February 7, 1926 ~ June 5, 2001

Born in: Rocky Ford, Colorado,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Juanita Josephine Egley, 75, died June 5 in Pueblo. Born Feb. 7, 1926 in Rocky Ford to John and Hazel (Hornavius) Powers, Mrs. Egley was the eldest of 10 children. She grew up east of Trinidad near Model where she met and eventually married Edward R. Egley on her birthday in 1946. After living and working in northern New Mexico and raising a daughter, Sharon L. Ozzello who preceded Mrs. Egley in death in late 2000, the couple returned to Trinidad in the mid-1950's. After giving birth to two sons, Ray E. Egley of Monument and David W. Egley of Halstead, Kan., Mrs. Egley dedicated all of her spare time to supporting their activities. She spent time as a Cub Scout Den Mother, a member of the P.T.A. and later served on the board of director's of the local youth baseball Old Timer's organization. After her children left home she concentrated on numerous other interests. Having never completed high school, she spent evenings working towards and eventually completing the necessary work for her G.E.D. During the last couple of decades she became immersed in her homemade crafts and eventually took up oil painting. From miniature winter and fall scenes painted on wooden spools to the larger canvas renditions of barns, country roads, and nature she won dozens of awards in local, state and regional art shows. Many of here paintings were purchased by and still hang at Trinidad State Junior College. Mrs. Egley also had a long tenure serving as an election judge during all local, state and national elections. An avid reader, she might be reading as many as four or five books at the same time, she was also known to her friends as the first one to respond in their moment of need. She helped cancer victims, children with severe muscular disorders, and neighbors and relatives who needed comforting. Mrs. Egley is survived by her husband of 55 years, Edward R. Egley of Trinidad, her two sons, her two daughters-in-law, Leslie Smartt of Colorado Springs and Annette Egley of Halstead, Kan. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Bryce and Logan Egley of Monument, Melissa and Tara Egley of Halstead, Kan. and Steven Ozzello of Denver, Tracy Ozzello of Henderson, Ken., and Roger Ozzello of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Also surviving are five brothers and one sister and numerous nieces and nephews. Following cremation a brief memorial service followed by internment will be held in Trinidad later this month. Details will be announced at a later date.

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