (Mark), Lane (Shirley), and Loreen (Diane). He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Jr., his father; and sister-in-law, Jan.

Our Larry will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

Memorial Service will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Evangelical Free Church in Canon City, CO. Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home.


Dorothy Horton

  Dorothy Horton a resident of Goodland, Kansas for 53 years and local business woman passed away March 26, 2015 at the Legacy Center Assisted Living in Canon City, Colorado. She was born August 12, 1915 in Russell County, Kansas to Arthur S. and Hannah E. (Inman) Rice.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Chester H. Horton on October 6, 1943 in Goodland, KS. Together they owned and operated Horton’s Body and Repair Shop in Goodland, KS for 40 years. While Chet was the craftsman/artist who repaired the cares, Dorothy was the bookkeeper/general manager.         

Dorothy is survived by her son, Jerrell J. “Jerry” (Marilyn) Horton of Canon City; sister, Alberta Hayden of Goodland, KS; and sister-in-law, Vida Rice of Middleton, ID. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Jerrell L. (Tammie) Horton, Tina (Bob) Vincent, Shawn (Dana) Horton, Chris (Amber) Ray, and Maranda Ray; great grandchildren, Bryna Horton, Britton Horton, Erin Horton, Tiana Stebens, Tiara Stebens, Chelsie Horton, Aubrey Horton, Evan Lujan, Kaylee Lujan, Alexander Ray, and Zachery Ray; great grandchildren, Shawn Hernandez and Riplea Rudzik; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chet; brothers, Chet Rice and Joseph Rice; and sisters, Ellen Ahrens, Katherine Krause, Pansy Downtain, and Florence Rice.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., prior to the Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Koons Funeral Home in Goodland, Kansas. Interment will follow at Goodland Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @

Steampunk and Wine

“March in Time to Steampunk and Wine” is happening this next week end in Florence, Colorado. It is a fundraiser for historic preservation of our town which fits perfect to the Steampunk theme with our numerous antique shops. “It’s hard to explain what it is,” chamber member Bruce Jensen said. “It’s Victorian Era meets the future (or) H.G. Wells meets Laurel and Hardy in Disneyland. It should be a lot of fun.” Think of Wild, Wild West. Oh and we have Gold Canyon Gunfighters on hand with their Old Western town and gunfights. Costumes made by “Steampunk by Saunders” will be in town April 7 through April 10 at Lil’s Garden on Main Street where you can rent a costume for the week end for $50! Oh, yes, you may dress for the occasion! Most are finding costumes on Pinterest, Etsy, or shops in Florence (like Spirit Riders Western Emporium ). The two-day festival will be filled with activities including horses and a beautiful carriage ride from Dawson Ranch Stables, the Steampunk Ball, featuring the country western band, the Midnight Sun, performing from 7 p.m.-11 PM, April 11 in the Florence Elks Lodge at 131 E. Front St.
Music will be provided during both days by Bobby Dean (One Man Band), the Frost Mountain Clan, along with Guitarist William Lone Bear.  Along with vendors, other activities will take place in the Florence Elks, the American Legion and the Order of Eagles, along the 100 block of S. Petroleum and on Front Street. The American Legion will offer kids crafts with staff member, Robin Hohn from the John C. Fremont Library and karaoke for kids with Julie McKissack. Five food vendors will be on hand including Blue Bell Ice Cream and Styria breads, offering their one of a kind pretzels! Our vendors include many jewelers, steampunk themed accessories, art, Rocky Mountain Wolves, the Humane Society, face painter, and a variety of great items to purchase.
The Steampunk and Wine cannot be complete without wine from Holy Cross Abbey  Winery that will be served at the Elks and can be enjoyed filled in your commemorative wine glass that is offered for $5, and sit on the patio with food from the outside vendors. “The wine will be at the Elks from 9 a.m. in the morning through the ball,” Brierley said. “The vendors will close at 5 and the dance will start at 7 p.m.”  Sunday offers an auction with items donated by vendors and merchants, the award ceremony, and Quick Draw Art by Mary Shell, who also is heading up an art show. It all takes place in a 5 block area just off Main Street, so all participants have close access to check out the merchants and get involved in the scavenger hunt in all the shops. Tickets are available at Spirit Riders at 111 E. Main St. in Florence. Admission for Steampunk activities is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children under 5.  It is going to be a blast! Just coming to watch the people in costumes is worth the trip!  The excitement generated by this even is overwhelming, I am having so much fun preparing costumes and I’m getting pretty good at putting on corsets! There is a costume contest at the Ball and one on Sunday at noon.

Saturday, April 11, 2015
9am-10am Bobby Dean, One Man Band
10am-10:40am Guitarist Lone Bear
10:40am- 11am Gold Canyon Gunfighters
11am- 1:30 Frost Mountain Clan.. Bluegrass
1:30pm-1:50pm Gold Canyon Gunfighters
1:50- 3pm Guitarist Lone Bear
3pm- 4:40 Bobby Dean
4:40pm- 5pm Gold Canyon Gunfighters
7pm- 11pm Steampunk Ball with the midnight Sun at the Elks Club

Sunday, April 12, 2015
9am-10:10 Guitarist Lone Bear
10:10am 10:30am Gold Canyon Gunfighters
10:30am- 12 Bobby Dean
12pm- 12:30pm Costume Contest
12:30pm- 12:50pm Gold Canyon Gunfighters
12:50 Quick Draw Art by Mary Shell at the Eagles
1pm- 2pm Auction at the Eagles
2pm-3pm Bobby Dean
4pm-4:40pm Guitarist Lone Bear
4:40pm-5pm Gold Canyon Gunfighters


Easter Eggstravaganza

The Cañon City Recreation District will be holding their annual Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday April 5th, 2015.
Join them at Rouse Park to hunt Easter eggs, do the hopstacle course, color eggs, or dance to the music.  Children need to bring their own basket to collect eggs and candy!
Egg hunting times will be:
Ages 3 and under at 2:15 p.m.
Ages 4-6 at 2:30 p.m.
Ages 7-9 at 2:45 p.m.
Ages 10-12 at 3:00 p.m.
The event will be held Rouse Park, 1600 Park Avenue.