Ella Mae Mead, 82, passed away Dec. 20, 2012. Survived by niece/daughter, Dorothy (Don) Husted of Paonia; their children, Kirstin Husted, Mandi (Paul) Durnez and their children, Clayton, Cierra and Emma; loving extended family, step-children, Gary (Betty) Mead, Pueblo, Jeannie (Don) Oakley, Georgia, their children and grandchildren; numerous other relatives, special nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Earl T. Mead in 2010 and Ralph Robinson in 1987; siblings, Anna, John, William, Emma and Robert. Ella Mae was born July 13, 1930, to John and Alma Smith, living her entire life on the St. Charles Mesa farm in which she was born on. She was very proud of her heritage of country living, attending country schools, living the simple life and offering help to others where needed. She dearly loved her family and friends. Ella Mae was a longtime 4-H leader and active member of Bethel U.M. Church, now merged with First U.M. Church. Service, 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Rick Calhoun officiating. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Frontier Hospice through the funeral home. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Ella Mae was a kind, loving, genuine human being. There was not a mean bone in her body. She treated my brothers and me like family although we were her brother-in-law’s step children. Fourth of July celebrations were the best at Ralph and Ella Mae’s house. There was food galore and we shot off hundreds of fire works in their back yare. It says a lot about a person that all you can recall about them is goodness and kindness. She has been a force for good in the world and I can’t think of an achievment greater than that. She was a bright spot for me in my rather difficult childhood. Thank you Ella Mae! I am not worried about you; I know you are in heaven and that your reward is great.

  2. I
    remember hunting for the same 12 Easter Eggs over and over again
    throughout the yard. I remember Sweeney and the honeysuckle out in the
    backyard that we could suck on and taste. I remember the little ditch
    in the front of the drive that we really shouldn’t have played in and
    the “lion” that lived under the fireplace. I remember the wonderful
    ceramics in the basement and the 4H club carnivals and State Fair. I
    remember roosters in the kitchen and a turkey on the table – not to
    mention my first taste of duck. Most of all, I remember you – my
    wonderful Aunt Ella Mae. May you rest in peace.

  3. Ella Mae was a good friend of mine for over 22 years. Both her and her husband Earl were not only friends, but mentors of mine when I first started my new career as a car salesperson in Pueblo. They welcomed me into their family and always treated me as one of their own. Their constant encouragement and laughs made my days alot brighter. I may not have been their own flesh and blood, but I always felt like one! GOD BLESS YOU ELLA MAE AND THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU….A WONDERFUL PERSON!
    PJ JARRETT-RUIZ

  4. Ella Mae was a wonderful woman of intelligence, strength and wisdom. It’s been my good fortune to have known her for the past 12 years as my wife’s grandmother in particular, and as a terrific, thoughtful citizen of the universe in general. Never a complainer, always ready with help, honest as the day is long, truly gracious, Ella Mae modeled the best of the frontier character. What a loss for us all who knew her, and a loss for the country that we’re not minting folks like Ella Mae any too often these days. May she rest in peace — but may we also keep her spirit in our hearts and minds for as long as we live.

  5. Ella Mae will forever be in my heart. She was a wonderful person and very supportive to me and my family. I will miss her dearly. She and Earl were always fun to be around. May the Comforter come and give you all the peace that passes all understanding.

  6. Ella Mae was a wonderful person! I so much enjoyed when she and Earl were around. Genuine, honest, real folks in ever sense of the word. My best to all the family.

  7. Ella Mae was an incredibly classy lady who never failed to make you feel welcome in her home. She made her extended family as close as her immediate, and love was never in short supply when she was around. She will be sorely missed 🙁

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